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Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One
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What's the difference between a friend and a fiend?Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best...
What's the difference between a friend and a fiend?Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best...
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  • What's the difference between a friend and a fiend?
    Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best friends. Their teenage cousins have turned into fiends. And on the perfect snow day, who jumps on Jake and washes his face in snow? And who rescues him?
 

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  • From the cover  Today at school my teacher, Mary, called my group to the reading circle. Everyone else read at their tables or in the book corner. Mary said, "Justin, will you start?" When we go to the reading circle we read from a special book called People and Pets.Justin read a story about a dog named Goldie.   Then Lila read about a cat called Sammy. Sammy the cat wasn't anything like my cat. "I could write a better story about Fluzzy," I told Mary.   Mary said, "I'd like to see that story, Jake." Then she asked me to read. Just as I was about to start, another teacher came into our room and whispered something to Mary. "I have to step into the hall for a minute," Mary told our group. "I'll be rightback." She looked at me. "Go ahead, Jake."   "The name of this story is Ben, " I said. I cleared my throat twice. "Ben is my fiend." Maggie laughed. I didn't know why. So I kept reading. "I'm glad he's my fiend because . . ."   Everyone but David laughed this time. Justin laughed so hard he fell off his chair. When he did, his chair toppled over too. That made everyone laugh harder.   "What?" I said to my group.   "Fiend?" Maggie said. "Ben is your fiend?"   My group couldn't stop laughing. Even David laughed.   Wendy, our helper teacher, came across the room. She sat in Mary's chair. "What's up?" she asked.   "He thinks . . ." Maggie started to say. "He thinks . . ." But she was laughing so hard she couldn't finish.   So Lila finished for her. "He thinks Ben is his fiend."   "What's a fiend?" David asked.   I was wondering the same thing.   "Justin, pick up your chair," Wendy said. Then she looked at me. "Jake, do you know what a fiend is?"   "No," I said.   "Can anyone help us?" Wendy asked.   Justin didn't raise his hand. He just spit it out. "A fiend is a monster! A fiend is evil."   I felt my face turn hot. I felt really stupid.   "Jake," Wendy said. "Look at the picture of the two boys in the story."   The boys in the picture were laughing. They looked like friends. "Now . . . why don't you start reading again," Wendy said.   "Ben is my fiend," I began. I meant to say friend. But fiend just slipped out.   Now my group was out of control. "Let's settle down, please," Wendy said. She printed both words on the board. "Jake, can you find the difference between friend and fiend?"   I looked at both words. They looked almost the same. But one had an r and one didn't. So I said, "Oh, I get it! A fiend is a friend without the r."   Now my group went crazy. Wendy couldn't get them to stop. I wanted to disappear. I pictured myself walking out of class, down the hall, out the front door, and all the way home. Instead, I just sat there. When Maggie laughs it sounds like she's screaming.When David laughs he sounds like a seal. Justin holds his breath when he laughs. His face gets so red it looks like he's about to explode.   The rest of the class was wondering what was going on. You could hear them whispering. Wendy clapped her hands. "Okay, that's enough! Maggie, take a turn reading, please."   "Where should I start?" Maggie asked when she finally calmed down.   "Why don't you start at the beginning of the story," Wendy said.   Maggie took a big breath. Then she started to read. "Ben is my fiend. I'm glad he's my fiend because . . ."   But no one was listening. They were shrieking and stomping their feet. Lila held her stomach. "It hurts . . ." she cried. "It hurts to laugh so hard!"   Wendy said, "Maggie . . . the word is friend!" You could tell from her voice that she'd had enough.   "I know!" Maggie said.   "Then why did you say fiend?"...

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  • Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Her 26 books have won many awards, including the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West, Florida and New York City.

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2009
    Gr 1-3-The Pain and the Great One are back in another series of short vignettes. This time Jacob, aka the Pain, is embarrassed when he makes a mistake in front of the entire class, and Abigail, aka the Great One, deals with the betrayal of trust when her good friend Sasha steals her story. The brother and sister also contend with obnoxious cousins when they visit their curmudgeonly Uncle Phil and with mean Madison Purdy when they have a snow day. Like the previous volumes, this book concludes with a chapter from the family cat, Fluzzy. Stevenson's ink sketches are interspersed throughout the chapters and add detail to the stories. The situations are believable, and many readers will relate to the squabbles between the siblings and their school experiences. A nice addition, but not an essential purchase unless the series has a strong following."Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY"

    Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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