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The orphan of Awkward Falls

by Graves, Keith.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Hampton Community Library Juvenile Fiction J F GRAVES
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J F GRAVES
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j GRA
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j GRA
When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can't help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. Inevitably, she is captured by the house s strange inhabitants: an ancient automaton who serves as a butler, a cat patched together with a few odd parts, and most surprising of all, a boy named Thaddeus Hibble. Meanwhile, Fetid Stenchley the most feared patient in the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane is on the loose after making a dramatic escape, and there is only one thing on his mind...revenge. Unfortunately for Josephine and Thaddeus, he s headed their way. Can these unlikely friends stop Stenchley before it's too late? With a penchant for spooky details, surprising twists, and haunting illustrations, Keith Graves delivers a suspenseful and engaging first novel.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Graves has created a Frankenstein's monster of a first novel, throwing in a bit of everything: robots, cloning, murder, insanity, cannibalism, and a cat who talks like a 1930s-era gangster. Moving along like a madcap nightmare, the story shifts between Fetid Stenchley, a hunchbacked Igor type who killed his mad-scientist boss 10 years prior, and the more relatable viewpoint of 12-year-old Josephine Cravitz. Josephine has just moved from Wisconsin to the northern reaches of Manitoba, where she literally stumbles upon bizarre goings-on next door. While Fetid is escaping from an insane asylum, Josephine is being captured by a robot trying to protect a young boy who secretly lives on his own. Graves presents the converging story lines with tension, mystery, and a dose of gore, as when Fetid digs up his long-dead boss in order to reanimate him: His skin, now beef-jerky brown and shriveled, was still mostly intact. The occasional black-and-white illustrations, meanwhile, are dark to the point of creepy obfuscation. The right kind of kid will (ahem) eat this up.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""With no friends within a thousand miles and two long weeks to go before the sauerkraut holiday ended and school started, Josephine was certain she was doomed to face excruciating new levels of boredom." Twelve-year-old Josephine Cravitz is curious, willful, and extremely annoyed about being dragged to a new city every time her professor father gets transferred. This time, Josephine and her parents have moved into the ancient and gothic Twittington House in remote Awkward Falls, Manitoba. Fears of boredom evaporate, however, when she meets her strange, orphaned neighbor Thaddeus Hibble, who lives in a crumbling mansion with a robot butler and a talking cat. Josephine discovers that the cannibalistic Fetid Stenchley has just escaped from the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane and is after Thaddeus. Picture book author Graves's (Chicken Big) first novel is alternately gruesome, humorous, and action-packed, with moody, full-bleed spot art adding to the grim atmosphere, particularly in the wordless sequences that open and close the book. Graves is a confident storyteller, writing with a polished, Snicket-like drollness that bodes well for his future efforts. Ages 8-12. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Science -- Experiments -- Juvenile fiction.
Dangerously mentally ill -- Juvenile fiction.
Murderers -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
Inventors -- Juvenile fiction.
Science -- Experiments -- Fiction.
Mental illness -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Inventors -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :Chronicle Books,2011
Language English
Description 337 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780811878142 (hbk.)
0811878147 (hbk.)
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