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Blood-and-thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak Hardcover – Mar 9 1989

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd (March 9 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460070312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460070317
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 331 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,956,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

This marvelously funny novel brings together as zany a collection of characters as one could hope for: Heathcliff Warlock, a most unconventional deputy headmaster; Sir Quincey Judd-Sprockett, a nefarious and inept inventor; Belladonna Doppler, whom Sir Quincey has firmly in his sights; and assorted villains, cats and children. The setting is the Unexpected School, where anything might happen--and does. Mahy begins by placing in motion a number of seemingly unrelated subplots. By the end, they have been imaginatively and hilariously intertwined through the meeting, scheming and comic misunderstandings of all concerned. Smith's jaunty pen-and-ink spot drawings add visual verve to this manic mix. Ages 9-12.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-- No one writes about magic better than New Zealand's inimitable Margaret Mahy. However, it is not magic alone which is needed to foil wicked industrialist Sir Quincey Judd-Sprockett and his evil designs on the Unexpected School high atop Hurricane Peak. Science, too, must be employed. How these two disparate disciplines are wedded in the service of saving this unusual school is the lighthearted theme of Mahy's latest antic adventure. More in the spirit of Nonstop Nonsense (1989) than The Changeover (1984, both McElderry) , The Blood-and-Thunder Adventure. . . may be too relentlessly whimsical in its early chapters for some readers (talking, moonstruck cats? villains of too-predictable helplessness? characters with names like Belladonna Doppler and Mrs. Thoroughgood?). But the timely introduction of magic midway through adds the necessary numen to both text and tone and transforms what had been mere frivolousness into satisfying farce. Mahy scores again! --Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The best part of this story is the narrators voice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blood and Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak Oct. 19 2001
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When I was a little kid, this was my very favourite book!! Margaret Mahy is a very talented writer, and this book was great for me to read over and over again. I also liked the pirates mixed up voyage, it was another of the books written in Margaret Mahy's collection - with a very unique writing style. I was about 8 when I actually sent Margaret Mahy a fan letter!! I got a long (two pages on a typewriter!) letter back from her, with hand drawn (and coloured in) cats all over the border of the letter! This book is adventurous, fun and has a very twisted plot with talking cats and distant cousins, and a school of Magic!!! I suggest it for any one looking for a good read - so long as they haven't let go of their "INNER CHILD"!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy July 22 2015
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As a reading specialist, I'm always on the lookout for authentic and humorous books for my fourth-fifth graders. Mahy's work appeals to both boys and girls.

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