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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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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.
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.