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The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen: M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales Paperback – June 1, 2007

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Grade 5-8–The intrepid detectives from Whales on Stilts! (Harcourt, 2005) return in another off-the-wall send-up of the Stratemeyer-style series fiction. Jasper, Katie, and Lily are off to the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort for a short vacation. They discover that the inn is currently hosting a collection of other series characters, including the air-headed Cutesy Dell Twins (shades of Sweet Valley High); the blockheaded Manley Boys; and sad, one-book Eddie Wax, in perpetual mourning for his horse Stumpy. The mystery-solving Hooper Quints go missing, as do most of the lodge's hunting trophies and an heirloom diamond necklace belonging to one of the guests. Search parties are organized, and Jasper and Lily are keen to join in. Katie, however, prefers to hang out by the pool with the Twins. Unexpected dangers await the searchers, from gun-toting kidnappers to poisonous snakes to hungry wolves. Meanwhile, back at the Lodge….The episodic and determinedly nonlinear plot is amusing, but the real fun here is the dialogue–a wild and wonderful mélange of 1950s series-speak (Jupiter's moons!), Valley speak, adolescent trash talk, and mock heroics. As in Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events series (HarperCollins), the author frequently addresses readers directly with suggestions, hints, and comments. Underneath all the craziness, there is a subtle and surprisingly poignant message about growth, change, and friendship.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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*Starred Review* Gr. 4-7. Great Scott! The author of Whales on Stilts (2005) has dashed off a swell sequel, featuring an expanded cast of ersatz Stratemeyer syndicate stars--from the Cutesy Dell Twins and the stupid, hunky Manley Boys to the "adorable mystery-solving Hooper Quints." In this episode, Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut; Katie Mulligan ("known for combating evil wherever it shambles and drools"); and shy but canny Lily Gefilte leave aptly named Horror Hollow for a bit of R&R at remote Moose Tongue Lodge--only to be swept up, thanks to a supposed kidnapping and a putative robbery, into any number of encounters with wolves, steep cliffs, and oddball adults, as well as hilariously inane conversations with fellow vacationers. Tucking in friendship issues, hyperconvenient clues and red herrings (both figurative and literal), and the occasional book ad, footnote, or personal comment, Anderson leaves no trope untripped in bringing the newest of his Thrilling Tales series to its postdenouement ski party and happy ending. Never has the Hardy Boys-Nancy Drew axis been knocked further or more delightfully askew. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,364,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

M. T. Anderson is the author of The Game of Sunken Places, Burger Wuss, Thirsty, and Feed, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing! M.T Andersen manages to poke fun at Nancy Drew,
The Hardy Boys, and other childrens books. Each chapter ends in a cliff hanger so I read the whole book in a day. If you read this book be prepared to laugh out loud!

I am uterly shoked at how little recognision this book got... Honestly it's better than Harry Potter.

You should BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Katie Mulligan is sick of life in Horror Hollow: the zombies, the vampires, the horrific practical jokes her mom and dad play --- it's all getting a little bit old. So when Katie's friend Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, receives a coupon for a free dinner at the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort, Katie jumps at the opportunity for a few days away from adventure. When Jasper, Katie, and their friend Lily arrive at Moose Tongue, though, they are surprised to find that most of the guests, like Katie and Jasper themselves, are the stars of adventure novel series past and present.

There are the Cutesy Dell twins (dead ringers for the Sweet Valley High girls), the clueless but oh-so-macho Manley Boys, and Eddie Wax (whose best friend is a horse named Stumpy). All the guests are thrown into turmoil, though, when the Hooper Quints, stars of a series of 1950s adventure novels, are kidnapped and held for ransom in a remote mountain cave. Jasper and Lily join a search party, but Katie, determined to avoid adventure, lounges around the pool with her new friends, the Cutesy Dell twins.

Like WHALES ON STILTS!, the first book in M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales series, THE CLUE OF THE LINOLEUM LEDERHOSEN delights in over-the-top language and outrageous situations: "Freedom, alas, was far away. As Jasper listened in consternation to the screams of distress, he felt a creeping little feeling. It was inside his nose. His hay fever. It was getting worse." The plot is convoluted and absurd (just as a good old-time mystery story should be), and the novel makes dozens of references to other books and movies (for example, the Hooper Quints have a nanny who's a musical nun. When the outfits she sews out of curtains wear out, she makes them a new set of lederhosen out of the kitchen linoleum).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Vanderpool on January 27, 2007
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Humorous parody that will hit home for anyone who grew up on the various "teen wonder pulp" series of the '40s, '50s or '60s (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc.) I'll have to let someone else speak to whether it works for today's teens.

You can enjoy this without having first read its prequel, "Whales on Stilts." But I intend to pick up a copy, now that I've been introduced to Anderson's cast of characters!
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I really wanted to dislike this book, too.

As a big fan of the old juvenile series books Mr. Anderson is making fun of here, I wasn't looking forward to seeing them trashed, and it was pretty obvious from the description that trashing them was exactly what he was planning to do.

In addition IMHO Mr. Anderson is only about half as funny as he thinks he is. What he does with Eddie Wax and Stumpy (I don't dare describe it!) is both poignant and hilarious.

Portraying the Manley Boys as cruel but incredibly stupid bullies is just annoying.

I've never read a book in which nasal allergies played so prominent a role in the plot.

I PRAY that I never read another!

And what in the world is a satire of The Sound of Music doing in here?

But the fact is that I enjoyed the first book Whales on Stilts in spite of all my misgivings; in fact these are the first two books to have me laughing out loud while reading them in years. Clearly Mr. Anderson is growing on me, kind of like a hideous wart that cannot be killed, and I am forced to admit that he really stuck the landing: the ending was incredibly stupid, totally insane,...

and just about perfect!

I contemplate the third book in the series Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware with a sense of impending doom...

and barely contained anticipation!
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