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Runaway Hamster (Sweet Valley Kids #2) Paperback – October 1, 1989
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4--The formative years of the Wakefield twins are now chronicled and packaged for beginning readers in the primary grades. At seven, Jessica and Elizabeth are into dressing alike, planning a joint birthday party, and car ing for the class pet, rather than into romance. Thus far, the series features the art work and controlled vocabulary characteristic of basal readers and de scriptions of fantasy outfits that would be the envy of any second grade girl. In Runaway Hamster the girls must con fess that they allowed their class pet to escape in their home during Christmas vacation. Surprise! Surprise! features the twins getting ready to celebrate their seventh birthday. Their problems are real and contemporary, the solu tions are ideal, and their parents are perfect. There's a "promo" for the se ries' next title at the end of each book. "Frog and Toad," they're not, but the fledgling Wakefields are a new product to be reckoned with.
-Doris Fong, Benson High School, Portland, OR
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield love being the only twins in their second-grade class. They wear matching outfits to school every day and always sit together.
But twins don't always like the same things. Elizabeth is excited about taking the class hamster, Tinkerbell, home for winter vacation. But Jessica thinks Tinkerbell is disgusting.
When it's Jessica's turn to feed the hamster, she forgets to shut the cage door tightly--and Tinkerbell escapes! Will the twins find Tinkerbell? If they don't, what will they tell their friends?
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I would recommend Run-Away Hamster to 2nd graders or higher. It wouldn't be good for boys beacause I think Sweet Valley kids mostly talks about girls issues. This book reminds me of a boy in my class who brought in a hamster to the class. He wasn't suppose to bring it in but he did. In the end of the day he returned it home. I think the moral of this story is to try to have confidence in yourself, and just try new things sometimes. If it still feels bad, you don't have to do that anymore.
Unlike her twin, Jessica can't stand the "ugly rat". She refuses to help in any way, but her mother insists the hamster is half Jessica's responsibility. Reluctantly, Jessica takes care of the pet, but she is soon distracted by her older brother, and Tinkerbell escapes the unattended cage, quickly vanishing somewhere in the Wakefield's home.
As a replacement for Tinkerbell, Elizabeth and Jessica buy another hamster, Thumbelina. But the twins can't help but wonder what happened to their first class pet.
This was one of my favorite SVK books growing up because I had a hamster who ran away as well. Unfortunately, I never found her, but at least this book has a happier ending.
If you like hamsters (and you're about 5 to 8-years-old), you'll probably like this second book in the Sweet Valley Kids series.