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Island of Mad Scientists, The: Being an Excursion to the Wilds of Scotland, Involving Many Marvels of Experimental Invention, Pirates, a Heroic Cat, a ... Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones) Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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Grade 4–7—This installment finds the eccentric characters still in flight. Princess Purnah continues to be pursued by sinister men intent on returning her to St. Grimelda's School for Young Ladies. Minions of the Collector, a spidery, creepy villain who collects scientists, are now pursuing Emmaline, a 14-year-old budding aviatrix, and Rubberbones, an indestructible boy. On the advice of Sherlock Holmes, Aunt Lucy decides to take the crew on "holiday" to Urrgghh, a cold and damp island off the Scottish coast where lunatic inventors and their lunatic inventions reside. The book follows their misadventures as they attempt to get to Urrgghh. Nothing goes as planned—not even close, but, with the help of a kilt-clad automaton, a surly parrot, and even Queen Victoria, the six manage to elude inebriated pirates, thieves, and other nefarious thugs. The book's wit and humor, often black and tongue-in-cheek, are perfectly captured in Slavin's intricate pen-and-ink drawings. Purnah's cluelessness about the English language and customs, along with her bloodthirsty upbringing, makes for some laugh-out-loud scenes. A wacky, implausible romp for readers who enjoyed the first two installments and who like rapid-fire plots and zany characters.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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A wacky, implausible romp for readers who enjoyed the first two installments and who like rapid-fire plots and zany characters.

Rollicking, raucous, madcap, crazy fun best describes this conclusion of the Mad Adventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones ... With Slavin’s fabulous pen-and-ink lines to complement the action, this title is pure unadulterated fun; readers will mourn the end of the trilogy.
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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: The Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532360
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,653,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on September 19, 2009
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You can tell by the title of these books that they are going to be silly. But they also are very adventurous and quite unique. Not predictable at all. I love the robot in this one! I hope there will be more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Middlebrook on April 27, 2013
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This series is very entertaining. It is great for independent readers who are not ready to move into the young adult section.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C-Mac on November 28, 2012
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This was a fun family read that left us laughing out loud and sent us scurrying to read the rest of the series.
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By Tacha on November 4, 2014
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Emmaline and Rubberbones and the princess are all a delight. This, the third in the series, takes the kids off to Scotland for more delightful adventures. This is a series of books that I enjoy giving as gifts to the children of my friends.
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