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The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen: M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales (Pals in Peril #2)

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Katie, Lily, and Jasper attach their flying Gyroscopic Sky Suite to the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort, where they mingle with other child heroes found in books, and where they become embroiled in a mystery involving lederhosen-clothed quintuplets and a screaming ventriloquist.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Jan 13, 2010 Meredith added it
Shelves: audio, middle

"Often, if you go to a town library and under Keyword Search type "Jasper Dash," you'll come up with a list of his books -- and beside each one, it says: "Withdrawn. Withdrawn. Withdrawn. Withdrawn." This means that they are no longer in circulation. Some librarian has taken them off the shelf, wiping away a tear, and has opened the book to the back, where there's a pouch for a card dating back to the time of the Second World War, and she'll crumple up the card, and then she and her fellow
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Dec 03, 2012 Tamarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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grades 4-8
The intrepid detectives from Whales on Stilts! (Harcourt, 2005) return in another off-the-wall send-up of the Stratemeyer-style series fiction. Jasper, Katie, and Lily are off to the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort for a short vacation. They discover that the inn is currently hosting a collection of other series characters, including the air-headed Cutesy Dell Twins (shades of Sweet Valley High); the blockheaded Manley Boys; and sad, one-book Eddie Wax, in perpetual mourning for
The main characters from a variety of fictional series books are all drawn into a mystery while on vacation at the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort. Katie Mulligan, the star of the Horror Hollow series, accompanies her friends Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and Lily, on what she hopes will be a real vacation. Although it’s more of a send-up of series books than a horror story, readers of horror series books will howl with laughter all through the first chapter. Of course, there is no such thing as a ...more
Jessica Leatham
Jun 08, 2010 Jessica Leatham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-420
This story is part of a larger collection. The three young protagonists—Lily, Jasper, and Kate—want a vacation from their investigations, so they check into a resort where they are immediately met with a dozen other detective. Not long after everyone is gathered, a mystery presents itself in the form of missing quintuplets. While Lily and Jasper are eager to join the groups that assemble to find the missing people, Kate declines, determined to enjoy her vacation fully. As the story progresses, t ...more
Listened to the BOCD - same narrator as [Flame-Pits of Delaware|183278] but not as enjoyable. I didn't laugh nearly as much. Details that might have seemed funny because they were silly - such as snow in the summer - bugged me more this time. And the ending dragged on a bit much. I did laugh at the proposed series for Eddie - right up the paranormal teen fiction alley. And the part where Katie and Lily get all existential at the end was also amusing. But overall, it just wasn't as funny.

I didn't
First Second Books
Whales on Stilts has been one of my favorite funny reads for years, so I was delighted to recently discover that M. T. Anderson wrote more books in the series! A hilariously ridiculous and self-aware spoof of children's series fiction - in this case, particularly mysteries like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew - this book keeps me baffled and chuckling.
Jan 30, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2009
Not as good as the first one. The story was too fluid and not as wacky as the original. It made it so that when Anderson tried to throw in the wacky, it felt out of place.
Ray Palmer
Jul 21, 2017 Ray Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more tame than Whales on Stilts. Jasper Dash, Katie Mulligan, and Lily Gefelty are not trying to save the world. Still absurd. Still funny. But it’s on a much smaller scale. Someone has mysteriously invited all the children who have book series written about them to the Moose Tongue Lodge. A whodunit ensues.

While more mundane overall, it drifts into weird existentialism at the end. The discussion of how books are withdrawn from the library at the beginning of the book all by itself makes th
Oct 17, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen is a comedic mystery by M.T. Anderson, and the second book in the Pals in Peril series. This series tracks the adventures of an average girl, Lily Gefelty and her friends Jasper Dash (from the book series Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut), and Katie Mulligan, brave heroine of the Horror Hollow series. In this installment, Katie, Jasper, and Lily decide to go to to the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort for their summer vacation. When they get there they find that a few ...more
I just don't have one good thing to say about this book. It was terrible! Who on earth was this written for? Yeah, I get what he was trying to do--poke fun at mystery series like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. But why would today's kids be interested in that? I think they would read expressions like "Good gravy!" and "Yowza!" and "That's the ticket!" and "Jeepers-to-crow!" and roll their eyes. Those expressions are dated and not funny. And kids will not get the references to the series. And spea ...more
Ms. Patterson
I've wanted to read THE CLUE OF THE LINOLEUM LEDERHOSEN for a long time. It's been so long since I put it on my TBR list, that I can't remember the exact reason why I put it there. Possibly, I read a great review or received a recommendation from a student. Anyway, I was eager to delve into the story and looking forward to a funny, entertaining story.

