The Fall of Fergal by Philip Ardagh
The First Unlikely Exploit (Unlikely Exploits)

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The very last words young Fergal McNally heard in his life were: "Don't lean out of that window!" The very last sounds were probably the air whistling past his sticky-out ears as he fell the fourteen stories, the honk of traffic horns below (getting nearer and nearer, of course), and-possibly-the "SP" of the "SPLAT!" he himself made as he hit the pavement. Fergal certainly wouldn't have heard more than the "SP," though, because by the time the "LAT!" part had followed, he would have been well and truly dead.

The first in a darkly hilarious new series from the bestselling author of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy

Philip Ardagh's Unlikely Exploits series chart the extraordinary changes in fortune of the downtrodden McNally family, beginning with The Fall of Fergal. The setting is an unidentified country suffering from an unexpected breakout of large holes.

The McNally children find themselves in the Dell Hotel, the venue for the final of the Tap 'n' Type typing competition, surrounded by a strange assortment of characters ranging from Twinkle-Toes Tweedy, the house detective, to Mr. Peach, a ventriloquist with a very large mustache.

With young Fergal McNally falling to his death on page one, the only way for the McNallys is up . . .
 

About Philip Ardagh

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Over six and a half feet tall, with a bushy beard, there's no doubt that Philip Ardagh is not only very big but also very hairy. He writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages, and his Eddie Dickens Trilogy books are bestsellers. When not writing silly books, Mr. Ardagh is very serious indeed and frowns a great deal. He lives with a wife and son and a cat in a seaside town somewhere in England.David Roberts has illustrated several books for children, including The Eddie Dickens Trilogy, and lives in England.
 
Published May 1, 2004 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The famously large and hairy author of the “Eddie Dickens” trilogy opens a new trio of Unfortunate Events—er, “Unlikely Exploits,” with the fatal plummet of young Fergal McNally from a 14th-floor window.

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Fergal's father, Captain Rufus McNally, a retired war hero who became "bitter, sick, and twisted" after losing his leg in a war injury, has an "excused parenting" note from his doctor and leaves the rearing of his children to eldest daughter Jackie.

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"The novel begins with Fergal's catastrophic fall from the 14th floor of the Dell Hotel," wrote PW .

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Of course, the circumstances that brought the McNallys to the Dell Hotel—a sibling is a finalist in the Tap 'n' Type typing contest—are already giggle-worthy, as are the secret powers/quirks of the other McNallys and the people they encounter.

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