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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to Curse in Hieroglyphics by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr

How to Curse in Hieroglyphics (Wiggins Weird #1)
by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr
Puffin (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-14-318424-9
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Description: Meet Cheryl and Tweed, two 12-year-old girls who are identical twins (just not with each other!), cousins, and best pals. After a mysterious "incident" involving a plane trip when they were very young left both girls orphaned and twin-less, they are raised by their grandfather, the owner/operator of the tumbledown Starlight Paradise Drive-In movie theatre in the middle-of-nowhere town of Wiggins Cross. The girls have bonded closer than sisters through a shared love of B movies and buttered popcorn, and they firmly believe that there must be something more out there in the world than meets the eye. Something … weird.

They're about to find out just how right they are.

When Dudley's World O'Wonders, a threadbare travelling carnival, rolls into town, the citizens of Wiggins welcome the distraction. But even "Colonel" Winchester P.Q. Dudley, the carnival's shady owner, doesn't realize that among the fake and fabricated "wonders" of his traveling sham-show rests the authentic mummified remains of a young Egyptian princess … bearing a shockingly real curse!

It's up to Cheryl and Tweed, with their encyclopaedic knowledge of monster movie lore, and their flyboy friend Yeager "Pilot" Armbruster to save the town-and themselves



The Good Stuff
  • Perfect middle grade read for those girls who would rather read adventure stories than love stories
  • Cheryl, Tweed and all of the characters are positively adorable and you cannot help but love them
  • Will appeal to both middle graders and adults (especially us geeky ones)
  • The "Action" scenes are hilarious!
  • Fast paced story that will keep even the most reluctant reader entertained
  • The Egyptian Princess reminded me of something that Whedon would have created (That is a compliment)
  • Great dialogue
  • Quirky and funny
  • Setting reminded me of  Madoc where I spent most summers visiting my cousin Dee - sort of like a place out of time where things were more innocent and carefree

The Not so Good Stuff
  • May not appeal to some of the more jaded middle graders as there is a sweetness to the tale (not a bad thing, just more of an FYI for booksellers)
  • Kind of wish these kids were real, because I think they would be tough enough to deal with my two boys
  • Librarian has to be an old lady with a bunch of cats -- hmm can you say "stereotype" - than again I know you have been to quite a few OLA conferences and imagine you met quite a few of those type of Librarians : ) Love ya Lesley

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Neither of the twins were particularly fond of newfangled digital technology. It seemed somehow untrustworthy. Computers and cellphones struck them as much too easy for nefarious government agencies to track. Or space aliens."

"Yeah," agreed Artie. "We men gotta stick together and look out for the little ladies."
Pilot looked down at his companion."Art-Bart, do me a favor-- don't say that when they're in earshot."

"I did it again!" Cheryl shook her head, her pigtails bouncing furiously. "You quipped effortlessly and all I could come up with was "Got them!"

4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

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