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Girls rule!



Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, ©2004.
Physical Description:
142 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
Trouble with being nice -- Plans -- Bigger plans -- Horse manure -- On stage -- Two for a dollar -- Help! help! -- Cleaning the clock -- Plane-wrecked -- Stunned -- Visit -- Alone on an island -- Bad idea -- Worse Idea -- After dark -- Turn-around -- Strawberry shortcake -- Queen for a day -- Letter to Georgia.
The Malloy girls and the Hatford boys try to outdo each other in a quest to earn money and choose how to participate in the annual Buckman, West Virginia, Strawberry Festival.


Call Number
J Naylor, P.

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SUMMER IS AROUND the corner, and the rivalry between the Malloys and the Hatfords is heating up! The kids have two weeks to earn money for a fundraising contest sponsored by the local hospital. Those who collect $20 or more for the new children's wing can choose to be in the annual Strawberry Festival Parade or get all the strawberry treats they can eat. There's only one place Caroline Malloy--wants to be: smack dab in the middle of the glamourous Strawberry Queen's float. But how will she earn the money in such a short time? Do the Hatford brothers have moneymaking secrets that they're not telling the girls?

Author Notes

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana on January 4, 1933. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in 1963. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965. She has written more than 135 children and young adult books including Witch's Sister, The Witch Returns, The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel, A String of Chances, The Keeper, Walker's Crossing, Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry, Please Do Feed the Bears, and The Agony of Alice, which was the first book in the Alice series. She has received several awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Night Cry and the Newberry Award for Shiloh.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-In this 10th book about the Hatford boys and the Malloy girls, the children are looking forward to the annual Strawberry Festival in June. Fourth-grader Caroline decides to be nice instead of selfish so that she can be the Strawberry Queen or a helper on the float. At school the kids are told that those who can earn or collect $20 or more for the new children's wing of the community hospital will have their choice of all the strawberry treats they can eat or be in the parade. The kids begin projects on their own but learn that they can earn more money working together in a car-wash business. Bullies down the street are upset by the competition, but the dispute is resolved by a water-balloon fight and more business. Meanwhile, the girls don't know if the family will move back to Ohio or if their father will take a coaching job in Buckman. With its likable characters and descriptions of school and family life, the novel will satisfy series fans, and new readers will be able to join in on the fun.-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Hatford brothers' and Malloy sisters' gender feud continues in Girls Rule!, the 10th title in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's series. Here the boys and girls vie for odd jobs, trying to raise money for a hospital and to earn a place in the Strawberry Festival Parade. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

In the amusing tenth book about the ""feud"" between the Hatford brothers and the Malloy sisters, the boys and girls alternate between tricking each other and working together (albeit reluctantly) on a hospital fundraiser. Given the two families' frequent discussions about whether the Malloys will be leaving town soon, readers will also probably wonder what's coming next in this fast-paced series. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. The tenth book in the popular series about the Hartford boys and the Malloy girls in Buckman, West Virginia, continues with the fun about their rivalry in grade school and in their neighborhood. Finding out there's a chance that the families might actually move next door to one other, the boys and girls outdo themselves with outrageous plans to prevent it. They do actually join forces, for a very brief period, to raise money in a car wash, where the sloshing water creates as much farce as funds. Unfortunately, when the kids get a class assignment to imagine surviving somewhere in the wild, Naylor gets stuck on the old stereotype of an Africa with Tarzan types swinging in the jungle. Still, kids will grab this for the local story and the slapstick and tricks, as well as Naylor's depiction of the sweetness in togetherness and, especially, in revenge. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist