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A Scaly Tale (Ripley's RBI #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  424 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The Florida swamplands are home to hungry gators, wild electrical storms, and a most unusual creature. Sightings of a strange lizard-like animal reach Ripley High and the RBI are sent to investigate. During their search, the RBI agents find themselves in the middle of a high-speed airboat chase, a swarm of rats, a mysterious treasure hunt, and DUL agents in disguise. But t ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Ripley Publishing
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Logan Turk


It's pretty good and very affordable. I really think you should get it because it is really active and positive.All so it has all lot of adventures.

Quick read, well done. I liked the quick facts scattered throughout. The mystery element reminded me of Scooby Doo. ;)
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I really enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. I feel like I just sat down a few minutes ago to read this and now its already done. I will be reading the rest of the books in this series. At the very end it mentioned something being 10,000 years old-and thats not true, as the earth is only about 6,000 years old. So I choose not to believe their 'fact' on that, but it was a great read still.

The Ripley’s Bureau of Investigation (RBI) is a collection of teenagers that go on undercover missions to uncover the truth about reports of the unbelievable. In A Scaly Tale, there are rumors of a man-like lizard living in the Everglades, and it’s up to them to determine whether or not the rumor is true…all while being hampered by the Department of Unbelievable Lies (DUL), their archenemies.

A Scaly Tale is fast-paced and had plenty of action, with terrifying Florida creatures around every cor
Todd Russell
This is a peculiar, somewhat educational, book aimed at young adults. It borrows from the X-Men with the concept of a school having students with special abilities. Robert Ripley is a computer (you might think of him as Professor Xavier in a box), complete with vast knowledge of scouring the world exploring the weird and wonderful.

The illustrations that accompany the story are good and occasionally there is interesting trivia mixed in via R-phone Instant messages between chapters. The story itse
Angela Hutchinson
This is the first book of the RBI series. I always like Ripley's Believe or Not. In this book, there is a group of students from Riley High in Florida that pursue things of unusual nature. Each mission, only three agents are chosen to go. In this adventure, the team is in search of a lizard man in the swamp. The team finally has a run in with the creature when they are attacked my a mass amount of rats and snakes. The lizard man saves them from the attack then runs off and the team follows him b ...more
Aidan G
Dr. Maxwell and Mr.Ripley who own the RBI. sent the RBI to investgate a green man who has been eating the food of the homeless camp and the green man ate the food of the RBI. And then the RBI was chased by the Department of unbievelable lise or DUL so the RBI had to eat bugs for their diner. And they found out who was the green man. By finding the green man's home. they used a GPS navgatoir tk find him.
This book is the first to a part of a series about a group of teenage children which are called RBI go on strange missions and investigate things happening, things people don't believe could happen or people don't believe it's possibly true.
The team are send of to Florida which is known as swamplands for homes for electrical storms and most unusual creatures. The team a send on a mission as there as been sightings of strange lizard-like animals at Ripley high school.
But while they were to the s
Katie (Katrina) Means
The beginning of the RBI, students with special abilities, who investigate strange happenings in the memory of Ripley. Great for kids who want interesting books with more than the usual events, and enjoy the slightly creepy or gross things.
Weird but I like it

Weird but I like it

Different but I like it. I suggest this book for 10-13 years old. It's weird and kinda scary. Has fake things in it.
Jan 07, 2013 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To young teens and preteens
Shelves: preteen, teens, adventure
I was looking for children's books, to read to my grandchildren. This was a free book on amazon. It's about a group of kids, who work for RBI (Ripley's Believe it or not). The teenagers go out on cases to prove or dispprove strange things. In this adventure, they go to the Everglades in Florida, because of sightings of a large lizard like animal, that moves like a man. Another group, called the
DUL, tries to prevent them from finding the creature.

At the end of the book, there are strange things
Kelly Master
I liked this book very much.

I loved this book because it was about kids my age. It was scary when a noise was coming from out of their tent.
Lynn Alan Heath
This book is not bad, but then again I would not give it rave reviews either. It is the first in a series based on the comic strip phenomenon created by Ripley and entitled 'Ripley's Believe it or Not." High school kids with extraordinary abilities search for oddities that have been reported to confirm as true or not. While they attempt to prove the extraordinary another group, with the acronym DUL, attempts to throw them off the trail.
Luanne Hatcher
Our readers that enjoy "Guiness Book of Records" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not" could possibly get into this series. The characters are 13,14, and 15 years-old, but the content is appropriate for our young readers with 5.8 levels. The dispersed Ripley's info. fact blocks were interesting and connected with the story.
Ashant Malcolm-bates
I'm pretty excited about what's going to happen next!! They've just made a Hypothesis after interviewing many different witness that have seen or claimed to see the water lizard/ sea monster
Miley the Book Junkie Reads . . .
My ten year old seen this in the library and had to have it. She found the stories entertaining but lacking a little something. So we never went forth the the next book in the series.
Nicole Patterson
The boys really enjoyed this book, myself I thought it was good although I could have done without the snakes! A good way to teach kids that it's ok to be different.
Melanie Schweiger
Learning some facts from Ripley was interesting but the story was a bit too elementary for me. It would be great for upper elementary or junior high readers.
It was good for a younger kid. Any boy around the age of 8 would probally enjoy it. neat plot though... :)
Cute short story. Fun read for kids or adults looking for something light and easy.
Amy to read...just downloaded all the others in the series.
Katherine Salvucci
Very interesting. I like the book
Catherine Crook
A summer read with Malakai!
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“the line, dragging its prize back down into the murky depths of the swamp. “There’s something in there, Frank!” Bob gasped, horrified. “Something took the fish.” “What are you talking about?” “It was a green hand—with scales,” Bob explained. Frank looked at his friend, his face a mixture of confusion and pity. Bob replayed the image in his mind; he knew what” 0 likes
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