Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! (Hardcover)


By Paul Feig

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316166638, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008



After being teased one too many times at school, Ignatius MacFarland decides to build a rocket. Maybe extraterrestrials are nicer than his classmates! But when his rocket takes an explosive wrong turn, Ignatius ends up in another frequency run by former English-teacher-turned-dictator, Chester Arthur. Mr. Arthur has taken the art, culture, and advancements of our world, shared them with this new frequency, and convinced the creatures around him that he's a genius. It's up to Iggy and Karen, another trapped earthling, to expose Mr. Arthur for the fraud that he is-and to hopefully make it home alive.

Part comedy, part science fiction, and part fantasy, this debut novel, with line art by talented newcomer Peter Chan, makes being a geek, well, kind of cool.

About the Author

Feig is the creator of the critically acclaimed TV show Freaks and Geeks and the author of the adult memoirs Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence and Superstud. This is his first novel for young readers. He lives with his wife and two dogs in California.

Praise For Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut!

"A good deal of laughs in this goofy, proudly uncool story." -Booklist

"The simple explanations of sarcasm, evolution, and traveling to other frequencies are appropriate for the youngest teen." -VOYA

"This blend of fantasy and science fiction will please male fans of either genre, who will start asking for a sequel even as the cover closes." -Kirkus

"The unfortunately named Ignatius MacFarland...would do anything to get away from his tormentors at school, who have dubbed him "Piggy MacFartland." But his dream of living among aliens in outer space turns into a scary trip.." -SLJ

Praise for Superstud:

"It bodes well that the dedication to this book is laugh-out-loud funny, and indeed, Feig (Kick Me) does not disappoint in this comedic tale."--Publishers Weekly

"Just as he did in Kick Me, Feig perfectly captures the whimsy and tone of adolescent reasoning."--Booklist

Praise for Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence

"These interlocking essays on everything from a sadistic gym teacher and geeky after-class pastimes to obsessive romantic tendencies and a prom that wasn't the best night of the author's life are terrifically entertaining"--Publishers Weekly

"Feig is not the first person to hate gym class, nor will he be the last, but he recounts his various experiences so vividly that a situation as common as snooping for presents in a parent's closet takes on an extra level of paranoia and humor."--SLJ