Mitch and Amy both think being twins is fun, but that doesn't stop them from squabbling. Amy is good at reading. Mitch is a math whiz. Amy likes to play pretend. Mitch would rather skateboard. They never want to watch the same television show. And they always try to get the better of each other.
Then the school bully starts picking on Mitch -- and on Amy, too. Now the twins have something rotten in common: Alan Hibbler. This twosome must set aside their squabbles and band together to defeat a bully.
About the Author
Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.
Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.
George Porter was born in Liverpool in 1943. At fourteen he left school to join the Army as a boy soldier and subsequently served in Germany, the Persian Gulf, and Norway. He was seconded from the British Army to The Trucial Oman Scouts in 1963 (now the United Arab Emirates), an Arab force policing the seven sheikdoms of the then Trucial States. In Germany he worked as a court shorthand writer for Army Legal Services and finished his career in 1969 in Oslo as the personal assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe. In 1970 he was employed in the music publishing industry as a management trainee and in 1973 he was appointed General Manager of the UK office of a large American publisher, subsequently forming his own publishing /recording company. He also became involved in magazine publishing, acting as managing editor of five county magazines and publishing the house journal of the NFU. He has a combined honours degree in English and History from Ruskin University Cambridge and has a keen interest in the origins of Ancient Greek literature, although he admits to being no classicist. He spent three years in Nigeria working on an adult literacy project for the British Council where he travelled the length and breadth of the country meeting and working with the many different peoples, of whom the Fulani nomads further influenced his contention that western civilization owes a great deal more to Africa than has ever been attributed. He is the author of a memoir, I Came Out Sideways, and of Black Antigone, a new interpretation of Sophocles' classical tragedy.
Alan has illustrated many books for children.