Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, May 2011
The third book in a delightful new series featuring a seven-year-old mastermind who tries really hard not to blame her invisible friend for getting her into heaps of delicious trouble.
With the help of her best friend, Hailey stirs up some good, old-fashioned camping fun. But when they soon discover the campground’s covered in overgrown poison ivy, Hailey needs Maybelle the sprite’s magical help...
- “Hailey Twitch’s excitement turns sour when her teenage sister’s demanding friend joins the family on a weekend getaway. Even the second grader’s not-so-imaginary sidekick Maybelle faces challenges at the family campground. Desperate to retain her magical abilities, the spunky sprite exerts her powers with unintended consequences. This series entry maintains a well-realized child-centered perspective through every humorous magical snafu. (Arcade games run amok, and the bossy friend’s hair turns green.) Hailey’s realistic worries address her jealousy and self-doubt as she initially emulates her sibling’s behavior. When her sister takes part in a forbidden exploration, Hailey’s thoughtful response demonstrates substantial growth. Hailey also reveals her growing maturity as she empathizes with her favorite classmate. “Now I know how Addie Jokobeck feels when she is trying to get me to listen to lots and lots of rules. It feels like a very big frustration.” The youngster’s energetic voice rings true despite an overabundance of exclamation points. Wispy cartoon sketches depict outraged expressions and sheepish grins. A cliffhanger sets the stage for the next installment. This wholly satisfying trek embodies the a typical Hailey-ism: “very fun and funny.”” - Kirkus