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Unlucky Charms

Unlucky Charms

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by Adam Rex

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For fans of Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson & the Olympians comes the second book in Adam Rex's acclaimed Cold Cereal Saga, about three kids who must save the world from the diabolical schemes of an evil breakfast company.

Scottish Play Doe and his friends may have escaped from the clutches of the evil Nimue, but they're not out of the woods just yet.



For fans of Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson & the Olympians comes the second book in Adam Rex's acclaimed Cold Cereal Saga, about three kids who must save the world from the diabolical schemes of an evil breakfast company.

Scottish Play Doe and his friends may have escaped from the clutches of the evil Nimue, but they're not out of the woods just yet.

The Goodco Cereal Company's quest to take over the world is quickly gaining momentum: it has already started to sell cereals containing the magical chemical Intellijuice and, what's worse, has kidnapped one of the world's most important public figures, the Queen of England, and replaced her with goblin impersonators.

When Scott and the others learn that Goodco is holding the real queen captive in a magical other-England, they decide to pass through a rift in the time-space continuum and rescue her—and hopefully convince the faeries to stop the invasion that will bring about the end of the world as they know it.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Cereal never tasted so good, thanks to Intellijuice. Nimue—who is kind of like a fairy anti-godmother and owns Goodco Cereal Company—has been adding Intellijuice to cereals in order to turn children around the world into zombies. Fortunately, Scott and his eclectic team of do-gooders—which includes a leprechaun, an oversized librarian, a pixie prince, a man with a rabbit head, three children, and a few others—have been seeking out ways to expose the evil Goodco Cereal Company and find the Queen of England, who has been kidnapped. Just when the storyline begins to make sense, it gets even more complicated with time jumps, alternate universes, and the true history of Merlin the Magician, who actually turns out to be a non-magical, but intelligent man from the future. Rex returns with his second episode of the "Cold Cereal Saga." Like his first book, this one oozes hilarity, silliness, and downright weirdness; to say it is interesting would be an understatement. Clearly, a creative tale meant to engage reluctant readers, its suggested 8 to 12 year old audience falls awkwardly out of earshot of the complex literary devices espoused. A large cast, multiple plots, flash backs, divergent worlds, and the fact that this is a continuation of another story will keep even advanced readers struggling to catch up. Regardless, this book is too ridiculous to put down. Scott and his team split up to save the Queen, but end up trapped in Pretannica, an alternate world once a part of our own. For its resolution readers will have to stay tuned for the next tasty installment. Reviewer: Remy Dou
Kirkus Reviews
In this hectic middle volume, Rex's notably diverse crew of human, part-human and nonhuman allies splits up in hopes of scotching the schemes of the sorceress Nimue, who is out to create a worldwide army of mind-controlled "sugar zombies" through magically enhanced breakfast cereal. Rex fills in background as he goes, from doughty pixie Prince Fi's search for his brothers Fee, Fo and Denzil to Merle Lynn's exposé of his sword-in-the-stone trick ("It was magnets"). The action here takes place mostly in England, where the discovery of a portal to magical Pretannica allows separate missions to seek help from the queen of the Fay and to rescue the kidnapped queen of England, who has been imprisoned in what she thinks (with some justice) is a Harry Potter story. Meanwhile supergenius Emily, sasquatch ex-librarian Biggs and the others stay stateside to work on cryptic clues (what would a story like this be without cryptic clues?) and prevent Nimue from seizing the portal. Much of the frequent black-and-white art was not available for review, but those examples included exemplify Rex's usual hilarity. A mad mix of attacks, chases, squabbles and revelations goose the main plot along while setting the stage nicely for the closer. (Fantasy. 11-13)
“Rex’s delicious sense of humor is much in evidence here…great fodder for readers who really like to dig into their adventures like a hearty and well-balanced breakfast.”
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—The crew introduced in Cold Cereal (HarperCollins, 2012) is back: a pixie named Merle; the wizard we know as Merlin; four human children; a rock star who has been knighted; an extremely tall librarian; a fire-breathing finch; a mechanical owl; a uni-horned cat; a leprechaun; and a man with a rabbit head. Their mission: stop the evil fairy queen Nimue, who has established the cereal company Goodco, which is putting Intellijuice in breakfast cereal for kids, abusing members of the Fey, and has had a hand in kidnapping the Queen of England and replacing her with two goblins. The plan: capture the goblins and expose the false queen, thus taking down Goodco. Will this motley crew of adventurers be able to rescue the Queen and save the two worlds of the British Isles? Readers will have to wait for the next installment to find out. Drawing on Arthurian legend and including every kind of fairy, brownie, ogre, and other mythical creature imaginable, Rex has once again struck a wonderful balance between adventure, fantasy, and absurdity. Readers will want to have read the first in this series since this sequel is a true continuation of events and characters without too much background. This series is well worth exploring since its wide range of characters and complex plot will keep readers engaged.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
The Cold Cereal Saga
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.28(d)
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Adam Rex is the author of many books, including Cold Cereal and Unlucky Charms, the first two books in the Cold Cereal Saga; the New York Times bestselling picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich; the middle grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday (now a major motion picture from Dreamworks, Home); and the teen novel Fat Vampire. He lives in Arizona with his wife.

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Unlucky Charms 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand 3 times then repost this on 3 different books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 3 is called breakfast champions!
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Avery, age 9 The Goodco Cereal Company wants to take over the world and it so far is doing pretty well. They are now selling cereal with a magical touch to make it magically delicious. The queen is kidnapped and replaced with goblins that look like her, and time is ticking. Can Scottish Play Doe save the Queen, get the fairies to help, and save the world? Let’s hope so. “You smell, Merle. And I hope you realize I’m only telling you this because you smell. You need a shower and you need to go to sleep.” This book was okay. The comic style pictures were the best part of the book and I wish there had been more. I think I needed to read the first book to really say I liked it more but I would tell my friends to read it as the adventure is really crazy and the names used for the characters are even funnier. Play Doe? Hilarious! *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*   *You can view the original review at San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!