9 × 6 × 0.63 in
August 5, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0618274804
ISBN - 13: 9780618274802
About the Book
In the much-anticipated finale to the Hamlet Chronicles, it's the last day of school in Hamlet, Vermont, and the last day the Copycats and Tattletales will have Miss Earth as their teacher. But there's too much going on to be sad in this satisfying wrap-up to a beloved series. Illustrations.
Read from the Book
1. THE SINISTER SISTERSMiss Earth concluded, ?Any questions about your final homework assignment of the year, kids?" For once, her students were speechless?shocked with joy. Each child held a graduation present. The green ticket with gold letters promised to ADMIT ONE to The Sinister Sisters' Circus on the evening of July 2.?How many Sinister Sisters are there?" asked Fawn Petros. ?And how sinister are they?" ?I know the answer to that," said Thud Tweed. ?I saw their circus once before, when I spent the summer at a fat farm in the Poconos. The Mistress of Ceremonies is named Vampyra. Her skin is a deathly pale and her straight black hair is pulled all to one side and falls to her hip. Corpsina, the comic relief, is dumpier. Her red curls flatten on the top, and spring out like wings on either side of her head. The Sisters are creepy. I love them." ?They're not really sinister. It's entertainment, that's all," said Miss Earth consolingly. ?The greatest show on earth. Your last assignment of grammar school is to come to the circus with me, and enjoy it. You don't have to hand in a written report afterward." ?We couldn't even if we wanted to," complained Sharday Wren. ?The circus comes to town on July 1st. It plays one night only, on July 2. And by then school will be out. It's all over." ?I never heard of a bunch of kids who didn't long for summer vacation!" said Miss Earth in a bright tone.?But Miss Earth," said Hector Yellow. ?You're being married the next day
From the Publisher
It's the last day of school in Hamlet, Vermont . . . and the last day the Copycats and Tattletales will have Miss Earth as their teacher. But there's too much going on to be sad. The Sinister Sisters Circus is in town . . . then comes Miss Earth's wedding to Mayor Grass . . . and then the Fourth of July!
Meanwhile, the mysterious pull Hamlet seems to have on supernatural creatures is hard at work. The beings from the previous books are making their way back into town?the Flameburpers Beatrice and Amos (who technically never left); Rhoda, one of the Four Stupid Cupids; all five of the Five Alien Elves; Baby Tusker from Six Haunted Hairdos; and perhaps most sinisterly, Hubda, the last remaining Siberian Snow Spider. Chaos ensues as the students struggle to keep the various visitors hidden. Meanwhile, Hubda lurks, waiting for the chance to deliver her deadly bite. Don't miss this satisfying, out-of-this-world wrap-up to a beloved series.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the popular author of many books for children, including the Hamlet Chronicles for Clarion, as well as several adult books, including WICKED (HarperCollins), upon which a Broadway musical was based, and its sequel, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER (Regan Books). He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
"An entertaining but exhausting finale to the series....crazy humor...packed with puns." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal
"A winsome, bittersweet celebration of love and loss and loyalty....[an] entirely endearing end to a series" KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews