Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. Sandy joins forces with his loyal butler and a wise and wacky nurse to save his parents and squelch his uncles' felonious high jinks.
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JEAN FERRIS has written more than a dozen novels for young people, including the popular Marigold trilogy. Once Upon a Marigold was named an ALA Notable Children's Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing title. Ms. Ferris lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.jeanferris.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up-Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman, self-made inventor and multimillionaire, marries bit-part actress Mousey Malone and together they have a child, Alexander (Sandy). Life is so perfect that they withdraw from the world into an eccentric existence at their lavish estate, Eclipse. The young man and his parents become the target of vicious plots by Sandy's bungling uncles who want to take all their money. When the evil brothers's poisonous birthday cake puts his parents, servant, and pet chicken, Attila the hen, into a coma, Sandy and the butler, along with the ever-radiant and optimistic nurse, Sunnie Stone, move the sleepers next door to Walnut Manor, a high-class "looney bin" for supposed crackpots no longer wanted by their families. After Sandy becomes infatuated with Sunnie, he realizes what his previous life lacked. The residents become a family and Sunnie proves that they're not wackos, but rather misunderstood and unappreciated. Love and caring cure all. The butler finds a potion to wake the sleepers, and the uncles are thrown in jail after a bungled arson attempt. Weddings and engagements fill the end of this happily ever after tale. Like a British farce without the off-color humor, this book is intentionally melodramatic, coincidental, improbable, and hilarious. The restrained, tongue-in-cheek tone heightens the humor of this spoof. Lots of silly fun and a warm, feel-good feeling await readers.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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