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Ned Finn is a boy who knows what he wants. He wants an entertainment system for his room. He wants a break from his boy-crazy sister, Stacey, and for his little brother Billy to leave him alone. Heck, he just wants a normal set of parents.
But when Billy eats some of their father's experimental fish food and turns into a cod, Ned just wants to turn him back. Not only are Bill's new gills drawing the attention of the local school bully, they also attract the interest of Madge Sprod, an international spy with an evil plan.
When a slippery showdown at the local aquarium pits Ned and Billy against both their enemies and a killer whale, will Ned be able to save the day before his little brother becomes fish food?
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Charlie James lives in Edinburgh with her family. This is her first book.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5–Ned Finn figures that things can't get much worse. The class bully is after him. His mom is on a tofu and carrot juice health-food kick. He's stuck in the Interschool Quiz Championship, even though he can't remember facts to save his life. And Dad is using Ned's chaotic bedroom to safeguard his latest invention–an exciting new fish food that can help repopulate the oceans. When his six-year-old brother turns up missing, Ned discovers that Bill has been sampling Dad's Fish Chips and has actually turned into a fish. Can Ned survive the quiz contest, get his brother back into human form, and save Dad's formula from the minions of the evil Underwater Underworld? This story is told in first person with many asides and comments to readers. While the fish-to-human theme has some interesting aspects, the convoluted plot is often difficult to follow. The boys are well defined, but the adults, especially the villains, are wildly over-the-top. The small black-and-white cartoons are mildly amusing but can't save this muddled fish tale.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2006. Condition: New. Ned Jolliffe; Ned Joliffe (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1582347328