Three friends, Lily, Jasper and Katie, travel to a ski lodge for a vacation. What's so unusual about the trio is that each stars in his or her own
Aug 02, 2015 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bored with the same old ghoulish goings on in Horror Hollow, Katie and her friends Lily and Jasper take off for a summer vacation at the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort. Jasper even has a coupon for a free dinner. But when they arrive they discover that 1) the coupon is fake, 2) every other kid with a series of books chronicling their adventures also got a fake coupon and has showed up. Jasper and Katie have been joined by the detective Manley Boys and the Cutesy Dell Twins, even the Hooper Quints ...more
Brigid Keely
The back copy of "The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen" by M. T. Anderson has 100% no bearing on the actual content of the book... one of the little quirks that makes the series so much fun.

Wanting a bit of rest and relaxation after the action (and laser) filled events of "Whales on Stilts," Katie, Lilly, and Jasper Dash head off to a mountain lodge to redeem their coupon for a free brunch, only to find 1) a bunch of other children's book protagonists 2) a mystery and 3) that the coupon was fake.
Aug 03, 2007 Bcpl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children's series lovers
M.T. Anderson tries to get his Lemony Snicket on, sort of. Not as successful, in my opinion. It's kind of a charming idea, this concept of a reality in which archetypical kidlit series types interact in a mystery/parody. And there is fun in there, but it oscillates between high concept and cheap, and is ultimately unsatisfying. Not terrible, but not in the same class as the more YAish M.T. Anderson. Seems more like a writing exercise than an enjoyable tale for kids, although there is an audience ...more
May 18, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, tween, mystery, humor
Katie, Lily and Jasper are taking a break from their detective work, when they find that a mystery has followed them on vacation. They have to solve a kidnapping (five, actually), a stolen necklace, and disappearing stuffed animal heads. Along the way they get tied up, lied to, screamed at, and make new friends.

I found this book disjointed and hard to follow. The humor was great and I loved the spoof on the serial detective stories, but the story itself was a little too all-over-the-place for m
James Gordon
Dec 10, 2009 James Gordon rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-novels
Jasper, Lily, and Kate are invited to a resort for the weekend. When they arrive, they notice several other famous novel characters have also been invited. When the Hooper Quints, mystery-solving quintuplets, go missing, the characters and guests unite in solving this intriguing new development. Several obstacles stand in their way, including some of the search team and Kate’s stubborn desire to opt out of mystery solving for once so she can enjoy her vacation. Eventually, everything gets worked ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
This series is great for kids who read a lot of series books and are now sick of them and/or kids who have contempt for kids who read lots of series books, and for adults who want to take a trip down memory lane and see characters similar to Tom Swift, the Hardy Boys, and the Bobbsey Twins as parody.

While this is not as focused as the first book "Whales on Stilts," there is still plenty of action and humor to keep the reader engaged until the end.

