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Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds…

Roxie and the Hooligans

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Cute enough. Some parts were not so believable. An okay read aloud. Roxie is a fun heroine. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 3-5 independent reading, younger for read aloud

Plot Summary: Roxie is trying to avoid Helvetia and her hooligans by staying after school to help the teacher. When the Hooligans start bullying her in the morning, she gets to school early too. One morning, the Hooligans arrive to school shortly after Roxie, and the school isn't even opened yet. A chase ensues, with Roxie climbing on the garbage bin to get to the window. But the eggs the kids threw make the rail slippery and she falls in. Thinking she got away, they chase her and also fall in the garbage bin. Before they know it, a garbage trucks collects them and puts them in a barge. The barge is emptied out into the ocean and Roxie and the hooligans swim to an island. Roxie knows how to survive on an island because of the stories her Uncle Dangerfoot writes about in his book, but she also has to deal with the two bank robbers on the island who promise to slit the throats of anyone on the island. Will the hooligans stop blaming Roxie for putting them in this situation? Will they survive?

Setting: not sure, seems like it might be historical fiction in England, but definitely somewhere with a small island near the mainland

Roxie Warbler - 9 y/o, 4th grade, big ears
Uncle Dangerfoot - Roxie's uncle, well-known for his books about his adventures
Helvetia Hagus - bully at Roxie's school
Simon Surly - one of Helvetia's followers
Freddy Filch - one of Helvetia's followers
Smoky Jo - one of Helvetia's followers
Norman - wore thick glasses, the only person who befriended Roxie
Rat and Snake Eyes - two bank robbers who are living on the island with their stolen money

Recurring Themes: bullying, survival

Controversial Issues:
pg 44 "Anybody on this island besides us, I'll slit his throat."

Personal Thoughts: This book was fantastic. It was adventurous, funny, and smart. I enjoyed the characters. It would be a fantastic choice for One Book, One School.

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pacing: Fast
Characters: Well developed
Frame: Seems like it happened a long time ago or in a different country, mentioned crumpets and tea

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  pigeonlover | May 22, 2013 |
I've decided to add a few books that I've recently read aloud to my 4th graders. This is a new book in our library and was a fun and fast read....

The book takes place in a small seaside town in the northeast. Roxie is a meek and mild girl who lives through her uncle's adventure stories as he accompanies Lord Thistlebottom to the wilds and through many narrow escapes. She has poured over each of his books and memorized his many methods of escapes - always beginning with "Don't Panic."

Roxie's life is also filled with adventures - but of a nasty nature. She is ruthlessly harrassed by a gang of bullies she calls the hooligans. They have chosen this little girl due to her huge ears. Each day they pursue her and the escape gap gets narrower and narrower until one day...

Roxie is walking along the edge of a dumpster to get to an open window - the holligans are right behind her. And bing, bang, boom they all fall down...into the depths of garbage. At that moment, the dumpster man arrives to take the dumpster away - to a ship - to be dumped in the ocean.

So begins the real adventure. Roxie uses her wits and the wisdom of her uncle's books to keep herself and the hooligans alive on a small island - not deserted but inhabited by 2 bank robbers.

This book sounds English - and seemed a little hard to get into... but only at first. My 4th graders loved it!

it's got a great anti-bullying message - the harrassed girl saves the savages and they begin to understand one another!

We all loved it!
  kebets | Dec 31, 2012 |
This book was funny and interesting. It kept me on my toes and was fun to read.
  laurenwhite92 | Oct 25, 2012 |
A nostalgic read about a bullied girl who buries herself in the daring exploits of her Uncle Dangerfoot. This comes in handy when she finds herself marooned on an island with her gang of tormentors, and uses her survival knowledge to their mutual advantage. The tone is light-hearted and old-timey, not unlike Roald Dahl. Grades 2 and up.
  Sarahfine | Mar 12, 2012 |
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Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.

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