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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Pals in Peril Tale
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416986405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416986409
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-7–Great Scott! Sentient Lobsters? Furniture imitating spies? This installment in the series finds crime-fighting teen friends Lily Gefelty, Katie Mulligan, and Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, in dire straits once again. They are eager to get home to New Jersey but they are facing dangers at every turn while trying to leave the fantastical state of Delaware, which is ruled by His Terrifying Majesty, the Awful and Adorable Autarch of Dagsboro. Delaware's Ministry of Silence has secret agents and spies lurking everywhere trying to capture the heroes because they know the whereabouts of valuable treasures. The trio is accompanied by a group of monks from Vbngoom who are being forced to relocate their monastery. Spies come in all shapes and sizes and they are all eager to turn in the trio to obtain fabulous prizes such as a walking-an-invisible-dog trick leash. Fellow teen Taylor Quizmo, Secret Agent, arrives to save the day, but can the Pals trust him? And what about Agent Q? How will they find him when they don't know who they're looking for and they have to stay hidden? As with the previous installments, readers are occasionally addressed with clever, tongue-in-cheek asides. Flip-book art, ads, and black-and-white drawings add hilarity. Quirky, unique, and never dull, this is one adventuresome fantasy readers won't soon forget, whether they're followers of the series or meeting the pals for the first time.–Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Now that Lily Gefelty and her pals—Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and Katie Mulligan, Horror Hollow heroine—have saved the monastery of Vbngoom (Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware, 2009), it’s time to go home. But their sing-along road trip across Fair Delaware with the monks becomes a desperate flight from the tyrannical Autarch, who has informants everywhere and a shark pit at the ready. Joining our intrepid trio is supercilious secret agent Taylor Quizmo, intent on helping them escape to New Jersey—or is he? (To find out, tune in to the latest episode of the reality game show, This Is Your Double Life!) In Anderson’s droll send-up of the spy genre, restaurant menus hold hidden meanings, sentient lobsters guard resistance hideouts, and informants win Precious Moments figurines for turning people in. Among the energetic chase sequences, diverting authorial interjections, and appropriately quirky illustrations (including flip-book art) is a quiet message about the importance of home, however “normal” it may be. Finally, if while reading you mysteriously find “The Song That Never Ends” stuck in your head, ponder these words of wisdom from Brother Grzo: “Is not all life a song that never ends?” Grades 4-7. --Krista Hutley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Hugar on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is another great addition to the genre-hopping "Pals in Peril" series. M. T. Anderson is a master storyteller with a sharp wit and a sensitive soul.
A lot of people won't "get it", but these people are the first to die when Godzilla rips through downtown office buildings like paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on December 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When M. T. Anderson's most recent Pals in Peril novel, JASPER DASH AND THE FLAME PITS OF DELAWARE, was published in 2009, Delaware governor Jack Markell famously wrote a letter to Anderson pointing out the numerous factual and geographical inaccuracies about the First State, as it's known, and encouraging him to "never choose our state as a setting for a book ever again."

It turns out that the governor of the country's second-smallest state might not have as much clout as he thought. Anderson is at it again, this time sending his intrepid trio of Jasper Dash, Katie Mulligan and Lily Gefelty, as well as their new friend --- the hunky young monk Drgnan Pghlik --- onto the hazardous, danger-infested streets of Wilmington.

All the kids want to do is get back to their homes in New Jersey safely, but it's not that easy. They're accompanied by a few of the monks of Vbegoom, the mysterious monastery that has mystically relocated to a new mountaintop somewhere else in the Blue Hen State, and they can't disclose its location to anyone, especially not the Awful and Adorable Autarch of Dagsboro. But his spies are everywhere, eager to turn in even their friends and families to the authorities in exchange for some great swag from a home-shopping catalog.

The Resistance is ready to help the trio as well, and clues are everywhere. Even something as innocent as ordering from a restaurant menu can have hidden meaning, and sentient lobsters might be concealing the location to a safe house. Most importantly, our young heroes must locate the mysterious Agent Q, who will usher them to the ferry that will take them home. Like most things in Delaware, however, Agent Q is not at all what the kids expect, and soon they're not sure whom to trust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like M.T. Anderson's books for older readers. "Burger Wuss" is a particular favorite. Do not confuse those books with these Pals in Peril books.

The Pals in Peril series, including this "Agent Q,...", is intended for a younger crowd. Sometimes it feels like Anderson, at this point, doesn't necessarily have a natural feel for this crowd. Some of the humor and plotting and narrative can be forced and manic in a predictable and self-conscious sort of way. There is good humor and real imagination throughout the book, but it just seems that in always going for the rim shot the story can often seem forced and a bit mechanical. The premise is great - the adventures of a bunch of teen friends who also each are characters in their own book series. Anderson does a great job of blurring the lines between the kids as book characters and the kids as real kids, who of course are also characters in this book. There are some sly jokes about publishing, writing, children's books, and the whole idea of fictional heroes and super heroes. But at the same time that Anderson is kidding the genre, he is writing a book in that genre, and the parody can get all tripped up with the story he is telling.

The upshot is that you get this sort of post-modern, meta, send-up that is also trying to be an actual kids book. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't, at least for me.

Reading the sample provided by the publisher is strongly recommended. The first few pages of the book, describing the protagonists and setting up the action, are representative of the whole volume. If you like the sample, you'll probably like the book. If you don't warm up to the sample, well, you might still like the book, but you've now been warned.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faith on January 16, 2013
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Terrible book don't ever read this book got it got it hi bye see you later I rock peace out people
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More About the Author

M. T. Anderson is the author of The Game of Sunken Places, Burger Wuss, Thirsty, and Feed, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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