Masters of Disaster

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“Let’s face facts: We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet.”
 
Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed have got to liven things up. They need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley’s the cautious researcher who’s prepared for anything. And somehow fearful Reed always ends up with the scariest, craziest assignments.
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“Let’s face facts: We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet.”
 
Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed have got to liven things up. They need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley’s the cautious researcher who’s prepared for anything. And somehow fearful Reed always ends up with the scariest, craziest assignments.
            Roped into wacky attempts to break world records, reenact scenes from books, solve a hundred-year-old murder, and carry out Henry’s other inspired ideas, Riley and Reed follow their fearless leader everywhere: into the wilderness (truly terrifying), inside a bull-riding ring, into a haunted house, off the neighbors’ roof, and into a cataclysmic collision with explosive life-forms. Gary Paulsen brings all his trademark humor to this fast-paced novel of fun and disaster.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Henry worries that he and his friends Riley and Reed "may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet." So Henry talks his friends into joining him on a number of wacky adventures that often put all three friends, but Reed in particular, into some sticky and stinky situations. Henry takes it upon himself to come up with the adventures, Riley researches aspects of the adventures to assess if they can be done, and Riley gets stuck actually doing most of the hare-brained stunts that seem to go along with the adventures. Henry's first idea is to break the world record for the most forward airborne somersaults on a bike; his idea is to have Reed use a neighbor's garage, then their diving board, to give Reed enough time to hit four somersaults. The concept works, but Reed ends up sitting in garbage, a disposable diaper filled with "doody" on his head. So begins the concept of stink, as with each adventure, Reed somehow ends up with something smelly stuck to his body. As one would expect from Paulsen, the adventures he creates are hilarious and death-defying in ways only twelve-year-old-boys could create. If you have a young reader looking for a fun and accessible book, this one is certainly a great choice. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Gr 5–7—Henry has the brilliant idea that he and his friends Riley and Reed need to make a name for themselves (and impress the girls) by having mind-blowing adventures. Riley is in charge of supplies and documentation, Henry is the idea man and general planner, and Reed has the unfortunate job of carrying out most of the exploits which always seem to end in smelly grossness. The 12-year-olds boldly undertake all sorts of daring adventures, starting with launching Reed off a steep roof tied to a bicycle to bounce off a swimming pool diving board and break a world record. Other stunts include surviving a night in the wilderness, bull-riding (girls love cowboys), and dumpster diving for science. Reed continues to get smellier because each episode predictably ends with him in some sort of rotting material or human or animal waste. Nick Podehl narrates all the voices in Gary Paulsen's humorous novel (Wendy Lamb Books, 2011) with youthful eagerness and abandon, endowing each character with an appropriate personality. Each chapter presents one of the daring exploits, and there's a brief introduction by the author explaining the origin of the book. Listeners, especially boys, who thrive on adventure, wackiness, and basic grossness will love this endearing trio.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375866104
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 158,605
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. Among his Random House books are Woods Runner; Lawn Boy; Lawn Boy Returns; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; The Legend of Bass Reeves; The Amazing Life of Birds; The Time Hackers; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; The Quilt (a companion to Alida’s Song and The Cookcamp); How Angel Peterson Got His Name; Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books; The Beet Fields; Soldier’s Heart; Brian’s Return, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Hunt (companions to Hatchet); Father Water, Mother Woods; and five books about Francis Tucket’s adventures in the Old West. Gary Paulsen has also published fiction and nonfiction for adults. His wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, is an artist who has illustrated several of his books. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean. You can visit him on the Web at GaryPaulsen.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Cjghhnh Tbis booj This book is amazing!

    In tis book you never know whats going to happen!i
    It is aboulutly great! I love it!



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    pretty awesome

    very funny book.
    great for 3rd graders and 5th graders

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Good for kids

    Awesome soooooo funny for kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    reccomended

    good children's book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Love it!

    I love it! My kids will read this book over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Lol

    Omg! This book was great. I think that kids 7 - 13 should read this funny and cute book about 3 boys trying to be noticed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

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    Doesnt sound like a gary paulsen book
    Its the complete opposite of Hatchet but its good

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

    Laugh out loud!

    With Reed, the always prepared researcher, and reluctant Riley, Henry Mosley plans a series of adventures to "impress girls, alter the course of history, and to find out what they are made of."
    Through attempts to break world records, solve murder mysteries, and various other projects, these friends will keep you laughing.
    This book truly captures the essense of 12 year old boys and will keep the attenion of any boy. True to Paulsen's previous books, "Masters of Disaster" reads with fabulous vocabulary in a fun and playful manner.
    A great book to get boys reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    This book is so f***ing lame

    This book is so f***ing lame

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    Posted December 6, 2012

    Hi

    I am high

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