Horton Halfpott Or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; Or, the Loosening of M'lady Luggertuck's Corset (Paperback)
|Angleberger''s latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M''Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it''s never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned.|
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Tom Angleberger's farcical middle-grade mystery begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it has never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of ?the Loosening,? the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this romp of a mystery that combines supreme silliness with a tale of a young hero with heart.
Preposterous in the best sense of the word, and taking after the likes of Lemony Snicket, this middle grade mystery involves the world's most hideous diamond, Shipless Pirates, and a befuddled kitchenboy stuck in the middle. Horton Halfpott does his best to stay out of the way at Smugwick Manor, but when M'Lady Luggertuck decides to loosen her corset, the entire household is drawn into mayhem. "The Loosening" eventually causes the disappearance of the Luggertuck Lump, and fingers are pointed at Horton. Does he have what it takes to find out the truth? With black-and-white line drawings. Tom Angleberger is the author of THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA.