By Lois Lowry
The Willoughby's—Timothy; his dual brothers, Barnaby A and Barnaby B; and their little sister, Jane—are out of date little ones who adore out of date adventures. regrettably, the Willoughby mom and dad aren't very keen on their young ones, and in fact that the siblings are usually not too partial to their mom and dad both. Little do the Willoughby teenagers understand that their neglectful mom and dad are hatching an evil plan to eliminate them! to not worry—these creative adventurers have a number of plans in their personal. yet they've got no inspiration what lies forward of their quest to rid themselves in their ghastly mom and dad and reside fortunately ever after.
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