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The Best Friend Plan


Illustrated by James Burks

About The Book

From Stephanie Calmenson and Magic School Bus author Joanna Cole comes the first story about the adventures of Allie and Amy, two friends who have a true-blue friendship in this silly, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book that’s perfect for emerging readers!

Best, best, best friends Amy and Allie do absolutely everything together. And this summer they have made a list of activities that they will do each and every day. But then Allie learns she’s being sent to sleep-away camp and all their plans are ruined! How will these BFFs ever make it through the summer?


Chapter 1: Guess Who! 1 Guess Who!

Ring! Ring! Early one morning, the telephone rang at Amy Cooper’s house. Amy’s mother answered it.

“It’s for you, Amy,” she called. “Guess who!”

Amy had no trouble guessing. She knew it was her best friend, Allie Anderson.

“Meet me downstairs!” said Allie. “We’ve got to talk.”

“Aren’t we talking now?” said Amy.

“We’ve got to talk face-to-face, nose-to-nose, eyeball-to-eyeball!” said Allie.

“I’m on my way!” said Amy.

Amy raced to the elevator in her apartment building. She lived on the sixth floor. She watched the floor numbers light up: six, five, four, three, two, one. “Hurry, hurry,” she said.

As soon as the elevator doors opened, she burst outside and ran to Allie’s building right next door.

Just like Amy, Allie lived on the sixth floor. Just like Amy, Allie watched the floor numbers light up: six, five, four, three, two, one.

“Ta-da!” she said, bursting out the door. “Are you ready for our first day of summer vacation? Remember, we’ve got big plans!”

“I remember and I’m ready,” said Amy. “Did you bring the list?”

“It’s right here,” said Allie, pulling a crumpled paper out of her pocket. She began to read.

  1. Get our fortunes told by Madame Lulu
  2. Go to the Spring Street Fair
  3. Skate and sing backward
  4. Swim at the town pool
  5. Make a new list of things to do

“Wow. We’re going to be busy,” said Amy.

“We’d better get started right away,” said Allie. “Madame Lulu, here we come!”

About The Authors

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Stephanie Calmenson is the acclaimed author of many popular books for young readers including Dinner at the Panda Palace; May I Pet Your Dog?; and the Ready, Set, Dogs! and Allie and Amy series written with Magic School Bus author Joanna Cole. A former early childhood teacher and children’s book editor, Stephanie feels fortunate to be able to teach, entertain, and encourage kids through her books. To read more, please visit

Joanna Cole (1944–2020) was best known for her beloved Magic School Bus series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she taught elementary school, worked with a news magazine, and was a senior editor of children’s books. 

About The Illustrator

James Burks started drawing as a little kid and hasn’t stopped since. Along the way he’s written and illustrated some books of his own, including Gabby and GatorBeep and Bah, and Bird and Squirrel on the Run. The illustrator of The Monstore, James lives in Southern California with his family.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (January 21, 2020)
  • Length: 96 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534452503
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8
  • Lexile ® 530L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ M These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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