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Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit [Paperback]

Cary Fagan

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Sept. 9 2008
Until things begin to go wrong, thirteen-year-old Eleanor Blande had hoped that this would be her best year ever. First her father finds himself without work. Then Levon du Plessy-Minsk, the Creature Catcher, threatens to expose Eleanor’s secret to the world. To make matters worse, Eleanor’s mother has developed a fear of flying, and her little brother, Solly, has decided to hang up his Googoo-man superhero outfit forever.

When Kaspar Snit finds his way back into Eleanor’s life, does the notorious evil genius really want her to help him reform and become a regular person? Or is he the one committing such mean and despicable acts as raiding a birthday party and stealing all the bicycle bells in town? And when a collection of priceless jewels from the country of Verulia goes on exhibit, could anyone other than Kaspar Snit be planning to steal it?

Cary Fagan’s enchanting sequel to The Fortress of Kaspar Snit and Directed by Kaspar Snit will have kids laughing out loud as they root for Eleanor and the rest of her flying family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (Sept. 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887768350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887768354
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quill & Quire

What do you do with an evil genius if you’ve already explored his skulduggery in two previous books? If you’re Cary Fagan, you reform him, under the tutelage of his former victims. In this third volume about Kaspar Snit, Eleanor and Solly Blande and their parents, that famous flying family, respond to Snit’s plea that they help “squeeze the evil out of him” and teach him how to be a normal person. In the mornings, Eleanor has him as a science teacher under the name of Mr. Parsstinka; in the afternoons, she and Solly coach him through a rigorous, 10-step curriculum, which includes such un-Snit-like activities as “build a rowboat,” “tell a joke,” and “take care of a baby.” Lovelorn Snit strives to reform so he can win the hand of the Blandes’ former nanny, Mrs. Leer. Meanwhile, an imposter – or is it Snit himself? – is pulling some very mean-spirited robberies. A “famous creature catcher,” a gold sarcophagus, and chicken nuggets all come into play before Fagan wraps up this lighthearted caper. Fagan has a cheery eye for the absurd, and Ten Lessons is leavened with intelligent silliness. “There will be no fishpond with live piranhas this year,” the principal comments when inviting the Blandes to the school fair, giving us a tantalizing glimpse of a lunatic quality of life. At another point, Dad says, “I want to finish this article about a new sport using vacuum cleaners.” These throwaway lines, as well as other aspects of Fagan’s dry humour, imbue the story with a warm understanding of the vicissitudes of ordinary family life and growth.


Praise for Directed by Kaspar Snit:
“. . . devious humour and disarming lunacy is a tonic for anyone . . . What makes the story most delightful is Fagan’s thoughtfully nutty humour . . . Sheer fun.” — The Toronto Star

Praise for The Fortress of Kaspar Snit:
“Replete with evil cackles, this is a read-aloud or read-alone that older elementary students will relish.” — The Bulletin of the Centre of Children’s Books

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