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_Girl Genius_ in School Libraries

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  • gizmo_tinkerer
    Hi, Some school libraries now have _Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank_. Gizmo Tinkerer School Library Journal Adult/High School-The Heterodyne family,
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      Hi,

      Some school libraries now have _Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg
      Clank_.

      Gizmo Tinkerer

      School Library Journal
      Adult/High School-The Heterodyne family, who "travelled the globe
      negotiating peace, stopping monsters, and shutting down doomsday
      devices," are heroes among those with the Spark, the ability to play
      with the laws of physics, until their disappearance. Now, student lab
      assistant Agatha Clay works for Dr. Beetle at Transylvania
      Polygnostic University. After soldiers of fortune steal the locket
      her uncle gave her years before, she is cast out of the university
      and left alone while her anxious foster parents go to retrieve it.
      Agatha takes a nap and awakes, disheveled and greasy, to be
      confronted by one of the soldiers. He is looking for revenge because
      his companion died and he blames her and the locket, which contains a
      complicated mechanism. Meanwhile, back at the university, Baron
      Wulfenbach and his son Gilgamesh run into a clank, a mechanical
      robotlike device that seems to be searching for someone. They
      reprogram it to find its maker, whom the Baron suspects is a new
      Spark. The clank returns to the shop where Agatha and the soldier are
      arguing, and the Baron orders them both kidnapped. The sepia-and-
      white art is lively and appealing, with distinctive characters and a
      richly imagined environment. There are many humorous touches, such as
      the "big fish" sign on a, well, big fish in the marketplace, or the
      Jagermonsters, humanlike soldiers who have an odd joie de vivre. The
      book includes a bonus color story that gives a glimpse into Agatha's
      future, which apparently involves a talking cat and several
      constructs. Sly, witty, and great fun.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County
      Public Schools, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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