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Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One

By: Judy Blume
illustrated by: James Stevenson

BOOK TALK

Jake and Abigail Porter have names for one another.  He calls her "The Great One" because she thinks she is so great.  She calls him "The Pain" because he is.  Jake only eats "white foods," hates playing soccer, is afraid of haircuts and ocean waves, and manages to get himself lost at the shopping mall.  Abigail is afraid of learning to ride a bike, pouts when her birthday party is disrupted, and has problems with a best friend over a matter involving a creative writing assignment.  Jake claims that Mom and Dad love "The Great One" best, and she vows that "The Pain" has that honor.  Who is the real winner? 

 

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Prepared by Pat Scales, Children's Literature Consultant, Greenville, South Carolina.