Something's flying through the sky this Christmas...and it isn't Santa's sleigh!
When five alien visitors from the planet Fixipuddle crash-land their UFO in Hamlet. Vermont, on Christmas Eve, they're in for a shock. Believing that the Earthis ruled by an evil dictator named "Santa Claws," the kindly aliens scheme to free the slaves (the elves) from the Fortress of Fear (the workshop). They start by kidnapping the Santa-suited Mayor Grass--and it's up to Miss Earth's class to save him!
Lois Kennedy the Third and her dog, Reebok, lead the all-girl Tattletales have a decision to make: Will they ask their hated male rivals, the Copycats Clubs, to lead a hand? Or risk failure, leaving the hapless mayor in the Fixipuddlings' clutches forever?
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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.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5?This off-the-wall story continues the saga of two rival clubs chronicled in Seven Spiders Spinning (1994) and Six Haunted Hairdos (1997, both Clarion). When five aliens from planet Fixipuddle crash-land in Hamlet, VT on Christmas Eve, they misinterpret a Christmas special on television, and end up kidnapping the town mayor. The Copycats and the Tattletales, aided by their teacher Miss Earth and a dog named Reebok, come up with a wild plan to rescue him and teach the Fixipuddlings the meaning of Christmas. The tone is light and zany, with jokes and puns galore. The characterization is thin as ice and the plot is as improbable as, well, snow in July or aliens in December, but that is beside the point. Kids will lap up this insubstantial but yummy tale as if it were a candy cane.?EM
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