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Braidy Von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller

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Ten-year-old Braidy von Althuis just wants one thing: to fit in. The other kids at school think he's weird, and for good reason. Despite his oddities, Braidy wants more than anything for his dad to be able to come to Township Day, a fun-filled event at school, but Mr. von Althuis refuses. "It's too dangerous," he says.
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Paperback, 323 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Precursor Publishing
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Mariah Roze
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won a free copy of this book on Instagram! That was such a neat experience. I had never won a book on there before.

This book is written for 8-11 year olds. However, I believe children older than those ages would still enjoy it. I love reading children's books because I teach. I love being able to share with my students the new books that I discover. I never keep books so I plan on putting this book in our Little Free Library at our local park. I hope a child picks up this book and enjoys it as
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Michelle Stanley
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller is a pre-teen fantasy by Cassidy Dwelis. Ten-year-old Braidy von Althuis is considered a misfit by the other kids at his school. He doesn’t have any friends and his family is considered abnormal by anyone brave enough to come into contact with them. When the school organizes Township Day, Braidy hopes his family will support the event, but they are reluctant to come.

Who can blame them when there i
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Shalini
My first book by Cassidy Dwelis, showed me the life of Braidy where he was bullied in school, beaten up at least once a week, and with no friends. Braidy tugged at my heart strings as I have been that lonely kid too. But things changed when classmate Kara entered his life, and he could tell her the truth about his family... The first part of the story was fabulous and heart wrenching. Bullying and its repercussions were written quite sensitively by Cassidy. I wanted to hug and protect Braidy.

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Rajiv
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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Braidy Von Althuis and the Pesky Pest Controller is like a beautiful middle-grade fantasy version of The Addams Family and was so much fun to read.

The author did a beautiful job with the book. Like I said, this is like a twisted paranormal version of The Addams Family, and very entertaining. While I loved all the members, from Uncle Rolo to Blockhead, Braidy stands out in the story and is fantastic in the lead. After being h
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Adam Carr
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller is a fun and light-hearted adventure that follows a young boy, Braidy, as he navigates the world all of us know and remember: having a dad with a flame for a head, I mean, an uncle who is a ghos-No no! Dealing with the struggles of fitting in and finding one's self-confidence in the time of our lives when we have not yet planted our feet. Braidy not only has to navigate the world of Elementary School, with all of the mocking and awkwardness that ...more
Sarah Cookiie
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I finished reading 'Braidy Von Althuis And The Pesky Pest Controller' yesterday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult novel, the dialogue was witty and engaging,the characters quickly jumped off the page and into my heart; also the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter were a really nice touch. The Von Althuis Family puts the 'Fun' in "dysfunctional" compared to the average family but despite the strangeness of the family, it is clear that they share a deep loving bond, and it ...more
Airic Fenn
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Braidy von Althuis and the Pesky Pest Controller is definitely one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. The characters were likeable and it was easy to empathize with Braidy and his family’s...magical tendencies. The story was unique and once I started reading, it hooked me from start to finish, and even had me on the edge of my seat at times. This book is definitely the kind I would have picked up when I was kid and absolutely adored.
Sarah
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Braidy von Althuis and the Pesky Pest Controller is truly one of the most delightful books I’ve had the pleasure to read in recent months. It’s a middle grade novel, which is normally out of my comfort zone, but Dwelis’ manages to tie more “mature” concepts--the nature of bullying, conforming to societal constructs, and death--together in such a way that although it is a middle grade work, it can be enjoyed by a wide v
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Tonja Drecker
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Braidy is an average kid. Well, sort of. His family is a bit odd, and he is a loner at school, something he wants to change. But life isn't easy....especially his life...and he soon finds himself battling more than a run at simple acceptance.

This is such a fun read, and that while mixing in several important messages about friendship, acceptance and family. Braidy is and isn't an average kid. His family is more than strange, and this alone is enough to set him apart, but his own interests don't
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Heena Rathore Pardeshi
Braidy Von Althuis And The Pesky Pest Controller is an insanely enjoyable middle-grade fantasy book that will definitely warm your heart. This book is about a ten-year-old boy, Braidy, who lives with his odd family in an old palace and faces challenges in school in the form of bullying for being different. But in reality, Braidy is a brave boy who can go to any lengths in order to help his family and loved ones.

This is a beautiful story and I loved it to the core. The characterization is brillia
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Jessica Bronder
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Braidy von Althuis is ten years old and just wants to fit in. But it is hard when you wear old hand me down clothes that make you stand out in school. It’s even harder when you talk about your father and family but the only two people that are seen are his mother and aunt. This makes him a huge target to the bullies. The school has decided to hold Township Day to help the children create a store and sell things.

Braidy wants nothing more than for his father and the rest of his family to come but
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Seselis
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book hit me hard in the feels. Right in the first paragraph, the narrator espouses that "the scariest part of it all... was the idea that wriggled into his head that they could be absolutely right." It was at this time I already knew the author knew exactly what she was talking about. This book deals with some pretty heavy topics while still managing to be engaging and fun, and every piece feels like it belongs. It's not always an easy thing, to make people believe you when you insert such ...more
Austin Allred
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I got this book through a free giveaway.

This is a really cute story of a kid who has a family of supernatural creatures. The poor kid gets bullied, and all he wants is his family to come to township day.
Love the creatures that she has created, and the Villain at the end was a surprise.
I’m excited to get the others and continue the story.
Awesome read!
BluLibrarian
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely for the child in your life who likes stories of oddballs and magic! It's a fun read, I can't wait to get into the sequel and see what happens after that climactic end. There's so many fun threads I'm excited to see expanded upon. Blockhead's my favorite. ...more
Darrell Knippshild
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Goodreads.
Sonia Knippshild
Goodreads. Nice middle grade book. Gave it to my grandson.
Brad Theado
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written kids story
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