The Lost Colony: Snodgrass Conspiracy Bk. 1

The Lost Colony: Snodgrass Conspiracy Bk. 1

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By (author) Grady Klein

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  • Publisher: FIRST SECOND
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 213mm x 15mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New Milford
  • ISBN 10: 1596430974
  • ISBN 13: 9781596430976
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 871,298

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Set in the 19th Century America, "The Lost Colony" takes place on a mysterious island unknown to the rest of the world. No one knows it exists except its citizens, a colourful and outrageous band of capitalists, inventors, hucksters and freemen. They jealously guard the island's fantastic wealth from the prying fingers of the outside world, even as they conceal its captivating secrets from each other. "The Lost Colony" is a boiling concoction of slavery, patriotism, religion and greed - in many ways, the story of America itself. The first in an addictive new series for readers of all ages, "The Lost Colony" is a self-contained world filled with endearing and memorable characters, whose hilarious foibles overlay a plot that resonates with America's own historical struggles with issues such as profiteering, racism and slavery. Thoughtfully written, richly illustrated and always hilarious, "The Lost Colony" welcomes you into a new world.

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Grady Klein is an award-winning freelance illustrator, designer and animator. His work, which includes the animated short Dust Bunny, has appeared in print and on screen all over the world. The Lost Colony is his first book.

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Review in 3/15/06 issue of BooklistGr. 10-12. Historical and contemporary American racial, economic, and social issues lie at the heart of this witty, sophisticated, candy-colored adventure, set in a utopian island community. Bertha (Birdy) Snodgrass, preadolescent daughter of the town banker, throws in her lot with a shady Chinese Mexican wizard, his golem-like assistant, and, finally, with Louis the slave. Readers with a grasp of pre-Jamestown history will have the easiest time understanding the riffs on Puritanism and the various American hypocrisies woven into this story. Racial and cultural slurs are buried beneath the surface of character interactions, and no ethnic group is spared. That, of course, is the point: to see oneself as a possible victim of prejudice, or, like Birdy, work toward changing things and make friends with people who are different. Teens (especially those enrolled in advanced-placement American history classes) as well as many adults will find a lot to enjoy and think about in this brash, fantastic tale--and they will look forward to other volumes in the planned series.Review in June 2006 issue of VOYA5Q/3P. Life is good in the little community on the Island until Mr. Stoop stumbles onto the place and start putting up posters about the slave auction in a nearby port. Everyone wants to have a word with the newcomer, whether to work with him or to drug him and ship him back to the mainland. Little Miss Birdy, daughter of Governor Snodgrass, follows Mr. Stoop back to the mainland and 3buys Louis John. He talks her into freeing him, and the two sneak out of town. Meanwhile Governor Snodgrass is plotting with Rex Carter, a mad inventor who has created a machine that will be better than any slave. When the machine gets into the wrong hands, wacky hijinks ensue, building up to a climax that has more punch than a drunken weasel. At first glance, this novel appears to be a cartoony rendition of America in the nineteenth century, but it quickly proves to be chock full of insight into the controversies of the past. The messages are hidden in plain sight as Klein uses his pictures to tell the real story behind all the words of the characters. A zany cast of slaves, ex-slaves, capitalists, opportunists, inventors, and just plain regular folk lead the way through this colorful and delightful tale. It would be a fantastic addition to public and most school libraries.