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By Dean Pitchford

Charley Maplewood hasn't ever been one for events? that might require buddies, which he doesn?t have. yet now that he?s turning ten?the large oneoh? he makes a decision to throw a birthday celebration for himself. after all issues don?t determine as he plans. In attempting to make neighbors, he finally ends up inviting the category bully, and that?s earlier than he ruins the cake and units the storage on fireplace. Will Charley have the ability to pull it jointly earlier than the large one-oh . . . turns into the large OH-NO?

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