Kid vs. Squid

Kid vs. Squid

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by Greg Van Eekhout
     
 

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Thatcher Hill is bored stiff of his summer job dusting the fake mermaids and shrunken heads at his uncle's seaside Museum of Curiosities. But when a mysterious girl steals an artifact from the museum, Thatcher's summer becomes an adventure that takes him from the top of the ferris wheel to the depths of the sea. Following the thief, he learns that she is a princess

Overview

Thatcher Hill is bored stiff of his summer job dusting the fake mermaids and shrunken heads at his uncle's seaside Museum of Curiosities. But when a mysterious girl steals an artifact from the museum, Thatcher's summer becomes an adventure that takes him from the top of the ferris wheel to the depths of the sea. Following the thief, he learns that she is a princess of the lost Atlantis. Her people have been cursed by an evil witch to drift at sea all winter and wash up on shore each summer to an even more terrible fate-working the midway games and food stands on the boardwalk. Can Thatcher help save them before he, too, succumbs to the witch's curse?

With sharp, witty writing that reads like a middle-grade Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Greg van Eekhout's first book for young readers is a wild ride packed with as many laughs as it has thrills.

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“[Greg] van Eekhout chivvies the plot along at a lively pace to a hold-your-breath climax and a deftly choreographed resolution. He also leaves the main characters around for sequels—which in this case, at least, could be a Good Thing.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Van Eekhout carefully balances his tongue in his cheek with some really creepy situations, and the result is a humorous fantasy that will rush over young readers like a tidal wave.” —School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Thatcher is reluctantly sent to spend the summer between sixth and seventh grades helping his great-uncle Griswald run his Museum of the Strange and Curious on the boardwalk of the fictional coastal tourist town of Las Huesas, CA. When a girl, Shoal, breaks into the museum and steals a witch's head, Thatcher pursues her. He soon finds himself in a world of maritime monsters that might—just might—be plotting to destroy civilization. He allies himself with Trudy, a girl with the tools and the talents of a detective, and eventually with Shoal, to save the world. (The Squid doesn't appear until the end, but it's worth the wait.) Van Eekhout carefully balances his tongue in his cheek with some really creepy situations, and the result is a humorous fantasy that will rush over young readers like a tidal wave.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A lad goes from dusting the exhibits in his great-uncle's decrepit museum of oddities to saving the coast of California from watery doom in this wry crossover debut. Thatcher's sleepy vacation takes a sharp turn toward the exciting when he discovers that the oddball barkers and vendors along the local boardwalk are actually remnants of the last outpost of Atlantis-returned to life each summer thanks to the curse of Skalla, a beheaded witch. Actually, Skalla is still around, or at least her head is, delivering curses and transforming human victims into giant lobsters and other sea creatures. After centuries of preparation, she is also finally poised to raise up her own Atlantis with a massive tsunami. Drawing together a memorable supporting cast that ranges from a half-human Atlantean princess to a genial shark-man ("Howdy-do. Swim with us to shore or we'll eat your legs"), van Eekhout chivvies the plot along at a lively pace to a hold-your-breath climax and a deftly choreographed resolution. He also leaves the main characters around for sequels-which in this case, at least, could be a Good Thing. (Fantasy/humor. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904894
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

This is Greg van Eekhout's first middle grade novel; his adult fantasy novel based on Nordic mythology - NORSE CODE - came out from Bantam in June. Publishers Weekly praised it: "Short story author van Eekhout makes a successful leap to long fiction with this thrilling urban fantasy. The compelling prose and epic blend of mythological and modern elements make it clear that van Eekhout is an author to watch."

Pronounciation guide: "emphasis on the EEK. The HOUT part rhymes with OUT, as in, 'Hey, I'm going OUT for some guacamole.'"

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Kid vs. Squid 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to better communicate with my godson and I have to say that the book really captures the readers attention and keeps them on the edge of their seats. I your kid is in to adventure, then that is the book for him/her. A. Juleus
Sol Sol More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud. Hold your breath suspense. Edge of your seat action, with characters that come to life. Just a few of the feelings you'll experience during this read. Van Eekhout knocks it out of the park with this fresh spin on the tale of Atlantis.
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