The Unbelievable Fib 1: The Trickster's Tale


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$6.95  $6.46
Algonquin Young Readers
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Adam Shaughnessy is an author and educator. He received his BA in English from Connecticut College and is currently pursuing his MA in children's literature from Hollins University. Adam lives in Waterford, Connecticut. The Trickster's Tale is the first book in the Unbelievable FIB series.


"Puzzles, plot twists, and sly humor abound. Fans of Rick Riordan and Diana Wynne Jones, take note!"--Learning Magazine

"Debut author Shaughnessy skillfully weaves Norse myth, the story of Baba Yaga, and Pru's pain over her father's death into an action-packed story full of heart . . . It's a moving exploration of the ways people can close themselves off to magic in the world, as well as face grief scarier than any frost giant." --Publishers Weekly

"In a vein similar to Percy Jackson, the Imaginary Veterinary books, and even Men in Black, this strong debut is shaping up to be an intriguing series. Shaughnessy seamlessly blends Norse and Russian mythologies with the genres of mystery, fantasy, and adventure all the while hitting upon some deeper personal issues such as loss and self-awareness. The conflict is satisfyingly resolved by story's end, giving it the feel of a stand-alone novel. With the current popularity of Norse characters in pop culture this is not only sure to be an easy sell, but also a book with substance--one to satisfy the cravings of more sophisticated readers looking to sink their teeth into a good folkloric story. A creative, fun mystery that combines a variety of genres and deeper themes." --School Library Journal

"There's pleasure to be found in the fantasy/adventure moments featuring Thor, frost giants, and the head of the FIB, the quirky Mr. Fox (evoking more than a bit of Dr. Who in both his dialogue and his magical tiny shack . . . this planned series certainly has potential."--The Bulletin of the The Center for Children's Books

"This story offers pleasing elements, including an authentic boy- girl friendship, fresh musings on the place of magic in childhood, and original, vividly depicted scenes (check out Mr. Fox's henhouse, a tiny shack with nearly infinite possibilities inside). Shaughnessy's imaginings show promise, and his puzzles and plot twists will absorb and intrigue younger readers, as they consider the book's central questions about truth, magic, and adventure." --Kirkus Reviews

"Shaughnessy's debut will please middle-grade readers already interested in Nordic mythology."--Booklist