The 7 Professors of the Far North
The 7 Professors of the Far North
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Annotation: Eleven-year-old Sam finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure when he and his new friends, brother and sister Ben and Zara, set off for the Arctic to try and rescue the siblings' great-uncle and five other professors from the mad scientist holding them prisoner.
Catalog Number: #266872
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2006
Pages: 217 pages
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240735-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-37052-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240735-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-37052-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2005008408
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Subject Heading:
Arctic Regions. Fiction.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Three British children set out to rescue six elderly scientists who have been kidnapped by Professor Murdo, an evil genius in the classic evil-genius mold. (He is the sort of villain who shouts, It's time to prove to you all that I'm the greatest genius the world has ever known.) Murdo is holding his victims on a remote island fortress in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. The children manage to get close to Murdo's island by using a series of elaborate, improbable schemes and vehicles, and once on the island, they learn of Murdo's greater diabolical plans of world domination. Small spot drawings contributed by the author will help pull young readers into this fast-paced, wildly far-fetched British import, that offers plenty of humor and suspense for adventure fans.
Horn Book
Eleven-year-old Sam has the adventure of a lifetime when the professor he's vacationing with is abducted, along with five of his colleagues, by an evil genius bent on creating a master race in his Arctic headquarters. Filled with non-stop action and wacky gadgets (and not much character development), this debut novel is a guilty pleasure.
Kirkus Reviews
Sam Carnabie, 11, is not thrilled at the prospect of staying with his great aunt Roberta while his parents attend a conference on new developments in canned vegetable technology. He jumps at the chance, instead, to stay with one of his parents' college professors, and his great niece and great nephew. What starts as a simple trip to Edinburgh ends with a frosty rescue mission to the frozen north that includes saving the world. An old enemy kidnaps Prof. Ampersand and five of his former colleagues. To save them, the children travel by secret underground railroad, ski boat and submarine. They arrive just in time to stop a madman from altering humanity's genetic makeup. Fardell's debut is Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet without the space travel. The pacing is slow in places and the description thick. The amount of adult help that the children need might turn off some American audiences, but there is humor and a slam-bang finish. The author's simple pen-and-ink illustrations are a definite plus. Large collections with well-read adventure seekers will want to add this to the shelf. (Fiction. 9-12)
Publishers Weekly

In debut novelist Fardell's (whose cartoons have appeared in Viz and the Herald, among other publications) lightning-paced, skillfully streamlined caper, he introduces Professor Ampersand, an affable, absent-minded inventor. The professor tells great-niece Zara, great-nephew Ben and their 11-year-old houseguest, Sam, how he and six other academics, all scientists or inventors, were once tapped to be the founding professors of a new university located on the Arctic island of Nordbergen. After the others discovered that Professor Murdo was planning to perform deadly experiments on a baby, the villainous fellow forced his six colleagues onto a plane and abandoned them in the icy wilderness. Now, 35 years later, Murdo, headquartered in Nordbergen, has discovered a way to create a superhuman species and a virus that will eradicate the existing human race. While gathering at Ampersand's Edinburgh home to discuss Murdo's current lethal research, the six remaining professors are kidnapped by the villain's men. Zara, Ben and Sam make a plan to rescue Ampersand and his friends, and the journey takes up most of the novel. Plenty of excitement accompanies them across Europe into Russia, followed by a ski-boat trip across icy waters and a thrilling ride in a submarine, and finally to Nordbergen, where a dramatic showdown awaits. Demonstrating a sure hand at fantasy, adventure and suspense, debut novelist Fardell has shaped a novel that smoothly blends all three. Ages 9-up. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Eleven-year-old Sam Carnabie is spending two weeks with the intriguing Professor Ampersand, an old family friend, and his young charges, Zara and Ben. Upon arrival in Edinburgh, Sam is amazed by the thousands of quirky inventions that the professor created in his fantastic home and learns about his host's intriguing past. Thirty-five years earlier, the professor and six colleagues had attempted to create the world's greatest university on an island nation called Nordbergen in the Arctic. One of them was evil Professor Murdo, who kidnapped his colleagues and left them to die. Fortunately, his plan didn't work. Unfortunately for Sam and the siblings, Professor Murdo's henchmen appear and again kidnap the six good professors, who have gathered at Ampersand's because of rumors of Murdo's reemergence. The children have only three days to rescue the professors and save the human race. Side stories involving Marcia Slick and her dreadful parents, who have paid a fortune to Nordbergen Research Enterprises to turn her into the "perfect" daughter, and several teenagers who aid Sam, Ben, and Zara culminate with the infiltration of the children into Murdo's lair. Comic relief is provided by Ampersand's cranky neighbor, who speaks in colorful Scots language. Action is nonstop and very exciting. This inventive, funny, suspenseful, and exciting book will appeal to most readers, especially fans of Dahl and Rowling.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Word Count: 52,845
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 102694 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 880L

When Sam visits Zara and Ben and their great-uncle, the quirky inventor Professor Ampersand, he never expects to embark on a fantastical adventure. But when Professor Ampersand and his group of professor friends are kidnapped by the evil Professor Murdo, it's up to Sam, Zara, and Ben to save them. They have only three days in which to journey to an icy, desolate land and uncover Murdo's sinister plot. Only then can they save the professors-- and the fate of the whole world.

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