The Eighteenth Emergency

The Eighteenth Emergency

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The school bully is out to get Mouse Fawley, and while Mouse is waiting for that terrible event, he thinks of 17 other emergencies (lion attack, the appearance of sharks, strangulation by boa constrictor) all of which he can handleshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 12mm | 81.65g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099408678
  • 9780099408673
  • 133,424

Review Text

When Mouse and Ezzie were younger they used to enjoy inventing solutions to jungle emergencies (lion attack, unexpected charge of an enraged bull, sudden appearance of sharks in your swimming area), and now that big dumb Hammerman is after Mouse (for writing the bully's name under a picture of Neanderthal man on the sixth grade classroom wall) he remembers that most of the emergency measures amounted to doing whatever was hardest or most unnatural. The hardest thing of all, it seems to Mouse, is not running; but after days of dodging Hammerman he now seeks him out and - without managing to land any hits in return - accepts the five powerful blows that he knows are necessary to redeem Hammerman's honor. This is Byars in a lighter mood (although we never question Mouse's desperation) and her projection of the marked victim's sharpened senses, fantasies of rescue, and frantic thoughts are both funny and empathic. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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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' close perception of children's feelings and brilliant observation of their conversation are evident in all her work" Junior Educationshow more

About Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner, and has written over 60 books for young people. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others. She lives in South more

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286 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 26% (74)
4 25% (71)
3 36% (103)
2 10% (28)
1 3% (10)
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