The Rise of the House of McNally or About Time Too:The Third Unlikely Exploit (The Unlikely Exploit Series)

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A WORD TO THE WISE

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A WORD TO THE WISE

There are those of you who were saddened by Fergal's death in The Fall of Fergal. Now Fergal is back.

There are those of you who recoiled at yet more death in Heir of Mystery. This should cheer you up.

There are those of you frustrated by not knowing what was causing the terrible outbreak of holes across the land. Your frustration will soon be at an end.

There are those of you eager to find out the secret of Mr. Maggs's teddy bear. The wait is over.

And as for LeFay, Albie, and Josh's particular powers? Just give me time.

—PHILIP ARDAGH

The third and final Unlikely Exploit!

In this, the third and final Unlikely Exploit, the reader is taken on a journey through time in all directions, even revisiting some events from the previous Exploits and traveling back further still to a time before the McNally family's extraordinary adventures began. And as if that wasn't ridiculous enough, there's also a glimpse of the shape of things to come. This is the Exploit where the McNallys' powers are finally revealed and everything falls into place. Whether it makes sense or not is another matter. It's all so unlikely!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW said of The Fall of Fergal, the first in the Unlikely Exploits series, "the novel provides plenty of black comedy to keep readers entertained." In the paper-over-board wrap-up of the trilogy, The Rise of the House of McNally: Or, About Time Too by Philip Ardagh, illus. by David Roberts, Fergal is a dog, Mr. Maggs has amnesia, and someone who looks very much like Lionel Lyons the French teacher shows up. Lots of rewinding and fast-forwarding occurs, and all loose ends are tied up. Or would a better term be "knotted"? Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Read about the delightfully wild and wacky adventures of the McNally family and some of their acquaintances from the past (or is it the future?). Learn about the secrets of the McNally children as they put the pieces of the puzzle together about themselves with help from past events as well as future ones. How did Fergal become a dog and does he have to stay that way? Does Jackie being a jackal really help the family? What about the twins and their powers? Learn how Josh finds out his special gift. Find out how an important person from the past helps LeFay learn more about who she really is. What happens to Mr. Maggs and Duffel? This book is the third in the series from the outrageous imagination of the author who keeps the reader engrossed from chapter to chapter and intrigued by the details and how they connect. Children as well as young adults will be fascinated by the plot and characters in this story. At times it is hard to follow whether the characters are in the past, present, or future, but soon a connection makes a transition to clarify the situation the McNally children are in. Wonderfully, refreshingly written this book is sure to hold readers' attention! It is the final book in the series "Unlikely Exploits." 2004, Henry and Holt Company, Ages 10 up.
—Cathi I. White
Kirkus Reviews
Ardagh uses the third of his Unforcer, "Unlikely Exploits" to resolve by main force the tangled plot of the first two, while showing that the seeming baddies aren't really villains at all, and leaving the radically impoverished McNally clan with both a rich friend and interesting magical abilities. Amid a barrage of flashbacks, scene cuts and authorial asides, Duffy (met in the previous episode and, rather typically, part man, part teddy bear thanks to some inspired surgery) reveals that he and two companions are refugees from an overcrowded future, reluctantly ready to return, as their very presence in this era is tearing the planet apart. Enlisted to help, the McNally children see it through with a bit of time-slipping of their own, then go off to help brain transplant survivor (not the only one here, either) Tom Dwyer/Lionel Lyons spend his riches on charitable causes. Though incomprehensible to readers unfamiliar with the preceding events (and even then . . . ), this farcical import, enlivened, if that's the word, with small, Edward Gorey-esque ink drawings, tumbles along merrily to a happy ending on the strength of its unusually daffy supporting cast and resourceful main characters. (Fiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805074789
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Unlikely Exploits Series , #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Over six and a half feet tall, with a bushy beard, Philip Ardagh is not only very big but also very hairy. He is the author of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy and when not writing silly books, Mr. Ardagh is quite serious and frowns a great deal. He lives in a seaside town somewhere in England with his wife, and their son, Fred. Mr. Ardagh is currently collaborating with Sir Paul McCartney on a book due out in 2005.

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