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Casey and Lacey Nicefolk seem like two regular, all-American kids. But these twins have a secret: a magical box that can turn any small object life-size! So they dream up a plan to turn a toy boat into the life-size Hotsy Totsy and enter a national boat race. With their dog, Floopy, along for the ride, the twins zip up to San Francisco, ready for excitement. But this is no ordinary boat, and this is no ordinary race. Casey and Lacey must work together in a nautical adventure that turns into a risky race to the ...

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Overview

Casey and Lacey Nicefolk seem like two regular, all-American kids. But these twins have a secret: a magical box that can turn any small object life-size! So they dream up a plan to turn a toy boat into the life-size Hotsy Totsy and enter a national boat race. With their dog, Floopy, along for the ride, the twins zip up to San Francisco, ready for excitement. But this is no ordinary boat, and this is no ordinary race. Casey and Lacey must work together in a nautical adventure that turns into a risky race to the finish line!

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Gr 3–5—When their parents go out of town, 10-year-old fraternal twins Casey and Lacey Nicefolk decide to use their magical black box to turn a toy model boat into a functioning powerboat and enter the Gold Cup Grand National Race up the Sacramento River. What follows is a series of mini adventures for the siblings and their dog, including kidnapping by the bad guys from The Adventures of Vin Fiz (Philomel, 2006) and the actual race itself, which comprises nearly half the book. Written in a style reminiscent of an old-fashioned dime novel, the book has no character development and a lot of telling rather than showing. The writing is stilted, and the story lacks excitement or purpose.—Jessica Marie, Renton Public Library, WA
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Casey and Lacey Nicefolk are itching for another adventure. Good thing their parents are off on a visit to Aunt Polly's, leaving the fraternal-twin ten-year-olds alone on the herb farm in sunny California. Casey builds a model of the vintage championship speedboat Hotsy Totsy, and they use the Mystery Box left by itinerant farmhand/wizard Sucoh Sucop to turn it into a full-sized boat so they can enter the Gold Cup Grand National Powerboat Race. Unfortunately, "The Boss" has escaped from jail and plans revenge against the Nicefolk kids. Fortunately, he and his bumbling sidekicks are no match for the magic of Hotsy Totsy. Cussler's sequel to his abysmal Adventures of Vin Fiz (2006) suffers from all the same problems: stilted prose, gender stereotypes, unrealistic dialogue, deus-ex-magicus solutions to every problem. Both read as if written by someone who closed the cover on their last children's book in 1940. A publishing event that demands an apology to the industry, all children and the trees that gave their lives. (Magical adventure. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399254345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

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Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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    Highly recommended

    Easy read. Adventure. Cool book.

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