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publisher: Annick Press

The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier

by Laura Trunkey

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5 of 5
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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: Jun 2008
ISBN:9781554511389
publisher: Annick Press
Description

A school like no other, where an "ordinary" boy proves how extraordinary he is.

Unlike his sisters, Danny Chandelier isn't brainy, good-looking or athletic. That's why when his parents discover a boarding school where "being not so good will finally be good enough," they pack him off to Lily Brook in Poplovastan.

On arrival, Danny discovers there is no school -- only a compound with windowless buildings. There are whispers about a ghost, meals of leftover scraps, and endless days spent cutting a path through a magical forest... a forest that fights back.

When a new friend disappears into those woods, Danny goes after him. There, he discovers unexpected wonders: wishing wells, magic spells and volcanoes that erupt lost children. Poplovastan turns out to be one extraordinary place, where Danny thrives in a not-so-ordinary way. Using his ingenuity, he manages to rescue from the forest prison not only his friend, but also all the other young captives.

Readers will thrill and laugh their way through this funny and ironic coming-of-age story that pulsates with action.

 

Contributor Notes

A young and exciting new writer, Laura Trunkey has received awards and scholarships for her writing and academic work as she completes her master of fine arts degree in creative writing. She works as an educational assistant in an elementary school in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 12
Grade:
5 to 7

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The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier

Danny Chandelier is a particularly average young man – he’s not brainy, good looking or athletic. He’s just a normal kid who doesn’t fit in with his exceptionally rich, powerful, smart, good-looking family. After failing the entrance examination for the Midas Millions Academy three times, Danny’s parents decide to send him to Lily Brook Academy – a school where “being not so good will finally be good enough.”

While it seems like Lily Brook will offer Danny an environment where he can find acceptance for being average, the school turns out to be a work camp where the students are forced to clear cut their way through the Poplova Forest. The owners of the “academy” are veritable slave drivers and the reader eventually learns that the children are being used to seek out the legendary wishing well that may be hidden at its centre. When Danny and his new friends have had enough and take a stand against their oppressors, an incredible adventure unfolds where this motley crew of seemingly average individuals gets the opportunity to realize their extraordinary potentials.

Quirky, dark and laugh out loud funny, The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier takes the reader on an exciting adventure involving Kashmiri Mongra saffron, strenuous bushwhacking, translucent spiders and more. Laura Trunkey’s prose is wonderfully descriptive and imaginative and her dialogue is fun, original and highly readable. Danny Chandelier is Trunkey’s first novel and this reviewer eagerly awaits her next literary romp.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2009. Vol.32 No.2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier

Danny Chandelier’s just an average kid who doesn’t fit in with his exceptionally brilliant family. When Danny’s parents send him to Lily Brook Academy — a school where “being not so good will finally be good enough” — he gets caught up in an exciting adventure involving a legendary wishing well, translucent spiders and more.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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