Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle

By Frank McKinney; Kate Mason
(Health Communications, Hardcover, 9780757313820, 321pp.)

Publication Date: February 2009

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Thirteen-year-old Ppeekk (pronounced "Peekie") finds a very small, very flat, very dead fish. When he comes to life in her hand, he has an amazing story to tell.

In the brilliant underwater world called High Voltage, manatees talk, starfish sing, and practical-joking clownfish encourage children to launch their lunchboxes off the bridge. Now, a fiendish, fifty-foot, prehistoric shark has laid siege to High Voltage and dethroned King Frederick the Ninth (whom Ppeekk calls "Dead Fred"). Megalodon, the morphed monster, reigns amphibiously under the old drawbridge with his army of vicious crabs and blood-red remora fish, whose suckers drain victims' joy and imagination.

Can Ppeekk save High Voltage from the evil Megalodon and return Dead Fred to his rightful throne?

Ppeekk and her friends use everything they've got--exploding coconut bombs, strangler fig lassos, even themselves as human bait--to vanquish the terrifying beast and his rogue army. Their adventures culminate in the battle of their lives, fought in a Category-5 hurricane.

Best-selling author Frank McKinney boldly enters young reader fiction in this fantasy novel that is sure to race and gladden the hearts of readers of all ages. The story was inspired by the more than 1,000 walks to school the author has shared with his daughter and her friends in real life. Come along with them into the imaginative world of Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes and the Good Luck Circle

About the Author
Frank McKinney is a two-time international bestselling author, philanthropist, and extreme risk-taker best known for his unprecedented success as a real-estate "artist" and visionary. From his modest first $50,000 fixer-upper in 1986 to his first $2.2 million spec home on the ocean in 1992, McKinney has created and sold 36 oceanfront properties with an average selling price over $15 million. Now into 2009 and beyond, the world's wealthiest clamor for his masterpieces, each inspired by exotic locales and infused with vivid imagination. McKinney was recently recognized as one of the ten most influential people in luxury real estate and is the creator of two of the largest and most opulent "green" spec homes in the world, priced at $29 and $30 million. He lives with his wife, Nilsa, and their daughter, Laura, in Delray Beach, Florida. Visit and

Proceeds from all book sales go to benefit the good works of McKinney's Caring House Project Foundation, which provides a self-sustaining existence for some of the most desperately poor and homeless families around the world.

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