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The Boys Start The War

The Boys Start The War

It’s not the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, but a feud nonetheless when the four Hatford brothers square off against their new neighbors, the Malloy sisters.

It begins when Caroline, Edith Ann (Eddie), and Beth Malloy catch the Hatfords dumping dead animals into the stream separating their properties; in response, Caroline–a consummate actress–plays dead, and as the horrified brothers watch, her sisters sadly throw her in.

Once school starts, it’s open war. With quick wits and inventiveness on both sides, the antagonists are evenly matched; and even when their pranks go awry, they suffer more fury (or embarrassment) than harm.

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