The Bathwater Gang by Jerry Spinelli

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Bertie's all-girl gang becomes involved in a harmless but heartfelt war with an all-boy gang, until Bertie's grandmother steps in with a perfect solution.

About Jerry Spinelli

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Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station 7th Grade in 1982. His other works include Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (1984), Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993). In 1991, he won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book. Johnson is an illustrator for children's books.
Published May 1, 1990 by Little Brown & Co (Juv). 59 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Spinelli's practiced narration, well laced with amusing dialogue, reads with ease, but the adult appropriation of issues and action here is disappointing, Not only is it Granny who points out that what the kids' are doing is dishonest, but she also arranges for them to get to the circus after all...

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When Bertie tries to enliven the summer vacation by starting a "gang," everyone has an excuse not to join--even her best friend, whose mom is put off by the word (which was suggested by Bertie's lively Granny).

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