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Fish Finelli (Book 2): Operation Fireball

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When Bryce Billings says he will clobber Fish Finelli in the Captain Kidd Classic boat race, Fish has no choice but to accept the bet. But Fish's 1970s Whaler with a broken motor is no match for Bryce's new, top-of-the-line, 9.9-horsepower Viper—even if Fish, Roger, and T. J. can fix their measly 5-horsepower motor, it can't compete with Bryce's boat. With $9.63 between them, do the guys even have a chance at the Classic? A hilarious romp, filled with fun facts seamlessly integrated into the story, Fish Finelli ...

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Overview

When Bryce Billings says he will clobber Fish Finelli in the Captain Kidd Classic boat race, Fish has no choice but to accept the bet. But Fish's 1970s Whaler with a broken motor is no match for Bryce's new, top-of-the-line, 9.9-horsepower Viper—even if Fish, Roger, and T. J. can fix their measly 5-horsepower motor, it can't compete with Bryce's boat. With $9.63 between them, do the guys even have a chance at the Classic? A hilarious romp, filled with fun facts seamlessly integrated into the story, Fish Finelli informs as much as it entertains for perfect middle-grade reading.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A feel-good chapter book perfect for reluctant readers, particularly boys."—Common Sense Media

"Plenty of action, humor, odd nicknames, and nautical facts. a good choice for summer reading."- Booklist

"Go fish!"—Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-12
Ahoy. The three intrepid boys from Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles (2013) are back in a nautical adventure. When Fish accepts a bet from bully Bryce on who will win the Captain Kidd Classic boat race, his cohorts Roger and T.J. help him fix up his 1970s-era whaler by trial and error. But can his measly 5-horsepower engine have a chance at beating the 9.9 horses on Bryce's Viper? On the day of the race, right at start time, another kid has engine trouble. Fish remembers that the first law of boating is to help someone in trouble, which he does—but by doing so, he has a late start. Can he still outrace Bryce? Who is the mystery winner? Enter a young femme fatale on the scene. Farber's characters drive the lively plot, which is filled with zingy dialogue, Roger's nautical wordplay and puns, and T.J's constant snacking. The format is the same as the first book's, with funny chapter headings and sidebars offering interesting tidbits of scientific information or explanations. The book can stand alone but will be appreciated the most by readers of the first one. The ending sets up the next in the series, which involves another bet: Will Fish enter the one-legged whaler's haunted house—on Halloween? Go fish! (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452110837
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Fish Finelli Series , #2
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 624,120
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

E. S. Farber is the mother of a boy who likes facts along with his fiction, which inspired her to write Fish Finelli. She has authored numerous books for children. She lives in Amagansett, New York.

Jason Beene is the art director of Calloway Digital Arts, teaches at MIT and RISD, makes games, and is a father to two girls. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    Fish Finelli and his friends have to beat the school bully, Bryc

    Fish Finelli and his friends have to beat the school bully, Bryce Billings, in a boat race, due to a dare made at the end of book one. There is just one problem – that Bryce has a new boat with a 9.9 horsepower (which is the limit for the race) and Fish and his friends have an old whaler with a 5 horsepower motor. Will they beat Bryce?

    This was a fun book. I didn’t read book 1, but Ms. Farber brings the reader right up to speed so I totally understood the back-story (As a note, I love it when an author recaps the previous book(s) in a series really well). Fish is a great character, and I like how he solves his own problems. He is also devoted to sailing and I enjoyed reading about a kid who likes to sail. Ms. Farber has an enjoyable writing style. I love all of the humor she put in the story. I really enjoyed the little fact boxes and diagrams about things in the book. That was a nice touch. The illustrations scattered in the book were great too. They had a very cool style. After reading this book, I’m going to go back and read the first one in the series. I like a good story. :) This book is a great read for young advanced readers, reluctant readers and kids looking for a fun story!
    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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