Puddlejumpers

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Ernie Banks, named for the legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop, is a troubled, thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent.  Abandoned on the doorstep of the Lakeside Home for Boys when he was three years old, he’s now considered a “lifer,” a permanent ward of the state.  
            As a last reprieve before being sent to a juvenile detention facility, Ernie is allowed to spend three weeks on a working farm.  When Ernie arrives at the home of Russ Frazier, he learns that the widower’s baby was kidnapped years before, leaving behind a red quilt as the single piece of evidence.  Fascinated by the town’s famous “Quilt Baby” kidnapping, Ernie is determined to solve the case.  He teams up with Joey, a local tomboy, to investigate clues that lead them on a dangerous journey into a forbidden world of dark secrets, magic puddles, and the cavernous underground kingdom of the Puddlejumpers— eleven-inch tall water creatures with whom Ernie has a mysterious connection.
            When destiny summons, Ernie must find the courage to save the Puddlejumpers from the Most Dark and lead them in battle against their mortal enemies.  Only then can he find his way home.

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About the Author:

Mark Jeanis an award-winning director, writer, and producer of film and television. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Christopher C. Carlsonlives in Los Angeles, where he writes, teaches, and rambles the Griffith and Elysian hills with his good dog, Mol.

Christopher and Mark have collaborated on several projects, including the screenplay for Cynthia Voigt'sHomecoming. This is their first middle-grade novel.

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Orphan Ernie Banks returns to rural Illinois to rediscover his past. He is the prophesied rainmaker for a tribe of ten-inch-high Puddlejumpers. Narrator Sean Kenin will have listeners rooting for Ernie to uncover his long-lost human family. Kenin's folksy, direct delivery is as intimate as it is appealing. We're drawn into the fantasy because Ernie Banks is all heart, and Kenin portrays him as such. Listeners won't want to leave him before his happy reunion with his father, not to mention his hair-raising Puddlejumper adventures. Other memorable characters include Joey, the irascible cowgirl, and salt-of-the-earth farmer Russ Fraser. Give a Puddlejumper cry of "hooty-hoo!" for this sparkling listen. C.A. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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