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Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird
     

Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird

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by Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly (Illustrator)
 

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Eleanor Hawken worked as a children's book editor for many years and was part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Her popular children's series Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird chronicles the hilarious adventures of a boy who spends his time with the furry and ferocious tenants of the zoo his family runs.

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Eleanor Hawken worked as a children's book editor for many years and was part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Her popular children's series Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird chronicles the hilarious adventures of a boy who spends his time with the furry and ferocious tenants of the zoo his family runs.

"This is a hilarious story." Parents In Touch said of Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird. Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family runs a zoo, where he spends his time cheerfully hanging out with (to name just a few) orangutans, crocodiles, and snakes. But his good luck has just run out--the entire Feral family has been infected with a mysterious virus that causes them to turn into werewolves. Now his mom, dad, and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat, and worst of all, trying to infect Sammy! Worse, it seems there is an evil professor trying to take over the Feral Zoo--could he have anything to do with the werewolf virus? Fortunately for Sammy, a crack team of cryptozoologists are on hand to help. But even with their expertise in animals that don't (or shouldn't) exist, things look pretty hairy for the Feral family!

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Readers afflicted only with pesky sibs should count their blessings: 12-year-old Sammy comes home one day to find his whole family (dog included) turned into a pack of ravening werewolves. Sammy is saved from being bitten himself, or maybe torn apart, by the timely arrival of Donny, a leather-clad cryptozoologist who shoots tranquilizer darts from a silver blowpipe and explains that the werewolves will revert to (more or less, as it happens) human once the full moon has passed. Fortunately, Sammy's parents own a public zoo with behind-the-scenes transit cages that can hold the feral Ferals temporarily. Unfortunately, even back in human form, Sammy's little sister, Natty, retains a taste for raw sausage and live hamster. Can Sammy devise a cure for the Were Virus before the next full moon--while also fending off professor Pickitt, a rival cryptozoologist scheming to turn the Feral Zoo into a display of freaky creatures? Sammy chronicles his plunge into "wackoville" in diarylike entries punctuated with bulleted lists, shocked exclamations of "rewind!" and simple line drawings of the cast and selected scenes. "Sammy Feral = dude supreme!" he crows at the end. Forcibly engineered as his ultimate triumph is, he merits a few howls of appreciation for staying so resolutely on task. (Adventure. 9-11)
From the Publisher
"A fast-paced fantasy adventure which is both hilarious and hair raising."—We Love This Book

"Packed with fun, adventure and plenty of weird--I look forward to finding out which frightening creatures will be hitting the Feral Zoo next."—Armadillo Magazine

"It's all entertaining, humorous nonsense from start to finish, in a well-crafted and engaging story."—Carousel Magazine

"Entertaining and certain to raise a smile. It is light reading, with plenty of amusing illustrations."—Monsters and Critics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623650322
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

AUTHOR
After a childhood devouring books, Eleanor Hawken spent her teenage years at boarding school, where there was many an opportunity to tell ghost stories by torchlight. After leaving school she went to university and gained a degree in Philosophy. She then worked as a children's book editor in Bath, where she was also part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Eleanor devised the fiction series WILL SOLVIT and has written books under the pseudonym Zed Storm. In 2010 Eleanor left England and travelled the length of the Americas with a laptop; it was during this time that she wrote her book for teens, THE BLUE LADY, due to be published by Hot Key Books in 2013. SAMMY FERAL'S DIARIES OF WEIRD is Eleanor's fiction series for younger readers. Eleanor now lives in North London.

ILLUSTRATOR
John Kelly is a prolific children's book illustrator and author, as well as a digital concept artist for the film industry. Among his many books are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Scoop! Kelly lives in London.

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