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WHALES ON STILTS! by M.T. Anderson


M.T. Anderson’s Thrilling Tales

by M.T. Anderson

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-15-205340-9
Publisher: Harcourt

Anderson’s mind is a very strange place, and this almost indescribable wackiness is further proof. In a grand send-up of all that is series books, it echoes Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and those with cliffhanger chapter endings; references Godzilla movies and offspring; talks to, at and around the reader and is generally awfully funny (and we do mean awfully). Our heroine is ten-year old Lily, whose dad works in an abandoned warehouse making stilts for whales. His boss, Larry, seems to be blue and kind of whale-like, although he has a lot in common with Dilbert’s boss, too. It’s pretty obvious that there’s a nefarious plan at work, so Lily enlists her two best friends, Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and Katie Mulligan of Horror Hollow, who, like Jasper, already has a book series chronicling her adventures. The three figure out that the whales are about to take over the world, and they save it amid many explosions, catastrophes and asides from the author. Promises—or threatens—to be a series of its own. It doesn’t get any better than this. (Fiction. 9-12)