THE UNFLUSHABLES by Ron Bates

THE UNFLUSHABLES

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a tale aswirl with potty humor, a young hero plunges into danger to save his town and the world from an evil sewer—er, supervillain.

In days of yore Nitro City was protected from clogs and their nefarious perpetrators by the likes of Drainiac Magee and other costumed members of the Plumbers’ League of UnNaturally Gifted Exceptionals—all of whom were declared outlaws when the Ironwater company took over the job of sewer management. But now a rising tide of mysterious leaks, overflows, and mutant subterranean monsters promises to turn the town’s massively popular annual Burrito Festival into Plumbageddon. Enter 13-year-old Sully Stringfellow, a natural genius with pipes and valves since birth. He’s more or less unfazed by encounters with pop-up washer weasels and a tentacled croctopus, and he’s john-on-the-spot (so to speak) when the time comes to trigger a former supervillain’s gigantic porcelain Death Flush. The ensuing “cyclo-toiletronic swirl” rockets Sully into Nitro City’s Underworld to expose Ironwater’s CEO as archvillain Human Waste. Dazzled to discover that the old “sewer soldiers” of P.L.U.N.G.E. are still around (his own grandpa turns out to be the legendary Midnight Flush), Sully gladly accepts an invitation into the fold as a new apprentice. Sully is depicted on the cover as white, and the rest of the cast appears to be white by default.

A gold-plated chain puller for readers in alimentary grades. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: April 10th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-316-51000-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2018




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