Fergus Crane

Fergus Crane

Book - 2011 | First Yearling edition.
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Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life--attending school on the ship Betty Jeanne and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a winged mechanical horse appears and whisks Fergus off to meet his long-lost uncle. Not only that, he finds out that his teachers are not what they seem--they're actually pirates! Can Fergus save his schoolmates from the far-off Fire Island? Perfect for 8- to 12-year-old readers, this is a deliciously accessible story.

"Part Dickensian comedy, part pirate adventure."--Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2011.
Edition: First Yearling edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780385751124
Branch Call Number: J-PB Farfl
Characteristics: 214 pages : illustrations, map.
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris - Author

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QueenBoadicea Jul 05, 2015

Fergus is a plucky young lad, the sort who bears up even under trying circumstances. Such is his joie de vivre, which mainly centers about the lovely confections his mother bakes, that the reader barely notices his poverty. Fergus knows that he’s poor and that his mother’s efforts barely cover the bills. Still, he doesn’t worry himself much about it.

Thus, it’s amusing to see his small world rattled like someone is tapping the bars of a birdcage. We can tell from the beginning that his school is anything but a place of scholastic learning, his teachers nothing more than transplanted pirates masquerading as faculty and his lessons seem to have little of nothing to do with the world at large. Let in on the joke before Fergus is, we’re hardly surprised when strange things start happening to him and he’s sent on a dangerous journey to play the hero.

In spite of the threat of a dangerous volcano (and the author’s insistence of misterming “magma” as “lava”), we know Fergus will get out of this sticky wicket with his tender skin intact. So this book will appeal mostly to younger readers who may get all their delight out of the moving contraptions of Uncle Theo, whose home reminded me of nothing so much as a Tex Avery cartoon.

FindingJane Jul 05, 2015

Fergus is a plucky young lad, the sort who bears up even under trying circumstances. Such is his joie de vivre, which mainly centers about the lovely confections his mother bakes, that the reader barely notices his poverty. Fergus knows that he’s poor and that his mother’s efforts barely cover the bills. Still, he doesn’t worry himself much about it.

Thus, it’s amusing to see his small world rattled like someone is tapping the bars of a birdcage. We can tell from the beginning that his school is anything but a place of scholastic learning, his teachers nothing more than transplanted pirates masquerading as faculty and his lessons seem to have little or nothing to do with the world at large. Let in on the joke before Fergus is, we’re hardly surprised when strange things start happening to him and he’s sent on a dangerous journey to play the hero.

In spite of the threat of a dangerous volcano (and the author’s insistence of misterming “magma” as “lava”), we know Fergus will get out of this sticky wicket with his tender skin intact. So this book will appeal mostly to younger readers who may get all their delight out of the moving contraptions of Uncle Theo, whose home reminded me of nothing so much as a Tex Avery cartoon.

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amy0606
Aug 26, 2012

It got better at the end but I almost didn't get that far and nearly quit at the beginning.

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FluffBall
Feb 05, 2011

really good book!! love it :)

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