Running with the Reservoir Pups

by Bateman, Colin, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2005
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Eddie has a bad habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Otherwise, he never would have gotten mixed up with the Reservoir Pups, the scrappy gang of boys who rule the streets in his new town. And he definitely wouldn't have agreed to their initiation mission: to break into the hospital his mom works at. It's just Eddie's luck that he stumbles upon some twisted baby-snatchers on the way. And just when it seems like life can't get any worse, he bumps into the leader of the Andytown Albinos, the most fearsome gang of all. . . . "Fast, fabulous fun . . . [an] excellent comic adventure. I loved the carefree, sheer enthusiasm of the writing and laughed aloud throughout. I'm delighted to report that it's the first of a trilogy. Can't wait for the next!"--The Bookseller(UK)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-7. Eddie, 12, is no hero; he is scared stiff of the rough gang kids on his housing estate in Belfast. He hopes they will accept him if he can hack into the hospital computer. He fails. The plot is all wild contrivance (he hides in the hospital mortuary and stumbles upon a plot to kidnap a dozen newborns), but there is real surprise as the action twists and turns at breakneck speed. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, they do. The talk between Eddie and his sidekick, Mo, an albino girl, is hilarious, and the physically disabled characters who appear in the story--including the legless gang leader and a group of brave survivors of monstrous experiments--are drawn without sentimentality. They are sometimes tough, sometimes mean, sometimes heroic. The corrupt adult authorities are gross and gory beneath their smooth public images, but, of course, Eddie succeeds--for now. The first of a trilogy, this novel by a popular British author of adult books will leave readers anxious for more. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Launching the Eddie and the Gang with No Name trilogy, Bateman's (Divorcing Jack) debut children's novel is a zany caper cloaked in the droll, dark comedy that marks his adult fiction. Eddie's placid life on the coast of Ireland ends abruptly when the 12-year-old's mother announces that his father has run off with her doctor boss, and she has found a new nursing job in a hospital in a gritty section of Belfast. Soon after they move, Scuttles, the chief of hospital security, apprehends Eddie, assuming he is a member of the Reservoir Pups, a local gang that scams passersby. When his mother scolds the boy, Eddie insists he is innocent of any wrongdoing and utters prophetic words: "I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time." Bateman's rippingly paced, cleverly convoluted plot places Eddie in a number of precarious spots, among them the hospital garage at the very time that kidnappers are filling a van with 12 newborns they've snatched from the maternity ward. Along with an Albino girl, who is allegedly a member of a rival gang, and Scuttles, whose coworkers are involved in the crime, Eddie sets out to rescue the infants, a madcap mission that finally lands them in the hands of the megalomaniac head of a beauty products empire. How all the strands come together in this innovative, farfetched tale makes for great entertainment, and Bateman's appealing young hero is entirely credible. Readers will want to tune in for Eddie's next set of adventures. Ages 10-14. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Series Bateman, Colin, 1962- Eddie and the gang with no name.
#1 - Running with the reservoir pups
#2 - Bring me the head of Oliver Plunkett
#3 - The Seagulls have landed
Subjects Gangs -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Single-parent families -- Fiction.
Divorce -- Fiction.
Belfast (Northern Ireland) -- Fiction.
Northern Ireland -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2005
Language English
Description 263 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 0385732449 (trade)
0385902689 (glb)
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