Jonathan Harlen The Cockroach War

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The Cockroach War

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This hilarious prequel to Brain Scam offers great insights on insects, science, and technology as well as sibling relationships, conflicts, and cooperation. Toby and his sister Emma declare war against their neighbors, the Cadwalladers, whose noisy actions and all-night parties begin to take a toll on Toby and his family. Toby and Emma join forces with a team of cockroaches and secretly seek revenge on the Cadwalladers. What results is a funny, energetic battle.

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Jonathan Harlen is the author of many books for children and young adults including The Lion and the Lamb, Fireflies, and Brain Scam.

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Gr. 5-7. When the Cadwalladers win $40 million in the national lottery, they transform their formerly quiet Australian neighborhood with loud, late-night parties and a garish home makeover. Things become so nouveau riche that the father of the Judge family decides that it's time to move. Young Toby Judge is against leaving, so he teams up with his genius sister, Emma, to drive the Cadwalladers away. Emma develops a method of inserting computer chips into cockroaches and other insects in order to make them follow directions. Soon Toby and Emma command an army of cockroaches, sending them, with increasing success, into a series of Cadwallader parties. Expected havoc ensues. Young readers looking for a lighthearted story will find that this revolves around only one comic situation. Still, some kids will like the idea of swarming, disgusting insects taking over a disagreeable family, so this bit of froth should find an audience. Todd Morning
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