Hi, I'm Sheldon McGlone, and you don't want to be me. Not only am I thirteen but my dad was lost at sea while conducting a whale-watching tour, my mom is starting to date a beer-guzzling police sergeant, and my older brother is a jerk. You might think I'd be able to find a few hours of peace at school, but my homeroom teacher is the Wicked Witch of the West, and she never seems to notice that Fergus Feebly thinks it's funny to shoot spitballs at the back of my head. How was I to know that from the moment Theophilus (The) Brain walked through the door of classroom 8C my life was going to change?
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"I observe you are speechless," said The Brain, pointing his pipe at Sheldon. "And who can blame you, old top? After all, it isn't every day that you get asked to be the confidant, the chronicler, the aide-de-camp of The Greatest Living Detective on Earth!"—From The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatterton (Source: Review, see review policy)
"And that would be . . . ?"
"Myself, of course." (p. 32)
The Brain Finds a Leg is the first in a new series by Martin Chatterton featuring teenagers Sheldon McGlone and The Brain. I have only just begun the book, but I can tell already that middle reader boys will like the way Chatterton writes; even the coolest kid will find something in Sheldon to relate to. I'm not surprised that the novel is a Junior Library Guild Premier Selection.
My full review will be up on Friday, but here are a couple of visual teasers (click to enlarge). The first is a little look at the novel in progress. Yes, the first draft of The Brain was handwritten in a spiral-bound journal! Who says you need a computer to become a published author? The other image is an illustration that Chatterton did of The Brain. If you head off to Chatterton's Facebook page, you'll see an uncanny resemblance between the young detective and his creator.
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