Boys Start the War

Boys Start the War

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Overview

Just when the Hatford brothers were expecting three boys to move into the house across the river, where their best friends, the Bensons, used to live, the Malloys arrive instead. Wally and his brothers decide to make Caroline and her sisters so miserable that they'll want to go back to Ohio, but they haven't counted on the ingenuity of the girls.

From dead fish to dead bodies, floating cakes to floating heads, the pranks and tricks continue—first by the boys, then the girls—until someone is taken prisoner! Will the Malloys leave West Virginia? Will the Bensons come back? Trust the four Hatford boys and the three Malloy girls to do anything to get one up on each other in this fun-filled war of the wits.

Readers will cheer for their favorites in this lively story of two feuding families written by Newbery Medal winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Watch for the continuing chronicles of the Hatfords and the Malloys in The Girls Get Even.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440418412
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Series: Boy/Girl Battle Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 141,861
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor grew up in Anderson, Indiana, and Joliet, Illinois. She loved to make up stories and write little books when she was growing up, and sold her first story when she was 16 for $4.67. Naylor worked as a teacher and an editor before she began to write full-time in 1960. She sold her first book for children in 1965. Her book Shiloh won the Newbery Medal in 1992, and later became part of a quartet of novels.Phyllis Reynolds Naylor lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband, Rex who is a speech pathologist. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

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Boys Start the War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book! Naylor captures the classic no win situation of boys against girls in a neighborhood war. The parents who are completely oblivious to their kids war add to humor. This book is great for all ages. The kids ages 8-11 but I like them and I'm 13!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are pure fun and awesome. If you hate reading, then you'll reconsider that option if you read the first book. It got me hooked and even as I grew older, I still remember these books and I reread them over and over again. This are great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone could read it its sooooooo funny!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elementary students will love this book because of the funny things the Hartford brothers and the Mallory sisters do to each other to win the battle: from dead fish to floating heads! A humorous book that you will make you laugh till the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PHYLIS NAYLOR IS THE MOST AWESOME WRITER EVER. MY CLASS JUST FINISHED THE BOOK. REMEMBER THE POST ON MARCH 7? WELL IM BACK! WITH ALL NEW POSTS ABOUT THE BOYS START TJE WAR AND THE GIRLS GET EVEN SERIES? OR THE PHYLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR SERIES! HOPE TO WRITE SOON.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, I'm telling you guys. When you read this book, your going to laugh alot and you want to read it again. This is not actually a phical fight, like doing bad things to each other. And i'm reading the The Girls Get Even and is so awesome. If your read this book, your going to like it and never froget about what happen in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about the Hatford boys who live across the river from a new family that's just moved in. All the kids in the new family are girls. This book is about the boys and the girls having a war - a tricky war. The youngest sister is named Caroline. She is fun and adventurous. She likes to pretend like I do - so I like that a lot! My favorite part of the book is when the sisters dumped Caroline in the river and pretended she was dead to freak out the boys. It worked and the boys were really freaked out. I would recommend this book to girls and boys who are between 8 and 13 years old. I think anyone who has a brother or a sister will really like this book. It made me laugh a lot, and it was fast to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 4th grade teacher, I am always on the lookout for fun books to read aloud to my students. I ALWAYS begin each school year reading this book, along with the others in this series. Boys Start the War is a funny, fast-paced, well-written story about a feud between the boys in one family and the girls in another. The two groups continuously play hysterical pranks on each other, and even though I've read this series numerous times, I still laugh out loud at certain parts.
BolstlerJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Boys Start the War by the award winning Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a chapter book for the elementary level child. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this funny first installment, and a fairly accurate portrayal of parents will have adults who may be reading it out loud enjoying this tale too.The four Hatford boys have always lived across from their best friends, the Benson brothers. After the Bensons move out of state, the Malloy family moves in. What is the downside to a new family living there? The Malloy¿s have three ¿ ugh ¿ girls. In an effort to make the Malloy family leave so the Benson family can come back (excellent kid logic), the Hatford boys play a prank on the Malloy girls, hoping to gross them out enough to leave. Instead of leaving, the Malloy girls retaliate, and the war begins. Pranks are played back and forth, with the parents left completely unsuspecting (aside from an underpants incident). As the first book in a 12-part series, The Boys Start the War has a rather unfulfilling conclusion; it is meant to be part of a series, so it takes place over only one month. It does a very good job, however, of enticing the reader into delving back into the Hatford/Malloy war.For ages 8-12
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book that made me think of a trademark children's story. Simple plot, very familiar in children's literature, lots of action focused on children, set in middle class suburbia. The story is about the Hatford boys who are missing their friends, the Bensons, having just moved out of the house across the street. A new family moves in, but their hopes are dashed when they discover that the new kids are all girls! They're so disappointed that they hatch a plot: they'll make the girls so miserable that they want to leave. The girls aren't ones to take pranks lying down, though, and before long an all out war is declared. Naylor has written an easy story that evokes the playfulness and excitement of childhood. Nothing innovative or original here, but it is fun. I laughed out loud a few times, and was drawn by the happy nostalgia it induced in me. Who doesn't like a good "boy versus girl" story? Naylor captures the tension between the sexes that exists between young children, where they are drawn together and repulsed at the same time, conscious of the other gender as a slightly alien species, but not. She also portrays the feel of a child's day, lazy and energetic at once. This is a great book to help hook children into the habit of leisure reading.
porch_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very funny chapter book - both my 9-year-old and I enjoyed this one! This is the first book in a series. The four Hatford brothers live in a small town in West Virginia. Their best friends, the Bensons, have just moved to Georgia, and the Hatfords can't wait to see who moves in across the river. However, their excitement quickly wanes when they find out that the Malloy family has three daughters. Girls?!?!? What fun can that be? The Hatfords decide to play tricks on the Malloys to try to convince them to move back to Ohio, but the girls are pretty crafty too. The result is a "war" that's filled with laughs.
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It's not so fun and intoresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. There is a whole sieris of these books but it doesnt matter what order you read them in because every book is about the boys and the girls pranking one and other. The reason they are good books is because i love to see wgat prank the teams will think of next. (FYI i am rooting for the boys team!) They pull off some pretty good tricks. Read this hilarious book right now!
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The girls move in acroos the littel foot brige and the boys hate the girls Love 'jasmine
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Awesome book
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