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Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware: A Pals in Peril Tale (Pals in Peril #3)

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It is a land of wonders!
It is a land of mystery.
It is a land that time forgot (or chose specifically not to remember).
Cut off from the civilized world for untold years, this land is called:

It is into the mist-shrouded heart of this forbidden, mountainous realm that our plucky and intrepid heroes, Jasper Dash: Boy Technonaut and his friends Lily Gefelty and Katie Mulligan,
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Published September 22nd 2009 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2007)
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Patrice Sartor
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Tabitha Olson
This is the third book in M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales series. The first two, Whales On Stilts and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, were wacky with silliness. I enjoyed them, even though it's not my favorite kind of humor.

The Flame Pits of Delaware is in the same vein - much silliness with crazy characters, lots of unpredictable plot twists, and purposely contrived situations. It's a story to be taken lightly, and it helps to check your idea of reality at the front door.

Even though I did
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

If you are a fan of M. T. Anderson, you've got to read JASPER DASH AND THE FLAME-PITS OF DELAWARE. Mr. Anderson writes such gripping historical fiction such as the OCTAVIAN NOTHING titles, unforgettable young adult fiction in FEED, and now, another PALS IN PERIL TALE - entertaining, exciting, and yet thought-provoking material for our younger readers. There is a sense of authorial glee in this book that's almost palpable.

Jasper Dash is once again o
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Julian A
Nov 30, 2010 Julian A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasper Dash and the Flaming Pits of Delaware

What does adventure mean to you? What is true friendship like? What does it take to be a hero? Jasper Dash and the Flaming Pits of Delaware by M.T Anderson is an amazing and suspenseful book that shows friendship, heroics, and adventure.
Jasper, Katie, and Lily already have a lot of problems at home, but when Jasper Dash gets a S.O.S message from his friend, Drgnan, they must travel and have a daring adventure in Delaware at the temple of Vbngoom to
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David
Jan 03, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many moments of truly funny writing strung together by a weak story, plot and lack of depth. Maybe this is too harsh, but there are books out there that are funny and will leave you with something to uplift, like Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses.
Jesus Mendez
Mar 22, 2015 Jesus Mendez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jack Vinson
Sep 29, 2014 Jack Vinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A wacky story in the vein of 40s-era serials with your hero (Jasper Dash) and his nemesis (Bobby Spandrel) locked into another battle. The wacky part? Where to start: the hero is on the local "Stare Eyes" team, in which the athletes stare each other down. The main action of the story happens in Delaware, where they speak a different language (with a severe lack of vowels). There are also mountains in this version of Delaware. And a king. And plenty of spies.

We read this to our kids, but the stor
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Jasper is trying to get out from the stare eyes kids. They go to Delaware to find what they used to cheat. They go to Delaware and find the glasses they used to cheat with. Then they used it against them when they played them again.
They play them again and they lose somehow. They try to get a rematch and they do. They play them the next day and they have these glasses that shine a bright light after a while and it makes the
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Tricia
I grabbed this BOCD, almost at random, before a road trip with my 3 boys. I was not at all familiar with the author, but the cover appealed to me and the description sounded like it would appeal to my boys (ages 8, 11, and 13).

The story is absurd, and full of unrelated tangents, which work together to make it hilarious. It is even more absurd to someone who knows about Delaware (as I do) - like Katie, I was saying "there are no mountains in Delaware!" before they ever left Pelt. But setting asid
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Chris Holliman
Maybe you’ve been to that small wonder of the state of Delaware a time or two. Perhaps you even reside there. But you’ve never been to the one as crafted by M.T. Anderson in Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware. This Delaware is “a realm of wonders and terrors, a land that time forgot, or chose specifically not to remember.” (98) Filled with majestic mountains, deep forests, icy bluffs and frigid cliffs, this land is indeed a challenge for our three intrepid high school heroes: Jasper Dash ...more
Cana Rensberger
Jun 30, 2010 Cana Rensberger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of M. T. Anderson, you’ve got to read JASPER DASH AND THE FLAME-PITS OF DELAWARE. Mr. Anderson writes such gripping historical fiction as the OCTAVIAN NOTHING titles, unforgettable young adult fiction in FEED, and now, another PALS IN PERIL TALE, entertaining, exciting, and yet thought provoking material for our younger readers. There is a sense of authorial glee in this book that’s almost palpable.

