Synopses & Reviews
Now that Snip the cat is gone (but hardly forgotten), the classroom animals of the Midnight Academy are ready for things to get back to normal at the McKenna School. After all, protecting nutters (students) and lankies (teachers) is an around-the-clock job!
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; When a rare coin and a strange code are uncovered in the school, Malcolm and the Academy have another mystery on their paws.and#160;To find answers, Malcolm ventures into the dangerous outside world full of shady characters, new friends, and old enemies. Can Malcolm solve the mystery and save the school before itandrsquo;s too late? Join Malcolm and company as they take on their most challenging assignment yet.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Illustrated with black-and-white line drawingsand#160;by Brian Lies, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach,and#160;Bats at the Library, andand#160;Bats at theand#160;Ballgame,and#160;this engaging noveland#160;will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.
"Baseball stadiums have an innate magic, never more so than in the hands of Lies, whose latest has the winged creatures gathering for an epic game, complete with 'beenuts and Cricket Jack,' and an upside down audience" and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The visual effect is quite stunning, with some fantastically disorienting upside-down spreads to reflect the fans' hanging position, and much of the language is utterly delicious."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Careful readers will find plenty of inventive details to make this latest outing to the batsand#8217; nocturnal world worthwhile." and#8212;School Library Journal
Praise for Brian Liesand#8217; New York Times best-selling books:
Bats at the Beach
"Brilliant, brilliant paintings . . . just a whiz-bang summer book, anytime book. Everybody should look at this." and#8212;Daniel Pinkwater, NPRand#8217;s Weekend Edition Saturday
"Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"The book truly soars in the dark yet luminescent art. . . . A grand adventure." and#8212;School Library Journal
"Fetching . . . [A] wonderful read-aloud." and#8212;Newsday
Bats at the Library
"The library-after-dark setting works a magic all its own, taking Lies and his audience to an intensely personal place." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Lies] brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story of a colony of bats paying a nighttime visit to a small-town library." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"Illustrations teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes." and#8212;Booklist
"Another tale of bat mischief . . . the charm is all in the story itself." and#8212;New York Times Book Review
andquot;Malcolmand#39;s ponderings on the nature of revenge, compassion, loss, and friendship are seamlessly woven into the plot. Liesand#39; gray-toned, textured pencil-and-graphite illustrations add dimension and personality to the creatures. Welcome back, Malcolm.andquot;
Now that Snip the cat is gone (but hardly forgotten), the classroom animals of the Midnight Academy are ready for things to get back to normal at the McKennaand#160;School.and#160;After all, protecting nutters (students) and lankies (teachers) is an around-the-clock job! When a rare coin and a strange code areand#160;uncovered in the school, Malcolm and the Academy have another mystery on their hands. To find answers, Malcolm must venture into the dangerous outside world full of shady characters, new friends, and old enemies. Once again there are more secrets in the halls of McKenna than there are crumbs in Malcolm's Comf-E-Cube. Will Malcolm save the school and solve the mystery before it's too late? As the clock strikes twelve, rejoin the animals of the Midnight Academy as they take on their most challenging assignment yet.
Hurry up!and#160; Come oneand#8212;come all!and#160;and#160;
Weand#8217;re off to watch the bats play ball!
Youand#8217;ll never forget your first game: the green so green, the presence of heroes past, and togetherness with family and friends, rooting for the home team.
But you think humans are the only ones who enjoy Americaand#8217;s national pastime? Grab your batand#8212;the other kindand#8212;and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog?and#160; Or some Cricket Jack?
In sweeping compositions that transport fans to the rightside-up and upside-down world of bats at play, Brian Lies treats us to a whole new ballgame.
About the Author
andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;W.H. Beck isandnbsp;both an author of childrenand#39;s books and a librarian. Sheandnbsp;grew up in Wisconsin, the oldest of four. As a kid, her dad always teased thatandnbsp;she would be a librarian someday. She read all the timeandmdash;walking home from school, while brushing her teeth, under the table at dinnertime, and under the covers at night. And, sure enough, after earning an elementary teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin,andnbsp;she went on to get a masterandrsquo;s degree in information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She still lives and reads in Wisconsin and shares a home and books withandnbsp;her husband, two sons, andandnbsp;a big black dog.