There he begins to tutor Willet Goody, who is the only child of the widow Mrs. Goody.
Willet's father is supposed to be dead, but he doesn't believe that is so. Soon he involves Hercules and together they search for the truth about Willet's father.
This book was a little slow to start, but it turns out to be quite good. There is a ...more
Hercules Feltright is a tutor that has recently come to Goody Hall to tutor the woman of the house’s child, Willet Goody. Willet is a very curious child, but the thing he is most curious about is the disappearance of his father. Hercules, with a few allusions made in the text to Greek Mythology, is not a very good tutor. He used to be an actor until he decided he was going to be a tutor. Hercules also notices there is something strange going on. Will the two be able to solve the disappe ...more
I decided to read this because A) I found it on sale and B) I loved Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting. While not on the same level, this is still a fun and easy read.
Hercules Feltwright is an actor-turned-teacher (or tutor) who lands a job mentoring and tutoring Willet Goody. Willet lives in an impressive sized home without a father so his energy has previously been channeled into crazy actions - actions that are soon tamed by Hercules. Willet doesn't believe his father is dead (or buried "down below" ...more
I love Natalie Babbitt, which is why I only gave this book 4 stars. That doesn't make much sense at first probably, but here's the thing: I have very high expectations for any book by Babbitt, so if this were by another author it would get five stars but it just isn't as good as Babbitt's other books. Goody Hall was a mystery about a boy and his new tutor trying to figure out what was so odd about the story of Midas Goody's, the boy's father, death. Young Willet Goody and his tutor, Hercules Fel...more
Each charac ...more
There is a light sense of humor running through the story that is a refreshing change from mysteries where the author seems to be working too hard to create a dark sinister ...more
She was a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, liter ...more