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Far-Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane Hardcover – May 9, 2006

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Grade 1-5–The creators of The Edge Chronicles (Random) are back with an auspicious beginning for a new series. When a mysterious flying box, complete with wings, arrives at Fergus Crane's window with a message from his long-lost Uncle Theo, the boy learns that he is in danger and that his uncle is sending help. Help is what he needs when the clipper ship Betty-Jeanne that serves as his school disappears with all of the students but Fergus still aboard. The headmaster and his staff are more than just vaguely reminiscent of pirates, and Fergus will need Uncle Theo's technology, and his own bravery, to rescue them. What make this book especially appealing are Riddell's pen-and-ink drawings that appear on almost every page; they capture the tone of the story as well as the personalities of the characters. They also add a great deal of variety to the design of the book, ranging from traditional full-page illustrations to portraits of the main characters to smaller drawings spread over the pages. The combination of witty art and compelling text make this a perfect choice for early chapter-book readers.–Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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Gr. 3-5. Stewart and Riddell, creators of the Edge Chronicles, begin a new series for younger readers, the Far-Flung Adventures. Nine-year-old Fergus Crane is a poor but likable lad who lives with his mother in a seaside town and attends school aboard the Betty-Jeanne, a clipper ship manned by a motley crew of teachers who bear a strong resemblance to pirates. One morning, he finds that the ship has left port with his fellow students still aboard. A mysterious ally gives Fergus the means to rescue his friends and restore his family's happiness. With a simple plot, a few hints of mystery, and many intriguing details, this story will quickly hook readers. Riddell's expressive ink drawings make the fantastic elements more believable and add enormously to the book's appeal. Readers looking for adventure with a smidgen of inventive fantasy will find this one just the ticket. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0890 (What's this?)
  • Series: Far-Flung Adventures
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; First American Edition edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385750889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385750882
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Methvin on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book first, to see if my children would like it. I am CERTAIN they will, but I had to write this review first because I loved it! It is just pure whimsy and delight! There are fanciful gadgets, wonderfully descriptive passages, adventure, mayhem, funny happenings, etc. Awesome pictures too! Which, even though I plan to read it aloud, it may be better for a 8-10 independent reader who wants to spend time pouring over the illustrations. I can't wait to read the next one myself!
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If you're thinking about buying a gift for a young reader in the seven to nine age group, you may want to consider this new series. Brought to you by the same people who did "The Edge Chronicles" (another excellent series, but for slightly older kids), this one has large, easy to read print, simple language and wonderful illustrations to help keep the story bubbling along. To add to the fun, the dust jacket opens up into a fold-out map based on the geographical setting of the story.

Fergus Crane is the first book in the "Far-Flung Adventures" series, the second being Corby Flood, also available from Amazon. The third one "Hugo Pepper" will be available in February 2007.

Fergus Crane is a nine year old boy who lives with his mother beside the sea. His father had left on an ocean voyage many years ago, and had never returned. They get by on his mother's wages from the local bakery, and the income from extra work she does for a company named "The Fateful Voyage Trading Co." He attends school aboard a ship, with an unconventional crew and an even more unconventional syllabus.

His life changes one night when a mysterious flying box appears at his bedroom window, and he learns that he has a long-lost uncle, who thinks that Fergus is in danger. The plot thickens when the school ship suddenly sets sail with all the students except Fergus aboard.

Imaginative and creative, the story includes mechanical flying horses and other extra-ordinary gadgets, adventure and discovery, and hopefully, a happy ending.

Highly recommended.

Amanda Richards, September 23, 2006
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By TobieH on April 24, 2014
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I bought this book for my 8 year old, having a sister who adores the Edge Chronicles. She tore through this book and the other Far Flung adventures in less than a week and has started to re-read them again. The stories are fantastic and my wacky little person completely loves them! There are illustrations with every page turn that are so unusual and captivating. No detail was spared with this series. Highly recommend for young readers!
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Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell have a fantastic partnership. If you love the Edge Chronicles, you'll be pleased by this fairy tale. It is intended for a bit younger reader/has a gentler tone than the somewhat dark Edge Chronicles. The story is engaging and funny, though, so older kids and adults will enjoy it, too.

Thanks, Stewart and Riddell, for helping thousands of children learn to love books.
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Format: Paperback
I'm always looking for good books to read to my son at bedtime. This hits the mark. It actually starts off a little slow and I was wondering if I would be able to keep my 8 year olds attention. It wasn't long before the book took off to an adventure that we both got swept up in. The fantasy world of a flying horse, a walking lunch box, pirates and a volcano with fire diamonds was a lot of fun. The author gives sometimes long descriptive mentions of things which is almost old fashioned but long missing from many books today. A must read.
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Nice packaging and fast delivery and good condition and good strong packing tape and not heavy at all and easy to open with that little pull strip and recoiled material and the book had page numbers and an index and a front cover and back cover and a nice easy to read font and pages that turned really easy and not stuck together and a good shape that fit in my book case and that's about it.
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By GFH on July 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have have just read my sons (9 and 6) this book. They were completely enraptured. It is the best, new childrens book I have read in years. Destined to become a classic!
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I am a 9 year old writing a book report for this book. Here is my story:

"I am a librarian at the local Children's Library. As it is my job to read every kid's book in the library, I found this book very interesting. Fergus Crane, the hero, begins his adventure after receiving a mysterious letter from his uncle, saying Fergus' life is in danger. After many adventures including a giant mechanical flying horse that is actually a lunch box and a lesson from his gym class teaching him to do something that adds to the evil plot, Fergus Crane ends with a surprise happy ending.

Do you like adventure-packed fantasies? If so, I highly recommend this outstanding, stupendous, well-illustrated, fun-filled book. The children like it so much that we cannot keep the books on the library shelves. But don't lose hope, we have thirteen Fergus Crane books in stock.

Ian Woodfill\acting city librarian"

I really enjoyed the book. I think your kids will too.
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