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No Time For Piewhacket by Robert James
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Jun 15, 12

Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads First Reads program
Recommended for: parents, grandparents, and middle schoolers
Read from June 13 to 14, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: once

This a a great little tradebook for middle-schoolers, enjoyable and educational. James has written the universal story of "be careful what you wish for, as you might just get it."

Tweeters is a small dog who wants an equal. When she learns about a magic genie, who only grants one wish, she takes her time deciding exactly what she wants: a four legged equal, who can be her equaltrusted friend. And the genie grants her wish. Presto! In comes Piewhacket, a siamese cat. But wait! That can't be right...That's a cat! She wanted a dog, didn't she?

Suddenly, all of Tweeter's friends pitch in to help get rid of that cat. Will they rid themselves of Piewhacket? Or, will she learn to live with her wish? Has the genie really granted the wish or a lesson in what friendship is?

James inserts a wonderful collection of words that will challenge the reader, but in case the reader needs help, the vocabulary words are listed in foot notes at the end of each page. By having the words at the bottem of each page, the struggling reader can easily access difficult words without having to search a list at the end of the book (although i would have wanted one at both places.) Parents, grandparents, and educators will all find this book useful in prompting children to read.

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