Sunday, July 19, 2020

Finders Creepers (Half Past Peculiar, Book 1)

Fridolfs, Derek  and Nguyen, Dustin (Illustrations)
Finders Creepers (Half Past Peculiar, Book 1)
July 7th 2020 by Scholastic Inc.
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

The Fetch Twins, Esmerelda and Atticus, have a thriving business finding pets all over the town of Thorns Hollow, an interest developed after their own dog, Dunnsworth went missing. Their parents are on a mission and leave the children to their own devices. When the two find a flyer in their basement for a missing dog, Maxwell, that they do not remember, they go to the house listed. There, they see Professor Hadrick Mordred and his wife Persephone, who are rushing out of the house on a mission. The twins do see Maxwell, and while checking on him, just sucked into an alternate universe where there are a variety of magical creatures. On one of their ventures into the alternative world, they meet the Mordred's daughter, and learn a bit more about the magical world that is threatening their own. Can they save both?
Strengths: This was a hybrid book; part text, part graphic novel. This is quite a popular format with my students. The mystery of the pets is secondary to the mystery of the magical land, which is accessed through a creepy house.
Weaknesses: The parents just leave the children to their own devices, like in a Ruth Chew novel? Bonus points for not killing the parents, but it still seemed odd.
What I really think: I suspect that I am missing some key plot elements here, since the E ARC had a lot of "illustrations to come" panels. I'll have to take a look at the finished copy, but these authors' Study Hall of Justice series is very popular.
Ms. Yingling

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