Sam? He's got a fussy mother:
...'wrap up warm and toasty' and 'keep out of the draughts, dear, and sit still and don't run around'.
She kept him at home with the snuffles, so he missed the first week at his new school. That's bad, isn't it? No wonder he's moping in the garden, when he's finally allowed outside:
There was a cold hard lump in his stomach, like a block of ice, only it wasn't ice, it was misery. At that moment he would have given anything to have someone to talk to: a brother, a sister, a friend or even a pet.
It's OK, though. Things are about to liven up. He doesn't realize it yet, but the Griswalds have moved in next door.
'Yowwwwww!' Sam felt an excruciating pain somewhere above
his left eyebrow. He leapt up, clutching his head. Pain shot through his hand.
There was a horrible burning smell. And then, almost immediately, the pain
stopped - or at least lessened.
This was good. What was not so good was that what felt like a gallon of cold water had just been tipped all over Sam, and most of it was streaming down his neck.
'Quick thinking, Spider,' said a voice from somewhere above Sam's head. There was a pause, then it added, 'Pity about the ginger ale, though.'
There's Spider, Jake and Elfrida Griswald. At the moment, they're up in Sam's treehouse, hiding from the law. That's because they've just burnt the bus shelter down, accidentally.
Alright, so they're a bit of a handful, but they're also friendly, loyal, outrageous, provocative - and supportive in the battle with the Bullock bullies.
Sam's about to get his life rearranged. No bad thing!
I really enjoyed this book. It's just a light read, but the characters feel real enough for it to matter what happens to them.
Nae, girl, age 14, from london, United Kingdom, on 8th October 2005. Rating:
I think this book is awesome, im really enjoying it, funnily enough i was just reading it, because i needed to relax, im almost finished. My favourite character is spider or richard as i just found out, i love him :D :P anyhow, yeh great book! nae xxx
*L*i*P*g*L*o*S*s*A*, girl, age 12, from Kent, United Kingdom, on 18th June 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think this book is really good and I'm really enjoying it at the moment.(I haven't finished it yet hahaha!!!)My favourite character is Elfrida because she is sooo...ooo... BRILLIANT!!! Getting her own way reminds me of myself hahaha! Ilike all the Griswald kids because they are SO funny!!! I've nearly finished the book and hope that I get lots of !surprises! whilst reading it!!! Oh yeah and you need to get a new ILLUSTRATOR!SORRY!
Charlotte, girl, age 10, from England, United Kingdom, on 13th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
It was great and i could not put it down
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