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Coville, Bruce.
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
ISBN 0152163824

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

When sixth grader Anthony and his little sister Sarah find a cool box of small brass figurines at the estate sale of creepy Morley Manor, little do they know what fantastic (and hysterical) adventures await them! The figurines come alive when they get wet, and change into the Morleskievich family, late of Transylvania, but now known as the Morley family, and interested equally in science, magic, time travel, as well as space travel. As this adventure-comedy-fantasy-mystery unfolds, you find that these two children will hold the fate of the earth in their hands! Read this book, meet a werehuman (formerly the Morleskievich family dog… think about that one!), and enjoy every twist of the plot, and laugh, laugh, laugh!  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)

Booktalk #2

At an estate in the creepy mansion down the street from their home, Anthony and Sarah purchase a mysterious wooden box.  Once home, Anthony manages to open it and finds ---

"The box was divided into five compartments.  And inside each compartment was a metal statue of a tiny monster.  They were very detailed, beautifully made and extremely weird."

After unintentionally splashing some water on one of the little metal figures he named Albert, Anthony examines it for damage.

    "... I saw that his head had changed color, the brass tones transformed to a dark, fleshy shade.  I got mad because I figured the water had damaged whatever Albert was made of.  But when I touched his hand I drew my finger back, my anger swiftly shifting to fear.  The little monster's hand was no longer hard and metallic.  Now it felt warm -- warm and -- fleshy.  I picked up the figurine and stared at it.  To my horror, its fingers began to move."

How do you mix together werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, wizards, aliens, altered dimensions, tiny people, Transylvania, ancient curses, giant frogs, evil clones, ghosts, lawyers, shape changers, fallen angels, zombie warriors, body snatchers and two clever kids in whose hands rest the fate of the Earth?  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

SUBJECTS:     Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction.
                        Monsters -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.


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