Me and the Terrible Two

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Simon & Schuster, 1987 - Friendship - 101 pages
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No one, Dorrie vows, can take the place of her best friend who has moved to Australia, so when twin boys move into the empty house next door, the war is on.

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ISBN 0671636669 - A cute story for ages 8-12. The worst day in Dorrie Kimball's entire life - the day her best friend moved to Australia - cannot possibly get any worse. Australia isn't anything like across town, it's the other side of the world! Of course, her mother tells her that she'll make new friends, but her mother doesn't understand. To add insult to injury, the new neighbors move in almost as soon as Maureen's family has pulled out of the driveway! Then her day gets worse.
The neighbors have two boys, Conrad and Haskell. Not just any two boys, either. They're twins, and they're crazy. They walk a guinea pig on a leash, and when Sherman, Dorrie's dog, scares it, they send him a threatening anonymous note. To a dog! When school starts, one of the twins turns up in her class and Dorrie just knows this cannot be a good thing. Can they co-exist without driving each other crazy? And will Dorrie be able to make new friends?
The Amazon listing has Charles Carroll as the illustrator but my copy has no illustrations and the cover is done by Richard Williams. The cover might be the only negative thing I can think of - the dog on the cover in no way resembles the dog Dorrie describes in the book. Other than that, not a thing to complain about. This isn't a stand-out, superb book, but it's cute. Oh, and the vet bill of $7.00? Were vets really so affordable in 1974?!? Wish they were now!
- AnnaLovesBooks

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NYT Best seller This book contains a ton of humor and is meant to make the reader laugh out loud and the pranks and quirky characters within the book. This book reminds me of the Diary of a Wimpy kid. Class Act. Have students write their favorite part in the story and why. Read full review

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Ellen Conford was born in New York City on March 20, 1942. Her first picture book, Impossible, Possum, was published in 1971. Her other picture books include Just the Thing for Geraldine and Eugene the Brave. Her first young adult novel, Dreams of Victory, was published in 1973. Her other works include Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate; Dear Mom, Get Me Out of Here; If This Is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti; I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost; and Crush. She also writes the Annabel the Actress series and the Jenny Archer series.

Charles Carroll is an actor and voice-over artist residing in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He is an avid film buff and stays active in the local film community.

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