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Book Title: The Boys Start the War|
The author of the book: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Date of issue: January 8th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780440418412
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recommended for E410
Maybe I have a juvenile sense of humor, but I found this book really funny. As the title indicates, it's basically about boys vs girls. It doesn't get much deeper than that, but the antics between the Malloy girls and the Hartford boys are a hoot. I know that's such an old-lady way of saying things, but I can't think of a more apt expression.
To quote a letter written by one of the Hartford boys:
"So far here is what these girls have done:
1. Outpitched the boys at recess (even Jake).
2. Pretended one of their sisters (the Crazie) was dead and dumped her in the river.
3. Threw a cake in the river.
4. Stole a flashlight.
5. Stole Dad's underwear.
6. Crawled up on our roof in a rainstorm and hollered through the trapdoor."
At the risk of inciting some girl/boy rivalry in the class, I'd like to assign this book. Though the vocab and sentence complexity may be a bit challenging for E410 at times, students should still be able to understand and appreciate the battle between the girls and boys. The characterization, though not all that intricate, allows for discussion about motivation and contrasting perspectives.
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Read information about the authorPhyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.
Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.
Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good books. Her parents enjoyed reading stories to the children--her father would imitate the characters in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer--and her mother read to them every evening, "almost until we were old enough to go out on dates, though we never would have admitted this to anyone."
By the time Phyllis reached fifth grade, writing books was her favorite hobby and she would rushed home from school each day to write down whatever plot had been forming in her head - at sixteen her first story was published in a local church magazine.
Phyllis has written over 80 books for children and young people. One of these books, "Shiloh," was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1992, was named a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association and was also Young Adult Choice by the International Reading Association.
Naylor gets her ideas from things that happen to her or from things she has read. "Shiloh" was inspired by a little abused dog she and her husband found. The little dog haunted her so much that she had to write a story about him to get it out of her mind.
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