In the read this not that category, stay away fro
Robin Conley
Nov 25, 2014 Robin Conley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy this book. I really enjoyed the first one in the series, but I thought maybe the over-the-topness of it all would get old at some point during this second one. At first, I thought it had, but about halfway into this book things really started to pick up and then, toward the end, there were a couple of nice twists that completely brought things back for me. It's just a fun book to read an the author really embraces that fun element and milks it for all it's worth. As ...more
Amy Johnson
Sep 03, 2011 Amy Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-420
This is the only M.T. Anderson book I have read so far, and I find his sense of humor quirky, slightly self-deprecating, and hilarious. This tale of three crime-solving friends working with a host of incompetent fellow hotel patrons to solve a ridiculous crime is highly humorous. M.T. Anderson definitely doesn't take himself to seriously, but this largely tongue-in-cheek novel is riddled with gorgeous passages of deep prose. This is a great novel for young adults, particularly boys in their earl ...more
Charlou Lunsford
Jan 24, 2010 Charlou Lunsford rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j
It's a mystery that takes on all children's book mysteries with characters from fictional children's books that seem very familiar. Lily, Jasper and Katie think they are off on a vacation, but find themselves involved in solving the kidnapping of the Hooper Quints, famous mystery solvers. The other guests are famous children's book heroes - how bizarre! Fun, but you have to pay attention because there's a lot going on.
I didn't love it as much as Whales on Stilts: M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales, which had the benefit of feeling fresh and surprising. But still, a fun read. Rather poignant, too, peopled with the characters of both popular and forgotten (imaginary) series.
What a goof-off. It was a fun read, v. Snicket and his imitators. Let me get this off my chest though. I'll be glad when narrators go back to leaving the fourth wall intact and cease with all the melodramatic pronouncements on their's time for a fresh approach. That aside, I did like the idea of how characters from children's books are brought into real life by their legions of fans, and I was touched by Eddie's being denied his own series.
Jun 23, 2015 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Caught this in bits and pieces as we started in on vacation and then had to finish it as we could driving around town. Probably contributed to my not liking it as much as the first book. Also, this is one of this young adult fiction series that just doesn't work for me. I am not the target audience and it shows. The over-the-top satire and silliness tends to get old rather than continuing to be funny for me.
Jun 13, 2010 McKell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
Maybe a book better suited for a younger audience, it tells the story of sleuth Katie and her friends. They go on vacation to get away from mysteries but find themselves in the middle of one. Maybe it was the audio book I was listening to, but the writing seemed less than impressive. The ending seemed like the author didn't even know who the bad guy was and needed a quick ending.
The sequence where Jasper yells about his father being a beam of binary information from the Horsehead Nebula and one of the boneheaded Manley Boys makes the joke about him being only made up of zeros and repeating that joke multiple times while someone tries to hold them at gunpoint is the funniest thing I've read in a long time.
Mar 26, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this exciting sequel to "Whales on Stilts" outloud to the kids. The older kids enjoyed it although there were some random parts where we all looked at each other and said, "What the heck?" We are anxiously awaiting the release of "Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware," the third book in this thrilling series.
Mar 16, 2007 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funnybooks
A great parody of serial series (Hardy Boys, Bobsey Twins etc)in which three kids solve a mystery that does indeed include lederhosen. While a lot of kids wouldn't get all the jokes they would probably still be entertained by the goofy story. This is a sequel to Whales on Stilts, which is, surprisingly, about whales on stilts trying to take over the world.
Jul 30, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it
J ANDERSO - humor, mystery, bk 2 of M T Anderson's Thrilling Tales
The trio go on vacation and mystery follows. Tons of new quirky characters are introduced. Even more parody with some poignant friendship and identity moments. The suspense is heightened as well. Might appeal more to older readers. 9 - 12
Oct 10, 2007 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be the most surreal children's book I've ever read. Three heroes of old (and mostly forgotten) children's books go on vacation only to discover that they have been tricked by the promise of fake free dinner coupons. There's also a missing diamond and a missing set of singing quintuplets. And possibly the best paragraph I've read all year.
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Matthew Tobin Anderson (M. T. Anderson), (1968- ) is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked; Strange Mr. Satie; The Serpent Came to Gloucester; and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The
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Other Books in the Series

Pals in Peril (6 books)
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  • Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware (Pals in Peril #3)
  • Agent Q, or The Smell of Danger! (Pals in Peril #4)
  • Zombie Mommy (Pals in Peril, #5)
  • He Laughed with His Other Mouths (Pals in Peril, #6)

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