Throwback Thursday: Retro Reads – The Girls of Canby Hall #13: Here Come the Boys

Throwback Thursday: Retro Reads

We’ve all heard of Throwback Thursday, the day you post photos from the past to Facebook or Instagram. Retro Reads is my bookish version of Throwback Thursday. I’ll be rereading and posting a recap/review of books I loved when I was younger, mostly series books. Fair warning: These are more recaps than reviews. They will be thorough and there will be spoilers.

The Girls of Canby Hall #13 - Here Come the BoysThe Girls of Canby Hall #13: Here Come the Boys
Author: Carol White writing as Emily Chase
Published: 1985

Dana, Faith, and Shelley are in for a shock. Canby Hall has gone co-ed! Only three boys arrive, but who would have thought they could turn a girls’ school upside down? Having boys on campus brings new fun, new romances — and new problems. And when the roommates’ old boyfriends become jealous and want to get revenge, the girls start to wonder. Are the problems outweighing the fun?

The Canby girls have left sunny, warm Florida behind and it’s snowing as they ride in the van back to campus. When they arrive at Baker House, they see piles of luggage in the lobby, and Dana say’s it’s odd that someone would be moving in now. Canby never admits new girls in the spring. When Faith picks up a large basketball shoe and a pair of boxing gloves, they all immediately jump to the same conclusion.

“They’re letting boys into Canby Hall!”

Casey spent the last few days of the Florida trip with her parents in Palm Beach and arrived back at Canby a day ahead of the rest of the group. Dana, Faith, and Shelley know she already has all the details on the boys, so they set out to find her. Lucky for them, she’s already in their room reading a book.

The Canby board of trustees thinks that going coed will help with the school’s financial problems, but they don’t want to rush into anything. For now, there are just three boys.

One is gorgeous “and black,” Casey adds as she looks at Faith because OF COURSE a black male on campus will interest Faith. Faith, who already has a boyfriend, as she points out. Look, I don’t know much anything about interracial teen dating in the mid-80s, but I did suspect that the reason Faith didn’t spend as much time with Dana and Shelley and their boyfriends in Who’s The New Girl? was because Faith’s boyfriend is black and therefore couldn’t possibly fall at Nicole’s feet the way Tom and Randy did. So it’s no surprise that two of these guys are white and one is black, just so the racial mix is the same as it is with the 407 girls.

UrkelAccording to Casey, the second guy is kind of cute, but the third is a nerd with a pocket protector full of pens, glasses, and clothes that don’t fit. So he’s Urkel? Only, white, because…you know.

Faith notices that Casey got a haircut while she was visiting with her parents. Shelley says it’s cute, the kind of cut she would get if she wanted to impress a new boy. Casey says she can’t talk to boys; they’re interested in sports and cars and she doesn’t care about that. After Casey leaves, Faith says she thinks Casey is going to change her mind about boys soon.

Sunday morning brunch is a tradition in Baker. Girls wander in and out dressed in pajamas and robes. Most Baker girls had not had the warning that Dana, Faith, and Shelley did, so they arrive just like they do every Sunday morning, only to find the three boys eating breakfast. This includes Pamela, who has already grabbed a cup of coffee and taken a seat before she notices the guys staring at her green herbal mud pack.

The guys eat more food than most of the Baker girls put together. Faith tries to get out of meeting them by saying she needs to study French, but Dana pulls her over to their table. The black guy (seriously, that’s what it says “the black guy”) asks them to sit down. Shelley says Faith was going to go study, but Faith suddenly decides she can stay.

The black guy (THAT’S WHAT IT SAYS, AGAIN) makes introductions. His name is Sheffield. The other guys are Terry and Keith (Pocket Protector). We know who Faith is going to crush on, but which girl is going to get stuck with Keith? I’m guessing Shelley because Dana’s the sophisticated, pretty one so she’s out of Keith’s league.

Sheffield seems older and more sophisticated than any of the other guys they know from Greenleaf or from Oakley Prep. He has a sweater tied around his shoulders and his shoes and socks match his pants. I wonder how they can even see his shoes and socks, which are presumably under the table. The description seems kind of dorky to me, but maybe that’s what passed for extreme sophistication in 1985.

Oh, wait, I forgot about Casey. Maybe Casey will get Keith.

Terry is a writer, which automatically puts Dana in his camp. I knew it! He’s probably all sensitive and everything. As the two of them talk about writing, the rest of the group continues on with other conversation.

