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The 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 lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin--the world's last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world's only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.

Will he be able to se
Paperback, 138 pages
Published 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sandpiper
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Aug 29, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it  ·  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
Aug 10, 2011 Ann rated it liked it  ·  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
When 12-year-old Nathaniel Fludd's parents go missing, he is sent by a lawyer to his only living relative: Phil A. Fludd. What a surprise: Phil turns out to be a woman and a beastologist at that! Nathaniel doesn't have a lot of time to ask any questions, because the next day he is already on his way with his aunt to Arabia, where a phoenix is about to die and be reborn, a once-in-500-years event.

Since I was in the mood for a new children's book and I had heard great things about LaFevers, I de
Apr 05, 2016 Quince rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of Robin LaFevers book's, Grave Mercy, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (and the rest of the series), as well as The Flight of the Phoenix, I must say, I preferred Grave Mercy, but still enjoyed the lightness of this book compared to the bulk of the former.
Mar 23, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Feb 27, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
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
Dec 26, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 31, 2014 Sina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2014 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-reader
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
Nancy Butts
Book 1 of what I would call an early middle grade novel, for kids aged 7 to 10. Only eighteen short chapters long, with a lot of line-drawn illustrations, the plot is fast-paced with something interesting happening on every page. The young hero Nathaniel is appealing as well. Allegedly orphaned when his parents’ airship goes down on an ice-covered island near the North Pole, young Nate has no idea of his own family heritage until his parents’ will is read, his governess quickly abandons him when ...more
Colten Hibbs
Aug 09, 2013 Colten Hibbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Joyce (JumbleofJargon)
It was okay. The goodreads summary says more than enough.
Clare Cannon
Apr 18, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Oct 11, 2011 Amalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Tricia Hock
Jan 21, 2011 Tricia Hock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much for a children's book. And even better I'm loving that NEH and I are discussing the book.

I would highly recommend this book to young readers, especially boys. Great series.
Intro to fun series about a kid whose family studies supposedly-mythical beasts. Dodo as butler.

He goes with his aunt to help a phoenix transition (burn, turn into baby phoenix) in the desert. Meets a girl gremlin, Greasle, who becomes his sidekick despite his aunt's dislike (Gremlins = trouble)

I like the feisty aunt. Not crazy about the depiction of tricking the Bedouin. (Although they didn't discover oil until 1933, and this takes place in 1928, so maybe it's plausible.) Nathaniel is very appe
Oct 18, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 11, 2016 Owlboyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gfs-2010-2011
Great story about Nathaniel Fludd, who has lost his parents in an airship crash in the artic. He is sent to live with his Aunt Phil. As soon as he arrives, he is off on his first adventure. He discovers that his family are explorer's and that their training in the family business begins on their 8th birthday. Here he is 10 years old and two years behind in his training. He befriends a gremlin, and has a unique encounter with a phoenix. Can't wait for the next book. A nice quick read, with a wond ...more
An Odd1
Nov 10, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fan

Newly orphaned Nate 12, peers tentatively from his corner, mouth downturned sadly, pencil on blank page. Under the large hard bench are two small identical valises, all his possessions p 0. Every shaded drawing - whether the next plump walrus-mustached never-named lawyer, cheeks as rosy (soft grey highlights) as the boy's p 6, or five different sheep, poses including backside p 9 - simply, elegantly, hints at the central emoti
Oct 13, 2010 Ruhama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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.
Aug 21, 2011 Justyn B. rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
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
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
Loving this book so far...about 1/3 of the way into it. The writing is vivid and fantastic! Not every children's chapter book keeps my attention and interest at this level.

"'Sometimes grownups forget stuff they've said.'" Yup, that sure is true for this adult!! (page 56)

Just finished it, a quick read, but so well-written. I really enjoyed much so that I will be taking Book 2 out of the library very soon. And that has never happened before for me when I read a book for the parent/child b
Jul 11, 2015 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the adventurer in all of us, this is a quick read. Almost instantly, I felt an affinity toward Nate and not just because of his situation. He seems the type of youngster that just needs a hug but also given half a chance will shine and prove his worth. Greasle is a hoot! I love that he has a sort of side kick in the little gremlin. I think most kids would love this book and I will recommend it to my nephews and nieces and my grandson. Also, her Theodosia books are even better that this one!
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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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