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From Publishers Weekly

In the eighth book of the series starring the Hatford boys and Malloy girls, the sexes do battle on the baseball diamond, then challenge one another to a bottle race down the Buckman River for the title of king or queen for a day in The Girls Take Over by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Ages 9-12.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-In this eighth story about three spunky Malloy girls and four crafty Hatford boys, April brings a rise in the river and the children plan a contest. They each put a message in a bottle and the one that travels the furthest from their town will be the winner. Although they develop tamper-proof conditions for the competition, mayhem still ensues when the girls scheme to fish out the boys' bottles. Caroline, the perpetual drama queen, falls into the river, imagining an exciting rescue. As a result of her theatrics, the entire group is punished with cleaning the sheriff's office. Eddie Malloy and Jake Hatford vie for the sixth-grade baseball team, while Caroline and Wally compete in the class spelling bee. Through different episodes, the boys and girls prove they can work together when push comes to shove. High jinks and pranks abound, making the story enjoyable for fans of the earlier books and new readers. While an entertaining addition to the series, this book stands on its own.
Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boy/Girl Battle
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (March 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440416787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440416784
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I guess I've been writing for about as long as I can remember. Telling stories, anyway, if not writing them down. I had my first short story published when I was sixteen, and wrote stories to help put myself through college, planning to become a clinical psychologist. By the time I graduated with a BA degree, however, I decided that writing was really my first love, so I gave up plans for graduate school and began writing full time.

I'm not happy unless I spend some time writing every day. It's as though pressure builds up inside me, and writing even a little helps to release it. On a hard-writing day, I write about six hours. Tending to other writing business, answering mail, and just thinking about a book takes another four hours. I spend from three months to a year on a children's book, depending on how well I know the characters before I begin and how much research I need to do. A novel for adults, because it's longer, takes a year or more. When my work is going well, I wake early in the mornings, hoping it's time to get up. When the writing is hard and the words are flat, I'm not very pleasant to be around.

Getting an idea for a book is the easy part. Keeping other ideas away while I'm working on one story is what's difficult. My books are based on things that have happened to me, things I have heard or read about, all mixed up with imaginings. The best part about writing is the moment a character comes alive on paper, or when a place that existed only in my head becomes real. There are no bands playing at this moment, no audience applauding--a very solitary time, actually--but it's what I like most. I've now had more than 120 books published, and about 2000 short stories, articles and poems.

I live in Bethesda, Maryland, with my husband, Rex, a speech pathologist, who's the first person to read my manuscripts when they're finished. Our sons, Jeff and Michael, are grown now, but along with their wives and children, we often enjoy vacations together in the mountains or at the ocean. When I'm not writing, I like to hike, swim, play the piano and attend the theater.

I'm lucky to have my family, because they have contributed a great deal to my books. But I'm also lucky to have the troop of noisy, chattering characters who travel with me inside my head. As long as they are poking, prodding, demanding a place in a book, I have things to do and stories to tell.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Girls Take Over is the eighth book in a series written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. These books take place in Buckman, West Virginia. The series starts off when the Bensons move out of their house and go to Georgia. The Hadford boys, who had been very good friends with the Benson boys, knew the Malloy (the people who were moving it) had KIDS! They assumed it was boys and they got all excited. When they found out it was three girls, they decided to play tricks on the Malloy girls.

In the book The Girls Take Over the Hadford boys and the Malloy girls are going at each other. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor makes these fights between the boys and girls really hilarious. How the girls play tricks on the boys and how the boys try to get the girls back. Is when the Hadford boys and the Malloy girls have to clean the jail, the Malloy girls find a way to make fun of the Hadford boys. The bragging between them, the tricks and traps, the urge to seize power is what really makes them strike again and a again. Will their fighting ever stop? You just have read to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book I am reviewing is The Girls Take Over by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I think this book deserves five stars. It is excellent. This book is about three girls who move to a town and four boys who walk to school with the girls. One day they decide to have a race where they have to put a note in a bottle. The note tells the person who finds it to call and tell them where they found the bottle. They drop the bottle in a stream. Whoever's bottle gets the farthest would be boss to the rest for a day. You would have to read it to find out the rest!! I recommend this book to everyone. Other books in this series by this author include The Boys Return, The Girls Revenge and a lot more!

(...), NJ Fifth Grade Student
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
In this incredible book The Mallory sisters and the Hartford brothers are at it again But this time the Mallory sisters have there heart set on winning everything including the bottle race but when Caroline bottle is found they call the cops and now it's time for baseball season will the Eddie make it or not read this action filled book to find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Hatfield boys and Malloy girls are still competing; this time their conflicts range from racing bottles downstream - and a potentially dangerous spill - to wild ball games. Prepare for more laughs and unexpected twists as Naylor continues the ongoing story in such a manner as to invite newcomers to participate in the zany fun.
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