Masters of Disaster

Masters of Disaster

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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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Roped into wacky attempts to break world records, imitate scenes from books, and other inspired ideas, Riley and Reed follow their fearless leader Henry into the wilderness, the bull-riding ring, a haunted house, cataclysmic collision with explosive life forms, and off the roof of a house on a bike.

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Roped into wacky attempts to break world records, imitate scenes from books, and other inspired ideas, Riley and Reed follow their fearless leader Henry into the wilderness, the bull-riding ring, a haunted house, cataclysmic collision with explosive life forms, and off the roof of a house on a bike.

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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.
School Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9781613833292
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Flat Broke, Liar, Liar, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech). Visit him on the Web at GaryPaulsen.com.

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Masters of Disaster 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In tis book you never know whats going to happen!i It is aboulutly great! I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very funny book. great for 3rd graders and 5th graders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome soooooo funny for kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good children's book
Victoria Harrington More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! My kids will read this book over and over again!
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Usully i like gary paulsens books but not this one sikkkkkkkeeee is like it i mean it was o.k. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Stults_53 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so f***ing lame
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesnt sound like a gary paulsen book Its the complete opposite of Hatchet but its good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am high