The Great Gerbil Roundup [NOOK Book]

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From the bestselling author of "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!"

Why are thousands of wild-eyed tourists running through the streets of Gerbil, Pennsylvania, twirling miniature lariats? Why are swarms of desperate gerbils desperately scampering out of their way? Why does the town?s fate now depend on two kids named Elton Wazoo and McBeth McBeth? And how does this all...
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The Great Gerbil Roundup

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Overview

From the bestselling author of "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!"

Why are thousands of wild-eyed tourists running through the streets of Gerbil, Pennsylvania, twirling miniature lariats? Why are swarms of desperate gerbils desperately scampering out of their way? Why does the town’s fate now depend on two kids named Elton Wazoo and McBeth McBeth? And how does this all involve Rory Rallickson’s Rhinoceros Ranch?

It all began when the sleepy town of Gerbil decided to put itself on the map. The amazing First National Drive-Thru Museum of American Sightseeing and Clean Rest Rooms let anyone experience an entire vacation in ten minutes—without even leaving the car!

But some citizens insisted that wasn’t enough. The town needed something even more spectacular to lure more tourists and more dollars. That’s when the mayor announced the Great Gerbil Roundup.

People flooded into Gerbil from every direction. Then the worst fears of gerbils and Gerbilites became reality—for a Fourth of July the town, and you, will never forget. As for the rhinoceros ranch—well, read this book and find out!
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
A madcap and wacky adventure. . . . total package of fun. . . Manes continues to capture the humorous element of slapstick surprise so evident in "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!"
Kirkus Reviews
Looney humor and clever, tongue-in-cheek social commentary combine in this brief novel from a prolific author. . . . entertaining fare for middle grades, suitable for reading aloud.
Christian Science Monitor
Silliness rises to new heights in "The Great Gerbil Roundup". . . . [Author Manes] knows his way around 12-year-old imaginations. . . . The pace here approaches breakneck, and aspiring wits will finish the book and ask for more in record time.
ALA Booklist
This raucous tale, brimming with wild, improbable action and featuring broadly drawn characters, will elicit giggles and guffaws from young middle-grade readers. . . . Remember this one when looking for a funny read-aloud.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014875882
  • Publisher: Cadwallader & Stern
  • Publication date: 8/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 105
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 134 KB

Meet the Author

STEPHEN MANES is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. His "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!" won kid-voted awards in five states and is a curriculum staple in American and French schools. The sequel, "Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!," quickly became a Publishers Weekly bestseller. His books have been adapted for stage and television productions.

Manes has had a long career making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed "Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet." He was one of the creators and co-hosts of the weekly public television series "Digital Duo." He co-wrote the bestselling and much-praised biography "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America." He wrote long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications.

Manes has a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. His writing credits for the screen include programs for ABC Television and KCET/Los Angeles, as well as the seventies classic movie "Mother, Jugs & Speed." A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Seattle.
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