Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle [NOOK Book]

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Thirteen-year-old Ppeekk (pronounced "Peekie") finds a very small, very flat, very dead fish. When he comes to life in her hand, he has an amazing story to tell.


In the brilliant underwater world called High Voltage, manatees talk, starfish sing, and practical-joking clownfish encourage children to launch their lunchboxes off the bridge. Now, a fiendish, fifty-foot, prehistoric shark has laid siege to High Voltage and dethroned King Frederick the Ninth (whom Ppeekk calls "Dead...

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Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle

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Overview

Thirteen-year-old Ppeekk (pronounced "Peekie") finds a very small, very flat, very dead fish. When he comes to life in her hand, he has an amazing story to tell.


In the brilliant underwater world called High Voltage, manatees talk, starfish sing, and practical-joking clownfish encourage children to launch their lunchboxes off the bridge. Now, a fiendish, fifty-foot, prehistoric shark has laid siege to High Voltage and dethroned King Frederick the Ninth (whom Ppeekk calls "Dead Fred"). Megalodon, the morphed monster, reigns amphibiously under the old drawbridge with his army of vicious crabs and blood-red remora fish, whose suckers drain victims' joy and imagination.


Can Ppeekk save High Voltage from the evil Megalodon and return Dead Fred to his rightful throne?


Ppeekk and her friends use everything they've got--exploding coconut bombs, strangler fig lassos, even themselves as human bait--to vanquish the terrifying beast and his rogue army. Their adventures culminate in the battle of their lives, fought in a Category-5 hurricane.


Best-selling author Frank McKinney boldly enters young reader fiction in this fantasy novel that is sure to race and gladden the hearts of readers of all ages. The story was inspired by the more than 1,000 walks to school the author has shared with his daughter and her friends in real life. Come along with them into the imaginative world of Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes and the Good Luck Circle!

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Editorial Reviews

Kim Coyle
Imagine that you are walking to school with your dad, minding your own business, when you spot a dead fish. Oh, yuck! But wait, this dead fish talks! Ppeekk has just moved to Florida. Her parents are too busy for her, and her new school uniform is itchy. Her life is ordinary and lonely until she picks up a talking dead fish named Fred. Ppeekk's life changes when she is given a mission that can possibly lead to her death. With the help of her new friends, Ppeekk must find the courage to save High Voltage, Fred's kingdom in the sea. But how can such a small girl battle the great and terrible prehistoric shark, Megalodon? With the help of flying lunch boxes, manatees, and a charmed good luck circle, of course. This is a fantastical adventure beyond anything you will ever experience, and one you certainly won't forget. Reviewer: Kim Coyle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757397639
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,330,890
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 709 KB

Meet the Author

Frank McKinney is a two-time international bestselling author, philanthropist, and extreme risk-taker who's best known for his unprecedented success as a real-estate 'artist' and visionary. Renowned for his deep creativity, he introduced his gift to a broad audience of children and the young at heart through his first fantasy novel, Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle, charging it with fairy-tale wonder, enthralling magic, and page-turning suspense. He and his wife, Nilsa, make their home in Delray Beach, Florida, where he has walked his daughter, Laura, and her friends (sometimes up to 40 adventurers at a time!) to school more than one thousand times and counting. Laura has never been driven to school and, with her fellow 'Dead Fredians,' engages them in adventures, stories, and wildly imaginative games. Visit Frank-McKinney.com and Dead-Fred.com


Proceeds from all book sales go to benefit the good works of McKinney's Caring House Project Foundation, which provides a self-sustaining existence for some of the most desperately poor and homeless families around the world.

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Chapter Eight
The Strangler Fig Battle


Peekk woke, her nostrils flaring to the faint smell of fish. It wasn't a strong odor, but it was unmistakably fishy. She glanced at the alarm clock on her bedside table: 6:03 am, time for her usual pancakes and bacon—not fish. Still half asleep, she turned her head, cracked open one lid, and stared directly into the eye of a small fish lying right on her pillow.

Whoa! How did a little fish get onto her pillow? Maybe she was still asleep. But the fish stared at her, too. Then it all came rushing back to her—finding him on the bridge, hiding him in the usher's coatroom in the church, and finally stashing him in her backpack and hurrying home with him.

