The Beastly Arms by Patrick Jennings

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Nickel and his mother need t find a new apartment. When their search leads them to an unfamiliar part of the city, Nickel is drawn to a strange building at the end of an alley, a building called The Beastly Arms. Nickel¹s mom thinks the building is creepy. But Nickel‹an avid photographer who has a gift for seeing what others miss‹senses that The Beastly Arms houses a secret that only he can unearth. And that secret will leave you looking at the world in a whole new way.
 

About Patrick Jennings

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Patrick Jennings grew up in a small town in Indiana, where there were no wild, lethally venomous snakes. He then lived in rural Arizona, where they were many, including seventeen varieties of rattlesnake. As an adult, he decided to confront his fears and learn more about the creatures. The more he learned, the more he came to hold snakes in high regard, and he even held some of them in his own hands. He introduced live snakes to groups of children, allowing them to touch them, hoping to prevent new generations from misunderstanding--and therefore, fearing--snakes as he did. Even after all this, however, Patrick is still seriously creeped out by the reptiles. He now lives in Washington State, where there are no wild, lethally venomous snakes. "We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes" is his fourteenth book for young readers.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"Featuring colorful characters, a hint of mystery and an unusual perspective on urban life, this winsome novel traces the remarkable discoveries of an 11-year-old nature lover and photography buff," said PW in a starred review.

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One day while they are apartment hunting, they come across a mysterious man named Mr. Beastly (Nickel "couldn't put his finger on what kind of animal he was"), who offers them an apartment in his building for an incredibly low rent.

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When 11-year-old Nickel and his mother go searching for a new apartment in the city, Nickel is drawn to an out-of-the-way building called the Beastly Arms.

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