The Hatford boys' New Year's resolution is "the girls can stay . . . but only if they play by our rules." Their mother insists that they "treat those girls as though they were your sisters." Okay, but somehow the boys' interpretation owes more to sibling rivalry than to brotherly love. The one weak link is young Peter, who doesn't understand the rivalry, openly likes the girls, and sees nothing wrong with sitting in their kitchen eating homemade cookies and answering questions about his brothers' plans. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud at the pranks, the conversations, and one unforgettably embarrassing moment. The high-flying humor is juxtaposed with the budding affection between Josh and Beth and the way all the children pull together during a blizzard. The fifth entry in Naylor's refreshing series chronicling the feud between the Hatfords and the Malloys.
From the Hardcover edition.
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|Title of eBook: A Traitor Among the Boys||Series: Hatfields and Malloys, , #5|
|Release Date: 12-18-2008|
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|Publisher: Random House, Inc.|
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A Traitor Among the Boys
Okay, then, it's decided. The girls can stay," Jake said, looking around the breakfast table, where six different boxes of cereal were scattered. "But only," he added, his mouth full of Frosted Flakes, "if they play by our rules."
As though they had anything to do with the Malloys staying in or leaving West Virginia.
The first week of January had passed, and the boys had still not made their New Year's resolutions. Mrs. Hatford had given an order: they were not to leave the kitchen until each had decided how he would improve as a human being in the 365 days ahead. Jake, Josh, Wally, and Peter decided it would be easier to come up with one joint resolution they could all do together: they would let the Malloy girls stay in the house across the river where their best friends, the Bensons--all boys--used to live.
Mrs. Hatford came into the kitchen just then to get the watering can for her fern.
"Well?" she said. "Do I hear four good resolutions in the making?"
"No, but we have one really good one that we'll all do together," said Josh, Jake's eleven-year-old twin.
Their mother looked cautiously about the table. "Okay, I'm listening."
Wally Hatford, age nine, who was sitting beside seven-year-old Peter, the youngest, stuffed another bite of toast into his mouth so that he wouldn't be the one to answer, because he could almost predict what his mom was going to say.
"We've decided," said Jake, "that we'll let the Malloys live in Buckman, if they want to, after their year is up."
Mrs. Hatford slowly removed her glasses and her eyes traveled from Jake t...