A Couple of April Fools

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Clarion Books, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
It's springtime in Vermont, and strange happenings are afoot in the little town of Hamlet. The students at Joshua Fawcett Elementary School are busily planning their practical jokes for April Fool's Day, but their pranks fall flat when it is discovered that their beloved teacher, Miss Earth, has gone missing.
Has the mysterious creature that's lurking about town and stalking local farm animals made a meal of Miss Earth? Or is Mayor Grass, her esteemed fiancÚ, responsible? Miss Earth's students know that the clock is ticking and they must find the answer-and their teacher-before it is too late.
True to form, Gregory Maguire has added an uproarious installment to the Hamlet Chronicles, a tale packed with high humor and suspense that also touches on more serious themes of adolescence and family relationships.

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The last in the Hamlet Chronicles is the weakest in the series. Still plenty of Maguire's signature humor, which got plenty of laughs, but the plot supporting it was somewhat meandering and unfocused. Worth reading if you already read the first four, but otherwise, don't bother. Read full review


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What has got to be the weirdest year in the history of Hamlet, Vermont, continues in this archly funny sixth addition to the series. It is the lead-up to April Fool's Day, and all is not well. Thekla ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is the author of the books Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, which comprise his series called The Wicked Years. The Broadway play, Wicked, is based on his book of the same title. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now calls Massachusetts his home.

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