Relates the tangled events that lead the students of the Unexpected School on Hurricane Peak to foil the wicked Sir Quincey and his accomplices and to solve several mysteries.
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On Hurricane Peak you wear stone boots (to avoid being blown away, of course) and attend the Unexpected School (where only the unexpected happens). Richard Mitchley's lively interpretation of this impossible romp is perfectly paced to guide listeners through the wickedly complicated plot. From the confiding tones of the narrator, to the demonic cackle of the arch villain Sir Quincy, to the sibilant syllables of the two amorous felines--Tango and Zanzibar-- Mitchley's cast of voices seems virtually limitless and consistently appropriate. This reading suits the sparkling wit of the text in the same vein as Mitchley's earlier rendition of The Birthday Burglar & The Very Wicked Headmistress, also from Chivers. K.T.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-- No one writes about magic better than New Zealand's inimitable Margaret Mahy. However, it is not magic alone which is needed to foil wicked industrialist Sir Quincey Judd-Sprockett and his evil designs on the Unexpected School high atop Hurricane Peak. Science, too, must be employed. How these two disparate disciplines are wedded in the service of saving this unusual school is the lighthearted theme of Mahy's latest antic adventure. More in the spirit of Nonstop Nonsense (1989) than The Changeover (1984, both McElderry) , The Blood-and-Thunder Adventure. . . may be too relentlessly whimsical in its early chapters for some readers (talking, moonstruck cats? villains of too-predictable helplessness? characters with names like Belladonna Doppler and Mrs. Thoroughgood?). But the timely introduction of magic midway through adds the necessary numen to both text and tone and transforms what had been mere frivolousness into satisfying farce. Mahy scores again! --Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
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Book Description G K Hall & Co, 1990. Book Condition: Good. Lrg. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP64479539
Book Description G K Hall & Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2801125205
Book Description UK: Chivers Press, 1990, 1990. Book Condition: Good+. 8vo hbk with yellow background illustrated glazed boards; ex-library copy written in large print; a rubber stamp and some label remnants; cover has bumped corners; G++; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 70135