Runaway Hamster

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Bantam Books, 1989 - Juvenile Fiction - 73 pages
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Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield love being the only twins in their second-grade class. They wear matching outfits to school every day and always sit together.

But twins don't always like the same things. Elizabeth is excited about taking the class hamster, Tinkerbell, home for winter vacation. But Jessica thinks Tinkerbell is disgusting.

When it's Jessica's turn to feed the hamster, she forgets to shut the cage door tightly--and Tinkerbell escapes! Will the twins find Tinkerbell? If they don't, what will they tell their friends?

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I think that in lieu of a pet, my second grade class had a teddy bear named Cuddles that every student got to take care of overnight. It certainly would have been more fun to have a class hamster! Although, after the Wakefield twins' adventure I can see why classes don't all have pets. With germophobia, I wonder if kids even still have class stuffed animals...  


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About the author (1989)

Francine Pascal grew up in New York City and attended New York University. She is the author of the Sweet Valley High series, featuring twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. She had originally planned the idea for a daytime soap for teens, but a close friend talked her into making the idea into a book series instead. Pascal has also written "Hangin' Out with Cici, which became an ABC After School Special called "My Mother Was Never a Kid", "The Hand-Me-Down Kid," also made into an ABC After School Special, "My First Love and Other Disasters," and "Love and Betrayal & Hold the Mayo." She has also worked on a musical and several adult books, and is the executive director for the Sweet Valley High TV show.

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