Title: The Extincts
Author: Veronica Cossanteli
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Summary (provided by publisher): George is looking for a
job in order to raise money for a new bike, so when he sees a help
wanted ad for Wormestall Farm, he goes for it. Before long, he's
embroiled in a madcap adventure involving creatures both (supposedly)
extinct and (previously thought to be) mythological, a new friend (a
girl!), and a maniacal taxidermist who wants the animals of Wormestall
Farm in her own private collection . . . stuffed, of course.
My opinion: This book was a great deal of fun. Clever and just the right level of silly to be entertaining. Yet the comedic elements never become the main focus of the novel, that honor going instead to foiling an evil plot. The story is ridiculous, of course, but in an amusing way. It's very tongue-in-cheek. This is a great choice for fans of Roald Dahl and the NERDS series.
More information: The Extincts releases February 9.
Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.