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The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen (Pals in Peril #2)

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In serious need of a vacation after their last laser-beam-filled exploit, Lily, Jasper, and Katie have dashed off in their Gyroscopic Sky Suite for a restful sojourn at the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort, a stunning spot filled with roaring fires, Cocoa Splurges, and many fine displays of taxidermy.
But in a bizarre turn of events, a number of other children’s book heroes a...more
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Published June 13th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio)
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Caris
May 08, 2011 Caris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
A WARNING TO CHILDREN:

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS WORDS THAT SHOULD ONLY EVER BE USED BY MOMMIES AND DADDIES WHO LOVE EACH OTHER VERY MUCH. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF…I DON’T KNOW….ELEVEN? TWELVE?....PLEASE CLICK ON THIS ELF PHOTO:


IF YOU ARE OLDER THAN THAT, PLEASE CONTINUE.

I can’t remember how old I was the first time I found The Hardy Boys. I remember wandering through the kid-sized stacks in my elementary school library and stumbling across this collection of blue hardbacks. The titles leapt out a...more
Meredith
Audio.

"Often, if you go to a town library and under Keyword Search type "Jasper Dash," you'll come up with a list of his books -- and beside each one, it says: "Withdrawn. Withdrawn. Withdrawn. Withdrawn." This means that they are no longer in circulation. Some librarian has taken them off the shelf, wiping away a tear, and has opened the book to the back, where there's a pouch for a card dating back to the time of the Second World War, and she'll crumple up the card, and then she and her fellow...more
Jessica Leatham
This story is part of a larger collection. The three young protagonists—Lily, Jasper, and Kate—want a vacation from their investigations, so they check into a resort where they are immediately met with a dozen other detective. Not long after everyone is gathered, a mystery presents itself in the form of missing quintuplets. While Lily and Jasper are eager to join the groups that assemble to find the missing people, Kate declines, determined to enjoy her vacation fully. As the story progresses, t...more
Monster
The main characters from a variety of fictional series books are all drawn into a mystery while on vacation at the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort. Katie Mulligan, the star of the Horror Hollow series, accompanies her friends Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and Lily, on what she hopes will be a real vacation. Although it’s more of a send-up of series books than a horror story, readers of horror series books will howl with laughter all through the first chapter. Of course, there is no such thing as a...more
Tamarah
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grades 4-8
The intrepid detectives from Whales on Stilts! (Harcourt, 2005) return in another off-the-wall send-up of the Stratemeyer-style series fiction. Jasper, Katie, and Lily are off to the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort for a short vacation. They discover that the inn is currently hosting a collection of other series characters, including the air-headed Cutesy Dell Twins (shades of Sweet Valley High); the blockheaded Manley Boys; and sad, one-book Eddie Wax, in perpetual mourning for...more
Jennifer
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Tricia
Listened to the BOCD - same narrator as [Flame-Pits of Delaware|183278] but not as enjoyable. I didn't laugh nearly as much. Details that might have seemed funny because they were silly - such as snow in the summer - bugged me more this time. And the ending dragged on a bit much. I did laugh at the proposed series for Eddie - right up the paranormal teen fiction alley. And the part where Katie and Lily get all existential at the end was also amusing. But overall, it just wasn't as funny.

I didn't...more
First Second Books
Whales on Stilts has been one of my favorite funny reads for years, so I was delighted to recently discover that M. T. Anderson wrote more books in the series! A hilariously ridiculous and self-aware spoof of children's series fiction - in this case, particularly mysteries like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew - this book keeps me baffled and chuckling.
David
Not as good as the first one. The story was too fluid and not as wacky as the original. It made it so that when Anderson tried to throw in the wacky, it felt out of place.
Ms. Patterson
I've wanted to read THE CLUE OF THE LINOLEUM LEDERHOSEN for a long time. It's been so long since I put it on my TBR list, that I can't remember the exact reason why I put it there. Possibly, I read a great review or received a recommendation from a student. Anyway, I was eager to delve into the story and looking forward to a funny, entertaining story.

Three friends, Lily, Jasper and Katie, travel to a ski lodge for a vacation. What's so unusual about the trio is that each stars in his or her own...more
Colleen
I just don't have one good thing to say about this book. It was terrible! Who on earth was this written for? Yeah, I get what he was trying to do--poke fun at mystery series like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. But why would today's kids be interested in that? I think they would read expressions like "Good gravy!" and "Yowza!" and "That's the ticket!" and "Jeepers-to-crow!" and roll their eyes. Those expressions are dated and not funny. And kids will not get the references to the series. And spea...more
Kaethe
I didn't love it as much as Whales on Stilts: M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales, which had the benefit of feeling fresh and surprising. But still, a fun read. Rather poignant, too, peopled with the characters of both popular and forgotten (imaginary) series.
Valerie
The sequence where Jasper yells about his father being a beam of binary information from the Horsehead Nebula and one of the boneheaded Manley Boys makes the joke about him being only made up of zeros and repeating that joke multiple times while someone tries to hold them at gunpoint is the funniest thing I've read in a long time.
Erin
Katie, Lily and Jasper are taking a break from their detective work, when they find that a mystery has followed them on vacation. They have to solve a kidnapping (five, actually), a stolen necklace, and disappearing stuffed animal heads. Along the way they get tied up, lied to, screamed at, and make new friends.

