Sea Monsters and Other Delicacies

Sea Monsters and Other Delicacies

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by David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, Guy Macdonald, Jonny Duddle
     
 

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB) operates a rescue center for werewolves, dragons, fairies, giants, sea monsters, and other fantastical creatures. The RSPCB has stopped crimes against beasts, but there are still some people out there who will do anything to get their hands on one of these mythic animals . . . even if that means

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB) operates a rescue center for werewolves, dragons, fairies, giants, sea monsters, and other fantastical creatures. The RSPCB has stopped crimes against beasts, but there are still some people out there who will do anything to get their hands on one of these mythic animals . . . even if that means crossing the members of the RSPCB. In the first book, Werewolf versus Dragon, a dragon’s mangled body arrives at the RSPCB, and the Society knows that they’ve got a real monster on their hands. Ulf, a werewolf-boy, and his friends must stop the most evil beast hunter before it’s too late. The adventure continues in the second book, Sea Monsters and Other Delicacies, for Ulf and his friends, Orson the giant, Tiana the Fairy, and Dr. Fielding. A sea monster has suffered a life-threatening injury, and it looks like the evil Baron Marackai is back—and this time beasts are on the menu. Ulf must stop him again—the future of the RSPCB depends on it.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
You probably thought we would never hear from Baron Marackai, Blud and Bone again after reading Werewolf versus Dragon, right? Wrong! The evil trio is back in book two in the "An Awfully Beastly Business" series, and they are more determined than ever to destroy the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB). In this installment, Marackai, masquerading as a sea captain, convinces the RSPCB team—Ulf the werewolf, Tiana the fairy, Orson the giant and Dr. Fielding the vet—to save the life of a mortally wounded sea monster that he and his cohorts captured. Marackai then implements the second phase of his nefarious plan and only Ulf can stop him. Fans of fantasy will enjoy this story for its unique characters and its interesting situations. Parents and teachers will appreciate the subliminal messages of teamwork, individual effort, and compassion. A preview of book three in the series may be found at the end of the book. Reviewer: Mary Jo Edwards
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Ulf is a young werewolf who lives on the vast properties of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts. He is under the mentoring eye of Dr. Helen Fielding, a crypto-veterinarian—in other words, a vet who cares for unusual beasts such as dragons and yetis. His enemy, and the enemy of all who support the RSPCB, is Baron Marackai, a thoroughly and stereotypically despicable villain who delights in kidnapping and killing such creatures. In Werewolf, Marackai murders a baby dragon and sets his sights on the baby's mother, and Ulf and Dr. Fielding go on guard—but when and how will the Baron attack? The authors set up an interesting situation, but then sat back and simply connected the dots. In Sea Monsters, Ulf is alarmed when a sea captain tows in a gigantic, octopuslike monster with a venomous stinger. The injured Redback lurks in her tank, foul-tempered and ready to strike at anyone who tries to help her. Ulf researches the animal, and, with the help of his fairy friend Tiana, learns how to help it. Dr. Fielding strongly advises against it, but Ulf, in secret, is determined to try. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Baron Marackai wants Ulf to cure the Redback for nefarious reasons of his own. This volume is very much like the first, including the shallow characters and predictable plot. The idea behind the series—a nature preserve for fantastic beasts—is intriguing, but it is not well carried out.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416986508
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Series:
Awfully Beastly Business Series, #2
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,411,214
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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