Higgins Hole

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"Jumping conch shells! Have I got a tale for you!" So begins the account of the battle for Higgins Hole by its most noble historian and poet laureate, Petronius the seahorse. Tucked away from the powerful currents of the ocean, Higgins Hole is home to a peaceful community of quirky sea creatures—until a vicious pack of great white sharks, led by the ferocious Tacitus, invades. Lutus, the Hole’s sage lobster leader, and Apollo, the sea turtle diplomat, appeal to the Oceanic Council for help, while General Integritus, the courageous military
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Overview

"Jumping conch shells! Have I got a tale for you!" So begins the account of the battle for Higgins Hole by its most noble historian and poet laureate, Petronius the seahorse. Tucked away from the powerful currents of the ocean, Higgins Hole is home to a peaceful community of quirky sea creatures—until a vicious pack of great white sharks, led by the ferocious Tacitus, invades. Lutus, the Hole’s sage lobster leader, and Apollo, the sea turtle diplomat, appeal to the Oceanic Council for help, while General Integritus, the courageous military commander, does his best to protect the Hole. Yet in the end, it will be up to the Hole’s inhabitants to rid their waters of the intruders, with the aid of the legendary Flying Dolphin Squadron and a helping hand from the mysterious depths of the abyss.
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Kirkus Reviews
A middle-grade undersea fantasy angles to be a comical clambake but reels in only a damp debacle. Higgins Hole is a paradisiacal reef off the Florida Keys, where sharks, shellfish and sealife of every kind live in harmony under the wise leadership of Lutus the lobster—until their peaceful idyll is invaded by the monstrous white shark Tacitus and his gang of thugs. Every denizen of the deep, from the tiniest shrimp to the giant blue whales, will have to summon unprecedented courage to save their home, with just a little unexpected assist from the abyss. The premise is a charming one, but when the prologue drains any potential suspense by announcing a complete, casualty-free victory, the story needs to rely instead upon a likable voice or clever execution. Unfortunately, the first-person narration by the vainglorious grandiloquent seahorse Petronius (and especially his tedious reliance on incessant, groan-worthy puns) quickly becomes annoying, while the broad political and social satire will most likely sail over the heads of younger readers. The cartoony ink illustrations provide a certain goofy brio, and the brief chapters and constant cliffhangers might make for a passable classroom read-aloud. The failure to allow any named female a role beyond passive oracle or silly damselfish-in-distress, however, unnecessarily excludes half the potential audience, while the condescending tone and corny humor will probably alienate the rest. Steer clear. (Fantasy. 8-11)
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Higgins Hole, a peaceful community of sea creatures on a coral reef in the warm waters of the ocean has attracted the notice of a marauding gang of great white sharks. The sharks are led by the infamous Tacitus, whose reputation for ferocity is well-earned. The community of Higgins Hole has formed a democratic style of government that has made their home a place of peace and prosperity for all. That peace and prosperity are now threatened and it is up to the sea horse Petronius, the lobster Lutus, and the sea turtle Apollo to save the reef and its citizens. In an adventure story rivaling the greatest adventures of all time, the friends call upon the Oceanic Council and the Flying Dolphin Squadron to help them in their fight for survival, and learn what friendship and courage truly are. Adults and more advanced readers will appreciate the sophisticated wordplay, reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth, as well as the political satire, while younger readers will enjoy it as a read-aloud. Puns and rhymes add sparkle to the writing, and the characters are well-developed and charming. Very highly recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570916410
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Boreen is a first-time author who lives in Wilton, Connecticut. He began writing HIGGINS HOLE during his daily commute to Manhattan.
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