Kidnapped at Birth? (Marvin Redpost Series #1)

Kidnapped at Birth? (Marvin Redpost Series #1)

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by Louis Sachar, Neal Hughes
     
 

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Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost—he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon!See more details below

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Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost—he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon!

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"The story is wonderfully logical and absurd, with a wit and attention to detail rare in an easy reader."—Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. "Fast paced, easy to read, and full of humor."—School Library Journal.  
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This First Stepping Stone book (see preceding review) heralds the series debut of nine-year-old Marvin Redpost. He is convinced he is Prince Robert, the King of Shampoon's long-lost son currently being sought in a much-publicized campaign. First, Marvin is the only person in his family with red hair and blue eyes. Next, Marvin's teacher says that because he is left-handed he must have royal blood. And finally, Marvin does not remind his grandmother of anyone else in the family. All of this assures Marvin that he must have been kidnapped at birth and accidentally given to Mr. and Mrs. Redpost. Though the story line is frivolous, lively dialogue and Marvin's endless imagination command steady attention. Characterization, however scanty, is at least true to life, and the unresolved ending leaves readers something to think about. The rigid black-and-white illustrations, on the other hand, add little. Ages 6-9. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679819462
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Series:
A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
129,007
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.21(d)
Lexile:
290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York, moved to Southern California when he was nine, and now lives in Austin, Texas.  Louis's first book for children, Sideways Stories from Wayside School was accepted for publication during his first week of law school.  Although Louis graduated and passed the bar exam, he opted to be a full-time writer for children rather than a lawyer.

Louis met his wife, Carla, when he was a visiting author at a school in Texas.  She was a counselor at the same school.  They have a daughter, Sherre.  Louis likes to play chess, cards, ski, play the guitar (and sing loudly), but mostly he likes spending time with Carla and Sherre.

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