Synopses & Reviews
Nathaniel Fludds life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousinthe worlds last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the worlds only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the worlds mythical creatures and extinction.
Too bad Nates not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.
Praise for Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: The Flight of the Phoenix (Book 1): and#160; and#8220;A solid start to a new series. . . . A quick and enticing read that will appeal to a wide variety of children.and#8221; and#8212;School Library Journal and#160; and#8220;A fastpaced story that successfully combines fantasy and history into an entertaining, believable world.and#8221; and#8212;Booklist and#160; and#8220;Straightforward sentences, chronological narrative, short chapters, and Murphyand#8217;s plentiful black-and-white illustrations make this appropriate for middle-grade readers looking for a series to grow with.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviews and#160; and#8220;LaFevers gets the Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist series off to a sprightly start with this wry story. . . [a] quick-paced adventure, which should entice kids to return for Nateand#8217;s next escapade.and#8221; and#8212;Publishers Weekly
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist : Book One, Flight of the Phoenix by R.L. LaFevers (fall 2009)
and#8211; A Junior Library Guild selection
and#8211; Nominated for the 2009 Cybils awards
and#8211; Exclusive Chinese and German rights sold
Praise for The Flight of the Phoenix (Book 1):
and#8220;A solid start to a new series. . . . A quick and enticing read that will appeal to a wide variety of children.and#8221; and#8212;School Library Journal
and#8220;Straightforward sentences, chronological narrative, short chapters, and Murphyand#8217;s plentiful black-and-white illustrations make this appropriate for middle-grade readers looking for a series to grow with.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"Picking up immediately where Flight of the Phoenix (2009) finished, Nathaniel Fludd, Aunt Phil, and the gremlin Greasel pursue an escaped Basilisk, the highly dangerous king of the Serpents...
Familiarity with Nathaniel's previous adventure is helpful though not necessary, and fans can look forward to a return to Batting-at-the-Flies as the trio investigates the disappearance of Nathaniel's parents in the forthcoming volume."--Booklist
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her fathers back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museums dark hallways.
Theodosia Throckmorton is in a fix. Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parentsand#8217; museum, she stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museumand#151;in most unusual circumstances! Since Theo has last seen him in a showdown in an ancient Egyptian tomb, his reappearance could mean only one thing: the Serpents of Chaos are back.
Once again Theodosia will have to take on secret societies, evil curses, and dark magic too sinister to imagine, especially if it falls into the wrong hands. Blocked at every turn, Theodosia will have to rely on her own skill and cunningand#151;along with a little help from the most unexpected places.
Being able to detect black magic isnandrsquo;t all tea and crumpetsandmdash;and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for.
Meanwhile, back at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, Henry is home for the spring holidays and makes an accidental discovery of an artifact that alchemists have been hunting for centuries. Soon, every black-cloaked occultist in London is trying to get their hands on it . . .
After tangling with the deadly basilisk, Nathaniel Fludd is glad to return to England with his Aunt Phil. But someone has ransacked their home, and their best suspect is the sinister man who's been trying to steal the Book of Beasts.
Before Nate and Aunt Phil can find the culprit, they are called to Welsh countryside. The wyverns (giant dragons) are in an uproar. Could the same man who ransacked the Fludd house be behind the rift with the wyverns? And just what does he want with The Book of Beasts? But before Nate can solve that mystery, he must calm the dragons before it's too late. It's just another day at work for the world's youngest beastologist!
Is there no rest for the travel worn and weary? Not if you are Nathaniel Fludd, worldand#8217;s youngest beastologist-in-training. All Nate really wants is to track down his missing parents, but when a unicorn falls mysteriously ill, Nateand#8217;s Aunt Phil makes it clear where beastologistsand#8217; duties lie: with the beasts who need them.
If ministering to the creatures of the world isnand#8217;t difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must also keep them safe from a villainous man. Will Nate ever find the parents he is so absolutely convinced are alive?
In the fourth adventures in the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series the world's youngest beastologist must minister to a sick unicorn while continuing the search for his missing parents.
A new illustrated middle-grade series from Theodosia Throckmorton author Robin LaFevers!
Nate Fludd, Beastologist, is back in the camel saddle in hot pursuit of a missing, deadly Basiliskand#151;the King of Serpents. As if saving an entire Dhughani village from the Basiliskand#8217;s poisonous gaze isnand#8217;t difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must begin to piece together the mystery of his parentsand#8217; disappearance and protect the lone copy of the Fludd Book of Beasts from a sinister man who always seem to be one step ahead of them. Pack your goggles, rue, and an extra pair of gloves and join Nate on another unbelievable adventureand#151;thereand#8217;s no rest for the worldand#8217;s youngest beastologist-in-training!
The next riveting adventure in the Theodosia Throckmorton series!
About the Author
'\'Intrepid Theosodia, age 11, narrates a fantasy steeped in invented and authentic Egyptology, clashing secret societies and pre-WWI European intrigue.
It\\\'s the delicious, precise, and atmospheric details (nicely extended in Tanaka\\\'s few, stylized illustrations) that will capture and hold readers, from the contents of Theodosia\\\'s curse-removing kit to descriptions of the museum after hours, when Theodosia sleeps in a sarcophagus to ward off the curses of \\\"disgruntled dead things.\\\" Kids who feel overlooked by their own distracted parents may feel a tug of recognition as Theodosia yearns for attention, and those interested in archeology will be drawn to the story\\\'s questions about the ownership and responsible treatment of ancient artifacts. A sure bet for Harry Potter fans, as well as Joan Aiken\\\'s and Eva Ibbotson\\\'s readers. This imaginative, supernatural mystery will find word-of-mouth popularity.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
\\\"Vivid descriptions of fog-shrouded London and hot, dusty Cairo enhance the palpable gothic atmosphere, while page-turning action and a plucky, determined heroine add to the book\\\'s appeal. . . A fine bet for a booktalk to classes studying ancient Egypt.\\\" School Library Journal
\\\"There are surprises aplenty in LaFevers\\\'s spirited debut, a sort of Indiana Jones for girls and a perfect blend of mystery and humor. . . . Loads of evocative Egyptian history and an oh-so-plucky, resourceful narrator make this the first volume in a series to watch.\\\" Publishers Weekly, Starred
\\\"Danger, mysterious museums stuffed with exotic treasures, and children who best adult evildoers are surefire ways to engage young readers, and LaFevers has combined them to good advantage here.\\\" Bulletin of the Center for Children\\\'s Books
\\\"...with Theo Throckmorton...girls have a truly independent role model.\\\" TimeOut New York
\\\"Readers interested in archaeology will be drawn to the story\\\'s questions.\\\" Book Links January 2008 Book Links, ALA\''