Kid vs. Squid

196p. 978-1-59990-489-4.
Gr 4—6—Thatcher is reluctantly sent to spend the summer between sixth and seventh grades helping his great-uncle Griswald run his Museum of the Strange and Curious on the boardwalk of the fictional coastal tourist town of Las Huesas, CA. When a girl, Shoal, breaks into the museum and steals a witch's head, Thatcher pursues her. He soon finds himself in a world of maritime monsters that might—just might—be plotting to destroy civilization. He allies himself with Trudy, a girl with the tools and the talents of a detective, and eventually with Shoal, to save the world. (The Squid doesn't appear until the end, but it's worth the wait.) Van Eekhout carefully balances his tongue in his cheek with some really creepy situations, and the result is a humorous fantasy that will rush over young readers like a tidal wave.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
Thatcher Hill is staying with his great-uncle--owner of Professor Griswald's Museum of the Strange and Curious and Gift Emporium--in a dumpy California beach town. Soon enough, Thatcher finds himself saving the town from a witch and her army of enchanted sea monsters. The fast-paced adventure is equal parts funny, gross, and far-fetched. Thatcher is the quintessential reluctant hero who rises to the occasion.

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