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Beach battle blowout
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P.T. and Gloria need a great plan to ensure the Wonderland can beat a slick new attraction in the "Unsung Fun In The Sun" contest.
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267 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Random House,
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New York : Random House, [2019]
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33607003404749 New Juvenile Fiction GRABENS

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Welcome to the Wonderland Motel--the funnest place on earth! Contestants, start your engines! The race to be the best on the beach is on, and this year the Wonderland is FINALLY going to win! The competition is fierce! But who needs ROLLER COASTERS and JET PACKS and PIRATES when you have not one but two SECRET WEAPONS? That's right--P.T. and Gloria, of course! Now they just need to SLEUTH OUT who the secret contest judges are and come up with enough brand-new attractions to WOW them and OUT-FUN the competition! Can they do it? Or will the Wonderland crash and burn? Anything's possible when you live in the FUNNEST PLACE ON EARTH! Extras include P.T. and Gloria's famous fact-or-fiction quiz and P.T.'s (Not Exactly) Patented Storytelling Tips! "So funny I fell off my bed!" --Izzy B., age 10

Author Notes

Chris Grabenstein was born in Buffalo, New York on September 2, 1955. He studied journalism and theater at the University of Tennessee and then moved to New York City. For five years, he performed and won awards with some of the city's top Improvisational Comedy troupes. He wrote for Jim Henson's Muppets. In 1986, he and Ronny Venable wrote a TV movie for CBS called The Christmas Gift. He also worked as an advertising executive for close to twenty years.

He won the Anthony Award for best first mystery for his first adult mystery Tilt-a-Whirl. His other novels for adults include Mad Mouse, Whack-a-Mole, Hell Hole, Mind Scrambler and Rolling Thunder. He received another Anthony Award and four Agatha Awards for his work. His books for younger readers include Escape from Mr. Lemonchello's Library, The Island of Dr. Libris, the Treasure Hunters series, the Haunted Mystery series, the Riley Mack series, and the I Funny series written with James Patterson.

(Bowker Author Biography)



"This weekend," I told my audience, "I had a duel with a dolphin." "Whaaaa?"  said  everybody else. Fact: when you live in a motel, you always have the best stories on Monday mornings. "The Wonderland's right on the beach," I told my history class. "So I grew up speaking Dolphin." I gave a quick demo. "Eeeek squeeeee, klik-klik." "What's   that   mean?"  asked   my   bud Bruce Brandow. " 'I have to go to the bathroom.' " "Dolphins  say that?" "Yep. Then they do it. Right there in the Gulf. That's why the water's so warm." "Gross,"  said Bruce. We   were  between  bells,  just  waiting  for  our teacher,  Mr.  Frumpkes, to march in and put us all   to sleep with a barrage of boring facts. It was up to me to spin a story so scintillating it could fight off  the  Frumpkes Funk. "On Saturday, I was riding the waves, just surfing along--" "Surfing?" scoffed Adam Shapera, a big guy who always sits in  the  back  of  the  room  so  it's  easier to flick people's ears. "Who taught you how to do that?" "Kevin the Monkey," said my good friend Gloria Ortega. "Star of the smash hit Beach Party Surf Monkey. " Unimpressed, Adam blew a lip fart. I didn't let Adam slow me down, because everybody else was hanging on my every word, scooching their  seats  closer. "I was carving across a wave.  Totally cranking.  It was epic. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, this dolphin pops up!" "The dolphin blew his airhole at me. It sounded like one of Adam Shapera's lip farts. It spooked me  so much I wiped out." "What'd the  dolphin  want?"  asked Bruce. "To  challenge  me  to  a  friendly  competition."   I put on my best high-pitched dolphin voice. " 'I am Frederick,  the  Dolphin  King.  I  challenge  you   to   a duel!' " "Whoa," said Bruce. "Just like that Alexander Hamilton dude with that other  dude." "Aaron Burr," said Gloria. "Exactly," I said. "But we wouldn't be dueling with pistols. It'd be unfair. Dolphins don't have trigger fingers." "That's so true," said Adam, finally getting into the story with everybody  else. "We decided on a race," I said. "From the Gulf waters behind the Wonderland all the way up St. Pete Beach to the Don CeSar Hotel. It'd be me and my board against King Frederick and his mighty flippers. Human against dolphin. Mano a mammalo. I, of course, agreed to King Frederick's terms. But only because I knew I'd win." "How'd you know that?" Adam asked eagerly. "Simple,"  I  told  him.  "I  was  carrying  a secret weapon!"     Excerpted from Beach Battle Blowout by Chris Grabenstein All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.