Saturday, March 17, 2012

Remarkable-Elizabeth Foley


Elizabeth Foley

Dial, Apr 12 2012, $16.99

ISBN: 9780803737068

Everyone in Remarkable is extraordinarily remarkable except for ten years old Jane Doe whose claim to remarkability is being uber average. Her roots should insure greatness as her mother Angelina Mona Linda Doe is a famous architect while her father Anderson Brigby Bright Doe II is a bestselling novelist, but the genetic dice crapped out with Jane as she obviously is throwback to her forgettable ordinary grandfather John Doe.

Ten years old twin terrors Melissa and Edwin Grimlet are expelled from the Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted as they once again prove they are remarkably mischievous. They join Jane Doe as the only students in fifth grade teacher Ms. Schnabel’s Public school class for the less talented. Pirates like Captain Herring appear, who threaten some of the more infamous remarkable townsfolk with revealing insidious secrets. Ordinary Jane Doe is caught in the middle of the jelly war and much more as predicted by the pizzeria owner reading pizza pans.

Whimsical Remarkable is a delightful tweener fantasy starring an ordinary little girl, two evil twins and a horde of strange characters. Where else but in Remarkable would the vicious sea monster demand fig bars. Loaded with action and plenty of humor, once the complex subplots deploy, this is a remarkable young adult tale as readers follow extraordinary adventures that happened to Jane.

Harriet Klausner

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