Jasper Dash is once again off to solve a dastardly mystery. This time it’s the S
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Kate
Sep 27, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, j
I enjoyed this as much as the others in the series, Whales on Stilts and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, although I often wonder who likes these besides me. The adventures work for a juvie - to- teen audience, but the references to children's series fiction of other eras are so thick I always think these are really written for adults.

Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and his friends Katie (of the Horror Hollow series) and Lily (of no book series at all) travel to the wilds of Delaware to rescue
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Ryan
May 12, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M. T. Anderson has stealthily become one of my favorite authors.

I loved Whales on Stilts: M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales, and its follow-up; and then I read Feed, which is fantastic; and I found some of his short stories, and they were great.

By the time I got to this book, evidence of an apparent series forming from his Whales premise, I was excited, but wary. A series about kids from other series is a great shtick, but does it have longevity? The joke, I think, would wear thin quickly.

And I fe
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M.
Aug 31, 2010 M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventure at its most camp. M. T. Anderson's Pals in Peril books are take-offs on the old adventure books written in the 20's and 30's, complete with the original language in places. Ready to depart, chums? The book starts with the town high school's all important Stare-Eyes contest. Our team loses, but why? There's mischief afoot--no, that's Sherlock Holmes. Darn! the intrepid Jasper Dash and his friends Lily and Katie travel to the wilds of Delaware, cut off from the rest of the country becaus ...more
Tom
Jun 02, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, for context, I listed to a great audio recording of this book on a road trip with my family. It worked well for us.

The book is entertaining start to end, although the slapstick and the narrator sometimes get in the way of enjoying the over-the-top pulp. It is funny. And mostly clean, although with some subtle issues that might affect some perspectives. Too much emphasis on how and why this Delaware is weird, although we usually just get to enjoy it. While it was never mentioned in the boo
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Carrie
Strong readers (8-12 yr olds) with a taste for sharp wit, tongue in cheek humor, and the totally bizarre will love this book and I gather the rest of the series. (First in the series is Whales on Stilts.) Setting & characters read like a superhero comic book world...so it may appeal to those who like graphic novels, although this isn't one. It may be a good bridge from graphic novel format to the standard novel. The characters in this book are all characters from other (fictional- as in non ...more
And_it_spoke
Charming and clever, but a little too long and rambling. I’ve been reading the ‘Pals In Peril’ series with my oldest daughter, and the first two were absolutely pitch perfect send ups of kid’s books series. Thoughtful, weird and very funny. While the same can be said about ‘Jasper Dash and The Flame Pits of Delaware’, it doesn’t pack quite the same punch. A small stumble, but still a fun and intelligent series.
Alicia
The latest in MTA's affectionately satiric take on various genres of children's adventure series. This time, they must rescue monk friends of the anachronistically dapper Jasper Dash in a land of mystery and danger: Delaware. "For one hundred years, Delaware has been cut off from the other states, isolated completely as a result of its overpriced and prohibitive interstate highway tolls...Only the bravest of explorers have penetrated this exotic land."

