Kid vs. Squid (Hardcover)

By Greg van Eekhout

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781599904894, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2010

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

Thatcher Hill is bored stiff of his summer job dusting the fake mermaids and shrunken heads at his uncle's seaside Museum of Curiosities. But when a mysterious girl steals an artifact from the museum, Thatcher's summer becomes an adventure that takes him from the top of the ferris wheel to the depths of the sea. Following the thief, he learns that she is a princess of the lost Atlantis. Her people have been cursed by an evil witch to drift at sea all winter and wash up on shore each summer to an even more terrible fate-working the midway games and food stands on the boardwalk. Can Thatcher help save them before he, too, succumbs to the witch's curse?

With sharp, witty writing that reads like a middle-grade Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Greg van Eekhout's first book for young readers is a wild ride packed with as many laughs as it has thrills.



About the Author

Greg van Eekhout is an American fantasy and science fiction writer born and raised in Los Angeles. Following his professional debut, a story in Starlight 3, he published a couple of dozen stories, appearing in most of the genre’s major science fiction magazines, several anthologies, and a number of Year’s Best compilations. His story “In the Late December” was a Nebula finalist, and his first novel, Norse Code, came out in 2009. For fun, Greg practices Northern Shaolin kung fu and indulges his love of little tacos.


Praise For Kid vs. Squid

“[Greg] van Eekhout chivvies the plot along at a lively pace to a hold-your-breath climax and a deftly choreographed resolution. He also leaves the main characters around for sequels—which in this case, at least, could be a Good Thing.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Van Eekhout carefully balances his tongue in his cheek with some really creepy situations, and the result is a humorous fantasy that will rush over young readers like a tidal wave.” —School Library Journal