Hailey Twitch Is Not a Snitch
By Lauren Barnholdt

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, May 2010

Meet Hailey Twitch…
She’s just like you. Well, sort of.
She loves pink sparkly pencils and ice cream. But Hailey also has a secret: she’s friends with Maybelle, a sprite that only she can see.
Hailey and Maybelle are having fun, fun, fun. But they’re also getting into lots of trouble!
Can Hailey keep her friend a secret or will she have to tell?


  • With its short chapters, short, choppy sentences and adorable drawings by artist Suzanne Beaky, Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch is perfect for the emerging reader.
  • The illustrations add to the fun of this book. Suzanne Beaky does a great job of providing pictures to illustrate what is happening in the story. Children need to learn to create pictures in their minds, but chapter books like this that put pictures in just the right places, ease children into that. I enjoyed the short break in reading and the addition to the story that Suzanne’s illustrations provided.
  • This book is not exactly an easy reader as it is longer, and doesn’t have such restricted vocabulary and sentence structure as educational publications. I am seeing more of these junior novels and applaud publishers for catering to the needs of younger readers without dumbing down. The book has large font. Not all pages have illustrations, but many do and Beaky’s quirky sketches add charm to an already charming story.