Keith’s parents sent him to Canby because they think he’s too interested in school and not interested enough in girls. Now, there’s something you don’t hear every day. Socialization is great and everything, but there’s plenty of time for him to expand his horizons and meet girls in college and beyond, you know? I’m not sure sending your socially awkward kid to a boarding school to find a girlfriend is exactly what he needs.

Terry’s family just moved to the East Coast from Arizona and this was the only school with opening so late in the year. I guess public school was out of the question? He didn’t even know until a few weeks ago that it’s a girls’ school. He was ready to try out for the soccer team. Dana says they’re in last place and could probably use his talents. Isn’t soccer in the fall?

Sheffield’s parents think he’s too interested in music and not enough in school, science in particular. His parents are both doctors and want him to follow their lead. They think the trumpet and jazz records are a waste of time. He agreed to come because he’s always wanted to be “surrounded by girls.”

Oh, I bet Casey goes for Terry and gets into it with Dana over him! Even though Dana, like Faith, has a boyfriend.

Faith tells the girls that she’s not interested in Sheffield. She did think he was interesting until that line about being surrounded by girls. Besides, he’s a musician. And she wants to buckle down for the final ten weeks of the year because she has some tough classes coming up. They’re much more important that Sheffield, the conceited jerk.

After Faith leaves, Shelley and Dana agree that Faith is crazy about Sheffield.

Ms. Allardyce holds an assembly on Monday morning. She reminds the Canby girls students that the annual pancake festival is coming up in a few weeks (Sounds delicious!), then finally gets to the important news: the boys. She says there is to be no fraternization between boy students and girl students in any areas other than public ones on campus, and goes on to say that if the experiment is successful, Canby may admit more boys in the future.

Terry is in Dana’s creative writing class, and it only takes a look from him to launch Dana into a fantasy of the two of them being married writers (rich and successful, of course) with a summer cabin in the mountains and a winter apartment in New York City.

Word of the new students has reached Greenleaf by Monday afternoon. Tom stops by to see Shelley, and to complain about Canby letting boys in. He’s jealous that the new guys get to be around the girls all the time, even living with them. Shelley tries to assure him that she’s not interested in any of them. She points out that with the boys around all the time, the girls will probably get sick of them.

Dana’s working on a poem, wanting to impress Terry in creative writing, when she receives a phone call from Randy. She notes that she’s been back a whole day and hasn’t called him yet, but she’s not really interested in talking to him or seeing him. When Randy tries to convince her to put off her poetry homework, she takes offense and hangs up on him.

Johnny walks by just as Randy has been hung up on and lets him in on the news of Canby’s new male students. Johnny asks if Randy is worried, but Randy doesn’t think even Dana call fall in love in one day.


There’s an early morning fire drill on Wednesday, one that brings the girls out in their pajamas and bathrobes. It’s Canby tradition to wear the worst robe possible: old, ratty, and moth-eaten are in. Shelley wears her grandmother’s robe from the 1940s, Faith’s is an aqua thrift shop find, and Dana’s belonged to her father in his college days. Now that there are boys on campus, though, the girls feel a little silly over their getups. Sheffield joins the group to talk to Faith, holding his trumpet case, unsure at first whether the fire drill was a real fire. Faith asks if she can hear him play it sometime, and he agrees. “Sometime.” Faith suggests the present, but Sheffield says he’ll play sometime just for her.

Sheff’s ultracool style threw Faith off-balance. She grew tongue-tied, which was not at all like her. She had a million questions to ask him, but was too shy to say anything. Something about how smooth and sure he was made her all unsmooth and unsure.

That’s what passes for “ultracool,” “smooth and sure” at Canby? Okay.

Later that night, Faith hears Sheff’s trumpet playing “Blue Gardenia.”

How ultracool. I’m not sure the rest of the Baker residents, who would like to be sleeping, are as appreciative as Faith.

Dana heads into Greenleaf to mail her sister’s birthday present (a Canby sweatshirt) and meet Randy for a Coke. Despite their fight a few days earlier, she’s looking forward to dinner at his parents’ house. The post office is closed by the time she gets there, but she’s surprised to see Casey and Keith sitting on the steps together. Later, Casey explains that Keith has been helping her with math. Faith thinks it’s a reasonable explanation, but Dana says they didn’t have any books with them. When they let Shelley in on the news, they all decide to be supportive. Casey is their best friend and Keith is her first boyfriend, as far as they know.

