Haunting of Freddy (Golden Hamster Saga Series #4)

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Freddy's internationally acclaimed saga continues, taking him and his pals on an adventure to a haunted castle! This paperback release coincides with publication of the final Freddy adventure in HC.

Freddy Auratus--hamster extraordinaire--is absorbed in writing his latest novel (a horror story), THE LORD OF THE FERRETS, when his characters unexpectedly come to life! Not only do they haunt Freddy, but they threaten the lives of his new friends, and a colony of rabbits. Now it's ...

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Overview


Freddy's internationally acclaimed saga continues, taking him and his pals on an adventure to a haunted castle! This paperback release coincides with publication of the final Freddy adventure in HC.

Freddy Auratus--hamster extraordinaire--is absorbed in writing his latest novel (a horror story), THE LORD OF THE FERRETS, when his characters unexpectedly come to life! Not only do they haunt Freddy, but they threaten the lives of his new friends, and a colony of rabbits. Now it's up to Freddy and his old friends--Enrico and Caruso, the guinea pig poets, and Sir William, the civilized tomcat--to save the day and one another.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Freddy is a talented pet hamster that is able to type into a computer to talk to his human friend Mr. John. Freddy is so clever, he has even written several books. This story opens with a very gothic tale about a poacher named Grim Harry and his giant attack ferrets. This dark tale is being created and typed up by Freddy, who is also the narrator of the main story. So it is a story within a story. Despite all his literary accomplishments, Freddy is having a bad case of writer's block and seems unable to finish his work of fiction. He decides to bring his story along with him when he visits England with his housemates. Freddy's housemates include Enrico and Caruso, two very silly guinea pigs; Sir William, the high-class tomcat; and their human friend, Mr. John. They have all been invited to stay with a Baroness at a castle in England. By coincidence, Freddy's gothic tale is based on a true event that occurred at the very same castle generations earlier. Unfortunately, an ancient curse has brought Grim Harry and his dangerous ferrets back from the dead and these "un-dead" terrorize the inhabitants and guests of the castle. Freddy, along with Enrico and Caruso, Sir William, Mr. John, a warren of rabbits, the Lord of the Manor, and his two children must all gather their wits to survive the dangerous "un-dead." Fast-paced story-telling, funky illustrations, and visually interesting typography all keep the reader's interest. The first book in the series, I, Freddy, gives a full account of how Freddy learns to read and write. However, each book in the series can be read separately. Freddy escapes an evil scientist in Freddy in Peril and he saves a colony of endangered fieldhamsters in Freddy to the Rescue. Freddy's Golden Hamster Saga will be published soon. The translation of this edition from the original German is smooth and fluent. 2006, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Author Freddy Auratus is back in another amusing adventure. This time, the prolific hamster; dignified tabby cat, Sir William; goofy guinea pigs Enrico and Caruso; and owner, Mr. John, are invited to England by an admirer of Freddy's books. Upon their arrival at Templeton Castle, the travelers discover that their hostess passed away recently. Her son and two grandchildren nonetheless ask their guests to stay. Freddy works on his latest opus, a scary tale based on a true story of a late-16th-century rabbit poacher sentenced to death by an unpleasant baron. Mysterious events begin occurring and apparitions appear. A den of rabbits is imperiled by ghostly ferrets while the humans are visited with visions of vengeful poacher Grim Harry. Of course, a connection between the past and the Templeton family is discovered. It takes some ingenuity and cooperation to deal with the situation successfully. Pompous, overly serious Freddy still has difficulty having a sense of humor about himself. Sir William continues to be the calming influence while Enrico and Caruso pursue their vaudevillian clowning. With the help of little Annabelle, a new crush for Freddy, all is resolved. Cepeda's artwork and enlarged text fonts enhance the humor greatly, with many enjoyable visual puns. A solid addition wherever the Freddy books have a following.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Booklist 2/15/06
Reiche, Dietlof. The Haunting of Freddy. Illus. by Joe Cepeda. Tr. by John Brownjohn. Mar. 2006. 320p. Scholastic, $16.99 (0-439-53159-4).
Gr. 4–7. Hamster author Freddy, who loves a good story, is writing again, this time a dark tale set in 1593. But fiction soon becomes reality, and Freddy must write the sinister ghosts of a poacher and his vicious ferrets out of the present and back to where they belong. Occasionally spooky, Freddy's fourth adventure is an entertaining blend of suspense and fantasy, with Freddy's droll commentary on animal and human behavior adding an appealing overlay of humor. –Shelle Rosenfeld

SLJ
Gr 3-5–Author Freddy Auratus is back in another amusing adventure. This time, the prolific hamster; dignified tabby cat, Sir William; goofy guinea pigs Enrico and Caruso; and owner, Mr. John, are invited to England by an admirer of Freddy's books. Upon their arrival at Templeton Castle, the travelers discover that their hostess passed away recently. Her son and two grandchildren nonetheless ask their guests to stay. Freddy works on his latest opus, a scary tale based on a true story of a late-16th-century rabbit poacher sentenced to death by an unpleasant baron. Mysterious events begin occurring and apparitions appear. A den of rabbits is imperiled by ghostly ferrets while the humans are visited with visions of vengeful poacher Grim Harry. Of course, a connection between the past and the Templeton family is discovered. It takes some ingenuity and cooperation to deal with the situation successfully. Pompous, overly serious Freddy still has difficulty having a sense of humor about himself. Sir William continues to be the calming influence while Enrico and Caruso pursue their vaudevillian clowning. With the help of little Annabelle, a new crush for Freddy, all is resolved. Cepeda's artwork and enlarged text fonts enhance the humor greatly, with many enjoyable visual puns. A solid addition wherever the Freddy books have a following.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439531603
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Golden Hamster Saga Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 592,005
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Dietlof Reiche's middle-grade and young adult novels have garnered many awards in his native Germany, including the German Juvenile Literature Award and the Oldenburg's Children's Book Prize.

Born in Dresden, Germany, in 1942, Reiche spent his early childhood in the village of Nördlingen, the town where his first historical novel Der Bleisiegelfälscher (The Lead Seal Counterfeiter), is set. Before becoming a full-time writer of children's books, Reiche studied engineering. He later took an academic position at Darmstadt Technical University, followed by studies in sociology, and work as a graphic designer.

Many of Reiche's books are historical fiction, but he also enjoys mixing history with fantastic elements, and often brings his wonderful sense of humor and his concern for the environment to his books.

In Reiche's exciting new novel Ghost Ship, he blends contemporary life with history and the supernatural to create one captivating adventure. His Golden Hamster Saga series: I, Freddy; Freddy in Peril; Freddy to the Rescue; and the forthcoming, Freddy and the Ferocious Ferrets is hilariously narrated by Freddy the Golden hamster, and was inspired by memories of the numerous pet hamsters Reiche had as a child.

Dietlof Reiche lives with his wife in Hamburg, Germany.

Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.

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    AWESOME!!!

    This series is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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