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Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull Hardcover – February 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Series: Barnaby Grimes (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385751281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385751285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this sequel to Curse of the Night Wolf (2008), Barnaby the tick-tock lad (messenger) resumes his adventures as a highstacker (traveler by rooftops rather than roads) in an unnamed city resembling Victorian London. His new friend, Mei Ling, teaches him a seemingly magical martial art, which comes in handy when he challenges evil Catincatapetl, the feared and revered god of “an ancient jungle civilization.” Riddell’s full-page ink drawings and small silhouettes add great visual appeal. The second book in the Barnaby Grimes series, this will please readers with a taste for bloodthirsty adventures and a tolerance for unlikely story lines. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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"Once again Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell have created a tale that will make spines tingle and that will utterly captivate listeners. The story is beautifully paced, and from the very beginning, because of the contents of chapter one, readers know that Barnaby is going to get himself into a very unpleasant situation at some point in the story. The suspense is delicious and the characters are memorable" Through the Looking Glass 20080903 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By rebecca boyker on April 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
His books keep getting better and better. I liked it. His style of writing is very fun to read. :)
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By Bettie Glover on September 18, 2013
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My grandkids love this series of books. I have read them all that have come out and they still want more.
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Barnaby Grimes's city is home to many private schools for children. Some are pleasant and reputable, but others take parents' money and lock their kids in, housing them in horrible conditions until they are shut down or the children violently rebel. When Barnaby, a tick-tock lad (or clerk errant), delivers a message to the headmaster at Grassington Hall School, he finds the students happy and healthy and the staff well-meaning. But a later visit to that very same school ends in bloodshed and disaster.

RETURN OF THE EMERALD SKULL is the second installment in Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's Barnaby Grimes series. Like the first, CURSE OF THE NIGHT WOLF, this novel is dark and gothic, a scary tale richly illustrated. Barnaby not only has a high adventure, but alludes to many he has had in the past. He doesn't seek out danger, but it finds him nonetheless.

Headmaster Archimedes Barnett sends Barnaby to the docks to pick up his latest acquisition, a stuffed bird called the catincatapetl, or emerald messenger of darkness. As he approaches the docks in search of the ship that brought the bird from its native jungle habitat, a deep and ominous fog rolls in. Barnaby finds the ship, but it seems ghostly and deserted, and he later discovers the crew has disappeared. Still, he delivers the package to Barnett and spends the rest of his summer studying an ancient and esoteric art called yinchido with a beautiful young Chinese woman. Mei Ling teaches him much and captivates him, but before he can finish his lessons, he learns that all is not well at Grassington Hall and that it has turned into a dreaded "lock-up academy." The students have gone wild, hunting animals and eating them raw, and abusing the faculty and staff. Can Barnaby stop them from committing a heinous human sacrifice?
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