Regarding the Sink: Where, Oh Where, Did Waters Go?

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Geyser Creek Middle School's cafeteria sink is clogged, and the smell is . . . well, P-U-trid. Of course, the savvy sixth-grade class knows just who can create a fabuloso new sink—Florence Waters, who designed the school's OTT (over-the-top) water fountain. But the famous fountain designer (and, more important, their good friend) has gone missing! Undeterred, these kids follow their hearts and noses all the way to China to find Florence . . . and sniff out a few stinkers along ...

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Overview

Geyser Creek Middle School's cafeteria sink is clogged, and the smell is . . . well, P-U-trid. Of course, the savvy sixth-grade class knows just who can create a fabuloso new sink—Florence Waters, who designed the school's OTT (over-the-top) water fountain. But the famous fountain designer (and, more important, their good friend) has gone missing! Undeterred, these kids follow their hearts and noses all the way to China to find Florence . . . and sniff out a few stinkers along the way.

Sisters Kate and Sarah Klise have created a hilarious, touching, and thoroughly original sequel to Regarding the Fountain. Told in letters, newspaper articles, and BEAN-mails, this story is guaranteed to make you laugh until beans fly out your nose!

A series of letters reveals the selection of the famous fountain designer, Florence Waters, to design a new sink for the Geyser Creek Middle School cafeteria, her subsequent disappearance, and the efforts of a class of sixth-graders to find her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Using the same "scrapbook" style as their Regarding the Fountain, sisters Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise visit the students of Geyser Creek Middle School in Regarding the Sink: Where, Oh Where, Did Waters Go? The school seeks out Florence Waters, who devised the eccentric fountain for Dry Creek Middle School (in the previous book, which PW called "a good-natured story with an irrepressible main character who won't take no for an answer") to design a new cafeteria sink-despite 90% cuts to the school's budget. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The sink in the cafeteria of Geyser Creek Middle School is clogged. There is no doubt it needs to be replaced—and fast! The smell is making students sick, and the clog is getting worse with each passing day. Sam N's sixth graders know just who to call: Flo Waters, the designer who did a magnificent job on the school's fountain the previous year. The students write to Flo. The teacher writes to Flo. The principal writes to Flo. Yet time passes, and the celebrated designer does not respond. Her friends in Geyser Creek get more and more concerned. Their fears are heightened by news from Flo's roommate and friend, A.V. Aytor, who tells them that Flo left on a trip to conduct research related to the sink project, but has failed to return. Worried about their friend and desperate for a solution to the problem of the impregnable clog, Sam N's sleuthing students are on the case. Can they track down Flo? What is the true story of the existing sink's problem? Will Flo design a new sink for the school? Readers of the Klise sisters' earlier Regarding the Fountain will cheer the return of the Geyser Creek students, the administrative staff, and the free-spirited designer. As in their earlier work, Kate and M. Sarah Klise present their story in a combination of text and image. Each page is an artifact, a clue in the mystery or an advance of the plot, displayed in a series of written materials, including letters, newspaper articles, and classroom notes. From the start, readers will be drawn in to this delightful story. 2004, Gulliver/Harcourt, Ages 9 to 12.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-In this sequel to Regarding the Fountain (HarperCollins, 1998), Florence Waters, the artist who designed the school fountain, is needed to design a new cafeteria sink, but she is missing. Finding her becomes the focus of the sixth-grade class from Geyser Creek Middle School in Missouri. A U.S. Senator, the principal's rich mother, Chinese Sinkiang Blinking Spotted Suckerfish, big business, and beans all play a role in this mystery that eventually leads to a class trip to China. The story is conveyed through letters, student drawings and poems, advertisements, e-mails, school assignments, facsimiles, stock reports, newspaper articles, a variety of other kinds of documents, and cartoons. Each page is designed to look like the kind of document it represents. Piecing the story and clues together is satisfying. Introduce this book to savvy readers who are ready for the jump to a clever, unconventional reading experience.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This amusing sequel to Regarding the Fountain (1999) parodies politics, business, and beans. The cafeteria sink at Geyser Creek Middle School is clogged and stinky. The sixth-graders want Florence Waters to design a replacement, perhaps one that includes an aromatherapy bar or a bean demolisher. But Florence is missing! She vanished on a trip to China investigating the rare Sinkiang Blinking Spotted Suckerfish, and the sixth-graders are determined to find her. Meanwhile, the price of ice cream skyrockets, school lunches are replaced with beans, and AIR-igate, Inc. promises to replace unexpected weather with man-made nighttime rain. The intrepid heroes must rescue Florence, solve the mysteries of beans and Spotted Suckerfish, and get a new sink for the school cafeteria, all on their class trip's budget. Told in letters, notes, news reports, and drawings, a pun-filled adventure loaded with fun. (Fiction. 9-13)
From the Publisher
Fabuloso praise for Regarding the Fountain:
[star]"An unequivocal delight . . . a tale overflowing with imagination and fun."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The hilarious shenanigans are unremitting; the puns flow faster than the leaks in the old fountain. And the splendiferous new fountain, when it arrives, is a credit to the unfettered imagination."—The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152055448
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Regarding the . . . Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 383,839
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE KLISE is the author of many successful (and hilarious) middle grade novels, including Regarding the Fountain, an IRA Young Adults' Choice, as well as Trial by Journal and Letters from Camp. She is also a correspondent for People magazine and an occasional sink designer. Kate Klise lives in Norwood, Missouri.

M. SARAH KLISE is the illustrator of three successful (and hilarious) middle grade novels written by her sister Kate: Regarding the Fountain, Letters from Camp, and Trial by Journal. She is also an art teacher and an occasional fountain designer. Sarah Klise lives in Berkeley, California.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Recommended for all ages!

    This series is SO much fun! I wish my middle school years had been as interesting as those at Geyser Creek. Now that I've read the books, I'm sending copies to my middle school-aged niece in Germany--I don't know if the books are available there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    great

    this was the best all time favorite childrens books i've ever read. I think it is better than some of the adult books i have read. I am very proud of the way the book has newspaper and letters, it's very thrilling to read. The letters and newspapers makes kids brains exspand more and when they get older they will most likey read the newspaper and be very good at writig letters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    ...There are no words able to describe this!

    I lved this book! I liked it just as much as REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN... I love Kate Klise's work, and am anxiously waiting for August when the next volume comes out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    another, but not as good

    I didn't think that this book was as good as her others. A lot of the names were confusing, and the plot wasnt as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    awesome book

    yet again Kate has made a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    WOW

    WOW I CAN'T BELIVE IT! ANOTHER ONE OF THESE BOOKS! MY CHILDREN (INCLUDING ME!) LOOOOOOOVE THEM! WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THEM I WOULD RECONMEND ALL OF THESE BOOKS!

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