TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN SKULL by Chris Priestley

TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN SKULL

From the "Maudlin Towers" series, volume 2
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Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Could there be hidden pirate treasure somewhere about that might save the decrepit old school from closing?

Once again, students Arthur Mildew and Algernon “Sponge” Spongely-Partwork set off on a round of “detectivating,” as only a stash of gems purportedly left by Greenbeard the pirate can save Maudlin Towers from being shut down. Fortunately, there are plenty of only mildly obscure clues to the trove’s location scattered about the grounds. Unfortunately, news of the trove gets out, and soon the faculty is suddenly replaced by a bevy of more colorful, if perhaps less qualified, strangers with names like Jacques Blacques and Leather-Nose Susan who bill themselves as descendants of Greenbeard’s crew. There are other, more subtle, treasure hunters on the prowl too. Plainly considering this as but one in a continuous string of episodes, Priestley chucks in references to previous events, an encounter with a time-traveling teacher who was dead in the previous outing, and a giant, floating eyeball explicitly slated to reappear in a future one. Channeling Edward Gorey, the author gives the all-white cast depicted in frequent ink drawings and closing gallery a comically cadaverous look. This import is coming to the U.S. as is, complete with British spellings and punctuation conventions for an immersive experience.

More “faldoolery” for fans. (Gothic farce. 10-12)

Pub Date: July 9th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4088-7310-6
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2019




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