Horton Halfpott

Or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; Or, the Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset

By Tom Angleberger; Tom Angleberger (Illustrator)
(ABRAMS, Hardcover, 9780810997158, 206pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“The 'loosening' of a corset sets the tone for another hilarious story by the author of the bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. At Smugwick Manor life is very nice if you are a Luggertuck, but very not nice if you are a lowly kitchen servant like Horton Halfpott. As M'Lady's corset loosens, so do the rules at the manor, allowing for a series of thefts that get Horton arrested just as the love of his life, Celia, is about to be kidnapped. A clever entertainment with important life lessons for all ages.”
-- Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI


Description
Tom Angleberger's latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before ), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery.
Praise for "Horton Halfpott
""A positively gleeful historical mystery farce. Short chapters, a fast pace and plenty of linguistic and slapstistic humor will have young readers hoping that a sequel is planned. The scribbly pen-and-ink chapter-heading cartoon illustrations are just icing on the cake--or pickle eclair. A romp from start to finish." -"Kirkus Reviews
""Exaggerated black-and-white drawings emphasize the often wacky humor in this goofy faux-British mystery. Sprawling, outlandish tale." -"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
""Readers will enjoy Angleberger's penchant for the absurd as well as his many droll asides. With Angleberger's many eclectic characters, his wild-and-witty storytelling, and a lighthearted but perplexing mystery--involving a "lump" of diamonds, a couple of wigs, and a bust of Napoleon--readers are in for a treat." -"Publishers Weekly
""From the author of "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda," here's an amusing romp of a mystery that balances skulduggery with just rewards." -"Booklist"" ""Much like Dickens or Dahl, an opinionated narrator with a strong sense of the ridiculous directs this story." -"School Library Journal.



About the Author
Tom Angleberger ("Rise of the RoboShoes(TM)") began writing his first novel in eighth grade, but never completed it. Since then, he's been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a juggler, a weed boy, a lawn-mower-part assembler, and a biology research assistant. This bestselling author insists he's not really all that creative--"I'm more of a puzzle-putter-together."

Tom Angleberger ("Rise of the RoboShoes(TM)") began writing his first novel in eighth grade, but never completed it. Since then, he's been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a juggler, a weed boy, a lawn-mower-part assembler, and a biology research assistant. This bestselling author insists he's not really all that creative--"I'm more of a puzzle-putter-together."
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