Jem’s Dad loses his job and starts to make various ” improvements” around the house. He’s clever…ingenius even…but dangerous! (“That’s all part of the fun of it!” He smiled and wiped the blood away. “The word today is fun.”) When his inventions threaten to injure or maim the family his wife brings home an old VW camper that needs an overhaul. This keeps Mr. Tooting in the garage and OUT of the house.
Lucy: “He’s got to be stopped. You said so yourself. And that’s what the camper van’s for. It’s a total wreck. He’ll neer be able to fix it really. But it’ll keep him busy, keep him out of trouble, keep him happy, and stop him from doing his home improvements.” (page 22)
And the plan works. Mr. Tooting painstakingly takes the old camper completely apart but gets stuck putting it back together again until Jem finds a detailed diagrm of the 1966 camper van online and downloads a copy.
“Before the diagram, all the bits of metal and rubber spread out on the driveway were nothing but dirty old junk. After the diagram, they were pieces of the biggest, most complicated jigsaw puzzle ever.” (page 27)
Jem and his Dad just can’t walk away. They work on the puzzle until they have a fully restored camper ready for a family adventure. and they make some enhancements. What they don’t know, is that the camper has a plan of it’s own and once it’s in motion, the Tootings have to hang on tight! This camper can FLY…and SWIM…and it goes where it wants to go! A fun adventure in the spirit of Herbie the Love Bug, Spy Kids and Bumblebee. Some cars have a mind of their own. Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
If you haven’t tried any of The Sisters Grimm series, I’ll fill you in a little. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sisters who find out The Grimm Brother stories are actually a history of all the crimes committed by fairy tale characters. The girls are part of a long line of detectives from the Grimm family whose job it is to investigate the fairy tale crimes. In each book the girls do some sleuthing to figure out which fairy tale characters have been behaving badly.
In this very last book in the series, Book Nine The Council of Mirrors, the Grimms and their fairy tale character friends still hope to save the people of Ferryport Landing from the evil plans of the Magic Mirror. To get help, the seek the advice of….OTHER magic mirrors. Of course there is more than one! Find out what happens to Sabrina, Daphne and all the other Everafters.
An exciting conclusion filled with all of your favorite sassy characters like Pinocchio (“I was NOT A PUPPET!”) and Puck (“Smell you later!”). My advice – start at the beginning…that way you can keep all the characters straight!
“When’s the last time you got fed?” Beulah responded by clamping down on Mickey’s left foot and throwing a meaty coil around both his legs. “Easy, Princess,” he said. The Python wrapped upward with another coil, and then another. Mickey quickly locked both arms in front of his chest to protect his lungs from being crushed, but he was out of shape and Beulah was extremely powerful. “Wahoo!” he hollered. “Yo!” “What?” Called a voice from the house. “Get your butt out here!” (page 24)
Wahoo’s Dad Mickey is an animal wrangler. If there is an alligator, snake, lizard, bear or leopard in a movie, chances are Wahoo’s Dad was there during filming. The animals live on their property and Wahoo helps take care of them…when he remembers!
Times are kind of lean in the animal wrangling business and Wahoo’s family is having trouble making ends meet. When the reality television show “Expedition Survival” calls wanting to use some of the animals on an upcoming episode, Wahoo and his Dad can’t wait to get started…until they meet the show’s star – Derek Badger, “Mr. Show Business”. It’s going to take all of Mickey and Wahoo’s knowledge and patience to keep Derek alive, because they know what the animals are thinking, “All you stupid humans taste the same!” Author: Carl Hiassen
H.I.V.E. arch nemesis Overlord is back from the dead and he is dis-pleased that Otto escaped his clutches in the last H.I.V.E. adventure. He is determined to capture Otto this time and he isn’t taking no for an answer. He has to get Otto for good this time because he’s dying. This is not supposed to happen to artificial intelligence!
To keep himself alive Overlord has to “occupy” a body (kind of like Voldemort) – and not just any body will do – he needs Otto’s. Overlord is a computer program and Otto has hardware embedded in his brain; a place for Overlord to “live”. Overlord’s getting by, surviving in his zombie like way hopping from one poor victim to the next, but the ordinary bodies keep wearing out and the process of getting another one is getting old. The ONE body in all the WORLD that can “hold” Overlord is Otto’s.
Otto cannot fall into Overlord’s hands, an not just because we like him. (We do!) It’s just that Overlord’s world domination is NOT an option. When Overloard manages to take over H.I.V.E., the one place in the world secure enough to keep Otto save, it is zero hour, do or die. Otto and his friends are in the thick of it again. Great super hero adventure with over the top technology and just a liiiiittle bit of kissing. Author: Mark Walden
“We’ve ignored Lemony Snicket’s cautious advice and are implementing our misguided plan to drop five thousand copies of THE BAD BEGINNING across the USA, blanketing this unlucky country with the first book in the saddest series about even sadder orphans.
On Friday, July 13th, books will rain from the sky and unless you have an abnormally sturdy umbrella, you should scream and run away . . . at once!”