She'd placed him in between her pillow and the pillowcase, right at the edge so he could have a bit of air, as if that made any sense. Somehow he'd wiggled out. Now propped up on his two long side fins, he looked sort of like someone leaning on his elbows. He smiled from gill to gill. "Rise and shine."



©2008. Frank McKinney. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes and the Good Luck Circle. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    awesome

    the best book ever!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Underwater Adventure for Children

    What a great book for children!! With a title of Dead Fred it gets your interest before you open the book. This tale is full of imagination and adventure. It is the story of a thirteen-year-old eighth grade girl, named Ppeekk,who has just moved with her dad, a vacuum cleaner salesman, and mom, who is a caterer, from Indiana to Delray Beach, FL. While walking to school in her new home she finds a very small, very flat, very dead fish..when he comes to life in her hand he has an amazing story to tell
    In his brilliant underwater world called High Voltage, manatees talk, starfish sing, and practical-joking clownfish encourage children to launch their lunchboxes off the bridge. Now, a fiendish, fifty-foot, prehistoric shark has laid siege to High Voltage and dethroned King Frederick the Ninth (whom Ppeekk calls "Dead Fred"). Megalodon, the morphed monster, reigns amphibiously under the old drawbridge with his army of vicious crabs and blood-red remora fish, whose suckers drain victims' joy and imagination.
    Can Ppeekk save High Voltage from the evil Megalodon and return Dead Fred to his rightful throne?
    Ppeekk and her friends use everything they've got--exploding coconut bombs, strangler fig lassos, even themselves as human bait--to vanquish the terrifying beast and his rogue army. Their adventures culminate in the battle of their lives, fought in a Category-5 hurricane.
    This a an enjoyable story for children, but there are beneficial lessons portrayed about believing in oneself, friendship, and parent-child relationships, especially when Edward Berry goes out into the hurricane looking for his daughter. In addition, proceeds from book sales go to benefit Frank McKinney's Caring House Project Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides a self-sustaining existence for the most desperately poor and homeless families in Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Africa, Indonesia, and the United States with homes, medical clinics, orphanages, schools, churches, clean water, and renewable agricultural assets such as livestock and crops. Enjoy this book with your children!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    A Great Underwater Adventyre

    A talking fish, a menacing shark-like monster, three strong-willed children and a plethora of sea creatures await the reader of the imaginative Dead Fred, Flying LunchBoxes, and the Good Luck Circle.

    Ppeekk (pronounced Peekie) has just moved to Florida and is heading off to school with her dad in their worn-out car. When the car failed to turn over, the pair decided to walk the short distance to school. The walk along a path of crushed shells turned out to be quite interesting and Ppeekk thought to herself that maybe Florida wouldn't be so bad.

    It wasn't long before strange things begin to happen on Ppeekk's daily walks. First there was a road crew with a little man who chanted a strange poem, then the young girl discovered a glittering circle on the cement, but strangest of all was the small fish she found on the drawbridge.a fish that talked!

    The fish out of water was the royal Frederick the Ninth, King of High Voltage. Ppeekk shortened his name to Dead Fred, and after hearing his plight, pledged to help the fish gain back his kingdom. Megalodon, an evil shark-like creature, was trying to get into High Voltage to steal the Eternal Life Circle. The Circle had amazing powers that could prevent Megalodon from becoming extinct. With the help of two new friends, Quatro, a brainiac, and his little sister Mini Romey, Ppeekk sets out on an amazing underwater adventure.

    Dead Fred, Flying LunchBoxes, and the Good Luck Circle has a remarkable slew of creative creatures, both in and out of the water. Lantern Fish, eels, giant clams, manatees, and dolphins are just a few of the creatures that come Ppeekk's way. Some are good, some bad, but will she be able to tell the difference?

    A nice twist to this story is that the lead character does not fearlessly take on each challenge. She is afraid of water and really doesn't want to slip into the murky depths beneath the drawbridge. By the end, Ppeekk has her fears under control and is even told by one of the minor characters, "I gotta hand it to you. You got a lot of nerve for a girl." It is also nice that adult intervention is kept to a minimum; this is a story for kids about kids.

    Quill says: A great underwater adventure with fish, monsters and some very clever young adventurers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    BLOWN AWAY

    This book carried me off my feet. One day i did not put down down this book (dead fred flying lunchboxes ond the good luck circle) for 2 hours!

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