Saturday, March 17, 2012
Remarkable, by Lizze K. Foley
Poor Jane. Born to remarkable parents and wedged in between a remarkable older brother (Anderson Brigby Bright Doe III - excellent painter in the style of photo-realism) and a remarkable younger sister (Penelope Hope Adelaide Catalina -- a remarkable mathematician) Jane is an average kid. She is used to being overlooked and underestimated, and she takes this in stride. Only her Grandfather Jonathan is less remarkable than she.
Jane is spending her lonely days as the only student at the public school (the rest of the children go to the Gifted school) when a couple of events start some big changes in motion. First off, there are the Grimlet twins. They are a nefarious brother/sister duo who are always up to no good. They adore loud noises and chaos, and always have a plan in the works. They have been trying their darnedest to land themselves in public school, and their latest prank proved just the thing.
Next is the arrival of the pirates. First came Captain Archibald Rojo Herring, who seems rather obsessed with the new bell tower that is being constructed as a part of the post office to keep it from being so ordinary. Following the Captain, stinky Jeb, Ebb and Flotsom land in Remarkable making the pirate population quite unacceptable.
What follows is an adventure exploring the idea that things aren't always what they seem. With a missing composer, unrequited love, a lake serpent, a public school teacher with a secret identity, and plenty of shenanigans, readers will have a rip roaring time figuring out what makes Remarkable tick. Over-the-top characters will have you laughing out loud, and readers are sure to cheer for Jane and those Grimlets in equal measure. Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society as well as Lemony Snicket should approve.