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Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset

Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
May 01, 2011
ISBN
978-0810997158
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Tom Angleberger's latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery.

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Horton Halfpott is an odd little book, but so, so fun.

Everything about Horton Halfpott is absurd in the best way from the names to the happenings. I mean, we have characters called Bump, Blight, and Blemish. Not to mention Smugwick Manor and M’Lady Luggertuck. Then, of course, we have the crazy happenings like a giant wig being stolen and a Lump going missing. And there’s even a lovely young lady who catches the eye of our young hero, Horton.

The crazy story is fun, but I think my favorite part of the book was the narrator. He often speaks straight to the Reader and is rather opinionated. You don’t usually find an opinionated third-person omniscient narrator.

The Nutshell: If you’re looking for a quick, fun middle grade then look no further than Horton Halfpott. I read it in just a couple hours and it managed to get to laugh out loud a few times :]

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