Kid vs. Squid

Kid vs. Squid

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by Greg Van Eekhout
     
 

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When a mysterious girl shows up at his uncle's seaside Museum of Curiosities, Thatcher's quiet summer job turns into an adventure. The girl is a princess of the lost city of Atlantis, whose people have been cursed to float at sea all winter and work the midway games and food stands on the boardwalk in the summer. Can Thatcher save them from a life of selling cotton

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When a mysterious girl shows up at his uncle's seaside Museum of Curiosities, Thatcher's quiet summer job turns into an adventure. The girl is a princess of the lost city of Atlantis, whose people have been cursed to float at sea all winter and work the midway games and food stands on the boardwalk in the summer. Can Thatcher save them from a life of selling cotton candy? Or will he, too, succumb to the witch's curse?

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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)

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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

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