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Heir of Mystery: The Second Unlikely Exploit (Unlikely Exploits) Hardcover – August 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Series: Unlikely Exploits (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); English Language edition (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805074775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805074772
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Young Fergal McNally died in The Fall of Fergal (Holt, 2004), and in this sequel, his preserved brain has been stolen and it's up to his siblings to get it back. Unfortunately, this is no easy task as it's being held by the terrifying Mr. Maggs in a dilapidated mansion located in the heart of Fishbone Forest, from which no one has ever emerged alive. Ardagh's meandering narrative, loaded with deadpan humor and macabre details, and the many events and characters will make this entry hard to follow without having read the first book. Excellent black-and-white illustrations add to the book's creepiness.–Heather Ulesoo, New York Public Library
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"Excellent black-and-white illustrations add to the book's creepiness."--School Library Journal

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Format: Hardcover
In the First Unlikely Exploit THE FALL OF FERGAL, young Fergal McNally met an untimely demise, and his brain was last seen in the basement of Sacred Heart Hospital, in a pickling jar no less. And that is where the Second Unlikely Exploit HEIR OF MYSTERY begins. Fergal McNally's brain is stolen from Sacred Heart Hospital. But that is not the worst of it, for Fergal's remaining brothers and sisters are drawn to Fishbone Forest like cookies to milk, and feel a strong connection to the crumbling mansion located smack dab in the middle of the forest. However, while there, the young (and old) McNally children meet up with the horrifying Mr. Maggs, a crazy man who carries a teddy bear wherever he goes, and plans on making dramatic changes to the entire world as we know it.

As someone who did not get the chance to read THE FALL OF FERGAL, I will admit that I felt as if something were missing, in the sense that I was never introduced to young Fergal before his untimely demise. However, I was able to easily understand what was going on in HEIR OF MYSTERY, and didn't find it hard to jump into the story. Fergal's brothers and sisters are unique, while a bit...strange, at the same time. And while HEIR OF MYSTERY does deal a lot with death, it is also packed to the brim with crazy humor that will have all readers rolling on the floor laughing at the funny dialogue, and weird commentary. Philip Ardagh has created yet another hilarious winner that will be loved by all, especially those who have read and enjoyed his previous efforts.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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A Kid's Review on September 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is about the four remaining McNally children trying to find their brother's brain inside the dreaded Fishbone Forest. There, they meet the otherworldly Mr. Maggs. Mr. Maggs was a very odd "being", as told of his unhumanlike teddy-bear-clutching habit and his strange enters and exits. The McNally children saw the horrible death of Mr. Maggs. The McNally has saw another death in their life. Mr. Maggs has, oddly, seem that he was HAPPY to be dying (Which, is that he fell in a huge, deep hole that has not been excepted) and he sang. It's the "Me and my Teddy Bear" song. Which is rather unlikely, isn't it?
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Format: Hardcover
Philip Ardagh's Heir Of Mystery is the second "Unlikely Exploit" title but needs no prior familiarity to prove engrossing to newcomers. Fergal McNally's brain resides in a pickling jar in a hospital: it's stolen, and the remaining McNally children are drawn to a mysterious mansion where a dangerous teddy-bear-clutching Mr. Maggs plans on changing the world. Horror and black humor blend in this inviting survey.
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By Lauren Roswell on December 20, 2010
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I love this book and all of the ones in the series. His humor is just awesome. I think he has really changed the way I think a book should be written because he's gone out of the box with this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book, Heir of Mystery, to people in the grade range of 3-6. It is a very different and extraordinary book. The author explains the characters in high detail of their inner and outer qualities. The plot is presented step by step in a very detailed way. The setting is described very vividly that you can imagine it clearly in your mind. This book is packed with humor and adventure, so I say run over to the library and check it out.
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