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The Deep Freeze of Bartholomew Tullock
     

The Deep Freeze of Bartholomew Tullock

by Alex Williams
 
The village of Pinrut has been covered in freezing snow for years. Which is terrible for the Breeze family, who have been fancy fanmakers for centuries. In fact, the Breezes have fallen so in debt, local tyrant Bartholomew Tullock is threatening to take their home?and enslave them in the turnip fields!

Now 13-year-old Rufus must defend their house from greedy

Overview

The village of Pinrut has been covered in freezing snow for years. Which is terrible for the Breeze family, who have been fancy fanmakers for centuries. In fact, the Breezes have fallen so in debt, local tyrant Bartholomew Tullock is threatening to take their home?and enslave them in the turnip fields!

Now 13-year-old Rufus must defend their house from greedy Tullock while his sister, Madeline, and their father set off to sell their fans where it?s warmer. Both plights turn perilous, uncovering secrets that could put a freeze on Tullock?s tyranny forever. But if they fail, the Breezes can kiss their freedom goodbye for good.

With infectious writing and unforgettable characters, here is a folksy, funny and fantastic story by an extraordinary new talent.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
[Williams] welds invention and adventure together with charming results.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Young Madeline and Rufus Breeze have never known anything but snow, although their parents, Philip and Elizabeth, insist that long ago, the town of Pinrut was so warm that the family's astounding fans kept generations of townspeople cool. However, the sun hasn't come out for years and only wicked Bartholomew Tullock is prospering, while most of the townsfolk slave away in his turnip fields. Now very poor, the Breezes are selling their possessions to pay off a debt to him. While Madeline and her father journey with a salesman to a desert town in a desperate effort to market their fans, Elizabeth and Rufus stay behind and are menaced by Bartholomew. After many perilous adventures, the Breezes discover that a secret machine has been causing the climatic extremes; the kids dismantle it and normal weather returns to the land. Although the premise is mildly interesting, many unanswered questions remain. Why don't the townspeople pack up and leave? If Philip Breeze is so poor, where does he get all the material to keep making his amazing fans? And especially, why doesn't he just start building amazing heaters or snow shovels instead? Extraneous characters, unbelievable circumstances, ridiculously easy escapes from life-threatening situations, and stilted dialogue all add up to a mediocre fantasy.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
The Breeze family has inventiveness in the genes and it's always been directed toward making unique fans, a hot market in the Pinrut climate, where snow is unknown. Nothing is so certain as change, though, and years later, Philip has married Elizabeth, and their two children, Madeline and Rufus, are well on their way to becoming fabulous fan-makers-but the market is nonexistent, as Pinrut has seen nothing but snow for years, a phenomenon engineered by the evil Bartholomew Tullock. He has achieved all his megalomaniac desires, except for bending the Breezes to his will and marrying Elizabeth himself. Meanwhile sleazy salesman Sebastian Silver gets run out of another town and heads for Pinrut, where he combines forces with the Breezes in a quest for fan sales, resulting in greater events than any one of them could have anticipated. This melodramatic fantasy combines over-the-top adventures with the unrelenting cold, which provides more bone-chilling suspense than any real concern that the brave heroes will be unable to invent their way out of each predicament. A can-you-top-this page-turner. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399251856
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/16/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Alex Williams lives in Cornwall, England.

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