The next day, Sunday, is the Pancake Breakfast. It’s a big event, with girls from nearby towns inviting their families, the return of Canby alumni (from 1925!), and a good turnout from the residents of Greenleaf as well. Johnny and Tom arrive together, with Randy riding up on a horse moments later. Dana’s thinking how handsome, how historical romance novel, he looks when Terry makes a sarcastic comment, asking her who Randy is.

“Oh, just this guy from around here.”

Dana can be a real bitch sometimes, you know? That’s her BOYFRIEND and she’s pretending she barely even knows who he is. LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE.

Dana’s saved from any further explanation by Ms. Allardyce, calling the group to attention. It’s time for the Canby students to “scurry through the forest” to prepare for the Hurry Spring Pageant. As the Canby students scurry off, Ms. Allardyce turns to their guests for an explanation.

“The Pancake Breakfast has been part of the Canby Hall tradition for nearly a hundred years. The Hurry Spring Pageant, however — if I may be so immodest to say so — is entirely my idea, and has been presented each of the seven years that I’ve been headmistress of Canby Hall.

I had no idea Ms. Allardyce had only been at Canby for such a short time. I would have guessed she had been there for at least fifteen years.

She continues:

“My idea was for a pageant in which the students would anticipate — in music, dance, and costume — the joyous season of nature’s rebirth.

Sucks for you if you can’t dance or aren’t musical, then, doesn’t it? Apparently the girls have a lot of fun with it each year, though. They ransack the drama department for costumes they can adapt and only start work on the pageant a few days before the Pancake Breakfast. It’s just for fun and no one cares if anyone misses a dance step or sings off-key.

After the pageant, Randy invites Dana for a drive, but she turns him down with an excuse of going into Greenleaf with Faith. In actuality, she’s already promised Terry to go over their creative writing assignments. Unfortunately, Terry soon comes along and blows Dana’s cover, asking if she’ll be ready to meet him in half an hour. With that, Randy swings up into the saddle and rides off. Go, Randy! You’re too good for fickle Dana.

She’s been stringing him along for how many books now? And she only ever really wanted him when he hooked up with Shelley.

Faith takes a minute to talk with Sheff, who tells her that it’s a good thing she has a boyfriend, otherwise she would be so crazy over him that her grades would fall and her friends would get sick of her talking about him all the time. Faith is speechless for a minute, then tells Sheff that he’s the most conceited boy she’s ever met. I’m pretty sure he was joking, Faith. Shelley stops Faith as she’s walking away, and points out Casey, who’s sitting — and holding hands — with Keith.

Tuesday night in the dorm, Dana is studying, Shelley is going for snacks, and Faith is experimenting with makeup: a glitter eye shadow crayon. She tells Dana that maybe it’s time she change her look a little, grow up. Dana says that Faith’s crazy about Sheff and Faith, after a little denial, finally admits that she is — even though he is a conceited jerk. Dana says she knows that Randy is getting sick of the games she keeps playing with him. She’s already apologized for her behavior at the Pancake Breakfast, but Randy is still suspicious of her and Terry — and he has a right to be. Faith says that Johnny loves her and she loves him, and that she shouldn’t be messing around with someone else. Dana agrees, and says that she should let Randy go if she wants to be with Terry. Ha, like that will happen!

“But I can’t seem to do that. I’m not sure why not. Maybe I’m too scared to be without a boyfriend.”

I think that’s exactly what’s wrong with Dana. Ever since she started at Canby, she’s had one (or more) guys after her the whole time. She was single for about five minutes between Bret and Randy, and then there was Chris Canby and now Terry. Am I missing anyone?

Dana sends Terry a note inviting him for pizza, but she doesn’t know what to think when he doesn’t respond, not even when they have creative writing class together. After class he rushes off to soccer practice and she goes to check his mailbox to see if the invitation is still there. (It’s not.)

Casey starts to confess to Dana about Keith, but Dana stops her by saying that she — and everyone else — already knows and is happy for the two of them. Casey goes on about Keith for about 20 minutes before Dana stops her, saying that she has to go find Terry. She explains about the note she sent and says that her plan is to meet him on his return from soccer practice.

She has to wait about half an hour for him, and when he does, he’s surrounded by girls from the soccer team. As Dana’s sulking in her room, she receives a call from Randy. She tells the girl who relays his message to tell him she’s not there, then starts to feel bad. She knows Randy will be hurt to find out that she’s gone out without him on a Friday night.

