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Masters of Disaster
     

Masters of Disaster

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by Gary Paulsen
 

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“Let’s face facts: We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet.”
 
Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed have got to liven things up. They need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley’s the cautious researcher who’s prepared for

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“Let’s face facts: We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet.”
 
Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed have got to liven things up. They need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley’s the cautious researcher who’s prepared for anything. And somehow fearful Reed always ends up with the scariest, craziest assignments.
            Roped into wacky attempts to break world records, reenact scenes from books, solve a hundred-year-old murder, and carry out Henry’s other inspired ideas, Riley and Reed follow their fearless leader everywhere: into the wilderness (truly terrifying), inside a bull-riding ring, into a haunted house, off the neighbors’ roof, and into a cataclysmic collision with explosive life-forms. Gary Paulsen brings all his trademark humor to this fast-paced novel of fun and disaster.


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Henry Mosley is concerned that his everyday life lacks the excitement experienced by the young heroes of his favorite novels. "We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet," he tells his friends Riley and Reed. Henry proposes that they undertake a series of projects, thus "Becoming Men of Action and Daring" who "Alter the Course of History" and, with luck, "Impress Girls." While the dialogue and setting are modern, this is an affectionate and spot-on homage to the "boy chums" adventures of yesteryear. Each self-contained chapter details one of Henry's wild plans—from driving a bicycle off a roof to searching for bodies in a haunted house to spending the night in a Dumpster. The friends fill familiar roles—Henry the mastermind; Riley the scientific planner and loyal sidekick; and cautious, nervous Reed, who generally ends up right in the thick of the calamity du jour. Henry's schemes often involve serious danger, but the guys come through with only a few bumps and nicks—and some lingering bad smells. There is even a bully antagonist, although the brutish Dwight stays mostly on the fringes of the action—until the trio's spectacular last-chapter revenge. Middle school boys will be attracted by the zany stunts and frequent gross-out encounters with garbage, mud, slime, and "doody."—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Henry worries that he and his friends Riley and Reed "may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet." So Henry talks his friends into joining him on a number of wacky adventures that often put all three friends, but Reed in particular, into some sticky and stinky situations. Henry takes it upon himself to come up with the adventures, Riley researches aspects of the adventures to assess if they can be done, and Riley gets stuck actually doing most of the hare-brained stunts that seem to go along with the adventures. Henry's first idea is to break the world record for the most forward airborne somersaults on a bike; his idea is to have Reed use a neighbor's garage, then their diving board, to give Reed enough time to hit four somersaults. The concept works, but Reed ends up sitting in garbage, a disposable diaper filled with "doody" on his head. So begins the concept of stink, as with each adventure, Reed somehow ends up with something smelly stuck to his body. As one would expect from Paulsen, the adventures he creates are hilarious and death-defying in ways only twelve-year-old-boys could create. If you have a young reader looking for a fun and accessible book, this one is certainly a great choice. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375898679
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
635,579
Lexile:
NC1100L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. Among his Random House books are Woods Runner; Lawn Boy; Lawn Boy Returns; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; The Legend of Bass Reeves; The Amazing Life of Birds; The Time Hackers; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; The Quilt (a companion to Alida’s Song and The Cookcamp); How Angel Peterson Got His Name; Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books; The Beet Fields; Soldier’s Heart; Brian’s Return, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Hunt (companions to Hatchet); Father Water, Mother Woods; and five books about Francis Tucket’s adventures in the Old West. Gary Paulsen has also published fiction and nonfiction for adults. His wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, is an artist who has illustrated several of his books. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean. You can visit him on the Web at GaryPaulsen.com.


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Masters of Disaster 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In tis book you never know whats going to happen!i It is aboulutly great! I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very funny book. great for 3rd graders and 5th graders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome soooooo funny for kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good children's book
Victoria Harrington More than 1 year ago
Omg! This book was great. I think that kids 7 - 13 should read this funny and cute book about 3 boys trying to be noticed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! My kids will read this book over and over again!
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Usully i like gary paulsens books but not this one sikkkkkkkeeee is like it i mean it was o.k. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Stults_53 More than 1 year ago
With Reed, the always prepared researcher, and reluctant Riley, Henry Mosley plans a series of adventures to "impress girls, alter the course of history, and to find out what they are made of." Through attempts to break world records, solve murder mysteries, and various other projects, these friends will keep you laughing. This book truly captures the essense of 12 year old boys and will keep the attenion of any boy. True to Paulsen's previous books, "Masters of Disaster" reads with fabulous vocabulary in a fun and playful manner. A great book to get boys reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so f***ing lame
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesnt sound like a gary paulsen book Its the complete opposite of Hatchet but its good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am high