|Red Herring||Slumber Party||Nova Rising|
Mandy Straussberg, Sarah Prachett, and Liz Horton are having a sleepover when they discover it's not so easy to get along. Things get worse when Alex and David join the gang and raise some trouble themselves.
Mandy Straussberg is having a slumber party. Yes, a slumber party...those times when you have deep, meaningful conversations, stay up late and shaving cream the person who falls asleep first. Liz and Sarah arrive at Mandy's house just as her brother David is leaving to stay over at Alex's house.
The first order of business, after arguing about sleeping bags, is to order the pizza. As they are eating the pizza, Mandy discovers it may be a long night as she is breaking up the constant tiff between Liz and Sarah. After playing board games, Liz suggests that they watch Revenge of the Killer Zombies, Part 3. When the other girls refuse, Liz suggests truth or dare instead. Sarah promptly dares Liz to go the end of the driveway, which terrifies her. Just as she is describing the terrifying glowing-eyed monster that lives in the region, they see beams of light out the window.
Meanwhile, Alex and David are outside the house plotting to scare the girls with masks. When the boys pop up at the window with Cinderella and duck masks on, the girls open the window to find them laughing hysterically. The girls ask them where they got the flashlights and the boys insist it wasn't them. They hurriedly climb in the window to escape whatever frightening monster might be lurking out there. The girls agree that the boys can stay for a little while. The game of truth or dare continues with Sarah asking Alex who he thinks is the cutest in their class. After thinking for a long time, Alex finally replies....Holly....the hamster in biology class. Then David sees the Killer Zombies video and puts it in to watch it. After watching for awhile, Liz and Sarah get into another tiff and start a food fight. Liz decides to have a piece of pizza she left over from earlier. When Mandy refuses to allow her to use the microwave since it was being fixed, Liz decides to heat it on a light bulb. Eventually Liz, Sarah, Alex, and David get into another shouting match and Mandy uncharacteristically flies off the handle. While she's lecturing the others, the fire alarm suddenly goes off and they realize they had forgotten about the pizza on the light bulb. Mandy's dad comes down to see what on earth is going on. He finds a mess of party food, a burning piece of pizza, Alex and David (who aren't supposed to be there), and a zombie movie on the TV. Needless to say, he's less than thrilled. After calling Alex's parents, he starts all of the kids cleaning up the house. The next morning, the girls are having breakfast and they all agree that it was a good slumber party.
 Discussion Questions
- What are some things that the girls did at the slumber party that they shouldn't have done?
- Why did Mandy feel like everything was getting out of control?
- Have you ever felt like Mandy?
- How would you do things differently at the party if you were in Mandy's place?
|Alex Jefferson (b)||Travis Tedford|
|David Straussberg||Jeff Ellison|
|Liz Horton||Lauren Schaffel|
|Mandy Straussberg||Aria Curzon|
|Sarah Prachett||Scarlett Pomers|
|Stephen Straussberg||Randy Crenshaw|
- The whitsend.org library shows Liz as being a skinny girl, despite the fact that here she is described as being big-boned.
 QuotesLiz Horton: You have red-eyed monsters upstairs?
Stephen Straussberg: Not literally, Liz. I’m talking about me and Mrs. Straussberg.
Liz Horton: But why are you red-eyed? Do you have an infection or something? Because my Dad had pink eye and he used some great drops for it.
Stephen Straussberg: We’re tired, Liz. That’s all I meant.
Mandy Straussberg: Never mind, Dad.
Stephen Straussberg: Now, listen, you three. I told you before: you can stay up late if you keep it quiet, and you’re not keeping it quiet. Now settle down with a quiet game or something or you’ll have to go to bed now. Is that what you want?
Mandy, Liz, Sarah: No, sir.
Liz Horton: How else would those poor tribal people in Africa heat up their pizza?
Liz Horton: You really think you're better than everyone, don't you?
Sarah Pratchett: Well, now that you mention it, maybe I am. I'm kind and loyal and gentle and...
Mandy Straussberg: Liz, remember what we talked about earlier?
Liz Horton: Yeah- right.
Sarah Pratchett: ...and pretty and smart and almost perfect.
Liz Horton: I agree Sarah, you are better than everyone else. You're kind and loyal - sort of like my Golden Retriever, actually. It's just too bad the resemblance doesn't end there.
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