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Peter Graves

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
During a rather hazardous game of follow-the-leader, Peter Graves accidentally destroys the home of the mysterious inventor Houghton Furlong. Determined to earn the money necessary to rebuild the house, Peter decides to market Hought on's inventions. "Superlative nonsense in the tradition of The Twenty-One Balloons."--Chicago Tribune. Black-and-white illustrations.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 16th 1950 by Viking Children's Books (first published 1950)
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Oct 15, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it
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A mischievous teenager accidentally destroys the house of an eccentric, grizzled inventor when a ball that always bounces higher than its last bounce escapes from his grasp. The two embark on a quest to earn back enough money to rebuild the house, using the inventor's anti-gravity balls. The illustrations are great.
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
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Much like The Twenty-One Balloons, this du Bois book features scrappy young and old heroes, crazy inventions, detailed notes on experiments and outcomes, and lots and lots of wit. Wondrous.
Peter Swanson
Jun 13, 2016 Peter Swanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults and and older kids who like gentle science fiction/fantasy will like this book.
I read this book 3 times when I was 13, so I'm a long-time fan. I bought a good copy of it about 10 years ago, and was delighted to find that it holds up when reading it as an adult.
Gary Gress
Aug 27, 2015 Gary Gress rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such an inspirational, go-for-your-dreams kind of book when I was 11 years old. Just got my own copy today (Sept 16, 2014)and will read again.
Sep 29, 2009 Nix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really funny book! I loved it!
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