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When the unluckiest boy in the world turns unlucky 13, bad luck is sure to follow. So when a mysterious Chinese food delivery man appears on his doorstep with a surprise birthday dinner, Alex Grindlay knows better than to expect a good fortune cookie for dessert. But even Alex could not have predicted the crazy adventures that lie ahead of him. Just his luck, one little fortune cookie will change his life forever.
Alex is whisked away into a world where anything can happen, and the fortune in his cookie is his only clue to finding a way home. If that isn't bad luck enough, he's pursued relentlessly by Cypress Vine, an evil game show host who wants to take over Alex's world. All she needs is a way to get out of her world and into his--and the magical cookies will do just the trick. With all his bad luck, how on earth can Alex stop a superpowerful game show host? He'd better find a way if he ever wants to get home.
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Ross Venokur is a screenwriter who has written for Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, and DreamWorks.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-The unluckiest boy in the world, aided by magical fortune cookies and a talking dog, takes a wild adventure in this humorous novel. Alex Grindlay claims to have a terrible case of "Hoodooitis," which causes his endless series of misfortunes. Besides the constant accidents in his daily life (15 of which are related in the opening sentence), he has no mother and his father spends all day watching mindless game shows. The boy's luck begins to change when he gets an unexpected delivery of Chinese food, which includes some magic fortune cookies. They lead him to an alternate world, where he teams up with the canine, Manfred, to try to outwit Cypress Vine, a fiendish female game-show host who wants to take over Alex's world. The weird story line is actually neatly constructed, as elements from the boy's life, like the board game he creates for a homework assignment and the strange behavior of his father, turn out to play crucial parts in his quest. It's hard to get too concerned about Alex's plight, but it's still fun to read what happens to him. For example, at one point Alex and Manfred shrink to near microscopic size and find themselves trapped in the body of the evil Ms. Vine, forced to make their way from her left eyeball down to an exit through her big toe. As the lighthearted adventure continues, Alex learns to have more faith in his own abilities and stops blaming every mistake on his Hoodooitis. The message, though, is secondary to the peculiar, but engaging story.
Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR
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