When Giles, Tina and Kevin see books moving in the library, all by themselves, they know they have to investigate. The introduction of the bored librarian who was excited to help them in any small capacity was funny and she had some giggle inducing lines. But Tina's amazing ghostometer doesn't pick up any ghosts, so what could that mysterious presence be? Oppel's characters, nonconformists all, speak directly and meaningfully to young readers. His first book, Colin's Fantastic Video Adventure, was a result of that video-gaming enthusiasm. The protagonists in his stories all have a restless intelligence. This second installment also earned favorable reviews. Giles's aunt has become a kid again, and everybody's treating her like one.
In spite of his success in the field of children's literature, Oppel has not confined his writing exclusively to children's books. . Shade, the irrepressibly curious young bat in Silverwing, sets out on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about what happened to his lost father and which of the many versions of history he should believe. Set near the beginning of the twentieth century, these books feature a wealth of detail about such airships, combined with romance and adventure. Yet we can only hope that more books will soon come out in this grand series. In the book, Eric's father, an aspiring writer, rushes home from his conductor's job to get directly to his typewriter. Matt memorizes the coordinates, for the ship in question is full of booty, and soon he is on the hunt for it, aided again by Kate.
In Dead Water Zone, Paul opts to discover firsthand the truth about the toxic Watertown. Cosmic Snapshots, illustrated by Guy Parker-Reese, Penguin Books Toronto, Ontario, Canada , 1993. While in the library stacks looking for books for Tina for her latest project - experiment Barnes sees a stack of books floating and sees another one come off the shelf and be flipped through. The Live-Forever Machine, written for an independent studies course in creative writing, demonstrated the new cinematic influence. But Tina's amazing ghostometer doesn't pick up any ghosts, so what could that mysterious presence be? I started out writing sci-fi epics my Star Wars phase then went on to swords and sorcery tales my Dungeons and Dragons phase and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games written, of course, during my video game phase. Enhancements were made to more precisely measure materials read in K-2 classrooms. Once they discover what is really going on, will Tina's science solve the problem, or will Barnes' more practical common sense approach save the day again? A Bad Case of Magic, illustrated by Peter Utton, Penguin Books Toronto, Ontario, Canada , 1993, reprinted as A Strange Case of Magic, illustrated by Sam Sisco, Scholastic Canada Markham, Ontario, Canada , 2000.
Oppel soon learned that such early success is not always an unmitigated blessing. Follow That Star, illustrated by Kim LaFave, Kids Can Press Toronto, Ontario, Canada , 1994. It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and I rewrote it the next summer. I never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. Dead Water Zone, Oppel's second novel, drew on and further developed the complexities of scene and character introduced in The Live-Forever Machine. A Bad Case of Dinosaurs, illustrated by Peter Utton, Penguin Books Toronto, Ontario, Canada , 1994, reprinted as An Incredible Case of Dinosaurs, illustrated by Sam Sisco, Scholastic Canada Markham, Ontario, Canada , 2001.
In Sunwing Shade's search for his father brings him into a dangerous forest and also pits him against his old enemy, Goth, leader of a colony of vampire bats. We are working with the hundreds of companies that partner with us to transition them to the more precise Lexile measures. I was paralysed with excitement. This book also gives a quick rundown on the characters and their status for those who haven't read the first book. Book 4: An Incredible Case Of Dinosaurs: When Miss Frost sees a very large something in her swimming pool, she calls in the Quark geniuses and their best friend Giles to investigate.
His screenplay for The Live-Forever Machine was optioned for film even before the book was published. A Bad Case of Super-Goo, illustrated by Peter Utton, Penguin Books Toronto, Ontario, Canada , 1996, reprinted as A Weird Case of Super-Goo, illustrated by Sam Sisco, Scholastic Canada Markham, Ontario, Canada , 2002. But when Tina's invention fails, it's up to Giles and Kevin to clear the church of bats. As a pre-teen, Oppel had a strong interest in the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. The techniques and themes introduced in The Live-Forever Machine continue to surface in Oppel's books for young adults. In recognition of this accomplishment, the Canadian Authors' Association awarded him the 1995 Award for promise demonstrated by a young Canadian writer. Suddenly, the mysterious form disappears in a swirl of bats.
I'm attached to the characters and I can see some growth in their relationship. Book 5: A Weird Case of Super-Goo A blue glow is slowly spreading over Aunt Lillian. Totally independent from the first book, though it does briefly mention events from that book. You will need to read it to find out. Whether it's ghost birds, invisible magicians, or renegade robots, Barnes and the Brains are on the case. Please note that the Lexile measures for a small population of books have been recently updated.
If not a ghost, then why are magic books floating? Readers can count on quickly spliced scenes, flashbacks, an obsession with the past and immortality, and young protagonists struggling to decipher their place in the world. Tina thinks it is a ghost, Barnes is not so sure. Oppel's world is indisputable from the first paragraph. Barnes is friends with two child geniuses, Kevin and Tina Quark - Tina being the more academic of the two, and a little bit less personable. After experimenting with adult fiction in the year 2000 medical thriller Devil's Cure, Oppel returned to young adult titles, enlarging the saga of bats begun in Silverwing.
Book 3: A Crazy Case of Robots Tina Quark has invented the ultimate robot! I look forward to reading book 3. His mother insists there are no such thing as ghosts, but Giles decides to investigate. This wrinkle cream is going too far. In this second book, Barnes is waiting to meet the Brains at the Library. Resource Links, December, 2001, Johal Jinder, review of An Incredible Case of Dinosaurs, p. S54; December, 2005, Sharon Rawlins, review of Skybreaker, p. Barnes is friends with two child geniuses, Kevin and Tina Quark - Tina being the more academic of the two, and a little bit less personable.
Tina Quark has enlisted the help of her brother, Kevin, and Giles Barnes to locate some books for her at the library for her latest invention. Horn Book, November-December, 1993, Elizabeth S. I look forward to reading book 3. If not a ghost, then why are magic books floating? Miss Frost thinks they'll make her a fortune, but Giles and Kevin have other ideas. We were very poor, and I think it was fear of total destitution that made me as productive as I was during the next eighteen months.