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Mitch and Amy [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Cleary , Tracy Dockray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mitch and Amy both think being twins is fun, but that doesn't stop them from squabbling. Amy is good at reading. Mitch is a math whiz. Amy likes to play pretend. Mitch would rather skateboard. They never want to watch the same television show. And they always try to get the better of each other.

Then the school bully starts picking on Mitch-and on Amy, too. Now the twins have something rotten in common: Alan Hibbler. This twosome must set aside their squabbles and band together to defeat a bully!

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Editorial Reviews


"Probably only a parent of twins could create soconvincing a pair as nine-year-old Mitch and Amy. -- -- The Horn Book

"With humor and warmth, Mrs. Cleary explores the underlying pride, jealousy, and attachment of her twin characters." -- -- Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

Tracy Dockray is a fine artist and illustrator who has contributed to more than twenty illustrated books, including the bestselling Grimm's Grimmest, Delia at the Delano, and all of Beverly Cleary's highly popular children's books, most notably Ramona. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she holds an MFA from Pratt and lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1512 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380709252
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QAP3LO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read it then, I read it now January 14, 2001
By A Customer
This was my favorite book back in third grade. It told the story of two twins, totally different, named Mitch and Amy. Mitch was good at math but was awful at reading. Amy loved to read but couldn't get multiplication. Mitch preferred riding on homemade skateboards. Amy enjoyed reading Laura Ingalls Wilder with her best friend Marla. They were in the fourth grade where "TV in school" was a big deal, and girl scouts was Amy's afterschool activity. And they were totally different nine year old kids who didn't have anything in common. Except for Alan Hibbler, class bully and a pain in the neck to both Mitch and Amy. Because of him, the two kids might as well have something in common.
I read it then and still read it; wishing even now that Bev Cleary had written a sequel - wouldn't it be funny to see where Mitch and Amy ended up? But its a good book in its own. The new covers for all her work only attract more readers -- and the book alone just still appeals to me.... and hopefully to you, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two versions March 28, 2004
By A Customer
There are actually two versions of this book- an newer one with illustrations by Alan Tiegreen, who has been doing the illustrations for Beverly Cleary's books since the 70's, and the original, which had illustrations by George Porter. I guess Mr. Porter was the intermediate link between Tiegreen and Louis Darling, the illustrator of Mrs. Cleary's books in the 50's and early 60's. It's a matter of personal taste over which illustrations are better. I grew up reading the version with Mr. Porter's illustrations, which depicts the characters as definitely children of the 1960's. On the other hand, Mr. Tiegreen's depictions of Beverly Cleary's characters are less realistic looking, but because of their rather cartoony appearance are not as susceptible to looking as dated as those by Porter and Darling.
Beverly Cleary always took experiences from her own life to include in her books, but "Mitch & Amy" is probably the most personal of her fictional books. She, herself, was the mother of boy-girl twins and actually lived in the San Franisco setting of the book. Maybe because it was about two subjects so close to her real life, her twins and her adopted hometown, that she never did a follow-up story. Thus, "Mitch & Amy" is one of Mrs. Cleary's very few "stand-alone" books.
It's the story of a twin sister and brother, Amy and Mitchell, who live in San Francisco. Despite their shared birthday, they are seemingly exact opposites who constantly squabble with one another. However, deep-down there is a very strong bond between the two of them and each one truly understands the other. Sometimes they forget that bond. Yet when a bully targets each twin individually, the two of them bond together to help each other overcome this mutual menace.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone 9-12 should read this book! October 11, 1999
By A Customer
You should read the book Mitch and Amy because it is a great book! This book is about a pair of twins(Mitch, Amy) who always fight. But then a school bully named Alan Hibbler start's bugging Mitch and then he bug's Amy too! This book is realistic and it shows that there are more important things to do than fighting. This book also will teach you lessons you'll never forget!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Children's Book (probably for ages 8-11) September 18, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read Mitch and Amy when I was 10 years old. Lately I have been thinking about the books I read as a child. Mitch and Amy was one of them, so I ordered it from I received the book in absolutely excellent condition and in an extremely timely manner. It did not disappoint. Mitch and Amy are 9 year old twins living in California and the book takes us through the trials and tribulations of being in the 4th grade. It is quite realistic and would be enjoyed by boys and girls alike.

I would highly recommend Mitch and Amy as a wonderful gift to a child who loves to read, and perhaps more importantly to the child who is not crazy about reading. The book holds ones' interest and works equally well for both the girls' and boys' side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitch and Amy an awesome book June 28, 2003
My b/g twins and I read this book together. They are soon to be 9 and the book describes the life of twins so well. Well we read this book I kept saying boy they sound like you two to my twins. This is a fun book to read. My twins would tell you it's a must have book.
We all know Beverly Clearly is an awesome writer and she wrote this book so well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitch and Amy October 29, 2002
Format:Library Binding
REVIEW- Mitch And Amy- Beverly Clearly- ISBN- 0-688-10807-5
"Being twins are harder then you think." Mitch and Amy said in unison. Trying to be able to win the argument over who got the bathroom this morning. I can believe it is. Mitch and Amy is one of my favorite books of all time. It has family life, twin arguments, and school issues. Over their summer vacation, Amy would brag on what page she is on, she knows Mitch has problems with reading. Then on the first day of fourth grade, Mitch brags about multiplication tests on the fist few days of school. Mitch knows Amy has problems with multiplication. , Mitch and Amy would often feel bad for each other.
I found this book tops because I can relate to it. Even though, my two little brothers, (5 and 7) equal one Mitch and my older (15) sister is another Mitch. I, unfortunately (13) am just one Amy. Only, just like Mitch and Amy, we do get along, sometimes. I do believe that it was a page-turner. I just had to know what Amy did at fights. So now when my two Mitches start a fight, like they always do, I will do just what Amy did. I would certainly say that the end of the chapters had a cliffhanger. Examples, "You'd be surprised, Amy." Amy went into her room and put "Mitchell was a pest," before drawing a skull with cross bones below it. Another ending was he did not want them to see him come with a broken skateboard and...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Best book ever!!!
I can't believe I finished the book. It was a good book. When I turned the last page it was like I had left an awesome world.
Published 8 months ago by awesomer
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
Published 9 months ago by Tiffany Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars eh ok
well since i am fifth grader it was to easy to read iwould recommend this books to a third grader. it was pretty good though...
Published 11 months ago by - Satisfied Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect!
This story is touching and has a great sense to it. I've read all of the author's books, and this is one of the greatest!
Published 13 months ago by Ajay Surana
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
The book describes the differences between siblings. I like it because the twins get into arguments like me and my brother. I am not alone
Published 17 months ago by Michelle Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book.
A really good book because they stopped the bully from getting in to more trouble. Also a good hook. Awesome book! 5 stars
Published 18 months ago by By Sofia Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from a great author...
Mitch and Amy are twins, but are as different as night and day. However, even though their differences lead to conflict between the two siblings, the strengths of each complement... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars super book
I love Beverly Cleary's creative work.
this is a super wonderful book.
I also recommend "Wings" and "Fairy Lies".
a must buy book.
Published on July 24, 2012 by aimee white
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitch & Amy
I REALLY liked this one. A lot. A lot a lot. It was a great portrayal of twins, and I'm sure any twins reading would have gotten a kick out of it. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by Runa
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry at its funniest!
Nine-year-old twins Mitchell and Amy are opposites -- he's good in math and bad in reading, while Amy's good in reading and bad at math. Read more
Published on December 2, 2006 by Joanna Mechlinski
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