Faith usually spends her Friday nights at the movies, waiting for Johnny to finish up his ushering job there so that they can go out for a late dinner. This Friday night, however, she tells him she has a sore throat and wants to stay home, then spends two hours on finding the perfect outfit and another half hour on her makeup, before going to the Oakley Prep mixer down the road.

The outfit she had ultimately decided on was black slacks and white silk spaghetti strap camisole, set off by glittering eye shadow. To top it all off, she had borrowed from Dana a vintage black satin tuxedo jacket. She might not look like the female singers Sheff idolized, but she knew that she looked less like a schoolgirl tonight than she ever had. More like a sophisticated young woman with an air of mystery about her.

John Travolta in Saturday Night FeverShe’s not even sure Sheff will be there — but he is. He’s with Terry, wearing a cream-colored suit and a black shirt. Faith ignores him and dances with other guys, even inviting Terry to dance with her for Ladies’ Choice. Sheff cuts in halfway through their dance.

He tells her that she’s knocking out all the guys tonight, then says that he got so dressed up hoping that she would notice him. She notices his fancy dance moves, but when the dance is over, they both agree that they hate disco. I am totally picturing John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever here.


Was disco still popular in 1985? Madonna or Michael Jackson would be more like it. But whatever, maybe the Oakley Prep mixer committee was stuck in the previous decade when they hired the DJ or band.

“You and I have an affinity,” he said, now serious.

“How so?” she asked.

“Deep down inside, we have the same soul prints.”


They decide to take a short walk. As they head out the door, they don’t notice Shelley and Tom by the pay phones. Shelley’s begging him not to call Johnny, but Tom says that Greenleaf High guys have to stick together. Tom calls Johnny AT WORK to tell him that Sheff’s moving in on his girl. I think he has a point, but…AT WORK.

Sheff thinks Faith is a “very hip lady.” He suggests that late some night, after everyone’s asleep, they sneak out and hitch a ride into Boston to hit some clubs and discos. Faith’s so square that she can’t imagine doing so, but she nods in agreement.

Sheff actually asks Faith about Johnny and how serious things are. She admits that they’ve been together for over a year, but also that she went to the mixer looking for Sheff. Sheff then gives her the best kiss of her life. They start to head back inside, but stop when they see Johnny watching them from the top of the steps.

And then it happened, so suddenly she wasn’t prepared for it. Neither was Sheff, apparently. When Johnny leaped down the steps and slugged a hard right into Sheff’s jaw, Sheff just went down like a sack of marbles.

Johnny’s ready to keep fighting, but Sheff’s better with words. He says that Faith is her own woman and can make her own choices. Then he excuses himself and walks home, leaving Faith to deal with Johnny.

Faith says Johnny should have hit her, because inviting domestic violence is always a good idea. Johnny disagrees; he knows he shouldn’t have hit Sheff, but he needed to do it and Sheff was there. He tells Faith to apologize to Sheff and runs off in the direction of Greenleaf.

Dana has decided that a fortune teller is the answer to their problems. The fortune teller costs ten dollars (each), which Faith thinks is a lot of money.

“That’s half a sweater. That’s a large pizza with everything. That’s two movies.”

Dana insists that she can tell that the fortune teller knows the answers to their questions about love, and actually accepts this and agrees to go along with her. What happened to practical Faith?

Madame Irene, who lives in a trailer park, is dressed exactly as you would expect a gypsy fortune teller to be dressed, in shawls, skirts, beads, and bracelets. Dana goes first. Madame Irene decides to read her palm. After vaguely but accurately telling Dana what she sees about Dana’s past, she says she sees a boy. Dana asks if he’s blond (Randy); he is. There’s no dark-haired boy (Terry) for many years. She sees another school (college), then love and work and children and many dogs. Then Dana’s reading is over and it’s Faith’s turn.

Faith asks for the crystal ball. Madame Irene, after finding out that Faith is a photographer, says that Faith has already taken a picture of the man she will marry — but she hasn’t met him yet.

Dana takes a few days to think over what Madame Irene has told her. By Saturday, she knows what she has to do: dump Randy. She doesn’t feel about him the way he does about her, and she doesn’t feel about him the way she feels about Terry. It’s about time Dana came to this realization! She’s been leading Randy on since she met him.

