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    The Doom Machine

    The Doom Machine

    by Mark Teague

    When a spaceship lands in Vern Hollow, Jack's hometown, he and his no-account inventor-uncle Bud are busy trying to fix a car driven by Dr. Shumway and her daughter, Isadora. Although Uncle Bud secretly knows the aliens are after one of his inventions, everyone is surprised when the space aliens capture seven of Vern Hollow's residents and take them into outer space on a wild adventure. After a series of twists and turns, all of them are taken to Skreepia, the aliens' planet, where they have to defeat the Skreep queen before she can use Uncle Bud's invention to take over planet Earth. Filled with wonderful detail, humor, inventive dialog, and irresistible black-and-white spot art, THE DOOM MACHINE is a tour de force by one of America's most beloved storytellers. Readers will be caught up in the page-turning action, while at the same time they will love Mark's beautifully drawn evil space aliens--and an unlikely friendship between Jack and Isadora, who seem to have nothing in common at the beginning of the tale. As with the best science fiction, this novel speeds along without a hitch, and carries readers off into a brand-new world. A fantastic and accessible read for middle graders.

    Publishers Weekly Starred Review - Picture book author/illustrator Teague (Dear Mrs. LaRue) has produced a madcap, heavily illustrated tale chockfull of malevolent aliens and superscience as well as a fair share of silliness. The year is 1956 and young Jack Creedle is a good-natured juvenile delinquent who can work wonders with engines, while his disreputable Uncle Bud may just be the world's greatest inventor. Equally brilliant are Isadora and her straitlaced mother, Dr. Shumway ('A lady scientist!' remarks the mayor of Jack's town after the Shumways are stranded there. 'That's something you don't see every day'). When alien skreeps, led by Commander Xaafuun (who hates 'ooman bings'), invade in search of Bud's most recent invention, Jack and Isadora are caught up in a rollicking interstellar adventure, replete with a crew of space pirates, a deposed princess, a wide variety of monsters and a pugnacious rooster named Milo ('Growing up had made the chicken mean. He was a typical Creedle in that way'). Borrowing wildly from pulp fiction, bad movies and even Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Teague has a wonderful time with this occasionally disjointed but endlessly inventive first novel.

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    Mark Teague Poster (LaRue)

    Mark Teague Poster (LaRue)

    by Mark Teague

    Read Every Day

    Twelve outstanding children’s illustrators were invited to create their artistic interpretations of the Scholastic global literacy campaign message — Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

    The result is a spectacular collection of art, now available for purchase individually and as a 12 Poster Deluxe Set.



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    Each of Mark Teague's books starts as "notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings, and phrases that seem mostly cryptic that suddenly come together," the critically acclaimed author/illustrator explains. Teague has delighted young readers with more than twenty books for children, many of which he has written himself, including his recent novel for middle-grade readers The Doom Machine as well as the Dear Mrs. LaRue books. The fourth title in this series, LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation, was published in March 2011 and follows the hilarious adventures of Ike the dog as he takes a road trip across the United States. He is also the illustrator for the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs? series written by Jane Yolen. Mark Teague lives in Upstate New York with his wife and their two daughters.

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    60% of the proceeds from the sale of this poster will be donated to Reach Out and Read www.reachoutandread.org and Reading Is Fundamental www.rif.org.

    Purchase of this product is not tax deductible.

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The Doom Machine

Author: Mark Teague

Illustrator: Mark Teague

Interest Level:
3-7

Lexile Framework:
610L

Grade Level Equivalent:
3.4

Guided Reading Level:
Z

Age:
8-12

Genre:
Comedy and Humor, Science Fiction

Subject:
Inventors and Inventions, Aliens and UFOs, Friends and Friendship, Extended Families

About This Book

With surprises around every corner, popular author Mark Teague takes readers on a funny, outrageous adventure when the small, sleepy town of Vern Hollow is invaded by a flying saucer filled with ridiculously inept aliens.

When a spaceship lands in nearby Dutch Woods, juvenile delinquent Jack Creedle and prim A-student Isadora Shumway form an unexpected friendship. Jack's uncle, Bud, a witty amateur inventor with unschooled Einstein abilities, has built a spacetravel machine, and a group of hilariously bizarre space aliens are here to steal it. Despite themselves, the Skreeps manage to capture and fly away with Jack, Isadora, and Uncle Bud, and three other ooman bings from Uurth.

Come along on a wild space voyage as our unlikely heroes try to outwit an entertaining cast of aliens who are determined to conquer Planet Earth. Readers young and old will not be able to put this book down!


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