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Running with the Reservoir Pups: Eddie and the Gang with No Name: Book One (Eddie & the Gang with No Name) Hardcover – January 11, 2005


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Starred Review. Grade 6-9 - This adult author's hilarious, dark Northern Irish wit, penchant for action-packed mayhem, sense of irony, and snappy dialogue are all evident in this first of a planned trilogy for children. Eddie Malone, 12, and his mother have just moved to the roughest, toughest part of Belfast, a housing project "run" by a gang of street urchins who call themselves the Reservoir Pups. Eddie unintentionally gets mixed up with them and rashly agrees to break into the hospital where his mother works and steal the security codes. In the process, he overhears a kidnapping plot. After some misunderstandings, he realizes that the scheme involves stealing a dozen babies from the hospital. The pace of the plot is frenetic as Eddie hooks up with Mo, a girl from the rival gang. The story takes a deliciously gruesome turn as the two of them find the babies inside a hollowed out mountain where a team of underground scientists conduct experiments all aimed at keeping Ireland's richest woman young. After a madcap chase and narrow misses, the infants are rescued and Eddie and Mo are national heroes. It is no surprise that Bateman is a scriptwriter for television and movies as this outrageously comic caper reads like a film, rapidly moving from cliff-hanger to cliff-hanger. Readers will get caught up in the swiftness of the action and in the intriguing turns of the baby-napping plot and the sci-fi twist. But mostly they will identify with the appealing Eddie, whose intentions are good but who bungles everything yet still lands on his feet. - Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Gr. 4-7. Eddie, 12, is no hero; he is scared stiff of the rough gang kids on his housing estate in Belfast. He hopes they will accept him if he can hack into the hospital computer. He fails. The plot is all wild contrivance (he hides in the hospital mortuary and stumbles upon a plot to kidnap a dozen newborns), but there is real surprise as the action twists and turns at breakneck speed. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, they do. The talk between Eddie and his sidekick, Mo, an albino girl, is hilarious, and the physically disabled characters who appear in the story--including the legless gang leader and a group of brave survivors of monstrous experiments--are drawn without sentimentality. They are sometimes tough, sometimes mean, sometimes heroic. The corrupt adult authorities are gross and gory beneath their smooth public images, but, of course, Eddie succeeds--for now. The first of a trilogy, this novel by a popular British author of adult books will leave readers anxious for more. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: Eddie & the Gang with No Name (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385732449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385732444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,780,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B on January 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Awesome book!

Running with the reservoir pups. This is a really good book I think. I don't usually read books bout the title looked interesting because I wondered who would run from puppies but as I got into the book I saw that the reservoir pups were a gang. I learned this because of the main character Alex, his parents got divorced him and his mom moved away and that's when he met the reservoir pups. The first time he met them they scammed him. Then they asked him to join him but they asked him to do one thing first while he was doing that he over heard about something bad that was going to happen. While he tried to stop it no one believed him. Then he tries to go find the missing babies that were kidnapped. I don't want to spoil it so I will stop. It's a really interesting book; I think a lot of people could relate to part of the main character because of what happen to his family. I liked this book a lot I can't wait until I get the second one. The booked really gets you hooked; I even got in trouble sometimes because I wouldn't go to sleep because I was reading. If you like books that have kidnapping and all that this is a good book but kind of sad when they kidnap the babies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By molly martin on February 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Irish writer Colin Bateman presents an exhilarative, spine tingling work filled with all the zestful agitation, whimsical cast of characters and explosive tension necessary to hold the target audience absorbed from beginning paragraph to ending lines. Eddie & the Gang with No Name: Running with the Reservoir Pups is a well-written publication filled with generously drawn players and a cleverly interwoven, precarious story line. The setting for the book is England, and some of the language used will have an English flavor which kids will find intriguing.

Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.

Reviewed by: molly martin

20+ years California classroom teacher
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linzi Corbett on July 1, 2013
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I just love Colin Bateman. His writing is clever and full of humor. I have read many of his books and will keep reading many more.
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I enjoyed this even though it's obviously aimed at a younger audience. Typical Bateman silliness and storyline twists and turns.
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By Janet Ann Collins on November 28, 2007
Format: Library Binding
This book should appeal to kids who like the Series of Unfortunate Events. It's quite different, but has the same feeling of adventurous kids handling powerfully dangerous things in spite of some evil adults. It's way fun to read.
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