Mothstorm: The Horror from Beyond Uranus Georgium Sidus! (Larklight Series #3)

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A sinister cloud has appeared on the edge of the solar system, and seems to be moving closer. The closest planet, Georgium Sidus, has but two human inhabitants: the missionary Reverand Cruet and his daughter Charity. Their last communication: ‘Great danger— imperative that—’And then nothing. Art, Myrtle and family decide to investigate whatever monstrous force of darkness was hiding within the cloud. But how could they know what mothy horrors lay in wait!? Because the evil they discover is far beyond anything their imaginations could concoct. Now, with the Empire in dire peril, it’s up to Art (and his family, truth be told) to muster all their cunning and courage to try to Save It (again).

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
The adventures of Art Mumby of Larklight continue in this third title in the series. As the Mumby family prepares to celebrate Christmas in their home in space, they are visited by adventurer and friend Jack Havock and the crew of his ship the Sophronia. Reeve presents his space age story in the setting of the Victorian British Empire providing intriguing as well as humorous situations. The Mumbys receive the news that an old acquaintance was captured while doing mission work on Uranus (known to the well-mannered person as Georgium Sidus). The quest to rescue him is related to the reader through the diaries of Art and his sister Myrtle. Battles with the giant moths and visits to Uranus and Venus provide an exhilarating roller coaster ride for the reader. Quirky characters and Art's footnotes provide humor to offset some frightening situations. Wyatt's detailed illustrations give the appearance of an old Victorian novel. Readers of others in the series will enjoy this visit with the Mumbys; those new to Larklight will want to read the first two books. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
VOYA - Ann Welton
The sequel to Larklight (Bloomsbury, 2006/VOYA December 2006) and Starcross (2007/VOYA December 2007) pits the highly unusual Mumby family against a powerful and sinister foe. Preparing for a happy Christmas at the off-world station of Larklight, Art and his sister, Myrtle, are startled by the arrivals of both Jack Havoc and his crew and also a ship from Earth bearing an obnoxious governmental factotum with alarming news. With their powerful mother as a guide, they set out for the far planet of Georgium Sidus (called Uranus only by very common types) to confront a foe that, for a while anyway, confounds them all. How the dire situation is resolved happily for Queen, Empire, and the Mumbys is a rousing and extremely humorous story. Reeve employs the Victorian style popularized by Lemony Snickett but with a surer ear. His characters are entirely individual and so internally consistent that they carry the story, which says a lot in light of the whiz-bang plot. The background is well incorporated such that readers who pick up this book as their first experience of the Space Family Mumby will have no trouble understanding the story. Readers of the first two books certainly will be thrilled to join Art, Myrtle, and Jack on their further adventures. This fine addition to middle and junior high school libraries might even enjoy a following among older elementary children. Reviewer: Ann Welton
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As the Mumby family gathers to celebrate Christmas at Larklight, their Earth-orbiting home, a dire message arrives alerting them of a "Great Danger" threatening the universe. The family sets off across the solar system to Georgium Sidus (aka Uranus) to find out what is wrong. So begins Art and Myrtle Mumby's latest space adventure. The danger turns out to be the Mothmaker, a malevolent Shaper or creator of planetary systems. It is determined to conquer the worlds, including Earth, created by another Shaper, Mrs. Mumby, and enslave the creatures, including humans, created by her. A series of exciting and entertaining episodes involving various characters and imaginative creatures leads up to a final confrontation between the Mothmaker and Art, Myrtle, and their companions at Balmoral Castle. While the story is told primarily from the point of view of Art, who is prone to use inflated language, Myrtle's diary entries are inserted throughout and include amusing commentary. The unlikely, somewhat awkward romance between the prim and proper Myrtle and Jack Havock is back on, much to Art's chagrin. Mothmaker is a clever blending of genres including science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure with a liberal dash of British humor and style. One might describe it as a cross between science fiction, action movie, soap opera, and situation comedy. In sum, it's simply a jolly good read.-Jennifer D. Montgomery, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599903033
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: Larklight Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILIP REEVE worked in a bookstore and produced and directed several plays before beginning a career as an illustrator and writer. His first novel, Mortal Engines, was shortlisted for the prestigious Whitbread Children’s prize. Philip lives outside of London, England.

DAVID WYATT’s illustrations have graced the books and covers of such authors as Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne-Jones, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He live in Devon, England.

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    Excellent third book!

    Really enjoyed this last book - Larklight has become a favorite series in our house and book three was the best of all! Lots of humor for kids and adults.

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