Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch by Lauren Barnholdt

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Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 2010)
Children’s Chapter Book
160 pages

Summary: Hailey has a secret friend named Maybelle, a sprite that only she can see and that has a problem. She tries to have fun but keeps getting Hailey into trouble. Will Hailey tell on Maybelle or will she keep the secret?

Although I do review lots of children’s books, children’s chapter books are probably the kind I read the least. The stories are fairly simple but there are not many illustrations. However I realize that just because I don’t enjoy a book a lot doesn’t mean that a child the age this book is made for wouldn’t like it better. So I try to envision a new reader to see if it’s a good book.

The story is cute and appealing to most young girls (fancy pencils and clothes, pink and purple, flying sprites.) It also carries the lesson of not “snitching” and keeping important secrets although I could see a child being a little confused about when it’s okay to tell on someone that did something bad and when it’s not.

It is listed for ages 9-12 which is probably the reading level. If it was read to them, it would appeal to girls 6-8.

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