Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure

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A squiggly, squirmy sequel to Harry the Poisonous Centipede...

Harry the poisonous centipede is in big trouble. Despite his mother's warnings, he leaves his safe nest-tunnel and finds himself captured by a young Hoo-Min bug collector. Together with his friend George, he's shut into a hard-air prison (a glass jar to you). Even when they escape, many scary and creepy adventures await them: a huge flying swooper, a giant side-runner, even a fall into the no-end puddle (all right then, the ocean). And that's before they meet the Worst Things in the World! Will they make it home before something gets them?

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After his earlier big adventures (divulged in Harry the Poisonous Centipede), one would think this young centipede would have had his fill of drama and excitement. But that would be a "not-so," in centi-lingo. Harry (technically, his real, Centipedish name is Hxzltl, but we can call him Harry) and his best friend George (Grnddjl) once again find themselves in a peck of trouble when they are trapped in hard-air prisons by the dreaded Hoo-Mins (who might call these prisons jars). They manage to escape, only to embark on an extended good news/bad news-style adventure that spans landscapes (and seascapes) and involves taunting tarantulas, incredibly annoying marine centipede cousins, and a friendly, former-potential-meal lady dung beetle. Whether bravely biting the heads off a veritable army of soldier ants or crackling forlornly to each other about their homesickness for Harry's mother, Belinda (Bkvlbbchk), Harry and George stick together and stick it out.

With tremendous wit and squirmy thrills, Lynne Reid Banks keeps her Hoo-Min readers on the edge of their seats. Prolific illustrator Tony Ross joins Banks again to portray in exciting black-and-white line drawings the surprising range of centi-emotions--and escapades. What next for Hxzltl and Grnddjl? (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Lynne Reid Banks was born in London. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she acted and wrote for the repertory stage. Later, she turned to journalism, becoming one of Britain's first female television news reporters. In 1962 she emigrated to Israel, where she married a sculptor, had three sons and taught for eight years in a kibbutz. She now lives with her husband in England. She writes, travels, and visits schools, at home and abroad, full-time. Among Lynne Reid Banks's popular novels for young readers are Angela and Diabola; Harry the Poisonous Centipede; The Fairy Rebel; The Farthest-Away Mountain; The Adventures of King Midas; The Magic Hare; Maura's Angel; and the award-winning Indian in the Cupboard books.

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