Sometimes I'm tempted to give an MTA book fe
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Elizabeth
While I couldn't finish it, this would be the perfect book to hand a young middle school boy. It has aliens, a crazy plot, and a lot of humor. Personally though, it had a couple things working against it. First, the length. Although the topic would probably draw in reluctant reader, the thickness might put them off. I certainly didn't enjoy the story enough to continue much past page 75. Second, I think it was meant as a parody of various genres, but I am not familiar enough with those to get th ...more
Jan
Aug 31, 2011 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, young-adult
What a silly fun book. For 100 years, Delaware has been cut off from the other states, isolated completely as a result of its overpriced and prohibitive interstate highway tolls. For 100 years almost no one has gone in or out. Only the bravest of explorers have penetrated this exotic land. Thirty-two years ago, the governor of Delaware was chased out by a crazed military dictator known as His Terrifying Majesty, the Awful and Adorable Autarch of Dagsboro. Wothin Delaware, a monastery exists wher ...more
Kit
Sep 20, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I want to carry out onto the sidewalk and accost random passersby, saying "YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!" I admit that I partly want to do this because it's so hard to describe why the book is so good; explaining that it takes place in a world where the characters from children's series fiction are real kids interacting with each other makes it sound like a parody, which it is... kind of... but also an homage - that's really funny - and a great version of ...more
Amy
Nov 22, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book because it was by a best selling author, and I thought I'd read Octavius Nothing. I found it dull with unrelatable characters. The humor fell flat and the moral lessons were overstated. Not one I'd recommend.
Dolores
Mar 09, 2016 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third entry in the series and as funny as Whales on Stilts. Lots of danger and adventure await Lily, Katie and Jasper in the wilds of Delaware. Can't wait to see where they travel next.
Dianna Damir
Aug 22, 2014 Dianna Damir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, strangeness is afoot and the Pals must venture into the wilds of Delaware. There they encounter danger of many sorts and work together not only to save Vbngoom, but also to escape.
Heather
Jan 08, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, along with Anderson's others in the Pals In Peril series, are a lot of fun to read aloud with the kids.
Jay
Jan 04, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'd like to visit the Delaware described in this novel. I had no idea that we had such an exotic land right here in our own United States.

I though M. T. Anderson's first two books in this series were the products of a not-quite sane mind, but this one goes just a few steps further. It is glorious to see such imagination combined with so much irony. The characters are as great as ever and the mystery/adventure is just as mysterious and adventurous, but the location is incredible.

This book had me
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Marut
Jun 23, 2015 Marut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a good adventurous book with a bit of shock sometime. jasper needs to save his friends
Leigha
Sep 11, 2015 Leigha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you need to like quirky - but this was a fun series
Jesse
Oct 18, 2010 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, borrowed
This was the first book I’ve read by M.T. Anderson and I have to say that I’m glad I did. It has action, adventure, monks, gangsters, live dinosaurs, and a side of Delaware that has never been seen before. I loved the interesting and original characters, action packed story, and very original location. I also loved how Delaware was transformed from a small, quiet state into a lush, exotic, jungle wilderness. It’s like Thursday Next for a younger generation. If you like witty and action, it’s wor ...more
Sheena Gossett
Dec 28, 2014 Sheena Gossett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Tobin Anderson (M. T. Anderson), (1968- ) is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked; Strange Mr. Satie; The Serpent Came to Gloucester; and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The
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Other Books in the Series

Pals in Peril (6 books)
  • Whales on Stilts (Pals in Peril, #1)
  • The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen (Pals in Peril, #2)
  • Agent Q, or The Smell of Danger! (Pals in Peril #4)
  • Zombie Mommy (Pals in Peril, #5)
  • He Laughed with His Other Mouths (Pals in Peril, #6)

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“I have this weird, bad feeling," said another boy. "In my feeling parts. Like something bad is going to happen.” 4 likes
“Each of us hides our own private Delaware lost in the gray jungle-tangle of our brains. No one else can know its depths and byways. No one else can know the height of its towers, the secrets of its tides and pools. There will always be lost lagoons to find there, and ruins almost hidden by the sand. There will always be monsters of great beauty and good men with ugly frowns. The forests are dark but lights bob among the branches. You are at home there, more at home than anyplace else, and yet you will never go there in your life. Their legends are yours. The pirates sale around the cape, a crew of skeletons in the rigging. Milkmaids run down mountain passes, dragging kites behind them. Wizards crack their backs after long days of chalk and incantation while above the crowded bazaars, over the golden temples, against the setting sun, around the ruddy minarets, the pterodactyls call out a long farewell.” 3 likes
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