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 Terrible two get worse (Terrible Two)
 Author: Barnett, Mac

 Publisher:  Amulet Books (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 214 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 091659 ISBN: 9781419716805
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Practical jokes -- Fiction
 Tricks -- Fiction
 School principals -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.18

[#2] Friends and pranking partners Miles and Niles face a tough challenge when their favorite goat and nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern, no-nonsense father, Former Principal Barkin, who turns the school into boot camp.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: John, Jory
 Illustrator: Cornell, Kevin
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 178925
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 67909

   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/15)
   School Library Journal (11/01/15)
   Booklist (12/15/15)
 The Hornbook (00/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 Gr 4–6—It's a new school year, and Miles and Niles, the Terrible Two, are ready to prank. The year has hardly begun when the unthinkable happens. The Terrible Two have done their job too well, and their principal, Mr. Barkin, is put on involuntary leave because of his inability to control the incessant rash of pranks in his school, humiliatingly replaced by his father. Miles and Niles gear up to start pranking the new Principal Barkin, but he is a strong opponent, maintaining that a prank is only a prank if it is acknowledged as such. No matter how ingenious the Terrible Two's pranks are, Barkin will not admit anything is wrong. Depressed and a feeling a little guilty, Miles and Niles team up with the last person they ever thought they'd pull off a prank with: former principal Barkin, the one person who knows his father's only weakness. This is a strong and much anticipated follow up to the original. The evolution of the characters and their relationships is particularly enjoyable. Miles and Niles have grown as friends and as people. It's fun to watch them grapple with the repercussions of their actions but ultimately decide to continue pranking. Viewing former principal Barkin from a new perspective, as he tries to find meaning in his life after losing his job, will make readers rethink their original views of him. The new Mr. Barkin is a wonderful, villainous addition to the cast of characters at Yawnee Valley School. Fast-paced and laugh-aloud funny, the book will appeal to a wide range of readers. Frequent, humorous graphics will attract fans of visual storytelling and also make the book more accessible to reluctant readers. Quirky writing and colorful dialogue make the book an excellent read-aloud. VERDICT A welcome addition for fans of the first book, though familiarity with the original isn't necessary to enjoy this hilarious sequel.—Juliet Morefield, Multnomah County Library, OR - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/15/2015 Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks, the pals from The Terrible Two (2015), continue clandestinely and gleefully causing mayhem at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy, pranking figures such as their excitable, controlling principal, Barry Barkin. But targeting the traditional all-school picture day has unexpected consequences: Barry Barkin is booted out, and his father, a former principal who is even less tolerant and more power-hungry, is reinstalled. That grim principal, Bertrand Barkin, implements a successful ban on pranks—and any school fun—that leaves Miles and Niles feeling defeated. But not for long: they devise an epic prank to bring him down, enlisting help from a most unlikely source. This humorous sequel makes for engaging, fast-paced reading that again highlights the meaning of friendship, and animated, amusing cartoon illustrations enhance and extend the story. Existing fans will enjoy learning more about Miles and Niles and their latest capers, and room is left for another follow-up. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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