Bill Brittain My Buddy, the King

ISBN 13: 9780064403399

My Buddy, the King

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9780064403399: My Buddy, the King

Timothy Quilt meets a devoted new best friend and gets involved in a secret international government mission after he incidently saves another boy--King Tokab of Mokabway--from choking to death. Reprint. SLJ.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-7-- In this comedy thriller, 14-year-old Timothy Quilt, whose parents conveniently are away on a business trip, saves the life of the teenage king of Mokobway at the local Slurp Shoppe when Timothy performs the Heimlich Maneuever on King Tokab to prevent his choking on a hot dog. The U. S. government is interested in wooing the young king, whose country has lots of oil. Timothy becomes, for one week, an agent for the supersecret intelligence agency, SIS--BOOM--BAH. Brittain pokes good-natured fun at the endless acronyms of our time, and offers a wry look at American culture, its commuters and suburbanites, through the eyes of the foreign king visiting Long Island. Timothy discovers not only that spying is dangerous, but also that, for him, a very real friendship is more important than the abstractions of government and country. This is a light-hearted story that blends comedy with thrills at a pace rapid enough to entertain the most reluctant reader. One can't help but miss the wonder and masterful story-telling of the "Coven Tree" books (Harper); still, this is vintage Brittain: an intentional stretching of credibility; a playful handling of fantasy; a sense of humor and irony; and a true ear for dialogue. --Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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From Publishers Weekly:

A heroic act lands Tim and his unusual new friend in the middle of an international intrigue. Ages 10-13.
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