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The Mystery of Silas Finklebean (Freddy and the French Fries No.2) Paperback – June 14, 2006

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Grade 3-6-In this slapdash sequel to Fries Alive! (Little Brown, 2005), the nine-year-old genius and his giant spuds are preparing to compete in the local science fair. They discover a hidden tunnel under the Burger Castle, the Funkhouser family's restaurant, and encounter a weird apparition floating in the air. Deciding that ghosts would make an unbeatable project, they begin to research the Castle's history. They learn that it was once owned by inventor Silas Finklebean, who vanished mysteriously. When they find his laboratory and logbook of plans, they attempt to reconstruct his time machine. Meanwhile, town bully Adam Spanker and his father, owners of the rival Patty Cakes restaurant, are plotting to drive the Funkhousers out of business. Can Freddy and the Fries find a way to save the Castle? The over-the-top action is often difficult to follow and there is little depth of character. The pervasive body and insult humor is reminiscent of a second-grade playground. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations are mildly amusing, but add little. Adult thriller author Baldacci is aiming at Captain Underpants graduates, but this novel lacks both the imagination and the underlying logic of that gleefully anarchic series. Steer readers to Dan Greenburg's Zack Files (Grosset & Dunlap) or Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio (Viking).-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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David Baldacci is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels including Hour Game, Split Second and The Christmas Train. His books are published in over 30 languages in more than 80 countries. There are nearly 40 million copies in print worldwide.

Rudy Baldacci's thirty-year career as an artist includes work created in numerous media for clients around the world.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (June 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316059005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316059008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci published his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 31 novels for adults, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller THE FINISHER, which is in development for feature film.

David received his Bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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By George Russell on December 22, 2012
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Good reading for young people who want to have fun, and develope their imaginations, as well! Freddy, and all his friends, will keep young people wanting to read more! It is sad to see so many young people not developing a thirst for the written word. Ther are so many new and exciting things to be found in reading!
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