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Nacky Patcher & the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats

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Publisher Comments:

What Nacky Patcher and Teedie Flinn discover in the owl light and blackberry water of Yole Lake causes them to suspect they are losing their wits. Polished wood as far as the eye can see—an entire ship comes unbuttoned! Yet they see something else, too, something far more important: a way out from the curse that has burdened the poor folks of Yole for generations. But first, they will need the villagers to do something they have‛t done in a long time: work as a team.

Jeffrey Kluger, co-author of the blockbuster book-turned-film Apollo 13, delivers one of the finest, quirkiest, and most emotionally satisfying reads of the year. As they rise to the challenge of something greater than themselves, this cast of characters will capture reader‛ hearts and imaginations.

Review:

"'Kluger's first novel for young readers is a fully imagined fantasy with a twist of magic. The village of Yole, once a bustling seaport, is now an arid village, following the 'Great Drying' when locals drained the sea, (wrongly) suspecting that fertile land lay beneath it. Now, a greedy landowner rules over a handful of hardscrabble villagers, though Nacky Patcher, an unsuccessful thief, believes that the ballad of the Dry-Land Boats (which he's heard since he was in the cradle) holds the key to the village's redemption. When Nacky and his young sidekick, orphan Teedie Flinn, come upon the wreckage of a ship in the dried-up sea, Nacky believes it is one of these legendary boats. To reverse the curse that has befallen Yole ('This here is a ghost boat turned real.... There's a way to break the charm what's holdin' this town, and we just spotted it'), Nacky insists the villagers help him reconstruct the ship — all 'forty thousand and one' pieces of it. The tension mounts as Nacky and his crew work against impossible odds and deadlines to finish the ship. There are memorable characters aplenty and Nacky's swashbuckling adventure should be of special interest to those interested in shipbuilding and the seafaring life. Readers will want to follow the story with a careful eye so as not to miss any clues of the dry-land boats prophecy. Ages 10-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

Review:

"If that title doesn't lure readers in, the first few lines should: 'Nothing Nacky Patcher and Teedie Flinn discovered in the Yole lake caused them to suspect they were losing their wits. That was good, since what they found in the blackberry water early that night just as the owl light was fading and true dark was arriving would surely have caused most folks to believe they'd come unsprung.' Most... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

In the blackberry waters of Yole Lake, Nacky Patcher and Teedie Flinn find a way out from the curse that has burdened the poor folks of Yole for generations. But first, they will need the villagers to do something they haven't done in a long time: work as a team.

About the Author

Jeffrey Kluger lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399246043
Author:
Kluger, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Philomel
Illustrator:
Elliott, David
Illustrator:
Elliot, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Transportation - Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070621
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.20x6.42x1.22 in. 1.30 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 384 pages Philomel Books - English 9780399246043 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Kluger's first novel for young readers is a fully imagined fantasy with a twist of magic. The village of Yole, once a bustling seaport, is now an arid village, following the 'Great Drying' when locals drained the sea, (wrongly) suspecting that fertile land lay beneath it. Now, a greedy landowner rules over a handful of hardscrabble villagers, though Nacky Patcher, an unsuccessful thief, believes that the ballad of the Dry-Land Boats (which he's heard since he was in the cradle) holds the key to the village's redemption. When Nacky and his young sidekick, orphan Teedie Flinn, come upon the wreckage of a ship in the dried-up sea, Nacky believes it is one of these legendary boats. To reverse the curse that has befallen Yole ('This here is a ghost boat turned real.... There's a way to break the charm what's holdin' this town, and we just spotted it'), Nacky insists the villagers help him reconstruct the ship — all 'forty thousand and one' pieces of it. The tension mounts as Nacky and his crew work against impossible odds and deadlines to finish the ship. There are memorable characters aplenty and Nacky's swashbuckling adventure should be of special interest to those interested in shipbuilding and the seafaring life. Readers will want to follow the story with a careful eye so as not to miss any clues of the dry-land boats prophecy. Ages 10-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Synopsis" by , In the blackberry waters of Yole Lake, Nacky Patcher and Teedie Flinn find a way out from the curse that has burdened the poor folks of Yole for generations. But first, they will need the villagers to do something they haven't done in a long time: work as a team.
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