Taking Care of Trouble by Bonnie Graves

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In this funny, fast-paced middle-grade novel, fifth-grader Joel wants nothing to do with babies. He's the only kid in Junior Adventurers who hasn't passed Emergency Preparedness, and the last thing he needs is a real-life crisis that will mess up his chances. But when his best friend's pretty older sister begs him to help her by taking care of a toddler named Tucker (aka Trouble), he can't say no. And, boy, is he sorry.

During his hair-raising-and hilarious-adventure in baby-sitting, Joel battles putrid diapers, an escaped cockatoo, and a best friend obsessed with capturing footage for World's Funniest Videos. After all this, passing a silly old emergency test looks like a walk in the park.

About Bonnie Graves

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Graves has written for the television science show Newton's Apple. Before she began her career as a writer, she taught elementary school in California. Robin Preiss Glasser is the number one "New York Times" bestselling illustrator of the "Fancy Nancy" series, written by Jane O'Connor; "America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, "and "Our Fifty States" by Lynne Cheney and most recently?"Tea for Ruby" by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.
Published April 15, 2002 by Dutton Juvenile. 112 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Joel drops the baby as he attempts to squeeze him into the high chair, ice cream flies through the air and speckles the cabinets, the birdcage gets knocked over and capsizes, Tucker eats a chalk crayon .

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