Dana jogs out to Randy’s parents’ farm, where she finds the whole family eating breakfast. The whole family, that is, except for Randy, who’s gone to check on someone’s foal. The Crowells invite her in for breakfast, then saddle up a horse for her to ride out to find Randy. Dana’s lost in memories of good times with Randy when a storm rolls in. It’s raining heavily and Dana and her horse are soaked when Randy rides up and leads them to a shelter.

After the storm passes, they see a double rainbow. Randy’s in a good mood, joking around, when Dana does it.

“Randy,” she said, blurting it because she knew if she didn’t get it out now, she might never, “the thing is, I don’t want you to be my boyfriend anymore.”

OUCH. Way to let him down easy, Dana. She tries to apologize, but Randy gets the picture: now that Canby has boys on campus, its girls don’t need boyfriends from town anymore. Randy takes his horse — and Dana’s, which is actually his horse too, since it belongs to his family — and starts to ride away. When Dana complains that it’s a long way back to school and she’s still wet, he tells her to suffer.

As Dana begins the long, cold, wet walk back to school, she thinks that one good thing has come out of this. She can now tell Terry that she’s free to go out with him.

That night, the girls of 407, Casey, and the boys of Canby go to Pizza Pete’s for dinner. Tom and Shelley have had a fight over Dana and Randy’s breakup and Johnny and Faith’s problems. Tom’s blaming it on the guys of Canby, saying that the only one who had the sense not to go after a girl with an existing boyfriend was the nerd. Tom’s suspicious that Shelley is only staying with him until she can line up a Canby guy of her own. Tom’s being a little paranoid, but it’s not like Shelley hasn’t given him cause for concern, what with her secret boyfriend from home and her liason with Randy.

Dana sits next to Terry and not-so-subtley lets him know that’s now single. He doesn’t respond the way she hoped; he even seems uncomfortable. Faith’s observing them while pretending to ignore Sheff, who’s pretending to ignore her.

Tom, Johnny, and Randy are standing outside on the sidewalk watching the group laugh and have a good time. Johnny, future cop, comes up with a brilliant plan to go back to the guys’ room and “fix it up real nice. Like the Welcome Wagon.” I think Canby needs better security.

When the group gets back to Baker, they say their goodbyes in the lobby. The guys find out that their doorknob has been Criscoed. Fortunately, Keith carries and handkerchief and uses it to open the door to a disaster: the room has been completely TP’d and open cans of sardines and sauerkraut have been hidden around the room. Their bathroom has smeared with ice cream toppings: strawberry, chocolate, marshamllow, and butterscotch and a message, in red lipstick, reads “A BANANA SPLIT FROM 4 SECRET ADMIRERS.”

Sheff says it must be the girls. Keith reminds him that the girls were with them the whole night, but Sheff points out that the girls had been fifteen minutes late to meet them in the lobby at the start of the evening. When the guys finally get the rooms cleaned up, it’s past 1:00 in the morning and they’re exhausted. They head for bed, only to find that they’ve been short-sheeted. Sheff says they have to get the girls back. They decide to plan their revenge for Monday.

Monday morning, Dana’s leather barrettes are missing. When she opens the door to go into the hall, she finds a box addressed to Faith. Faith heads for the closet, the only place in the room a girl can have any privacy, to open it. A few minutes later, she screams and runs out into the hall, followed by a large frog. Dana and Shelley think it’s hilarious, but before they can settle down and figure out who’s behind the prank, the bell rings for first classes. Late, they rush out, leaving the frog loose in the room.

Dana’s creative writing teacher returns their latest assignments, full of praise for everyone except Dana. She wonders whether Dana’s poem is her idea of a joke and reads it aloud, much to the amusement of the class.

“Elmer Fudd
Slips in the mud.
Falls with a thud.
Feels like a dud.
Gets covered with crud.”

Dana’s humiliated and says that it’s someone’s idea of a joke — and she’s going to find out who.

Back in 407, Faith searches for the frog as Dana tells her what happened in class. Shelley returns from play practice crying. Every time she said a line, a chicken clucked over the loudspeaker. It only happened when Shelley spoke, so they replaced her with another student in her part.

Faith wants to find out who’s behind all of this, but Shelley says it might be over now that each of them has been affected. Casey comes to gather the girls for dinner. She’s expecting it to be good because Ms. Allardyce is entertaining potential investors. I don’t care how good it is; a school cafeteria is hardly the place. Doesn’t Ms. Allardyce have her own home right on campus? With a housekeeper or something? I’m pretty sure there’s been someone else answering the door at least once when the girls were summoned to Ms. Allardyce’s. If not, surely she could at least get the meal catered, even if it’s just the Canby kitchen staff bringing quality food to her house.

