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The Squampkin Patch by J.T. Petty
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May 07, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: 7up, holiday, orphans, fantastical
Read in January, 2007

Everything about this book is fantastic, J.T. Petty is completely underrated (see also Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer, and no, it doesn't need to be fall for you to read this. It's like all the best parts of Lemony Snicket, Goosebumps, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the movie Monster House in one. It's really funny and it's written really friggin' well. Plus there's flip action in the bottom right corner! of a squampkin turning into a MONSTER. What more do you want?

The book starts out with the Nasselrogt (pronounced nasal-rod) children being sent to an orphanage after their neglectful, self-absorbed parents fry themselves in tanning beds at the local mall. The orphanage is really a zipper factory, though, and the children are forced into labor, gluing individual zipper teeth in place. Naturally they run away and adopt hidden identities. They end up in an abandoned house/candy shop in a small town where they discover the secret squampkin recipe, which, while earning them a living and making them some local enemies, also slowly reveals a secret past and results in a really exciting, actually sort of frightening, monster-chasing-you-down-a-tunnel-about-to-eat-your-face-off-on-Halloween climax. DAMN. Read it, people!
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Kyong-Mi You took the review right out of my mouth. I am halfway done with this book and am loving it so far. Thank you for this review. I can't add on anything new.

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