Pickle Impossible [NOOK Book]

Overview

Twelve-year-old Pierre's remarkable family is known far and wide for their delicious pickles. But when the pickle farm is threatened, only Pierre can save it-by safely transporting a jar of world-famous pickles to an international pickle competition. When Pierre is kidnapped, a cunning young girl named Aurore rescues him. Together they set off with just twenty-four hours until the competition begins. To protect their pickles on the journey, Pierre and Aurore must navigate the ghostly catacombs of Paris, figure ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Pierre's remarkable family is known far and wide for their delicious pickles. But when the pickle farm is threatened, only Pierre can save it-by safely transporting a jar of world-famous pickles to an international pickle competition. When Pierre is kidnapped, a cunning young girl named Aurore rescues him. Together they set off with just twenty-four hours until the competition begins. To protect their pickles on the journey, Pierre and Aurore must navigate the ghostly catacombs of Paris, figure out how to safely crash-land a plane, enlist the help of a world-class scientist, and escape a villain who will stop at nothing to capture their jar of pickles.


This madcap adventure has everything a young reader could ask for, including an unlikely friendship, dangerous villains, magical coincidences, and a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
When young Pierre La Bouche sets out to save the family farm, he encounters a series of frightening events that could easily persuade him to give up and go home defeated. Pierre's determination and drive to reach his goal keep him steadfast and on his path. Through the many adventures, he learns of friendship and family ties of which he was unaware. He learns of the great feats of his grandfather that earned him an honorable reputation in many circles. Pierre meets his one-time-kidnapper-turned-friend, Aurore, and together they race through many twists and turns as they speed toward their destination, the Pickleympics in Bern, Switzerland. It is at the Pickleympics that the family's fate will be decided as the best pickle in the world is selected. Pierre learns a great deal about himself and comes to understand that average, in some cases, is the absolute best way to be. The book is a delightful read that instantly captures the reader's attention. The storyline is engaging and enjoyable for readers of all ages. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Aurore, 12, helps her pickle-farmer grandfather Zacharie Borsht kidnap young Pierre La Bouche, the grandson of his greatest rival, but then she helps the boy escape and together they make their way from France to Bern, Switzerland, where an international pickle contest is being held. The grand prize is $100,000 which should be enough to save the La Bouche farm—unless the Borshts can either steal Pierre's pickles or prevent him from entering the contest. Narrated by vivacious and conceited Aurore, the story has a lively tone but the language is oddly stilted. The plot speeds along until it gets hung up in a twist involving a plant that bestows eternal youth, a particle accelerator that causes premature aging, and Pierre's long-lost grandmother. There are many other strange occurrences and coincidences that aren't explained or strain credulity, distracting from the plot and making this a light yet unsatisfying and confusing adventure.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599907994
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Eli Stutz was born and raised in Toronto. He holds a B.A. in Humanities from Toronto's York University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Israel's Bar Ilan University. He has worked as a radio show host for Israel National Radio, and as a columnist for the Canadian Jewish News. Currently, he writes technical documentation for an international semi-conductor firm. Eli balances being a happy father, diligent writer, and all-around nice guy, supported by his bemused family in a tiny Israeli town that is somewhat but not completely off the beaten track. elistutz.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Nice

    1st class

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    Pierre's family is about to lose their house. Their only hope: the Picklelympics Contest. Entrusted with his father's perfect jar of pickles, Pierre must find his way to Bern, Switzerland, to win the contest. His grandfather's rival, Mr. Borsht, however, wants to buy the farm and is determined to stop Pierre from making it to the contest. From having the boy kidnapped to sending La Renardette, a trained professional, to steal his pickles, he'll do anything and everything it takes to make sure Pierre fails. Can Pierre beat the odds and save his home - or will Mr. Borsht win? A fun adventure for pickle lovers. The characters are well-developed and likable, and the plot is fast-moving and entertaining. Those who like fantasy, action, and adventure will enjoy reading PICKLE IMPOSSIBLE.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Simply Hands Down Amazing

    Hello Dear Readers,

    It is I, Aurore, the fabulous star of Pickle Impossible! I am overjoyed to tell you that this book is impossibly fantastic and ridiculously incredible!! Now, perhaps you are thinking, Aurore is the narrator, she is biased, why should we believe her? Well, I see that you have an inquisitive mind. But let me assure you, everything I say is the absolute truth! In that case (now that you believe me), I will say that not only is Pickle Impossible a wild, cool, fun, funny, surprisingly deep, intelligent, witty, engaging, beautiful, lovable, adorable, exquisite, pristine, perfect in every way, 110% solid gold.story, but it also will entice, surprise, cajole, shock, tickle, rattle, uplift, rejuvenate, enliven, and literally sweep you off you feet! And if you happen to be that Hollywood producer that is considering right now phoning me up to ask me to star in a movie about the book, you can be rest assured that yes, I will win Best Actress for my role, and yes, this movie project will be a watershed, a turning point, a climax, a zenith, a summit, a revolution, a landmark, a coup, a piece d'resistance, a masterpiece, a out-of-the-park home run, and we should get to work on it as soon as imaginably possible! The rest of you will have to wait for this to happen, but you can console yourselves by reading the book from cover to cover several times, and enjoying a cornichon (pickle) or two as you do.

    So, so, so delighted to be writing you, good reader! I look forward to meeting you on the page, and soon, on the silver screen!

    All the very best,

    The Great Aurore

    P.S. Pierre agrees with every word I have written (and says a polite 'bonjour' to you all). He would write a review as well, but he is really a very simple boy, and the review would be five words, no more.

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