I found this book disjointed and hard to follow. The humor was great and I loved the spoof on the serial detective stories, but the story itself was a little too all-over-the-place for m...more
Dianna Damir
The Pals go on vacation only to have a mystery fall into their laps. Why we're they summoned? Will They each be able to thwart obstacles on their own? Wonderful new characters are introduced and the plot line remains true to form of being fabulously bizarre.
Bcpl
Aug 04, 2007 Bcpl rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children's series lovers
M.T. Anderson tries to get his Lemony Snicket on, sort of. Not as successful, in my opinion. It's kind of a charming idea, this concept of a reality in which archetypical kidlit series types interact in a mystery/parody. And there is fun in there, but it oscillates between high concept and cheap, and is ultimately unsatisfying. Not terrible, but not in the same class as the more YAish M.T. Anderson. Seems more like a writing exercise than an enjoyable tale for kids, although there is an audience...more
Mary
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be kidnapped, have your mouth taped shut, only to develop a stuffed nose due to a severe allergic reaction? After you read this book, you'll know!
James Gordon
Jasper, Lily, and Kate are invited to a resort for the weekend. When they arrive, they notice several other famous novel characters have also been invited. When the Hooper Quints, mystery-solving quintuplets, go missing, the characters and guests unite in solving this intriguing new development. Several obstacles stand in their way, including some of the search team and Kate’s stubborn desire to opt out of mystery solving for once so she can enjoy her vacation. Eventually, everything gets worked...more
Carmen
I love these books - they are fun to listen to with the kids :-)
Amy Johnson
This is the only M.T. Anderson book I have read so far, and I find his sense of humor quirky, slightly self-deprecating, and hilarious. This tale of three crime-solving friends working with a host of incompetent fellow hotel patrons to solve a ridiculous crime is highly humorous. M.T. Anderson definitely doesn't take himself to seriously, but this largely tongue-in-cheek novel is riddled with gorgeous passages of deep prose. This is a great novel for young adults, particularly boys in their earl...more
Catherine
What a goof-off. It was a fun read, v. Snicket and his imitators. Let me get this off my chest though. I'll be glad when narrators go back to leaving the fourth wall intact and cease with all the melodramatic pronouncements on their writing...it's time for a fresh approach. That aside, I did like the idea of how characters from children's books are brought into real life by their legions of fans, and I was touched by Eddie's being denied his own series.
Charlou Lunsford
It's a mystery that takes on all children's book mysteries with characters from fictional children's books that seem very familiar. Lily, Jasper and Katie think they are off on a vacation, but find themselves involved in solving the kidnapping of the Hooper Quints, famous mystery solvers. The other guests are famous children's book heroes - how bizarre! Fun, but you have to pay attention because there's a lot going on.
McKell
Maybe a book better suited for a younger audience, it tells the story of sleuth Katie and her friends. They go on vacation to get away from mysteries but find themselves in the middle of one. Maybe it was the audio book I was listening to, but the writing seemed less than impressive. The ending seemed like the author didn't even know who the bad guy was and needed a quick ending.
Catherine
Oct 25, 2011 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Librarians, English Majors, Literature Nerds
Recommended to Catherine by: Judy Freeman recommended book 1
I liked this more that the first one. I still think that the target audience is unclear...it is about 13 year-old mystery solvers, but the language and references are more appreciated by adults (more specifically literature junkies). Still great! Weird, quirky, (sometimes totally nuts) and basically everything I have come to love about M.T. Anderson's writing style.
Bethany
A great parody of serial series (Hardy Boys, Bobsey Twins etc)in which three kids solve a mystery that does indeed include lederhosen. While a lot of kids wouldn't get all the jokes they would probably still be entertained by the goofy story. This is a sequel to Whales on Stilts, which is, surprisingly, about whales on stilts trying to take over the world.
Matthew
This may be the most surreal children's book I've ever read. Three heroes of old (and mostly forgotten) children's books go on vacation only to discover that they have been tricked by the promise of fake free dinner coupons. There's also a missing diamond and a missing set of singing quintuplets. And possibly the best paragraph I've read all year.
Jill
I read this exciting sequel to "Whales on Stilts" outloud to the kids. The older kids enjoyed it although there were some random parts where we all looked at each other and said, "What the heck?" We are anxiously awaiting the release of "Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware," the third book in this thrilling series.
Rose
This book is pretty much cerebral metafiction, but sometimes you're in the mood for just that. As someone scarred by the discovery at the tender age of 8 that Carolyn Keene was not a real person but just a syndicate, i really got the humor in this book. And who could resist picking up something with a title like that??
Lindsay
J ANDERSO - humor, mystery, bk 2 of M T Anderson's Thrilling Tales
The trio go on vacation and mystery follows. Tons of new quirky characters are introduced. Even more parody with some poignant friendship and identity moments. The suspense is heightened as well. Might appeal more to older readers. 9 - 12
Trysten
This books interesting the writer like in whales on stilts, he tends to stick to katie the main character, you get to see her thoughts a little. He also sticks to first person throughout the book. Katie the crime fighting girl who wants to be normal and that's why she's at moose tongue lodge
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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...more
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