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The Boys Start the War (Boy/Girl Battle) Paperback – January 8, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boy/Girl Battle
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440418410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440418412
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

It's not the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, but a feud nonetheless when the four Harfield brothers square off against their new neighbors, the Malloy sisters. It begins when Caroline, Edith Ann (Eddie), and Beth Malloy catch the Harfields dumping dead animals into the stream separating their properties; in response, Caroline--a consummate actress--plays dead, and as the horrified brothers watch, her sisters sadly throw her in. Once school starts, it's open war. With quick wits and inventiveness on both sides, the antagonists are evenly matched; and even when their pranks go awry, they suffer more fury (or embarrassment) than harm. Naylor has to labor hard to keep the rivalry going- -whenever it's about to die away naturally, someone decides it's too much fun to stop--so that the plot seems a little forced, even though the characters are lively and well-developed. Where will it all end? Not here--a sequel is promised. (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"When most people hear 'large-print book,' they immediately think senior citizen. But large-print editions of popular children's books -- from the powerhouse Harry Potter series to timeless classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- are now making their way onto the shelves of the Children's Department at the Canton Library. . . . Although large-print editions are targeted to the visually-impaired or dyslexic child, they can also be used by standard-vision readers. So Kershner [Children's librarian at the Canton Public Library] has decided against creating a special section in the Children's Department (as exists in the Adult Department) opting instead to intersperse large-print books on the shelves with the regular print versions of the same titles."
-- The Observer and Eccentric (October 2000) (The Observer and Eccentric 20001001)

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-- Sara Bernardin, Islamorada, FL --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

8 to 12 year olds will enjoy it.
Angelique
I thought that all these pranks that were done, were really funny, and some you can even consider doing yourself, if you want to get revenge or even somebody!
Laura
The start of a great book series.
TSmo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
What wonderful stories! I read the first one to my third graders and they loved it! They couldn't wait for me to read aloud each day. When I found out there were two more: The Girl's Get Even and Boys Against Girls, my class was thrilled and begged me to read them as well. Now I found out there is a fourth! (The Girl's Revenge.) I can't wait to take that one in to read to my class! These will definitely be ones I read to my third graders every year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever met some boys that you really hate? The three Malloy sisters Eddie, Caroline and Beth have. They just moved from Ohio to Buckman, West Virginia. They just so happened to move into the house where the Hatford brothers, Wally, Peter, Jake and Josh's, best friends the Bensons used to live. The Bensons told the Hatfords that if they were having trouble renting out their old house in Buckman they will come back. The Hatfords think if they can make the Malloy girls miserable enough they will go back to Ohio, and the Bensons will come back to Buckman.So now the boys have started a sort of mini war between themselves and the girls. Until their little practical jokes go too far and Caroline is taken prisoner in their shed. This was a great book. If you like excitement this is the book for you!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
Just when the Hatfords were expecting three boys to move into the house the river,where their best friends used to live , the Malloy girls arrive instead . Wally and his brothers decided to make them so misrable that they will want to move back to Ohio , but they havent counted on what the girls had on mind!From dead fish to dead bodies, floating cakes to floating heads, the pranks and tricks continue - First with the boys, then the girls - until someone is taken prisoner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
The name of this book is The Boys Start the War/ The Girls Get Even by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. This book is a really good book. The Hatford boys are playing tricks on their new neighbors the Malloy girls. Now the Malloys girls are really mad and have to get back at them. The Malloy girls are Eddie (whose real name is Edith Ann but hates it) 11 years old, Beth who is ten and Caroline who is eight, but is in third grade. The Hatford boy�s names and ages are Josh and Jake who are 11 (they are twins.), Wally is nine and Peter who is seven. The Hatford boys and the Malloy girls are playing tons of tricks on each other. To find out what happens read The Boys Start the War/ The Girls Get Even.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
When the Hatfors brothers' best friends, the Bensons, move away, the Malloy sisters move into their old house. The Hatfors, determined to make to Malloys move and the Bensons move back in, start a prank war. In the Girls Get Even, the girls try to get back at them with everything they've got!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2001
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This book is about a group of brothers and a group of sisters. When the girls move into the boys' neighborhood, the boys want them to move away. The boys play a nasty trick on the girls. As revenge, the girls play a trick on the boys, and so on. I recommend this book to anyone who likes humor, and wants to read about the weirdest feud ever!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Boys Start the War by Phyllis Reynolds is a great story. It tells how four boys and three girls play tricks on each other. Everyday Jake, Josh, Wally, Peter, Caroline, Eddie, and Beth seem to play tricks like when the boys put dead animals in the lake the girls swim in. The girls always find a way to get back at the boys like when they throw a cake the boys’ mom made in the lake. There’s a lot of excitement in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wally Hatford is a 10 year old boy who started a war between the Hatfords and the Malloys. He has three brothers, Peter, Josh, and Jake. The Malloys just moved in from Ohio to the Bensons' (The Hatfords' best friends) old house, and the boys want to want to oust the Malloy girls, Caroline, Beth, and Eddie (Edith) out of Buckman.

Wally is in Mrs. Applebaum's class, right in front of Caroline, the wanna be actress. He is the mastermind for the boys in the war between the Hatfords and the Malloys. Wally wants peace between the boys and girls to see how long it takes for a waffle box to travel down the river, to jump off a tree, and to climb a church steeple.

I could relate to Wally. He is like a kid in my class named Jake. Jake, like Wally, can think up of ideas to win a war against anybody, boy, girl, or parent. Jake also is curious of just things in normal life.

The Boys Start the War is a book just for children seeing that adults aren't interested in wars between boys and girls. It is easy to understand all of the humor and vocabulary in the book. I loved the book and went on to read the whole series.
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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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