Bongo Fishing

Thacher Hurd; illustrations by Thacher Hurd

Henry Holt and Co.

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Jason has a pretty normal life: he lives with his mom, he goes to school, he does his homework. But when he meets a short, bluish alien named Sam, his life begins to seem much less normal and a lot more...well, alien. Sam takes Jason bongo fishing in space, and a whole new world opens up.

But when Jason's cat, Sputnik, disappears, things start to get a little weird. Interstellar travel isn't just fun and games, after all! Is the evil Dr. Zimburger involved? Or are there even more sinister forces at work?

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Something far out in space, maybe even beyond Mars, was hurtling toward Earth. It was metallic, about the size of a car, and going very fast. It was going so fast that it would be hard to see what it was, or what was inside it, yet it seemed to know exactly where it was going. It was going so fast that a regular spaceship traveling at 17,000 miles an hour would have looked like it was standing still as our small metallic object passed it, and the astronauts inside would have seen only a streak that vanished almost as soon as it appeared.

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Thacher Hurd's new middle grade novel, Bongo Fishing, is a warm and funny story about friendly aliens, old cars, crazy gadgets and a wild chase across the Nevada desert near Area 51. Jason Jameson's life will never be the same after he meets Sam and Edna from the Pleiades. Not to mention a weird psychiatrist named Dr. Zimburger who is interested in UFOs, and a cat named Sputnik who gets the blue measles...

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"This is long in zaniness, and Sam and Edna are definitely keepers.”--Booklist

 

“Intriguing gadgets and amusing descriptions of alien technology add to the fun, as do the lively illustrations.”--School Library Journal


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Thacher Hurd; illustrations by Thacher Hurd

Thacher Hurd is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Mama Don't Allow  and Art Dog. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Bongo Fishing
Thacher Hurd; illustrations by Thacher Hurd

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
February 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805091007
ISBN10: 0805091009
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 740LL

$17.99
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