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Table of Contents
Chapter One : French Fries . 1
Chapter Two: Ms. Maybelle Sinclair 7
Chapter Three : Maybelle Goes to School 25
Chapter Four : Tracks on the Teeth 39
Chapter Five : The Pink Shiny Raincoat 53
Chapter Six : The Ghost of Room Four 65
Chapter Seven : The Addie Jokobeck Surprise 77
Chapter Eight: French Mustaches 89
Chapter Nine : Big, Big Trouble 99
Chapter Ten : Party Time 117
Chapter Eleven : Mr. Tuttle and the Department of Magic 135
Addie Jokobeck sits next to me in Miss Stephanie’s second grade class. Right now she is moving her pencil up and down and across while we practice our words that begin with T. Her pen...
Addie Jokobeck sits next to me in Miss Stephanie’s second grade class. Right now she is moving her pencil up and down and across while we practice our words that begin with T. Her pencil is just plain blue. It does not have glitter on it. Or feathers. Or sparkles. Like mine. That’s ’cause Addie Jokobeck thinks glitter and feathers and sparkles make your printing wobbly.
“Hailey,” Addie whispers. “I think you should be keeping your eyes on your own paper.” She smiles at me. Addie Jokobeck is really in love with rules.
“Class,” Miss Stephanie says from her big desk at the front of the room. “I have a special announcement.”
I sit up and pay attention. I love special announcements, as long as they are not: “Hailey Twitch, please keep your eyes right on your own paper.”
“We are going to be doing a special project,” Miss Stephanie says. “For School Diversity Week, you will each be making food from a different country, and dressing up as a person from that country. Your parents will be helping you, and you will be working with a partner.”
Partners! I love to work in partners! It is like half the work with twice the fun! I quickly look to the front of the room for Antonio Fuerte. Antonio is from Mexico. He told me it is very hot and beautiful there. I try to catch his eye by wiggling my eyebrows up and down and giving him a look. The look says, “Me and you will be partners.” My second choice for a partner is my friend Russ Robertson. This is because Russ is very easy to boss. I try to give Russ that same look. But then Miss Stephanie says, “You will be partners with the person you sit next to in class.”
Miss Stephanie is a very good teacher. She has long blond hair and wears lots of dress-up pants. But she is not very good when she is telling me I am going to be partners with Addie Jokobeck who is really in love with rules. Addie Jokobeck gives me a big wide smile, so big that I can see the space of her one missing tooth on the top.
I raise my hand. “Maybe we should pick our own partners,” I say. “That might be fun.” “No,” Miss Stephanie says. Then Miss Stephanie says that me and Addie Jokobeck will be doing the country of France. “Oooh, I love France,” Addie says. “That’s where French fries come from.”
“My grandma has a French poodle,” I tell her. “It’s a girl dog, but she named it Stewart after my grandpa. It still goes to the bathroom a lot on her rug, even though she’s had it for five whole years.” Addie looks shocked. “France is not as exciting as Mexico,” I say. “It is very boring in France, I think, if the best thing they have there is French fries.” On the way out of school, the meanest girl in room four, Natalie Brice, twirls around and says, “I am partners with Antonio.”
“That’s nice,” I say. Natalie Brice is not my friend because she thinks she is the boss of me. Being the boss of someone means that you are in charge of them. It means if you want them to do something you say, “You are going to do this right now,” and they say, “Okay.”
“With its short chapters, short, choppy sentences and adorable drawings by artist Suzanne Beaky, Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch is perfect for the emerging reader.” - Y...
“With its short chapters, short, choppy sentences and adorable drawings by artist Suzanne Beaky, Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch is perfect for the emerging reader.” - YA (and kids) Book Central
“ I was still in the classroom, with Kinder or 1st or 2nd grade students, this would be my new chapter book series of choice, to introduce them to. It is funny, realistic, and teaches a lesson.” - Write for a Reader
“I seemed to be either grinning or laughing aloud as I read the book. ” - Book Chook
“The main character, Hailey Twitch, is so funny. Her internal thought process is great and made me laugh. I think any school-aged kid who picks it up is going to enjoy it.” - Reading, Writing and Waiting
“Funny, hilarious and exciting.” - Read, Write, Repeat
“This was a cute little book geared towards young girls to teach them two things. How stepping up and admitting your wrong doing is the best thing to do, and how it’s best to do the right thing than the “fun” thing.” - The NY Book Journal
“Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch by Lauren Barnholdt is the sort of whimsical, charming story that parents will have no problem reading along with their children -- yet written in a way that beginning readers could feasibly tackle it on their own, as well.” - Portland Books Examiner
“Hailey is spunky and makes mistakes, like most 2nd graders, but she also learns important lessons about friendship, sharing, and doing things for others.” - KC Books
“Lauren Barnholdt’s new series featuring Hailey Twitch is an amusing adventure of a seven year old and her new found fairy friend. Hailey finds it hard to make everyone happy especially herself throughout her busy school day and life at home. When her new fairy friend, Maybelle, tries to help create fun during a class project, chaos brings chuckles to all.
Recommended for readers 9-12, the publisher Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky released this sparkly book on May 1, 2010.” - Spot to Read
“Though there’s nothing unusual about a fantasy series that stars a plucky protagonist, this introductory entry serves as a solid selection for transitioning readers.” - Kirkus
“First of all, it is a fast moving, well written book that captures the spirit of being a second grader. Secondly, we need more books about excitable little girls. ” - Jana's Booklist
I think this is such a great read. Lauren captured life as a second grader perfectly with her characters Hailey, her friends Addie, Antonio, Russ and even Natalie. What second grade girl wouldn't want to have a sprite living in there room!?!
“Spunky Hailey Twitch meets her match when an overeager fairy befriends her. High-spirited Maybelle hopes her energetic escapades will endear her to the youngster and earn her acceptance from the Department of Magic. Unfortunately, the sprite's childish antics only bring trouble at home and tension at school; as Maybelle is visible only to Hailey, her misguided attempts to help the child backfire. Barnholdt focuses on fledgling friendships and dreaded partner assignments to successfully capture elementary school's complex dynamics. The classmates' realistic dialogue supports the lighthearted tale. Hailey's engaging narration is developmentally egocentric and appropriately child-centered. Though Hailey is an active participant in the fairy's misbehavior at first, her growth in empathy reveals a developing maturity. Beaky's animated illustrations extend the breezy narrative. Impish Maybelle shines in each of her energetic drawings; her doll clothes and patterned wings convey her exuberant personality. T. (Magical adventure. 6-9)hough there's nothing unusual about a fantasy series that stars a plucky protagonist, this introductory entry serves as a solid selection for transitioning readers” - Kirkus
Length: 7.25 in
Width: 5.5 in
Weight: 6.00 oz
Page Count: 160 pages