THE BEST-LAID PLANS OF JONAH TWIST by Natalie Honeycutt
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THE BEST-LAID PLANS OF JONAH TWIST

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The All New Jonah Twist (1987) is back, still in third grade. Former enemy Granville is now his best friend; Juliet Fisher, though as bossy as ever, turns out to be a sensible person with feelings that can be hurt; she too is becoming a friend. Three plots intertwine: Jonah has a new kitten, which has apparently caused the disappearance of his older brother's hamster, Woz; Jonah and Granville are forced to take on Juliet as the third partner in their science project on elephant seals; and Jonah's elderly friend, Mr. Rosetti, has disappeared, with no one but Jonah taking it seriously. As the lively story shifts from one to another, it's Jonah's quiet persistence that finally leads to the discovery of both Woz (alive and well, under the refrigerator) and Mr. Rosetti (in the hospital with a broken hip); meanwhile, Juliet's equally persistent organizational skills win Jonah a deserved first ""A"" on the team report, and her dietician mother gets them all into the hospital with another kitten for the delighted Mr. Rosetti. Honeycutt deftly blends these mildly unusual events with well-realized, wonderfully authentic characters; kids will also relish the many comic moments. This would be perfect to share with a second grade; older children will find it easy to read themselves.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1988
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Bradbury