One Final Firecracker

One Final Firecracker

By Elaine Clayton (Illustrator); Gregory Maguire

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618274802, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2005


It’s the last day of school in Hamlet, Vermont . . . and the last day the Copycats and Tattletales will have Miss Earth as their teacher. But there’s too much going on to be sad. The Sinister Sisters Circus is in town . . . then comes Miss Earth’s wedding to Mayor Grass . . . and then the Fourth of July!

Meanwhile, the mysterious pull Hamlet seems to have on supernatural creatures is hard at work. The beings from the previous books are making their way back into town—the Flameburpers Beatrice and Amos (who technically never left); Rhoda, one of the Four Stupid Cupids; all five of the Five Alien Elves; Baby Tusker from Six Haunted Hairdos; and perhaps most sinisterly, Hubda, the last remaining Siberian Snow Spider. Chaos ensues as the students struggle to keep the various visitors hidden. Meanwhile, Hubda lurks, waiting for the chance to deliver her deadly bite. Don’t miss this satisfying, out-of-this-world wrap-up to a beloved series.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the popular author of many books for children, including the Hamlet Chronicles for Clarion, as well as several adult books, including WICKED (HarperCollins), upon which a Broadway musical was based, and its sequel, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER (Regan Books). He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Praise For One Final Firecracker

"An entertaining but exhausting finale to the series....crazy humor...packed with puns." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

"A winsome, bittersweet celebration of love and loss and loyalty....[an] entirely endearing end to a series" KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews