Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fluddt, #1)
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Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #1)

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Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst.

With his parents declared lost at sea, ten-year-old Nate lands on the doorstep of a distant family cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Before he can unpack his suitcase, he is whisked off on his first expedition, to the sands of Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaste...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sandpiper
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Kathryn
Aug 29, 2011 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Ann
3.5 STARS This book has so many things going for it. I loved the opening chapters; I really got a sense of our young hero Nathaniel and his trials and tribulations as he learned that his parents' airship went down and that his governess really cared nothing for him all these years and only wanted the "Tidy Sum" she was given from the lawyers and promptly shipped him off to stay with some relation named Phil Fludd. Poor kid! Worst of all, his parents never even sent for him to join them on their...more
Ann
Aug 10, 2011 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Early beastologists :)
Nathanial Fludd comes from a very long line of adventurers, dating all the way back to the 1400s. But, when his parents don't return for him after one of their adventures, Nathanial begins to wonder if maybe the adventure spirit somehow skipped him.

But, such questions are put to the test when his parents are declared "lost as sea" and he's sent to live with his relative - not only an adventurer, but a beastologist as well.

What follows is a story of acceptance, finding out what you're good at, an...more
Diane
Fludds have always been explorers and adventurers. Nate's parents have gone on an adventure, promising to send for him when he turns eight. But, they never do. And when their airship goes down and they are listed as "missing at sea", Nate must go and live with a relative he doesn't know. Nate is haunted by questions as to why they didn't send for him. Did they not think he could be of help? Nate goes to live with Aunt Phil who is a beastologist. “A beastologist is someone who studies beasts. Not...more
Kathleen
Let's see...young boy finds out at the beginning of the story that his parents are missing and presumed dead. So he is put on a train to go live with his nearest relative. He is picked up at the station by a horse and pony and, oh dear, discovers that his relative is an eccentric aunt.

I started worrying that this would just be a rehash of so many overdone children's fantasy book themes but once Nathaniel gets to his aunt's house, things get interesting and original. Turns out Nate is one of a l...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Nathaniel Fludd's parents have disappeared. Presumed dead, his parents' lawyer summons him and Miss Lumpton to his office. A tidy sum makes Miss Lumpton disappear as well. Nathaniel is then shuffled off to a relative, a Phil A. Fludd, he's never heard of in Batting-At-The-Flies. The precocious youngster with a penchant for drawing and a feeling of being unwanted and left behind arrives at his destination with a heart full of trepidation. What he finds is beyond his wildest dreams...Phil is actua...more
Jackie
Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix is a delightful little story about young Nathaniel, age 10. His parents are mostly absent while they are on great adventures all over the world. He is cared for by Miss Lumpton who is marginally competent. When his parents are declared lost-at-sea while on the airship Italia which crashed near the North Pole, Nathaniel is bewildered by the after-effects. Nathaniel is devastated, of course,after all he lost his parents who he hadn't seen in over...more
Brenda
Nathaniel Fludd is from a long line of "Beastologists" who take care of very rare and often magical creatures. In this particular story, Nathaniel helps his aunt take care of a Phoenix egg that is about to hatch. I think my main problem with the story was that there was more time spent on Nathaniel's parents being missing and going to move in with his Aunt that it left little time for action, exploration and more about the creatures that they are going to help. Overall a fairly easy quick read w...more
Sina
Benjamin Woods Eltern sind verschollen und so soll er zu seiner einzigen noch lebenden Verwandten ziehen. Tante Phil ist jedoch so gar nicht, wie Ben sich seine Tante vorgestellt hat. Kaum ist er bei ihr angekommen, brechen die beiden auch schon zu einer Mission auf. Denn Ben entstammt einer langen Reihe von Beastologen, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht haben, seltene und mysteriöse Tiere zu erforschen. Und Tante Phil möchte Ben nun zu ihrem Nachfolger ausbilden. Das erste Abenteuer führt Ben und...more
Ken
After reading LaFevers' Theodosia Throckmorton series, I was excited to dig into her Nathaniel Fludd books. I was disappointed.

The first book in the series is written on a much lower level than the Theodosia Throckmorton books. I would classify "The Flight of the Phoenix" as a middle reader as opposed to young adult for Theodosia Throckmorton.

Second, the story line just wasn't well developed and I think that should have been more obvious to me as this book was only 140 pages in length compared t...more
Colten Hibbs
You know those books that are written in such a way that crisp clear pictures fill your mind even though there aren't that many words? This is one of those books.
Very short, but don't let that fool you - there's definitely a full length adventure here. There are also phenomenal illustrations by Kelly Murphy that enhance the story in all the best ways.
I'm absolutely a fan of Nathaniel Fludd, and I can't wait for our next adventure together!
Clare Cannon
Apr 18, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 6-9 years (boys)
Shelves: 04-8yrs
A gentle adventure story about young Nathaniel Fludd who, after both his parents are lost at sea, goes to stay with an aunt who takes him on journeys to help mythological creatures in danger of extinction. A simple but original story suited to young readers who are willing to extend themselves beyond popular titles. To be honest, gentle could also mean slightly boring for advanced readers.
Amalia
I really enjoyed this book. Its simple plot is a great introduction to fantasy for those who are too young for Potter, but yearning for adventure. I liked the characters and loved the etchy style of the illustrations. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Lindy
It was good.
It's about a boy named Nathaniel or Nate who's parents were lost at sea. His father's cousin Aunt Phil or Philomena adopted him. Apparently, Aunt Phil was a beastologist, and likewise Nate meets a gremlin and they became friends.
Kathy
Perfect book for boys looking foe a series but not yet ready for Percy Jackson. First In a series. Maps, good illustrations. Glossary at the end.
Ruhama
Nathaniel's parents have been lost at sea and now he's being sent to live with his only known living relative: cousin Phil A. Fludd. To his consternation, this cousin turns out to be a woman, a beastologist and ready to take off on an adventure the very next morning, and Nathaniel is expected to go with her! Phil explains the Fludd history as they fly to Arabia, telling Nathaniel that all Fludds are explorers, with one of their missions being to record strange and exotic beasts. This particular...more
Justyn B.
Talk about feeling like you have been dumped? That is how I think Nate feels in this book, that is how I would feel. Nate was young when his parents left to work, he was told that he could come along with them once he was old enough and could handle everything.

How was Nate supposed to know if he could handle what he would see his dad said he would find out one day. He is staying with a woman who he thinks cares about him and once they were told that his parents were killed, she pretends to be sa...more
Jean Areecharoenlert
This is the first book of the series of Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist. It's a very easy book to read for young teenagers, but a very good book. If you like things about mythical creatures and animals, this would be the book you might try reading. I really enjoyed this first book of the series. It might seem boring at first, but once you start to read more and more, and story gets more interesting. It's a short little book, so it's going to fit for people who don't like reading thick, fat books li...more
Karissa
I got this book as an advanced reading copy through the Amazon Vine program. It is the first book in a series targeted at children. Previously I have read LaFevers Theodosia series and I enjoyed that series. This book is a short chapter book and was a very quick, fun read; as an adult it took me maybe 30 minutes to read.

Nathaniel never sees much of his parents; they are always off exploring and he's been left behind. Then a message comes that they have been "lost at sea". Suddenly Nathaniel's li...more
Emma (Miss Print)
On September 5, 1928 ten-year-old Nathaniel Fludd's parents are declared lost at sea. Alone in the world with no other close relatives and a governess eager to abscond with her Tidy Sum from the Fludd estate, Nathaniel is sent to live with Phil A. Fludd--a mysterious cousin Nate has never met, let alone heard of in Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers with illustrations by Kelly Murphy.

It turns out an eccentric cousin is the first of many things his parents neve...more
Ariel
I love Kelly Murphy's illustrations! I was so excited to see her work again after admiring it in Masterpiece.
I think the cover, the illustrations, and the concept of this book are fabulous. Nathaniel Fludd feels like Harry Potter meets Young Indiana Jones for early readers.
I felt a little strange about the portrayal of the Middle East in the book. It is set after World War II sometime, and the portrayal of the Middle East feels like it reflects that time period. It is all camels, sand, and dis...more
Amanda K. Thompson
Fun, quick read for 8-10 year-olds, reminiscent of The Spiderwick Chronicles Box Set, Indiana Jones, and Dragon Rider. Filled with mystical creatures and a mischievous gremlin, the story is also character- and action-focused, which should keep young readers engaged. Each book consists of an individual adventure, as well as hints toward a larger, over arcing story.

