Case File 13 #2: Making the Team [NOOK Book]

Overview

With thrills, chills, and laughs on every page, plus a boy-girl rivalry that will leave you in stitches, this is one frighteningly funny book you don't want to miss. In this second book in a middle grade series that's "sure to please young readers looking for a thrill" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), three monster-obsessed friends must take on a mad scientist who is literally stitching together a Frankenstein-esque football team.

Nick, Carter, and Angelo are back to monster ...

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Case File 13 #2: Making the Team

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Overview

With thrills, chills, and laughs on every page, plus a boy-girl rivalry that will leave you in stitches, this is one frighteningly funny book you don't want to miss. In this second book in a middle grade series that's "sure to please young readers looking for a thrill" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), three monster-obsessed friends must take on a mad scientist who is literally stitching together a Frankenstein-esque football team.

Nick, Carter, and Angelo are back to monster business as usual. They're even filming a monster movie for a school project on Building a Brighter Tomorrow. (There's a connection there somewhere, they swear.) But when a new private school arrives in town boasting a football team that's inhumanly good, the boys start to suspect they may have a real monster mystery on their hands. And what's worse, they may need help from their girl rivals, Angie, Tiffany, and Dana, to get to the bottom of it.

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Editorial Reviews

James Dashner
“With its mix of creepy chills and laugh-out-loud humor, Zombie Kid is the perfect book. Nick and his friends are my new favorite people.”
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Nick, Carter, and Angelo do not think any other kids in the world, much less any other sixth graders at their school, could love monsters as much as they do. From mummy movie marathons to making their own film about a veterinarian-turned-killer-rat, the Monsterteers are obsessed with anything otherworldly. While at a high school football game, the boys run into Angie, Dana, and Tiffany, three know-it-all girls who think they are monster experts. After a tense game of twenty questions, the girls reveal the news that two corpses have been dug up from the local cemetery. Thus begins the second story in the “Case File 13” series, a Scooby-Doo-esque caper involving a mysteriously unbeatable football team, their mad scientist coach, and an unlikely alliance between the Monsterteers, their least favorite female classmates, and the class bully, Cody Gills. Savage keeps readers engaged with fast-paced action, daring plot twists, and snappy dialogue. The constant competition between the boys and girls adds an extra layer of tension to the mystery they are trying to solve. Humor balances ghoulish encounters at Sumina Prep, where the splendid six, along with their new monster friend Jake, sacrifice everything in a final showdown to save Cody from a terrible fate. Readers new to the series may struggle to keep up with the different characters. The role of Mr. Blackham, the mysterious librarian who serves as the narrator in the preface and afterword, is not clear until the last chapter, which may confuse some readers. However, on the whole, this title has strong kid-appeal, especially to boys, mystery lovers, and anyone who enjoys being just a little bit grossed out and scared. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
The Three Monsterteers are back and ready for another hair-raising, funny-bone–tickling adventure (Zombie Kid, 2012). The only difference is that this time, like it or not, they've got help. When bodies go missing from the local cemetery, Nick, Angelo and Carter reluctantly agree that the only way they are going to solve the mystery is with the help of their monster-loving girl rivals Angie, Tiffany and Dana. The addition of the girls not only broadens the book's appeal, but adds a humorous layer of boy-girl interaction that preteen readers will get a kick out of. It's a battle of the sexes as the mystery leads them to an unusual private school with larger-than-life (literally) students and a mad-scientist headmaster with a demonic agenda. Though the headmaster's ultimate endgame is somewhat confusing, readers are sure to get more than a few thrills as the kids band together to uncover what's really going on at Sumina Prep. The stakes are raised even higher when their classmate Cody Gills goes missing, and the kids have every reason to believe that he will meet an untimely end unless they break into Sumina Prep and save him. The best and most satisfying part about this series is that the monsters and mystery are real and not figments of the kids' imaginations. Another thoroughly satisfying thrill ride. (Funny horror. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062133366
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 340,344
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Recently, J. Scott Savage took his family on a much-needed camping trip to an undisclosed forest. The trip must have been restful because he is now getting twice as much done. In an odd twist, he also now claims to have eight children: Good Erica, Evil Erica, Good Scott, Evil Scott, Good Jake, Evil Jake, Good Nick, and Evil Nick. His wife, Jennifer, was recently spotted at Disney World and Disneyland on the same day. And Pepper barks twice as much. This is the third volume in his Case File 13 series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Fun Quick read

    Like the headline says, fun quick read, like the first one, the back cover lays out the story. Considering the writer doubled the number of main characters from the first book it’s a little surprising story still flows so well.

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