The Rat Brain Fiasco (Splurch Academy Series #1)

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When Cody Mack is called to the principal's office yet again, he finds something far worse than detention awaiting him: Splurch Academy, a frightfully sinister boarding school for disobedient children run by a group of monstrous teachers.

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Overview

When Cody Mack is called to the principal's office yet again, he finds something far worse than detention awaiting him: Splurch Academy, a frightfully sinister boarding school for disobedient children run by a group of monstrous teachers.

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Publishers Weekly
Sisters Berry and Gardner kick off their Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys series with an idea best described as Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein in detention. The hero, Cody Mack, is a Class A troublemaker who finally goes too far ("That had been a shame, that thing about the fire in the teacher's lounge") and gets shipped off to the mysterious Splurch Academy. Hogwarts it ain't: the boys wear striped prison uniforms, rats abound, and the ghoulish headmaster and his creepy staff have some unorthodox ideas about behavior modification that involve the "rebellium cortex" ("the part of the brain that makes boys naughty") and a nasty-looking machine called the Rebellio-Rodent Recipronator. But Cody proves that he's more than the sum of his misdemeanors; he's a fearless, natural-born leader and force to be reckoned with--though a dangling conclusion suggests that his standoff with Splurch Academy is just getting warmed up. Gardner's numerous drawings strike the right Cracked Comics note, with just enough panel images to entice graphic novel fans, and Berry's upbeat storytelling delivers gently snarky wit. Available simultaneously: Curse of the Bizarro Beetle. Ages 9–12. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Cody Mack has been sent to the principal's office yet again because of his troublesome behavior. This time, instead of detention, he is introduced to Dr. Farley, a world-famous specialist in naughty children. The next day Cody is shipped off to Splurch Academy, a boarding school that is famous for its sinister plans to mold boys into becoming "model citizens." To his surprise, the school is nothing more than a haunted-house nightmare run by crazy-foolish monsters. Cody runs into enemies that include mummy librarians, living skeletons, devil dogs, and squeaky rats. He also makes friends who try to help him escape the Farley Method experiment, for Cody will soon be the first student at Splurch Academy to test the Rebellio-Rodent Recipronator, which swaps the naughty part of the brain with a rat's brain. This hybrid novel incorporates black-and-white illustrations in a comic-book format. The story contains harmless malevolence and revenge, which will keep readers coming back for more. The imaginative writing and goofy plot will attract reluctant readers. With a tongue-in-cheek style and hilarious cartoons, the laugh-out-loud story is sure to creep off the shelves—Krista Welz, North Bergen Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448453590
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/2010
  • Series: Splurch Academy Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 221,497
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Berry

Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a very successful costume designer, working on some notable productions. After the births of twin daughters and a son, she started first to illustrate and then to write picture books and chapter books, usually with fairytale- or otherwise magical subject matter. She has been called “an idiosyncratic genius” by London’s Sunday Times. I, Coriander is her first book for older readers, and she is currently working on a second.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    My Non-Reading Boy LOVES Splurch

    ok, let's just say my son has never been the "academic" type. His favorite "subjects" are gym, lunch and the bus. While I think physical education is important, I've never really revered it as a "subject". Needless to say, our little Frankie makes Vinnie Barbarino from Welcome Back Kotter look like an over-achiever. You'll be happy to know (as I took great relief in this myself) that he has not taken his nose out of the Splurch books in days. He just proclaimed "Mom, I love those books you bought me, you made a mad reader out of me" AMEN Julie Gardner Berry! I have tried all of the other "popular with the boys" books with no success. So, PLEASE keep writing for these "disruptive" boys!

    Sincerely,

    A mother that was once worried her son might only read the back of cereal boxes and call it pleasure reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Human cabin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    The rat brain fiasco

    I already have the book from the library to borrow, i like it, i just think that the sample should be longet a lot longer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Love it

    It is thr best book ever

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