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Ripley's RBI 01: Scaly Tale [Kindle Edition]

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
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Book Description

Join the RBI—a group of teen agents with special gifts—on a series of action-packed adventures as they travel the world!

The Florida swamplands are home to hungry gators, wild electrical storms, and a most unusual creature. Sightings of a strange lizard-like animal reach Ripley High and the RBI are sent to investigate. During their search, the RBI agents find themselves in the middle of a high-speed airboat chase, a swarm of rats, a mysterious treasure hunt, and DUL agents in disguise. But then that’s nothing unusual when you’re a member of the RBI!


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The premise of this first entry in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! RBI series is a little convoluted. Ripley High—located in the former home of the creator of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!—is now home to students with special powers. The best of the best are inducted into Ripley’s Bureau of Investigation (RBI), a high-tech operation that sends kids on dangerous missions around the world, where they, like the Ripley’s series of old, try to separate fact from fiction. Solid graphic elements help sort this all out, with visual introductions to the RBI team, both teachers and students. In this adventure, something has been spotted in the Florida Everglades that seems to be half man, half reptile. What can it be? After several close calls, the team is met with an answer that seems far-fetched until one reads the appended real-life case files. With all the graphic elements, including sidebar facts on smart phone images, this should especially tempt reluctant readers. This title will lead kids right into the follow-ups, including The Dragon’s Triangle, Running Wild, and Secrets of the Deep (all 2010). Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper

Review

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REVIEW FROM TWEEN BOOK REVIEWS
Ripley's RBI: A Scaly Tale

Ripley’s Bureau of Investigation: A Scaly Tale tells the story of a group of kids on a crazy adventure. The main characters go to Ripley High, a school for kids with special abilities. Some of these abilities are talking to animals, controlling the weather, using mental telepathy, and having herculean strength. The kids with the most powerful capabilities are part of a club with important missions. They travel all around the world to investigate strange sightings. In this book, the first of the series, three kids—Zia, Jack, and Kobe—go to the Everglades following sightings of a lizard-man creature residing there. In Florida, the kids run into some troubles when another group—DUL—starts interfering with the mission. DUL is short for Department of Unbelievable Lies, and their mission is to make the RBI troupe into a laughingstock by preventing them from completing missions. Almost every chapter ended on a cliffhanger and at the end of the book, I was left craving more. The RBI books are short and easy to read, and will probably be best suited for younger readers and those kids who are challenged by longer works.

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REVIEW FROM BOOKLIST, BOOK LINKS, BOOKLIST ONLINE
Ripley's RBI: A Scaly Tale

The premise of this first entry in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! RBI series is a little convoluted. Ripley High, located in the former home of the creator of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, is now home to students with special powers. The best of the best are inducted into Ripley’s Bureau of Investigation (RBI), a hitech operation that sends kids on dangerous missions around the world, Where they, like the Ripley’s series of old, try to separate fact from fiction. Solid graphic elements help sort this all out, with visual
introductions to the RBI team, both teachers and students. In this adventure, something has been spotted in the Florida Everglades that seems to be half man, half reptile. What can it be? After several close calls, the team is met with an answer that seems far-fetched until one reads the appended real-life case files. With all the graphic elements, including sidebar facts on smart phone images, this should especially tempt reluctant readers. This title will lead kids right into the follow-ups, including The Dragon’s Triangle, Running Wild, and Secrets of the Deep (all 2010).
— Ilene Cooper

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REVIEW FROM MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS
Ripley's RBI: A Scaly Tale

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"A Scaly Tale" is the first book in a series from Ripley's RBI that is specially aimed at boys and reluctant readers, ages 7-8 and up. A teenage detective team called the RBI team care to seek the answer to mysterious sightings of a strange lizard-like creature seen near Ripley High, in the Florida swamplands. Laced with fast action, hip, smart kids, and surprises around every page-corner, "A Scaly Tale" is sure to win a fast following among young adult readers. Complete with trading cards for some of the notable characters and suspects, "A Scaly Tale" puts a few top talented teens in charge of RBI (short for Ripley's Bureau of Investigation) action to solve the mystery and find the scaly sources and clues.
"A Scaly Tale" is succeeded by three more adventure RBI tales of diverse teens who travel on investigations to decipher "fact from fiction." The other three are "The Dragon's Triangle," "Running Wild," and "Secrets of the Deep."




Product Details

  • File Size: 3606 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Ripley Publishing (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071PF90S
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Poochie of E-books December 6, 2011
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In the Simpsons episode Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie, Poochie was designed by a committee to try to pander to every possible demographic. It was so false that people hated Poochie, so he was dropped.

When I was an easily distracted boy with dyslexia, I loved-loved-loved the Ripley's Believe It or Not books. They came out as paperbacks, and every single page was packed with odd images and lots of fascinating facts. Great books.

