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Gnomeageddon, K. A. Holt ; art by Colin Jack

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Gnomeageddon
Title
Gnomeageddon
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K. A. Holt ; art by Colin Jack
Title variation
Gnome-a-geddon
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Language
eng
Summary
"Buck discovers that the world in his favorite novels is real, and he must intervene in a war between gnomes and trolls"--
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 /* Starred Review */ What if the world of your beloved fantasy series turned out to be real? And what if you and your best friend were transported there to rescue the author and fulfill an ancient prophecy by saving its peaceful gnomes from evil trolls? And what if once you get there, you discover that you’ve been the victim of a huge con and had gotten all of it quite, quite wrong? Such is the plight of Buck Rogers, chubby, 12-year-old self-described “superdork with an extra helping of nerd.” When his little sister, Willy, literally disappears into a Dumpster, Buck heads to the rescue with doughty reading-buddy Lizzy. In no time, he finds himself leading (so he thinks) a search for the fabled Troll Vanquishing Mace that he alone can wield (so he supposes) as the prophesied Chosen One. But then Lizzie angrily rejects his notion that she’s supposed to play the sidekick and goes off on a quest of her own. More preconceptions fall as the series’ author turns out to be a villain scheming to keep the intelligent, magically enslaved trolls under gnomish thumbs. Most stunning of all, instead of being Willy’s rescuer, Buck sees roles embarrassingly reversed at the climax. But Buck survives to show emotional resilience as well as an ability to learn from his mistakes, and Holt leaves him, along with readers, eager for a sequel. Final art not seen. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 3/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 13, p70)
  • Gr 4–6—Fans of fantasy series will feel the pain of main character Buck and his best friend Lizzie as they impatiently wait on a very long line for the midnight release of the third book in the "Triumphant Gnome Syndicate" series. When the series's author surprises fans by first showing up at the event and then mysteriously disappearing into a cloud of smoke, Buck realizes that something odd is afoot. His little sister Willy is also a huge fan and, like most little siblings, annoys her big brother by wanting to be involved in everything he is doing—including trying to solve the disappearance of author Harold Macinaw. The plot thickens when Lizzie starts to act strangely and Willy also disappears. As Buck and Lizzie struggle to figure out what's going on, they meet an intriguing little man, who explains that Macinaw has been kidnapped and they must help rescue him. So begins this fast and action-packed story that brings the heroes to Gnomeland on a quest to find the Troll Vanquishing Mace and save Willy and Macinaw. Middle grade readers will be eager to learn more about the Troll Vanquishing Mace and solve the mystery. Fans of Angie Sage's "Magyk," J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," and C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" should enjoy this and what are sure to be subsequent titles involving the plethora of characters introduced here. VERDICT Likely to prompt lively discussions on the true meaning of heroism. Recommended for libraries where fantasy featuring magical creatures is in demand.—Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY --Lisa Kropp (Reviewed 04/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 04, p140)
  • As the title indicates, a novel that attempts to subvert and poke fun at fantasy tropes. A superfan of the series Triumphant Gnome Syndicate, Buck Rogers knows all the trivia. Buck, a white boy, and his friend Lizzie Adams, a multiracial (black/white) girl, eagerly await the midnight release of Gnome-A-Geddon, the series' newest. Compounding the excitement, author Harold Macinaw makes a surprise appearance but then suddenly disappears. The next morning, Buck and Lizzie find replicas of themselves, and none of the adults can be woken. Possibly even more alarmingly, rows of children, including Buck's little sister, Willy, march trancelike into a dumpster behind the bookstore. It turns out Flipside, the world of the books, is real. Using his comprehensive knowledge of the Triumphant Gnome Syndicate, Buck must find Macinaw and rescue Willy, but Flipside is more terrifying than he could have imagined. Like so many other fantasy protagonists, Buck is liberal with the snark, but some of the humor falls flat, as when he postulates that Lizzie might be part Troll because she's multiracial. Lizzie never rises above the role of Buck's sidekick, even though she reprimands Buck for not allowing her to fully participate in the adventure, and other characters do not rise above Buck's preconceived notions of them. In the end, the lampoon falls victim to its own sense of irony, making Buck feel like a secondary character in someone else's story and not quite a protagonist in his own. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
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10562656
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Holt, K. A
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.H7402
LC item number
Gno 2017
Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 6
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Jack, Colin
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True
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  • Fantasy
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Books and reading
  • Gnomes
  • Trolls
  • Missing children
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Gnomeageddon, K. A. Holt ; art by Colin Jack
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text
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781481478465
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2016025523
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
Label
Gnomeageddon, K. A. Holt ; art by Colin Jack
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781481478465
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2016025523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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