Captain Flatus Codswallup needs ten-year-old Lucas's help getting his sewer-sailing ship seaworthy, and flushes him as a new recruit. Lucas learns it's not all toots and giggles as a pirate in the sewer when threats of mutiny strike. Lucas must decide between saving Fla-tus's butt and getting home before his plumber father misses him. But when the pirate ship falls under attack, Lucas learns who Flatus's sworn enemies are. Plumbers like Dad! Now Lucas has to choose a side that doesn't get everybody killed as plumbers and pirates meet in the messiest battle the sewers have ever seen.
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About the Author
J.J. Nikitin is a pharmacist by night, author by day, and a fulltime pirate at heart. J.J. stays sane as a writer thanks to Absolute Write and keeps her noggin functioning as an active member of American Mensa. J.J. lives in Phoenix, Arizona with the best landlubber family any pirate could wish for.
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Flushed! based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Middle-school readers looking for a good pirate adventure need look no further than J.J. Nikitin's Flushed. At the center of the story is young Lucas Goodspeed who, somewhat unwillingly, ends up as a crew member on the Scumbucket, captained by one Flatus Codswallup, as colorful and bellicose as any pirate who sailed the Seven Seas. Did I say Seven Seas? Actually, the navigational waters for the Scumbucket are in the sewers beneath residential neighborhoods. But those waters (besides not smelling so good) present a multitude of dangers to Flatus, Lucas, and the crew of the Scumbucket. Not the least of those dangers are the krakens, better known to surface dwellers as plumber snakes. Besides Lucas and Flatus, Nikitin brings other interesting characters into her story, including Lucas's diminutive but hard-nosed classmate Tabitha and his father, Carl, a plumber of all things. One word of warning: If you are dismayed by references to bodily functions, such as passing gas, you may want to skip reading Flushed. But if you can set your dismay aside at least temporarily, then come aboard the Scumbucket. Nikitin's rich vocabulary, quirky characters, and well-developed action sequences will give you a voyage to remember.
What can I say about a book that took me from adult to child within the first few pages? I loved it. From start to finish I was intrigued, my interest never waned and felt I was indulging in a guilty pleasure. I laughed out loud and at times was on the edge of my seat wondering what is going to happen next. The characters are well developed. I love them all including the antagonists. It is a total escape from the daily routine. The only criteria you need to read this book is to be young at heart. Embrace that inner child and read this book. Or, better yet, read it with your children or grandchildren. I cannot wait to read the sequel.