Six Haunted Hairdos (Hamlet Chronicles)

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"If You Ever See A Ghost,You Must Do Three Things."

  • Pinch yourself to make sure you're awake
  • Pinch the ghost, to make sure it is real
  • Run away -- as fast as you can!
  • Good advice, but will it work? The kids from Seven Spiders Spinning, and their beloved teacher, Miss Earth, are back...and they're about to find out.

    The ghosts of an unhappy herd of Woolly Mammoths are wreaking havoc in Hamlet, Vermont, and the boys in the Copycat Club are the only ones who believe it. Their archenemies, the girls of the Tattletales Club, are way too mature to believe in ghosts. So, the girls come up with a hair-brained scheme to scare the boys and prove once an for all that girls are superior. But while they're getting ready, the real ghosts show up! And only one thing's for sure, it'll take more than a can of hairspray to give these ghosts the brush-off!

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    About the Author:

    Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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    Having survived an influx of giant, poisonous Siberian snow spiders (Seven Spiders Spinning, 1994), the rival boys and girls of Miss Earth's class in Hamlet, Vermont, face another set of prehistoric critters: a herd of ghost mammoths hunting through the centuries for a misplaced youngling. In the wake of a classroom argument about the existence of ghosts, the Tattletales (girls) gleefully don fright masks and beehive wigs (`` `There is nothing quite so terrifying as hairstyles that have gone out of fashion' '') and send the Copycats (boys) fleeing down spooky Hardscrabble Hill in panic, where there are actual ghosts--indistinct mounds that appear at the first sign of peanuts and wander about with a mournful air. With the help of the new boy, Salim Bannerjee, a newly deceased pet mouse named Jeremiah Bullfrog, plus lots of chocolate donuts from the local bakery-cum-auto repair shop, the Copycats divine the source of the mammoths' unhappiness; they ease it with a handy baby elephant ghost that has followed Salim all the way from the Bombay Zoo. Then, using many cans of hair spray, they give the obliging pachyderms new hairstyles to turn the tables on the Tattletales. Maguire's wit sometimes slips its leash, but the climax is sidesplitting and the gender rivalry thoroughly skewered, although the heartwarming ectoplasmic adoption scene prompts a Thanksgiving Day truce between the factions. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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