What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World
By Henry Clark
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316206662, 368pp.)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
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The adventure of a lifetime begins between two sofa cushions....
When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world!
The kids' only hope is to trap the plot's mastermind when he comes to steal the crayon. But how can three kids from the middle of nowhere stop an evil billionaire? With the help of an eccentric neighbor, an artificially intelligent domino, a DNA-analyzing tray, two hot air balloons, and a cat named Mucus, they just might be able to save the planet.
This clever comic adventure from debut author Henry Clark is a truly original and utterly wacky story about the importance of intelligence and curiosity in a complacent world.
Henry Clark has contributed articles to Mad Magazine and published fiction in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. He is a former speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities and is an independent affiliate of the federal National Endowment for the Humanities. What We Found in the Sofa is his debut novel. He lives on Long Island, and his website is www.indorsia.com.
A 2013 ABA Fall Picks New Voices BookA 2013 ABC Best Book for ChildrenAn Amazon Best Book of the MonthAn Amazon Hot New Releases in Children's Science Fiction BookA Junior Library Guild SelectionA 2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Master List Title
"Clark's debut is refreshingly bonkers. It offers thinking kids humor that is neither afraid of the potty nor confined to it. Most of the characters (and some of the furniture) have their quirks, but there is a realism at the core that readers will respond to."—Kirkus Reviews
"Fast paced and entertaining...an exciting, suspenseful adventure with many unexpected twists."—School Library Journal
"The novel's swift pace create[s] unyielding suspense....for those destined to become Douglas Adams fans it will be hilarious and gripping."—Publishers Weekly
"Will make budding science fiction fans feel like they've been welcomed into a circle of friends for this whirlwind adventure."—The Bulletin
"The adventure and creativity propels one to continue the story."—Library Media Connection