Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to the Amazing Automated Inn, home of twelve-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, his genius scientist parents, and hisand#160;dashing dog, Noodles. From the lightning harvester on the roof to the labs full of experiments in the dungeon, the inn is a wonderful place for a curious boy and his loyal dog to live. That is, until President Theodore Roosevelt himself calls the elder Kennewicketts away, leaving Wally and Noodles to face the evil Mesmers, horrible hypnotists bent on controlling the minds of powerful people. It seems the inn is their first stop on the way to world domination . . . and only an ingenious boy, a staff of automatons,and#160;and a brave dachshund stand in their way!
"Blending the offbeat humor of Lemony Snicket and insight into the preadolescent psyche la Jerry Spinelli with the captivating conundrums of Blue Balliett, the debut novel from a pseudonymous author is equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure and evocative coming-of-age tale. When an unlikely pair of 11-year-old outsiders survivalist Cassandra and aspiring stand-up comedian Max-Ernest team up to solve a mystery surrounding the alleged death of an old magician and the strange and wondrous possessions he left behind, they unwittingly cross paths with the villainous Dr. L and his ageless accomplice Ms. Mauvais, who are obsessed with finding the magician's notebook. After the diabolical duo shows up at Cass and Max-Ernest's school, one of their classmates (a gifted artist named Benjamin) goes missing. Convinced that Benjamin has been kidnapped and faces mortal danger, Cass and Max-Ernest track the doctor and his glove-wearing sidekick to an exclusive and remote 'sensorium' cum spa, where they uncover an arcane, alchemical, potentially apocalyptic bombshell. Relayed by an often witty, sometimes arch narrator, and loaded with brainteasers anagrams, coded messages, palindromes and more as well as such bounty as a brief and idiosyncratic history of Benito Mussolini, the definition of synesthesia and how Earl Grey tea got its name, Bosch's deliberately eccentric offering is likely to acquire a cult following. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"As always, the authors keep readers giggling . . . Good, merry fun dances on every page, with bubbling humor for child and adult alike."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews"The Klise sisters have their formula down to a science: a heavily illustrated, comedic/ghostly mystery revealed in a series of letters and documents by a quirky cast whose pun-filled names are truly groanworthy."and#8212;Booklist
Praise for Dying to Meet You:
2010-2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
Nevada Young Readers Awardand#160;Nominee
Summer 2009 Kid's Indie Next Listand#160;
"Fresh, funny."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"This first title in a new series will appeal to readers, especially reluctant ones, as it moves quickly and leaves its audience eager for book two."and#8212;SLJ
Praise for Over My Dead Body:
"The laughter continues in this second installment."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"All in all, the short, graphic-heavy text and broad humor will appeal to middle grade readers."and#8212;SLJ
Praise Regarding the series:
"Zany."and#8212;The Horn Book
"[A] clever funny romp."and#8212;SLJ
"Consistently clear and often hilarious, [Regarding the Trees] and its series mates may well become perennial favorites with young readers."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
A Winter 2013-14 Kidsand#39; Indie Next List pick
andquot;Fast paced and funny, with plenty of alliteration and word definitions provided by Noodles, it carries hints of both Lemony Snicketand#39;s wordplay and the absurdity of M. T. Andersonand#39;s Pals in Peril series. . . . Young, precocious readers and older readers looking for a shorter read will enjoy this first title in the Gadgets and Gears series.andquot;and#160;
andquot;[An] auspicious first book. . . . Hamilton makes the comedic most of her premise. . . . Noodlesand#39;s antics and droll, mannered narration make him the indisputable star of this show.andquot;and#160;
andquot;Steampunk with training wheels for the chapter book set. . . . Sly humor . . . nifty, gear-laden illustrations . . . [an] imaginative, engaging premise.andquot;and#160;
"Equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure, and evocative coming-of-age tale."--Publishers Weekly
"Equal parts snarky and delightful."--Booklist
"Pinkwater saturates his customary eccentricities with a Beat-era flavor."
"Pinkwater's talent for odd but unforgettable characters continues apace, and his storytelling ability is legendary."
"Pinkwater's many fans will rejoice."
"Plenty of teens will recognize the issues that Harold confronts—subjectivity of taste, the lure of selling out—as he tries to figure out what art is."
"This is a paean to the transformative power of art, and vintage Pinkwater."
—School Library Journal
This is the story of a secret, and also a secret story. Cass and Max Ernest are two friendless 11-year olds who come together to solve the mystery surrounding a dead magician and the clues he left behind. Along the way they must solve puzzles and word games and face incredible danger to answer their questions. Illustrations.
Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.
When a dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are less enthusiasticand#8212;especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long. Is it possible Secret just misses his old companion, the late Noah Breth, whose children are fighting like cats and dogs over their fatherand#8217;s money? Or does Secret have a secret that, in the end, will make the entire town of Ghastly howl with delight?and#160;
This third book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, a runaway mystery told in letters, limericks, a last will, and loose change, is guaranteed to please anyone whoand#8217;s ever tried to keep a secret.
The first book in aand#160;fast-paced historical fantasyand#160;series narrated by a daring dachshund and brimming with mad science.
This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story.
When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician's diary and the hunt for immortality.
Filled with word games, anagrams, and featuring a mysterious narrator, this is a book that won't stay secret for long.
Another Pinkwaterpalooza, jam-packed with off-beat characters and wild happenings for a one-of-a-kind coming of age adventure!
“What Pinkwater does is magic, and Im grateful for it.” --Neil Gaiman (about The Neddiad)
Is Bushman the gorilla alive? According to the papers, he died a long time ago. Why is he so important to the high school senior and aspiring Great Artist Harold Knishke? Its a hot summer in 1960s Chicago, and people are on the streets late at night, including the Chicken Man and Molly the dwerg. While reading this hilarious young adult novel (with illustrations by Calef Brown!) teens will ask themselves, “Why am I reading this?” and “Is Harold about to embark on a voyage of great adventure?” He is.
About the Author
is the author of many successful punny and funny middle grade novels, including the first two books in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, the Regarding the . . . series, Trial by Journal,
and Letters from Camp.
She's also written six picture books and two young adult novels, Deliver Us From Normal
and Far From Normal.
Kate's a correspondent for People
magazine. She lives in rural Missouri.