Compelling enough to keep my interest and I'll be recommending it to my niece and nephews. While other readers my age might not have a...more
Becky B
Nathaniel Fludd gets word that his parents have been lost at sea. He is immediately shipped off to his Aunt Phil who he's never met before. Aunt Phil is appalled that Nathaniel knows nothing of his Fludd ancestry but immediately sets to work putting that to rights. She gives him a crash course in the family history of cartographers and beastologists. The day after he arrives, she hauls Nathaniel off to Arabia with her to start his training and oversea the rebirth of a phoenix. But after they lan...more
BookKids
In this series, Nate Fludd is the child of famous explorers who unexpectedly go missing during one of their adventures. As a result, he is sent to live with his distant cousin, the world’s last beastologist. Nate decides to take up the Fludd beastologist mantle and begins his training. Each of the books is one of his adventures along with tantalizing clues about the fate of his parents.

I adore this series. The adventures are fun and exciting, the beasts are weird but true to mythology, and Nate...more
Christen
A slough of fantastic series are coming out for children. LaFever's Nathaniel Fludd series stands out in its balance between reality and fantasy, which will make this story appeal to children who enjoy historical fiction as well as fantasy without alienating either. A small cast of characters is introduced in book 1: a questionable nanny, timid Nathaniel, Cornelius the intelligent dodo (of course), Aunt Phil, and the mischievous Greasle the Gremlin.

The linear adventure is easy to follow, includi...more
Rachel
I fell in love with R.L. LaFever's Theodosia books, and was excited to hear that she was coming out with another series featuring mythological creatures!
While Nathaniel Fludd wasn't as long as the Theodosia books *sad face* I definitely apprecited the care she puts into crafting her characters so that each one will have one defining feature that you will remember about them, even if it's just that they resemble a walrus *smirk*.
I enjoyed that LaFevers resurrected the history of the gremlins, wh...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

After his parents are lost at sea, ten-year-old Nate is sent to live with a distant relative and learns the amazing truth about his family's history.

Before he can even unpack, Nate is whisked away on an adventure to Arabia. But Nate isn't the adventurous type.

When disaster strikes, Nate is left with only his accidental pet gremlin to help him care for the world's only remaining phoenix egg. If he fails to keep the egg safe long enough for it to hatc...more
Jillian
Very short, even for a children's book. Most of the ten-year-olds at my library are reading more advanced stuff.
Went very quickly; barely any character development. One of those "just toss the kid into the plot" books and hope it works.

Mind you, that doesn't mean it's *bad,* I just didn't think it was very *good,* and I'm not sure who I'd recommend it to.
H
This book will make an excellent read for kids ready to move on from Magic Tree House books - this first book in what will opbviously be a series stars Nate Fludd, the son of explorers who mysteriously disappeared. The year is 1928, and 10 year old Nate finds himself an orphan sent to live with his father's strange cousin - "Aunt Phil" Fludd - and before you know it, Nate is off on an adventure to help his "Aunt Phil" help at the birth of a Phoenix, but only after meeting a dismissive talking Do...more
Robyn
I had high hopes for this book. It’s the perfect length for a beginning reader, there are pictures (I love pictures in books), and it sounded like an exciting adventure. But I didn't come to know Nathaniel Fludd other than he comes from a long line of beastologists and has been kept from his birthright. I understand that he is supposed to be a little confused about himself, but it left me feeling distant from him. There’s mystery surrounding his parents’ disappearance, which I'm sure will come i...more
lia
Nathaniel is a recently orphaned boy. His parents left him when he was very young and never came back. They promised to sent after him when he was eight, but until he was 10 years old letters from his parents never came until they pronounce lost at sea.

And now, Nathaniel has to live with an aunt he doesn't know. What he also doesn't know is that all Fludds family are beastologist - they study beasts, mostly myths. Before he know it his aunt whisked him away to Arabia to witness the birth of Phe...more
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R.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS...more
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