Freddy and the French Fries #2: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean [NOOK Book]

Overview

In this sequel to "Fries Alive!," Freddy Funkhauser discovers the lab of long-lost scientist Silas Finklebean, along with instructions on how to build a time machine. With Finklebean's help, Freddie is determined to prove himself to bully Adam Spanker.
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Freddy and the French Fries #2: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean

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Overview

In this sequel to "Fries Alive!," Freddy Funkhauser discovers the lab of long-lost scientist Silas Finklebean, along with instructions on how to build a time machine. With Finklebean's help, Freddie is determined to prove himself to bully Adam Spanker.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Being a young inventor is not easy; especially when the bully across the street gets the second brightest kid in town to help him build his science project. Freddy Funkhouser faced just this dilemma, but with the help of his best friend, Howie, and the walking, talking fries he invented, he could make sure that Harold didn't get away with cheating, or his plan to bury the Burger Castle in purple goo. In the course of ruining Harold's plans, Freddy, Howie, and the fries stumble across a decades old mystery, travel into the future to rescue Silas Finklebean, and change the past. Slapstick humor—provided by the fries—abounds throughout the text and detracts tremendously from the story. Freddy is a smart, capable character and Howie as a sidekick is greatly underutilized since most of the text is taken up with the fries making trouble for Freddy. The illustrations are simple drawings, consisting mostly of the fries antics, but do provide a welcome relief from the story. This is the 2nd book in the "Freddy and the French Fries" series. 2006, Little Brown, Ages 7 to 9.
—Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In this slapdash sequel to Fries Alive! (Little Brown, 2005), the nine-year-old genius and his giant spuds are preparing to compete in the local science fair. They discover a hidden tunnel under the Burger Castle, the Funkhouser family's restaurant, and encounter a weird apparition floating in the air. Deciding that ghosts would make an unbeatable project, they begin to research the Castle's history. They learn that it was once owned by inventor Silas Finklebean, who vanished mysteriously. When they find his laboratory and logbook of plans, they attempt to reconstruct his time machine. Meanwhile, town bully Adam Spanker and his father, owners of the rival Patty Cakes restaurant, are plotting to drive the Funkhousers out of business. Can Freddy and the Fries find a way to save the Castle? The over-the-top action is often difficult to follow and there is little depth of character. The pervasive body and insult humor is reminiscent of a second-grade playground. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations are mildly amusing, but add little. Adult thriller author Baldacci is aiming at Captain Underpants graduates, but this novel lacks both the imagination and the underlying logic of that gleefully anarchic series. Steer readers to Dan Greenburg's "Zack Files" (Grosset & Dunlap) or Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" (Viking).-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316033947
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Series: Freddy and the French Fries , #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 669,166
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David  Baldacci
David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at david-baldacci.com and his foundation at wishyouwellfoundation.org.

Biography

David Baldacci's authoritative legal thrillers operate on the irresistible notion that a sinister undercurrent threads through the country's most powerful institutions.

While his stories hinge on the complex machinations behind the presidency, the FBI, the Supreme Court and other spheres of influence, Baldacci (a former Washington, D.C.-based attorney) finds his way into a mystery through the eyes of the innocents. Semi-innocents, at least: small players who often don't realize they're players at all end up hunting down answers, and their hunt becomes the reader's.

According to Baldacci, reading John Irving's The World According to Garp convinced him that he wanted to be a novelist. Absolute Power -- in which a thief finds himself accidentally connected to a murder involving the president and the ensuing coverup -- was hardly Irvingesque; but it did begin Baldacci's friendly relationship with the bestseller lists, which has continued over his writing career.

Baldacci's style is brief and plot-driven, but he's not afraid to linger on macabre and vivid details, such as a rosary clenched in a plane crash victim's hand, or hard-learned lessons from a sniper's life (pack your food so you can find it at night, by touch). These small but memorable -- indeed, almost cinematic -- details give his books another layer that distinguishes them from the average potboiler.

Although the author has occasionally departed from his usual fare (examples include the tenderhearted coming-of-age tale Wish You Well and the holiday-themed adventure The Christmas Train), it is high-octane thrillers that are his true stock in trade. Whether it's a taut stand-alone or a new installment in his Camel Club series, readers know when they crack the spine of a new Baldacci book, they're in for an action-packed page-turner.

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Good To Know

Baldacci was a trial lawyer and a corporate lawyer for nine years in Washington, D.C.

He worked his way through college as a Pinkerton security guard and by washing and detailing 18-wheel trucks.

Baldacci writes under his own name except when published in Italy, where he uses a pseudonym because it is the homeland of his ancestors.

Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1998, according to Baldacci's web site.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, VIrginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
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