Fergus Crane

Fergus Crane

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FERGUS CRANE! YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER! I AM SENDING HELP.
Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo

Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life--having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill, and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem-- they're actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates on the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there?
Publisher: New York : David Fickling, 2006.
ISBN: 9780385750882
0385750889
9780385750899
0385750897
Branch Call Number: J FIC Stewa
Characteristics: 214 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
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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