William S. and the Great Escape by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Twelve-year-old William S. Baggett is one of eight Baggett children, and he is ready to escape his negligent family. Since his very first day of school in 1931, he has been saving up money to run away. That’s exactly what he does—along with three of his younger siblings—after his older brothers flush a pet guinea pig down the toilet. The four children are headed to their aunt Fiona’s house, but the trip doesn’t go exactly as planned—especially when a lonely rich girl decides to “help” them. Will they ever make it to Aunt Fiona’s? And if they do, will she let them stay?

About Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. She was recently honored with an Edgar nomination for her book The Unseen, which was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Parents' Choice Silver Honor winner. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, and William S. and the Great Escape. She lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her online at zksnyder.com.
Published September 3, 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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he doesn’t even want to imagine “what might have happened if any of the older Baggetts had shown up to watch a member of their family come onstage dressed in tights and a filmy tunic and sing things like ‘Full fathom five thy father lies, Of his bones are coral made,’ while he bounded around the ...

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