Horton Halfpott or, The fiendish mystery of Smugwick Manor, or, The loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's corset

by Angleberger, Tom.

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Horton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle in nineteenth-century England, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series of thefts, which is also connected to the pursuit of a very eligible and wealthy young lady's affections.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Horton Halfpott, the lowly (but likable) scullery boy at Smugwick Manor, falls in love with Celia Sylvan-Smythe, the young heiress, who has attracted the unwanted attention of his employers' high-born (but despicable) son Luther Luggertuck. The plot thickens when the Luggertuck Lump ( possibly the world's largest diamond and certainly the ugliest ) is stolen and a suspicious band of shipless pirates turns up in the area. Billed as . Victorian spoof. the amusing story is related by a narrator who occasionally stops the action and addresses readers directly ( Reader, do not panic ). Each chapter opens with an amusing drawing of one or more characters along with a heading, such a. In Which Miss Neversly Is Disobeyed and Dawdling Occurs . . . . and each unfolds with droll humor as well as action. From the author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (2010), here's an amusing romp of a mystery that balances skulduggery with just rewards.--Phelan, Caroly. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Angleberger's rambling title sets readers up for this oddly entertaining tale of a downtrodden, mistreated kitchen boy who, through a series of haphazard events, becomes an unlikely hero. Horton Halfpott is a hardworking but oft-beaten servant at Smugwick Manor, home to the wealthy Luggertucks, including the nasty and demanding M'Lady Luggertuck and her cruel son, Luther. Comically ruthless and greedy, these two antagonists make their multitude of servants outright miserable. When a family treasure goes missing, a bumbling detective is brought it to find the culprit. Readers will enjoy Angleberger's (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda) penchant for the absurd as well as his many droll asides: "Fear not, Reader, we will not dwell on these romantic inklings, not if you don't wish to," he writes after "the most beautiful girl [Horton] had ever seen" smiles at him. "But it really was a nice smile." The ending satisfies, and with Angleberger's many eclectic characters, his wild-and-witty storytelling, and a lighthearted but perplexing mystery-involving a "lump" of diamonds, a couple of wigs, and a bust of Napoleon-readers are in for a treat. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Household employees Juvenile fiction
Social classes Juvenile fiction
Conduct of life Juvenile fiction
Eccentrics and eccentricities Juvenile fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Household employees Fiction
Social classes Fiction
Conduct of life Fiction
Eccentrics and eccentricities Fiction
Mystery and detective stories
Juvenile Fiction
Humor (Fiction)
Great Britain History Victoria, 1837-1901 Juvenile fiction.
Victoria, 1837-1901
Publisher Prince Frederick :Recorded Books, LLC,2011
Recorded Books, Inc.2012
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Fiendish mystery of Smugwick Manor
Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's corset
Contributors Keith, Ron.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Ron Keith.
Audience 9 years and up.
Language English
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ISBN 9781461804284
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