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Roxie and the Hooligans
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Alexandra Boiger




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What do you do if you're buried in an avalanche? -

Roxie Warbler knows what to do in all kinds of situations. And she's learned it all from her favorite book: Lord Thistlebottom's Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them. But there's one situation Roxie doesn't know how to handle and that's dealing with Helvetia's Hooligans, the meanest band of bullies in school.

Then Roxie and the hooligans are stranded together on a desert island, the hideout of a couple of criminals on the lam. Can five kids, armed with only a load of survival tactics and a little bit of teamwork, vanquish the villains and find their way home?

- Do not panic. Dig a hole around yourself and spit. The saliva will fall downward, telling you which direction is up.

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Overview

What do you do if you're buried in an avalanche? -

Roxie Warbler knows what to do in all kinds of situations. And she's learned it all from her favorite book: Lord Thistlebottom's Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them. But there's one situation Roxie doesn't know how to handle and that's dealing with Helvetia's Hooligans, the meanest band of bullies in school.

Then Roxie and the hooligans are stranded together on a desert island, the hideout of a couple of criminals on the lam. Can five kids, armed with only a load of survival tactics and a little bit of teamwork, vanquish the villains and find their way home?

- Do not panic. Dig a hole around yourself and spit. The saliva will fall downward, telling you which direction is up.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781416902430
  • ISBN-10: 1416902430
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2006
  • Page Count: 115
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-9
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.88 x 0.56 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.63 pounds


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A spunky heroine's survival story

Not many children can boast about an uncle who wrestles alligators or jumps from planes, so when Roxie Warbler's Uncle Dangerfoot, the traveling companion of London's Lord Thistlebottom, recounts his harrowing journeys around the globe, Roxie is all ears. Unfortunately, it is the girl's ears, "like the handles on a sugar bowl," that land nine-year-old Roxie in her own adventures in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Roxie and the Hooligans.

While escaping taunts about her ears and tossed eggs thrown by Helvetia Hagus and her hooligans—Simon Surly, Freddy Filch and Smoky Jo—Roxie lands in Public School Number Thirty-Seven's Dumpster. In a final attempt to catch Roxie, the hooligans fall in the same Dumpster, which is suddenly carried away from their New England coastal town by a garbage truck, dumped onto a barge and emptied out at sea. The youngsters spot a nearby island and swim for safety.

The island is far from tranquil, however, with no fresh food or water and bank robbers on the lam, ready to slit the throat of anyone they find. Roxie, who has memorized Lord Thistlebottom's Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive, soon goes from ridiculed to revered by the hooligans, as she finds grubs to eat, sneaks through grass to steal water from the bank robbers, attracts the attention of rescuers and, above all, does not panic.

Naylor has the perfect formula for young readers down pat. Roxie's fast-paced escapades blend just the right amount of danger and grossness with humor and resourcefulness. The novel's strongest feature is Roxie herself, a spunky, witty heroine who will entertain boys and girls alike.

Angela Leeper is an educational consultant, freelance writer and survivor of many pitfalls in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

 

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