Curse of the Bizarro Beetle (Splurch Academy Series #2)

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With Cody's archnemesis, Headmaster Farley, banished from the school, Cody should be celebrating . . . but something is bothering him, eating at him . . . literally gnawing on him. Dark forces are on the rise at Splurch Academy and Cody Mack isn't sure which side of the battle he's on.

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Curse of the Bizarro Beetle (Splurch Academy Series #2)

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With Cody's archnemesis, Headmaster Farley, banished from the school, Cody should be celebrating . . . but something is bothering him, eating at him . . . literally gnawing on him. Dark forces are on the rise at Splurch Academy and Cody Mack isn't sure which side of the battle he's on.

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Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
Evil Headmaster Farley has been banished to a crypt beneath Splurch Academy, but the vampire still haunts Cody Mack's dreams—literally. Trying to block the nightmarish thoughts from his mind, Cody joins his friends as they sneak into the school cafeteria with plans to gorge themselves on hidden junk food. They are caught by Nurse Bilgewater, the acting headmistress, and chained up in the infirmary to keep them out of the way while the monsters of the faculty throw their Halloween party. When they are not being watched, the boys free themselves from their chains and snoop through the school. Cody's dreams become more realistic, and one night he awakes to find himself in the dungeon. There he discovers a beetle necklace that has the power to summon Ramut the Destroyer, an ancient Egyptian demon. As his friends discover the truth of what Farley is doing to Cody, they take action to save him before Farley can complete his evil scheme. For readers who missed the first book in the "Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys" series, the opening pages of this book contain one-paragraph summaries of each character, including the boys in Cody's fifth grade pack and the faculty member monsters who are out to make the boys' lives miserable. A book written for boys, Gardner's illustrations will draw the attention of even the most reluctant readers with graphic novel pages that are interwoven into the tale. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448453606
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/12/2010
  • Series: Splurch Academy Series , #2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 398,210
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a very successful costume designer, working on some notable productions. After the births of twin daughters and a son, she started first to illustrate and then to write picture books and chapter books, usually with fairytale- or otherwise magical subject matter. She has been called “an idiosyncratic genius” by London’s Sunday Times. I, Coriander is her first book for older readers, and she is currently working on a second.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    My Non-Reading Boy LOVES Splurch!

    ok, let's just say my son has never been the "academic" type. His favorite "subjects" are gym, lunch and the bus. While I think physical education is important, I've never really revered it as a "subject". Needless to say, our little Frankie makes Vinnie Barbarino from Welcome Back Kotter look like an over-achiever. You'll be happy to know (as I took great relief in this myself) that he has not taken his nose out of the Splurch books in days. He just proclaimed "Mom, I love those books you bought me, you made a mad reader out of me" AMEN Julie Gardner Berry! I have tried all of the other "popular with the boys" books with no success. So, PLEASE keep writing for these "disruptive" boys!


    A mother that was once worried her son might only read the back of cereal boxes and call it pleasure reading.

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