The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars
  

The Eighteenth Emergency

Written by Betsy Byars

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Mouse and his best friend Ezzie have come up with 17 action plans for various types of emergency, such as Attack by an Unfriendly Lion. But nothing has prepared them for the 18th emergency: being on the wrong side of Marv Hammerman, every eighth-grader's worst nightmare.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Timid 'Mouse' has contingency plans for seventeen fantasy emergencies but when the eighteenth comes along - a fullsize bully - he really does have something to face up to. A masterpiece of humorous invention.
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The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars

Mouse and his best friend Ezzie have come up with 17 action plans for various types of emergency, such as Attack by an Unfriendly Lion. But nothing has prepared them for the 18th emergency: being on the wrong side of Marv Hammerman, every eighth-grader's worst nightmare.

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My favourite children's book ever is probably The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars. It's funny, it's sad, it's Magical Storytelling. And yet there are no explosions, no flying castles, no aliens plotting to take over Norway. It's just the small story of a cheeky boy who's in trouble with the school bully. But you really care about that boy. You feel you know him. You're right there rooting for him. -- Andy Stanton A beautiful, poignant and funny story of school bullies and how to deal with them. -- Chris Riddell The best bullying story ever, Betsy Byars's The Eighteenth Emergency manages to be very funny indeed without for a moment under-estimating its horrors or significance of the victim's feelings as he struggles for survival. -- Julia Eccleshare Books for Keeps I have read The Eighteenth Emergency many times over the years, and it remains to me wholly contemporary and not dated in any way. I still think this is one of the best children's books ever written. -- Lauren Child Betsy Byars

's feelings and brilliant observation of their conversation are evident in all her work Junior Education'

About the Author

Betsy Byars

Byars was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 7, 1928. Unlike many of the characters in her books, Byars grew up in a normal, loving family. Her father was an engineer and worked as a bookkeeper in a cotton mill. He was stern and hardworking and had a strong sense of humor. Her mother was a lively woman who loved acting and music. Byars's sister, Nancy, two years older, was sometimes an inspiration and sometimes an evil nemesis.

Byars's personal experiences and observations, and those of her children, are the sources of much of her fiction. As a child, she lived part of the time in the country and part of the time in the city, so she had a variety of experiences. She has vivid memories of her school years and of teachers, friends, and bullies. Many of them show up in her fiction.


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Format

Paperback
128 pages
Interest Age: From 9 from 9 to 11 To 11

Author

Betsy Byars
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Author's Website

www.betsybyars.com/

Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Publication date

3rd August 2000

ISBN

9780099408673

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