HAILEY TWITCH IS NOT A SNITCH by Lauren Barnholdt

HAILEY TWITCH IS NOT A SNITCH

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Spunky Hailey Twitch meets her match when an overeager fairy befriends her. High-spirited Maybelle hopes her energetic escapades will endear her to the youngster and earn her acceptance from the Department of Magic. Unfortunately, the sprite’s childish antics only bring trouble at home and tension at school; as Maybelle is visible only to Hailey, her misguided attempts to help the child backfire. Barnholdt focuses on fledgling friendships and dreaded partner assignments to successfully capture elementary school’s complex dynamics. The classmates’ realistic dialogue supports the lighthearted tale. Hailey’s engaging narration is developmentally egocentric and appropriately child-centered. Though Hailey is an active participant in the fairy's misbehavior at first, her growth in empathy reveals a developing maturity. Beaky’s animated illustrations extend the breezy narrative. Impish Maybelle shines in each of her energetic drawings; her doll clothes and patterned wings convey her exuberant personality. Though there’s nothing unusual about a fantasy series that stars a plucky protagonist, this introductory entry serves as a solid selection for transitioning readers. (Magical adventure. 6-9)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-2444-7
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: The History Press/Trafalgar
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2010




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