Flight of the Phoenix (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Flight of the Phoenix (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by R. L. LaFevers
     
 

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Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself

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Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction.
Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.

Robin LaFevers lives in Southern California. Learn more at her website: http://www.rllafevers.com/

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Quiet, young Nathaniel (Nate) Fludd finds himself at the doorsteps of P. A. Fludd, Beastologist. Phil Fludd is his appointed guardian and his father's cousin with whom he is to live with now that his parents have been declared lost at sea. Prior to the declaration, Nate was left in the care of Miss Lumpton until he was old enough to join his parents on their adventures. Now his life takes an unexpected turn. Ready or not, Nate with trepidation is flying off to Arabia with Phil to observe the hatching of the phoenix which occurs once every five hundred years. Phil is surprised that Nate's parents had not started the Fludd training and fills Nate in with some of the Fludd family history and traditions. How will Nate survive his first expedition with gremlins, camels, and the Bedouin when his stomach drops and he starts out gripping the side of the platypus (plane)? This fast paced story is the first in the adventure series of "Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist." There are some hints about the next adventure, along with some mysterious characters that are yet to be revealed. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—This is a solid start to a new series. Ten-year-old Nathaniel Fludd's parents have been off on an adventure for three years and are now, in 1928, declared lost at sea at the North Pole. Thus begin Nate's own escapades as he goes to live with his Aunt Phil A. Fludd in Batting-at-the-Flies and learn the family business of mapmaking and beastology. Even though Nate has always resisted adventure, he now finds himself meeting an extraordinary talking dodo bird and talking gremlins, and he and Aunt Phil fly to Arabia to oversee the birth of a phoenix. When his aunt is taken by the Bedouin, Nate must summon his courage to protect the phoenix and save her. The story is packed with adventure and mythological creatures. Children who love fantasy, myth, exotic settings, and even a little dose of history will relate to Nate as he discovers his inner hero and carries on the Fludd family tradition. The characters are strongly developed and the period illustrations done in line, including some of Nate's own sketches, enhance the tale. A quick and enriching read that will appeal to a wide variety of children.—Jane Cronkhite, San Jose Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
When his parents are declared lost at sea in 1928, ten-year-old Nate is sent to live with a cousin, who whisks him off to Arabia to watch the fiery death and rebirth of a phoenix. In this series opener, Nate learns he is heir to a long tradition of mapmakers and beastologists, people who study animals thought to be mythological or extinct. He acquires a gremlin friend, Greasle, and proves himself worthy of the Fludd family compass. The series has a promising premise and this first installment is well paced and complete, although tantalizing loose ends will frustrate readers who will want to know NOW about the missing letters, the mysterious thief and the actual fate of Nate's parents. Playing freely with historical detail and using traditions of English boys' adventure stories and colonial cliches about Bedouin culture, this American author has crafted an exciting tale. Straightforward sentences, chronological narrative, short chapters and Murphy's plentiful black-and-white illustrations make this appropriate for middle-grade readers looking for a series to grow with. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606244558
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
09/13/2010
Series:
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist Series, #1
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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