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Ripley's RBI 01: Scaly Tale Kindle Edition

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Length: 128 pages Word Wise: Enabled Optimized for larger screens
Age Level: 8 - 12

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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

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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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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)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071PF90S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,018,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pegg Jr VINE VOICE on 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 By steffrl on December 29, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Russell on 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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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 23, 2010
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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."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KrazyTracy on 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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This is the first in the Ripley Bureau of Investigation series, also known as RBI: Fact or Fiction?. The RBI team is made up of a group of teenagers with a wide range of abilities and talents that are quite extraordinary. They are members of the elite and top secret RBI team at their school, Ripley High School, which is located in the home of Robert Ripley (creator of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) on an island off of the East Coast.

The RBI team operates in similar fashion to that of the pals of Scooby Doo, except there’s no dog and only a few investigators are sent on each mission. The selection process for each mission is grounded in the student’s talents and abilities. Those who have the best to offer for each mission are the ones who are sent. Their objective for each mission is to investigate, gather information and determine if it is fact or fiction.

In this first installment, the investigators are sent to the swamplands of Florida to uncover the mystery surrounding the strange reports of a lizard-like man. Jack, Zia and Kobe are all assigned to comb the Everglades for another sighting of the larger-than-life lizard.

Jack is a 14 year-old from Australia. He grew up on an animal park and has an uncanny bond with animals. He can “talk” with any creature.

Zia is a 13 year-old girl who was the only survivor of a tropical storm that destroyed her village. She was a baby then, and as a result of the storm she now has a white streak of hair among her dark locks. She doesn’t fully understand her abilities, but she can predict (and sometimes control) the weather, as well as having magnetic and electrical powers.

Kobe is a 15 year-old boy who is the product of two African tribes.
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