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Three rotten eggs

The Hamlet chronicles ;

Hamlet chronicles ;
Maguire, Gregory.
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1st Harper Trophy ed.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperTrophy, 2005, c2002.
Physical Description:
226 p. ; 20 cm.
Series Title:
Hamlet chronicles ; 5.

Three rotten eggs
The students of Miss Earth's class in rural Vermont experience an eventful spring when they become involved with a bullying new student, a competitive egg hunt, and genetically altered chicks.


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Spring has come to sleepy Hamlet, Vermont, and trouble is in the air. The students in Miss Earth's class are supposed to be concentrating on the charity egg hunt, but instead they're fighting with each other. The hunt is a near disaster. Then three very strange eggs -- with genetically altered, fire-breathing chicks inside -- show up, and the trouble really starts.

Can Miss Earth's class band together, right their wrongs, and save the three rotten eggs -- and themselves?

Author Notes

Gregory Maguire was born June 9, 1954 in Albany, New York. He received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Tufts University. He is a founder and co-director of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987.

He writes for both adults and children. His first book, The Lighting Time, was published in 1978. His adult works include Wicked, Confessions of and Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. The Broadway play Wicked is based on his book of the same title. His children's books include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the Hamlet Chronicles series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-7. The author of Four Stupid Cupids (2000) returns to the Hamlet Chronicles series with a new book that finds Miss Earth's class participating in the annual spring egg hunt. Naturally, the rival Tattletales (girls) and Copycats (boys) are each determined to win, but the group dynamics change when a swaggering bully named Thud Tweed joins the class. At the same time, three genetically altered eggs are brought into town, and former club members Lois and Salim join Thud in secretly caring for them. Maguire offers plenty of humor, intrigue, quirky characterization, and surprise twists to please young readers, as well as some serious commentary just beneath the surface story: What is it like to be shunned by a group? Which is more important--nature or nurture (Are rotten eggs born or do they develop as a result of their environment)? Both newcomers to the series and long-time fans will enjoy this book and look forward to upcoming installments. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This fifth in the series continues to recount the rivalry between the girls, the Tattletales, and the boys, the Copycats, of Miss Earth's class in rural Vermont. It's an eventful spring for them, with a bullying new student, Thud Tweed; a Spring Egg Hunt; and three genetically altered eggs that hatch fire-breathing chicks. A company called Geneworks is attempting to reverse evolution to create a large, unquestioning workforce that can be rented out at great gain. While seven of the genetically altered eggs, tucked in a briefcase, are en route to researchers at Dartmouth College, a member of Mother Nature's Avengers steals the briefcase just before his motorcycle is struck by lightning. Unbeknownst to anyone, three of the eggs survive, and they are discovered by three of Miss Earth's students during the egg hunt, a competitive fund-raiser for a new fire engine. Miss Earth's class wins, but then is disqualified for lying and cheating. To redeem themselves, the students join together to raise money by putting on a concert by wildly popular country-and-western singer Petunia Whiner, who just happens to be Thud's mother. There is nothing subtle here; silly puns and slapstick humor carry this broad farce. Maguire captures the social politics of middle schoolers, and conveys the message that cooperation, rather than cliques, solves problems. Of the three chicks, one dies, but two remain, one in captivity and one on the loose in the wild. Will they turn up in the next Hamlet Chronicle? Fans of the series will be anxiously anticipating the next delightful romp.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Three Rotten Eggs Chapter One Highway Robbery "Those clouds look positively packed with lightning," said Miss Earth to her students. "Inside, class. On the double." The children were tying plastic Easter eggs onto a forsythia bush by their classroom window. But the sudden clouds did have a close, gonna-getcha feel to them. With unusual briskness, Miss Earth's students obeyed their leader and tumbled into the classroom. Miss Earth went immediately to the radio to see if there was an emergency storm watch. The radio screeched with static. Then it settled and picked up a country-western song. The new hit by Petunia Whiner, Miss Earth's favorite singer. The teacher waited for the song to end, hoping for a weather update. "Ya got a little baby and ya gotta treat it right. Ya gotta rock the cradle so your baby sleeps tight. Baby needs a diaper change, Baby has a poo. If Baby wakes and burps a lot, whatcha gonna do?   Just cuddle cuddle cuddle till the cows come home." In a corner of the room, under cover of the sound of music, two girls resumed the argument they'd been having at the egg bush. "I never get to be in charge!" said one. "Thekla Mustard, spring has arrived. It's time for a change. Why don't you take a vacation from being Queen Bee all the time? That'd be a big change." "Lois," said the other, "face it. You're not me. You're nice enough in your own drab way, but you're not me. And I am the one who annually gets elected Empress. So if we girls are going to form a classroom girls' team at the annual Spring Egg Hunt, I get to govern it as I govern everything. With surprising mastery." "You're such a power hog. I'd hate to see what you're going to be like when you grow up. Some crazy dictator." "We'll see," said Thekla. "It's always an option." "Girls," said their teacher. "Shh! Here comes the weather." Thekla simpered. Lois frowned. There had to be some way to unseat the bossy Empress. Sooner or later Lois would find out how. Vermont State Trooper Hiram Crawdad wheeled his cruiser around the cloverleaf linking Interstate highways 89 and 91. He was listening to the latest Petunia Whiner hit on Vermont Country Radio. Her whiskey-raw voice seemed like a soundtrack to a made-for-TV movie. Starring himself, of course. Tapping the time on his steering wheel, he listened and sang along. "Ya got a little baby and ya gotta treat it right. Ya gotta kiss your baby and teach it not to bite. Baby starts to cry a little, Baby cries a lot. Ya gonna throw the baby in the garbage? Not. Just cuddle cuddle cuddle till the cows come home." Trooper Crawdad was just emerging from the curve when he saw a snazzy orange coupe roaring along from the direction of New Hampshire. Doing eighty-five miles an hour, easy. "How-de-do, what's your hurry?" said the trooper. "You've just netted yourself a hefty fine, stranger. Welcome to Vermont." He accelerated as he left the interchange. The deejay cut in. "That was Petunia Whiner in her hit single 'Baby Needs Burping.' Now a weather update from WAAK, the Voice of Vermont. Severe thunderstorm alert for the Upper Valley. Could change to snow-who knows. Spring is fickle around here." Three Rotten Eggs . Copyright © by Gregory Maguire. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Three Rotten Eggs by Gregory Maguire All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.