#01 the Drained Brains Caper
#01 the Drained Brains Caper
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Annotation: Required to attend summer school after moving to Chicagoland, thirteen-year-old manga-lover Megan Yamamura needs help from twelve-year-old computer genius Raf to escape the maniacal principal's mind-control experiment.
Catalog Number: #600390802
Format: Interactive Ebook
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Special Formats: Ebook USL Ebook Ebook USL Ebook Unlimited School License
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 64
Territory: World
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-512-41748-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-512-41748-7
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This series opener does the legwork of bringing together the major players gan, the new girl in town; Raf, who works at his mom's pet-food store; and a talking dog schooled in the lingo of classic detective movies t it doesn't forget to tell an entertaining story. Megan gets enrolled in a summer school where the students are all suspiciously conformist d what's with the Band-Aids they all sport on their foreheads? Sure enough, something's rotten at Stepford Prep, and that something is the maniacal Dr. Vorschak, who's looking to score a Nobel by lobe-snipping and serum-injecting, making kids perfect little citizens. Page's black-and-white cartooning has a loose manga slant, with peppy goofiness popping out from stippled screen tones. There are also plenty of references that fans of the format will pick up on: Megan sneaks copies of Peroxide and Veggie Baskets into class. Heroic zaniness abounds, and in the end, Megan, Raf, and Bradley the dog decide to jump into the private-eye business. There's little doubt readers will happily jump with them.
Horn Book
While looking for a pet tarantula, haiku-writing vegetarian Megan meets Raf at the pet store. Soon they form the Chicagoland Detective Agency and become embroiled in saving brainwashed teens and a talking dog from the evil Dr. Vorschak. The black-and-white cartoon illustrations are somewhat hard to follow. The story line, though facile, is diverting.
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Megan Yamamura is new in Chicagoland. She had a bit of trouble in her last school when she accidentally set off the sprinkler system (burning a haiku written to a boy who wasn't worth it). Now she attends the Stepford Preparatory Academy, where the kids are a bit too smiley. When Megan, a vegetarian, refuses to eat the swill served in the school cafeteria (and kind of starts a food fight), her father takes her to see psychiatrist Dr. Vorschak. However, Dr. Vorschak's not what she appears to be; soon Megan is in dire need of assistance. Good thing she made one near-friend in Raf Hernandez, who works at his mother's pet-supply store. Together with talking dog Bradley, who learned English from watching detective movies, the newly christened Chicagoland Detective Agency solves the case! Underground-comix icon Robbins pens a passable origin story for the first volume of this new series, and Page's manga-influenced black-and-white panels are a good match. With the setup accomplished, readers can hope that now the actual mysteries can begin. (Graphic mystery. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12; Thirteen-year-old Megan Yamamura has recently moved to Chicago. A vegetarian haiku poet and manga fan, she stands out at her new school, Stepford Academy, where the students appear to be brainwashed into complete conformity. With her new friend Raf Hernandez, Megan uncovers the exploits of campy villain Dr. Vorschak and rescues a talking dog who is a fan of old detective films. Though it is full of sophisticated references, this inventive, playful story should appeal to tween readers. Diverse characters and assured, accessible cartoon-style illustrations make it a promising start to a new series.&12; Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Word Count: 4,178
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 138144 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q50122
Lexile: GN570L

Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers!

Raf knows Megan is trouble from the moment she steps into his mom's pet food store asking for a tarantula. But there's one thing you can count on in Chicagoland: weird things happen several times a day.

Megan is a vegetarian, manga-reading haiku writer. She definitely doesn't fit in at Stepford Academy, her new summer school. The other students are happy to be in class. Too happy. And everyone looks and acts exactly alike. That's weird.

Megan is determined to dig into Stepford's secrets, but soon she's in way too deep. Raf may be the only human being she knows who can help. But with zombified students, very mad scientists, and the school psychiatrist on their trail, they're going to need a whole lot more help.

We did say that Chicagoland is weird. . .

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