Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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There are strange goings-on once again in Middleburg, and Bernie Magruder is determined to get to the bottom of things, and maybe get his picture in the paper in the process. Someone has put up posters all over town warning townspeople that the dreaded Indiana Aztec bat, whose bite is often fatal, has been sighted in the area.

What's more, the town is in a political uproar over the bells recently placed in the church belfry that every hour -- twenty-four hours a day -- chime out the hymn "Abide with me." Placed there in accordance with the will of town benefactor Eleanor Scuttlefoot so that her surviving husband will always be reminded of her, the incessant pealing of the bells is driving the town mad.

Who put up all those posters about a species of bat no one has ever heard of? What can the townspeople do to return some peace to their lives? And are the bats that Bernie and his family see swooping about the belfry the dreaded Indiana Aztecs? Bernie Magruder and his friends Georgene and Weasel set out to answer these questions in this new volume in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's hilarious series about the Magruder family who live in and operate Middleburg's famous Bessledorf Hotel.


About Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor includes many of her own growing-up experiences in the Alice books. She writes for both children and adults and is the author of more than one hundred and thirty-five books, including the Alice series, which Entertainment Weekly has called "tender" and "wonderful." In 1992 her novel Shiloh won the Newbery Medal. She lives with her husband, Rex, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Visit Phyllis online at Tony DiTerlizzi is the author of The Search for WondLa. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World MoonPie Adventure, as well as the Zena Sutherland Award winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned Tony his second Zena Sutherland Award, and recieved a Caldecott Honor. Tony’s art has also graced the covers of such well-known fantasy writers as Peter S. Beagle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Greg Bear. He has also made significant contributions to Dungeons and Dragons and Wizards of the Coast’s Magic; The Gathering. His first chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon debuted as a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his wife, Angela and their daughter in Western Massachusetts and Jupiter, FL. Visit Tony on the web at 
Published March 1, 2003 by Atheneum. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The game's afoot once again around the Bessledorf Hotel, whose quirky residents are joined by a secretive stranger, while anonymous warnings of poisonous bats, along with new church bells that play the same melody every 15 minutes, send all Middleburg into a tizzy.

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For one thing, strange and dangerous bats from South America are said to be flying towards his town and everyone is scared stiff at the very idea of bats moving in.

Mar 01 2003 | Read Full Review of Bernie Magruder & the Bats in...

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