RBI also has pictures, and a scattering of facts, but this is a committee-designed thing. Each fact is now without pictures, and appears on a cell phone background that fills an entire page. These are scattered throughout the book, interrupting and not helping the flow of the story.

The story itself -- sigh. The Handbook Of Novel Writing suggests introducing the protagonist as early as possible. This book has 7 protagonists. Pages and pages of gallery-style introductions start off the book. Every page oozes "we need more branding!". And every few pages, here's another cell-phone fact.

I've been a fan of Ripley's books for 40 years. This RBI book bears zero resemblance to the fantastic books and columns of yesteryear. This is a brand that has lost its soul.

What they could have done:
1. Ripley-style pages, packed with facts, at the start of each chapter. Ditch the cell phone motif.
2. Focus on one character, bring them in. Introduce other characters only as necessary.
3. Less branding. A lot less branding.
4. Let the story progress without all the distractions and interruptions.

I hope they will return to the style of Robert Ripley. He was a genius in many ways, and I hate seeing this committee-thing mangling his work.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Ripley's RBI 01 December 29, 2011
By steffrl
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The book was good, if you are a teenager. I was actually looking for ripley's believe it or not. It was a quick read. I would let my 9 year old read it cause it was not scary and it's adventorous.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"A Scaly Tale" is the first book in a series from Ripley's RBI that is specially aimed at boys and reluctant readers, ages 7-8 and up. A teenage detective team called the RBI team care to seek the answer to mysterious sightings of a strange lizard-like creature seen near Ripley High, in the Florida swamplands. Laced with fast action, hip, smart kids, and surprises around every page-corner, "A Scaly Tale" is sure to win a fast following among young adult readers. Complete with trading cards for some of the notable characters and suspects, "A Scaly Tale" puts a few top talented teens in charge of RBI (short for Ripley's Bureau of Investigation) action to solve the mystery and find the scaly sources and clues. "A Scaly Tale" is succeeded by three more adventure RBI tales of diverse teens who travel on investigations to decipher "fact from fiction." The other three are "The Dragon's Triangle," "Running Wild," and "Secrets of the Deep."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars god book January 14, 2013
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my daughter enjoyed reading this book with me the book itself was a good not designed for anyone under 8yrs old some of the words are difficult for kids but was over all an enjoyable book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ripley'd from X-Men December 19, 2011
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This is a peculiar, somewhat educational, book aimed at young adults. It borrows liberally from the X-Men with the concept of a school having students with special abilities. Robert Ripley is a computer (you might think of him as Professor Xavier in a box), complete with vast knowledge of scouring the world exploring the weird and wonderful.

The illustrations that accompany the story are good and occasionally there are interesting, educational trivia bits mixed in via R-phone Instant messages between chapters. The story itself isn't very compelling: kids with special powers investigate a strange creature in the everglades and run into DUL, an organization that works against them (think X-Men again and Magneto's clan of mutants working to thwart the X-Men). The story isn't very long for the number of different characters and the reader never really can identify with any one character.

The most interesting parts of this book were the DUL conflict, the illustrations and the R-phone IMs. The concept is alright and there is potential for educating with reading using this framework, but the stories need to be less commercial and more fun to read. They are targeting the middle school audience, but kids this age will have even less patience than adults for reading a compelling story. This competing against videogames? Er, no. Perhaps other stories in the series will fare better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ripley's RBI 1: Scaly Tale June 22, 2013
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I didn't like Ripley's RBI 1: Scaly Tale at all. It was obvious what was going to happen next. There were also so many characters that I couldn't keep them all straight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ups and downs in the general gist of it
pretty good but plot could have been a little bit better
so could the climax and falling action
or even the solution
Published 1 day ago by James Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars RBI fantastic
I think that the book is great because it had animal people that can talk and collect secret artifacts that are very secret and special to RBI agents. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!
This book was awesome I recommend this book to anyone even vaguely acquainted with Ripley
believe it or not it is awesome!!! I give it five stars
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMENESS
Hey u have 2 check out this book. It's a good book 2 read and gives you lots of facts.
Published 15 days ago by Chloe Feddersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I choose this rating because it was good and it was a mystery book,I like mystery books because you have to solve problems and that's what is the interesting part. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Agrim
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripley's RBI 01 Scary Tale
Good Read for kids!
Published 1 month ago by InTheSun13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book. The connection between the story and real life is great. This is an awesome book
Published 1 month ago by yun qin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe it cos you have to!!!!
The book has some crazy adventure. I recommend it to everyone who likes weird stuff. The best part it's $$$!!!
Published 1 month ago by Noorkoso
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting for older than 5
Published 1 month ago by Phyllis
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