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Three Rotten Eggs (Hamlet Chronicles) Hardcover – March 18, 2002


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Grades 4-6--This fifth in the series continues to recount the rivalry between the girls, the Tattletales, and the boys, the Copycats, of Miss Earth's class in rural Vermont. It's an eventful spring for them, with a bullying new student, Thud Tweed; a Spring Egg Hunt; and three genetically altered eggs that hatch fire-breathing chicks. A company called Geneworks is attempting to reverse evolution to create a large, unquestioning workforce that can be rented out at great gain. While seven of the genetically altered eggs, tucked in a briefcase, are en route to researchers at Dartmouth College, a member of Mother Nature's Avengers steals the briefcase just before his motorcycle is struck by lightning. Unbeknownst to anyone, three of the eggs survive, and they are discovered by three of Miss Earth's students during the egg hunt, a competitive fund-raiser for a new fire engine. Miss Earth's class wins, but then is disqualified for lying and cheating. To redeem themselves, the students join together to raise money by putting on a concert by wildly popular country-and-western singer Petunia Whiner, who just happens to be Thud's mother. There is nothing subtle here; silly puns and slapstick humor carry this broad farce. Maguire captures the social politics of middle schoolers, and conveys the message that cooperation, rather than cliques, solves problems. Of the three chicks, one dies, but two remain, one in captivity and one on the loose in the wild. Will they turn up in the next Hamlet Chronicle? Fans of the series will be anxiously anticipating the next delightful romp.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-7. The author of Four Stupid Cupids (2000) returns to the Hamlet Chronicles series with a new book that finds Miss Earth's class participating in the annual spring egg hunt. Naturally, the rival Tattletales (girls) and Copycats (boys) are each determined to win, but the group dynamics change when a swaggering bully named Thud Tweed joins the class. At the same time, three genetically altered eggs are brought into town, and former club members Lois and Salim join Thud in secretly caring for them. Maguire offers plenty of humor, intrigue, quirky characterization, and surprise twists to please young readers, as well as some serious commentary just beneath the surface story: What is it like to be shunned by a group? Which is more important--nature or nurture (Are rotten eggs born or do they develop as a result of their environment)? Both newcomers to the series and long-time fans will enjoy this book and look forward to upcoming installments. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Series: Hamlet Chronicles (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition edition (March 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618096558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618096558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children's Literature New England. He still serves as co-director of CLNE, although that organization has announced its intention to close after its 2006 institute.
The bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad.
He has three adopted children and is married to painter Andy Newman. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Kids seeking light humor and fun will find this a whimsical story of a different kind of newcomer to class: one Thud Tweed and three genetically altered eggs. Add drama and a cover-up of intent and you have a lively story with many unpredictable twists and turns.
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By Donna J Holcomb on December 30, 2014
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Three Rotten Eggs by Gregory Maguire was a great book. This was very strange but interesting. A boy named Thud moves to Hamlet, Vermont, just in time for the annual spring egg hunt. The girls and boys have clubs and each club wants Thud to join so they have the most people in their group. At the egg hunt the teams have a competition of who gets the most eggs, but when three rotten eggs start to hatch the kids have to find a way keep them alive. Will the two clubs work together or try to save them on their own? To find out read this book.
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