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The Orphan of Awkward Falls [NOOK Book]

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When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can't help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. Inevitably, she is captured by the house's strange inhabitants: an ancient automaton who serves as a butler, a cat patched together with a few odd parts, and most surprising of all, a boy named Thaddeus Hibble. Meanwhile, Fetid Stenchley the most feared patient in the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane is on the loose after making a dramatic escape, and there is only one thing on his ...
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Overview

When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can't help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. Inevitably, she is captured by the house's strange inhabitants: an ancient automaton who serves as a butler, a cat patched together with a few odd parts, and most surprising of all, a boy named Thaddeus Hibble. Meanwhile, Fetid Stenchley the most feared patient in the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane is on the loose after making a dramatic escape, and there is only one thing on his mind...revenge. Unfortunately for Josephine and Thaddeus, he's headed their way. Can these unlikely friends stop Stenchley before it's too late? With a penchant for spooky details, surprising twists, and haunting illustrations, Keith Graves delivers a suspenseful and engaging first novel.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“With no friends within a thousand miles and two long weeks to go before the sauerkraut holiday ended and school started, Josephine was certain she was doomed to face excruciating new levels of boredom.” Twelve-year-old Josephine Cravitz is curious, willful, and extremely annoyed about being dragged to a new city every time her professor father gets transferred. This time, Josephine and her parents have moved into the ancient and gothic Twittington House in remote Awkward Falls, Manitoba. Fears of boredom evaporate, however, when she meets her strange, orphaned neighbor Thaddeus Hibble, who lives in a crumbling mansion with a robot butler and a talking cat. Josephine discovers that the cannibalistic Fetid Stenchley has just escaped from the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane and is after Thaddeus. Picture book author Graves’s (Chicken Big) first novel is alternately gruesome, humorous, and action-packed, with moody, full-bleed spot art adding to the grim atmosphere, particularly in the wordless sequences that open and close the book. Graves is a confident storyteller, writing with a polished, Snicket-like drollness that bodes well for his future efforts. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)
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"Unfortunate Events galore, served with relish" - Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—When Josephine Cravitz, 12, and her parents move to Awkward Falls, she explores the crumbling old mansion next door and finds a parentless boy living there. Thaddeus claims to be the grandson of the late Celcius Hibble, a famous local scientist. He eats mainly chocolate and his companions include a robot butler and a cat that he's raised from the dead. It's all relatively harmless-until Fetid Stenchley, a hunchbacked cannibal imprisoned in the town's Asylum for the Dangerously Insane, escapes. He's been locked up for murdering Hibble, who was his mentor, and he is terrifying and unpredictable from the get-go. He's got an insatiable taste for human flesh and a strong desire to return to the scene of his most heinous crime, the mansion that Thaddeus calls home. Crazy surprises abound, and every few chapters a jaw-dropping new twist emerges. You name it, it's in here: cloning, immortality, even a substantial nod to Frankenstein. A little scary, a little funny, and awfully suspenseful, this strange, campy tale will be a hit with fans of Greg Taylor's Killer Pizza (Feiwel & Friends, 2011). Spare black-and white sketches add to the book's frenetic feel. Deliciously creepy.—Mandy Lawrence, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452110448
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 546,850
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Keith Graves is the author-illustrator of several books for children including Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance and Pet Boy. He lives in Texas.
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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Fun & Different & Kinda Scary

    A teenage girl and her parents move to Awkward Falls as her dad has changed jobs yet again. Josephine is determined that this will be the most boring place ever and doesn't know how she will survive until school starts. In no time the craziness starts as she sees something outside in the fog. She goes out in the middle of the night to take a look and ends up at her neighbor's house. The house is inhabited by a little boy, his robot manservant, and a talking cat.well he's mostly a cat. This boy, Thaddeus Hibble, is a bit crazy and off kilter having survived off of candy for years and been living in this house without parents or adult supervision. Now there is a cannibal on the loose, the same one that killed Thaddeus's scientist grandfather. The cannibal, Fetid Stenchley shows up and all heck breaks loose.heck including various animal/machine creations that were let loose from the lab below Thaddeus's house.

    This story was fun and certainly different. It felt a bit like The Island of Dr. Moreau for kids. The younger crowd will love the crazy story of Thaddeus and the life he's been living filled with candy-fueled nights, a robot that will do anything for him, and a fast talking cat that he reanimated with parts of other animals. The cannibal might be a little bit scary for the very young, as well as the monsters created from bits and pieces of animals melded together. The plot of the story flows quickly along and there is plenty of action to keep reluctant readers entertained throughout. While most of the story is well wrapped up, I would have expected a bit happier of an ending and some closure with some of the scary parts of the book.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Fun read!

    Seriously unserious people should read this and enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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