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Far-Flung Adventures: Corby Flood Hardcover – August 22, 2006

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Grade 3-5–The members of the large Flood family find themselves aboard a shabby cruise ship, with five of the children on their way to a new school. Eight-year-old Corby is the youngest and most resourceful of the lot, and as the S. S. Euphonia sails past the magical Dalcretian coast, she reads longingly about its wonders in Hoffendincks Guide, a Baedeker-style travel guide. Curious Corby follows the other passengers around the ship, trying to find out everything she can about them, especially the Brotherhood of Clowns, five odd men in green bowler hats who appear to be plotting something sinister. When they catch her overhearing their scheme, they chase her on motorized deck chairs, and she barely escapes. While hiding from them in a crate of canned goods, Corby is unknowingly delivered to the Greek-like fishing town of Doralakia, which she had dreamed of seeing–but not while her family sails away without her. Stewart and Riddell follow up Fergus Crane (Random, 2006) with this second tongue-in-cheek mock-historical volume in the series. Like their Edge Chronicles (Random), Corby Flood is filled with Riddells striking line drawings of peculiar characters, weird mechanical devices, and odd creatures. Fantasy fans will smile through to the end of this silly melodrama.–Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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"The second sparky tale in the series, again embellished by the drawings of Chris Riddell . . . an eagerly awaited sequel." --The Independent (UK)
"Extremely funny and, of course, brilliantly illustrated by Chris Riddell." --Children's Bookseller Supplement (UK)
"Corby Flood is Stewart and Riddell's best book yet. Completely satisfying as an adventure, the new book is full of amusing characterisation and is endlessly playful and inventive." --Times Educational Supplement (UK)
"Receives 5/5 star rating. Fab stuff!" - Kraze Club (UK)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Far-Flung Adventures
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385750900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385750905
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you're buying a book for a young reader in the seven to nine age group, you may want to consider this new series. Brought to you by the same people who did "The Edge Chronicles" (another excellent series, but for slightly older kids), this one has large, easy to read print, simple language and wonderful illustrations to help keep the story bubbling along. To add to the fun, the dust jacket opens up into a fold-out map based on the geographical setting of the story.

Corby Flood is the second book in the "Far-Flung Adventures" series, the first being Fergus Crane, also available from Amazon. The third one "Hugo Pepper" will be available in February 2007.

Corby Flood is an eight year old girl. She and her large family are aboard a shabby cruise ship heading along the Coast of Dalcretia on their way to a new school. Armed with her trusty travel advisory "Hoffendinck's Guide", Corby learns about all the exotic ports along the coast while keeping an eye on the other passengers. There are the sinister Brotherhood of the Clowns, the unintelligible Hattenswillers, the mysterious man from Cabin 2 and the smarmy, slimy Lieutenant Letchworth Smith, and then there's the creature in the crate.

Imaginative and action-packed, this one is highly recommended.

Amanda Richards, September 23, 2006
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Excellent! I'd say it's even better than Far-Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane, which was the first book in the Far Flung Adventure Series. Corby Flood builds upon elements from Fergus Crane, but is an entirely different story in an entire different setting. This series is truly remarkable! These books are well worth reading; they are easy to read, original, and entertaining - better than Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Corby Flood features five sinister clowns with "text-style" names such as: Mr. Garamond, Mr. Franklin-Gothic and Mr. Times-Roman. Like Harry Potter, Corby Flood features new made up sports, but unlike Harry Potter, it's not just one sport. Like Fergus Crane, creative inventions and engineering are featured.

A fun sample passage from Corby Flood:

"...'but don't cry little one. Konstantin Pavel will get you back to your parents and your sister and your brothers."

"You will?" said Corby, wiping her eyes.

"Yes," said the mayor, "but first I must know one thing."

"Yes?" said Corby.

"Why?" said the mayor, "are you dressed as a bumblebee?"
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The Far Flung Adventures are a wonderful mix of adventure and contraptions! The subtle links between the 3 books in the series are thrilling for the kids to find. My son and I began reading these books when he was 5 and still pick one up for some great entertainment. The detailed drawings throughout the book (did I mention a great pull out map?) entice the reluctant reader to continue-and they are rewarded with wonderfully imaginative tales! We only wish the authors would continue adding books to this series as they are exciting but less "dark" than many popular series today.
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Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's CORBY FLOOD provides the second installment to 'Far Flung Adventures' - but no previous familiarity with the series is required to enjoy this, unrelated in plot to the first FERGUS CRANE of the series. Corby faces a cruise ship full of amazing devices and eccentric passengers when she and her family embark on an adventure. She also notices something isn't right - and uncovers a scheme. But will anyone believe her discoveries aboard the ship?
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By TobieH on April 24, 2014
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I bought this book for my 8 year old, having a sister who adores the Edge Chronicles. She tore through this book and the other Far Flung adventures in less than a week and has started to re-read them again. The stories are fantastic and my wacky little person completely loves them! There are illustrations with every page turn that are so unusual and captivating. No detail was spared with this series. Highly recommend for young readers!
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