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Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig

Book #10 of The Critter Club
Illustrated by Marsha Riti


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About The Book

The Critter Club cares for a precocious pig that might just be giving Ellie good luck in the tenth book of the Critter Club series.

When The Critter Club takes in an abandoned pig named Plum, the girls are really excited. They’ve never had a pig at the club before! They love learning how to take care of Plum. And they especially love watching Ms. Sullivan’s dog, Rufus, interact with the pig. But no one is happier about the club’s guest than Ellie.

Soon after Plum arrives, Ellie starts having some unusually good luck. She does really well on a test for her least favorite subject; she aces an audition for a play at a local theater; and she wins a prize at school! Ellie is sure that Plum is bringing her good luck. So when the rest of the girls tell Ellie that they’ve found someone to adopt the pig, Ellie knows she should be excited...but she’s not. Will Ellie’s good luck turn bad once Plum leaves?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!


Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig

The New Guest
Ellie checked her sparkly red watch. “Ms. Sullivan,” she said, “what time are they coming again?”

Ms. Sullivan laughed. “Like I said the last time you asked—any minute!”

Ellie sighed. “But that was at least two minutes ago!”

This time Amy, Liz, and Marion laughed, too. The four girls and Ms. Sullivan were in front of The Critter Club, the animal shelter they ran in Ms. Sullivan’s barn. They were waiting to welcome Plum, their newest animal guest.

“Do we have the food ready for her?” Marion asked.

Amy nodded. “My mom says Plum eats all kinds of fruits and vegetables.” Amy’s mom was a veterinarian. She helped out with the animals at The Critter Club. “She also said they are very social animals. We should make sure one of us can come here to play with her every day.”

Liz knelt down to pet Ms. Sullivan’s dog. “I wonder what you’ll think of Plum, Rufus.”

Just then, Rufus started to bark, but not at Liz. He was barking at the road. Everyone looked that way. A pickup truck was pulling in to Ms. Sullivan’s driveway.

“She’s here! She’s here!” Ellie exclaimed. She jumped and clapped. They’d had all kinds of animals at The Critter Club: kittens, bunnies, turtles, even frogs. But never an animal like Plum!

About The Author

Callie Barkley loves animals. As a young girl, she dreamed of getting a cat or dog of her own until she discovered she was allergic to most of them. It was around this time that she realized the world was full of all kinds of critters that could use some love. She now lives with her husband and two kids in Connecticut. They share their home with exactly ten fish and a very active ant farm.

About The Illustrator

Marsha Riti illustrated the picture book The Picky Little Witch by Elizabeth Brokamp and The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she likes to take long walks, stopping frequently to pet neighborhood kitties.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (February 17, 2015)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481424028
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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