The Hidden Boy (Bell Hoot Fables)

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You are the lucky winner of a Blue Moon Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime! The tour leaves from the Blue Moon office at 11 p.m. sharp. Groups of seven only. No pets.

When the Flints win the trip to Bell Hoot, they board Captain Bontoc’s Blue Moon Mobile with the expectation of a grand holiday. Then something terrible happens: Bea Flint’s little brother, Theo, disappears on the journey, and the peculiar Ledbetter clan of Bell Hoot, who call Theo the Hidden Boy, is more desperate than even Bea and her family to find him. Bea will have to trust herself and the weird and wise words of an old man called Arkadi in order to find Theo. In her search, she’ll discover that Bell Hoot is more than a vacation destination, a wish is no good unless you give it legs, and Mumbo Jumbo is much more than nonsense—it’s hidden potential that she can find within herself.

Jon Berkeley sends readers on the adventure of a lifetime with this first installment of a saga about a mysterious place called Bell Hoot, where strange and wonderful things happen.

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About the Author:

Jon Berkeley was born in Dublin when TV was black-and-white and airplanes still had propellers. He was the worst football (um, soccer) player in the entire parish, and his favorite food was spaghetti bolognese. Some things never change.

Jon has worked as a freelance illustrator for a quarter of a century and more recently has taken to writing. He is the author and illustrator of chopsticks, a story about the friendship between a mouse and a dragon, and has illustrated several books by other authors.

He is the author of the Wednesday Tales series—The Palace of Laughter, The Tiger's Egg, and The Lightning Key, which have been praised for their vivid storytelling, humor, and one-of-a-kind characters. Publishers Weekly said of the palace of laughter: "Berkeley weaves painterly details into his depiction of this night-shaded world but also injects an ample measure of humor."

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4–8—Little do Bea and her family know what they're in for when they win "the trip of a lifetime" to Bell Hoot. While on their way to their destination, Bea's brother mysteriously disappears. As they search for Theo in Bell Hoot, they learn that the Ledbetters, an outcast clan, want to find him just as much as they do. It seems that it's their turn to foster the eldest son of a newly arrived family. But Bea doesn't think that is such a great idea, so it's a race to find who's holding Theo captive and why. Berkeley has created an alternative world that buzzes with excitement. Bell Hoot, while small enough for everyone to know everyone else, is expansive enough to house numerous secrets and hiding places. While the setup raises a lot of unanswered questions, and the story's foundation lacks a firm basis, the quirky characters mature throughout the novel and learn to find their own gifts while coming to value one another. Bea learns that she's important and has a voice, and that she has a special talent, which is instrumental in rescuing Theo. Hidden Boy will appeal to imaginative readers and will lead them to want to know more about these unusual people.—Delia Carruthers, Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, NJ
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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