Phineas L. Macguire . . . Blasts Off!

By Frances O'Roark Dowell; Preston McDaniels (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416926894, 188pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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Houston,we have a problem!

Phineas L. MacGuire (a.k.a. Mac) is less than up-to-date on planetary happenings. (Marsquakes? Who knew?) If he's going to be the best scientist in the fourth grade, Mac has to set his sights pretty high. To outer space, actually. But Space Camp is expensive. Where is he going to find enough money for a week on Mars (or a pretty close simulation thereof)?

Houston, we have another problem: a gigantic, slobbery dog named Lemon Drop. Mac can earn the money he needs by walking Mrs. McClosky's yellow Lab, but first he needs to survive the walks and the slobber! Good thing Mac is a scientific genius with friends like Ben and Aretha. Together the three of them discover that Lemon Drop is no ordinary dog -- that Lab is a real-life Lab-oratory.




About the Author
Frances O'Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of "Dovey Coe", which won the Edgar Award, "Where I'd Like to Be", the bestselling "The Secret Language of Girls", and its sequel The" Kind of Friends We Used to Be, "C"hicken Boy", "Shooting the Moon", which was awarded the Christopher Medal, the Phineas L. MacGuire series, and most recently "Falling In." She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at FrancesDowell.com.

Preston McDaniels is the illustrator of the Phineas L. MacGuire series and Cynthia Rylant's Lighthouse Family series. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska.
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