They’re in line when Ms. Allardyce and her guests enter. Ms. Allardyce leads them straight to the front of the line. Just at that moment, Keith, disguised as kitchen staff (So, what, he’s wearing a hairnet and an apron? Some disguise!) is replacing the serving dish of beef stroganoff with a serving dish of beef stroganoff and a rubber hand. His intended victim was Casey, but because Ms. Allardyce and her group cut in line, Mrs. Hortense Wellford spots the hand and screams, throwing her tray into the air.

Not good.

Ms. Allardyce holds a special assembly THAT NIGHT. They never have evening assemblies. They’re always in the morning. Ms. Allardyce restricts the entire student body to campus until the culprits turn themselves in. No one is allowed off campus and no vistors are allowed, either.

Faith’s smart enough to realize that the same person who played pranks on them is behind the cafeteria prank, and she thinks that she and her friends were the targets.

Terry catches up with the girls on their return trip to Baker. He pulls Dana aside for a talk and confesses that the boys are the pranksters. He says they did it to get back at the girls for their prank, then explains what happened when Dana says she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. As he describes the state of their room, Dana knows that the Greenleaf guys are the ones behind it. She tells him that their boyfriends think the Canby boys are stealing the girls from them.

Terry has bigger problems; he wants to know whether Dana thinks he should confess to Ms. Allardyce. Dana says he HAS to. Three hundred girls being restricted to campus is no joke. Terry’s afraid that Ms. Allardyce is going to throw them out. He’s worried because Chris is going to be there next year, and she’s the whole reason he’s at the school. How’s he going to tell her that he got expelled?

CHRIS. Why is this the first that Dana’s heard of Chris?

He goes on to tell her that they’ve been together since seventh grade. He’s never even been interested in any other girls. So was he leading Dana on this whole time or did Dana jump from friendly conversations to fantasies of marriage with no encouragement at all?

Dana actually comes to the conclusion on her own that he had thought of her as just a friend all along. I’m not entirely convinced, myself, but this is a big step for Dana.

Dana tells Terry again that he has to talk to Ms. Allardyce. She says Ms. Allardyce always finds out in the end and it will be better if the guys come forward on their own.

Dana returns to her room, where Faith is doing homework. Faith puts aside her notebook and turns to Dana. She says Johnny called and that she apologized to him. She’s been thinking a lot about Sheff and she realized that she can’t be herself with him. She always feels like she has to impress him when she’s around him. Being with Johnny is easier. She can relax with Johnny, and be herself.

Dana tells Faith about Terry’s hometown girlfriend. Faith says she’s sorry, but that she’s not. She says that Dana has had one crush after another since she’s known her, and she wonders if it has anything to do with Dana’s parents’ divorce and her father leaving.

Or maybe she’s just not ready to settle down with one guy yet! She’s sixteen! It’s okay to go out with different guys.

Dana tells Faith that she broke up with Randy, and Faith thinks maybe Dana is meant to be alone for now.

Shelley returns from the study lounge, and Dana remembers Terry’s confession. She tells her roommates everything and they agree to get back at the Greenleaf guys, just as soon as they help the Canby boys.

The three boys go to Ms. Allardyce’s house the next morning. She does have a housekeeper! (It’s her day off.) Sheff makes their confession and apology. Ms. Allaryce nods and starts to close the door when Keith stops her. She tells them that she has to think things over before making any decisions about their fate — and the fate of boys at Canby.

Faith comes up with a plan to get Ms. Allardyce to let the boys stay and at least finish out the year. The next morning when Ms. Allardyce gets up and looks out her window, she’s greeted by a HUGE (ten feet in diameter!) bouquet of flowers made of garden hose and crepe paper. As she laughs, the group, hidden in various places nearby, knows that the boys are staying.

Ms. Allardyce is making the boys do yard work every Saturday as their punishment. That night, the group gathers in the laundry room to celebrate — and to plan their revenge on the Greenleaf guys. They’re going to start with a watercolor paint that comes off easily but looks real when on a car.


  1. I never read of this series as a kid, I should look into it more for my daughter 🙂
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  2. What a great idea! This would make a great Thursday blog hop. I’d jump in if you did something like that. There are still so many books I remember from my childhood, which was around the early and mid-80s!
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