Stryker

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Harold Stryker is okay living alone, in secret, with only his gassy dog for company. Really. But then an earthquake drops him into an old, dark tunnel that leads to Tien—(small girl, with muscles) and Blunt (large girl, with issues)—and to a bunch of Asian slaves they need to rescue from a California ghost town. Fine. He can deal with that too. But the girls are now friends. That has him shaking. More

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About M. M. Wheezee

M. M. Wheezee is the composite pen name for Mark Wheeler and Marc Zabludoff, two old friends who manage to work together although they live on opposite sides of the country.

Mark Wheeler is a senior media relations officer for the UCLA Health System where he writes about science and healthcare, and daydreams about tunnels. Earlier he was the editor of that university's alumni magazine, and a freelance writer for the likes of Smithsonian and Discover magazines. He was also a senior editor at Discover, where he met and reported to Marc Zabludoff, now his co-author. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and Golden Retriever Rusty, who isn't as smart as Mikey but also doesn't drool.

Marc Zabludoff has wandered through several careers, with artist, teacher, and cook being among the more interesting. For more than a decade he was the top editor at Discover magazine, a publication dedicated to communicating science to a mass audience of self-defined adults. (It was there that he recognized the peculiar talents of Mark Wheeler and assigned him to the role of chief humor writer.) For a similar but more discerning audience of children, he has written eighteen allegedly educational books, many of them focused on creatures with tusks, fangs, or way too many legs. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter, both of whom find his taste in animals appalling.

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Review by: katie on Aug. 23, 2013 : star star star star
I thought this was a very creative adventure book that both boys and girls would enjoy!! I loved how the story starts right out with a bang. Literally. When a small earthquake hits, Stryker discovers a secret that will change his whole life as he knows it.

Although Harold isn't a really deep character, his emotions show throughout this story, which really endears him to the reader. He's very resourceful and socially backwards, but he has some very genius ideas and is really a natural leader.

I loved the characters. The storyline kept me turning pages--it was so much fun and so different from anything I've read. I got the impression that another book with this group may be in the works--it didn't really end on a cliff hanger, but on more of a teaser. My only complaint would be there was a little more swearing than I would like to see for this target audience (middle grade).

Content: some cruelty (slavery); some language.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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