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Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix

on May 11, 2013

JF LaFevers    •    AR Reading Level: 4.2    •    AR Points: 3.0    •    Quiz #132418


Nathaniel Fludd has not seen his parents in three years.  They have been away on an expedition, and he has been in the care of Miss Lumpton.  That is all about to change.  Nathaniel’s parents have been declared “lost at sea”, and Nathaniel is to be sent to live with his only living relative, Phil A. Fludd.

When he arrives at his new home, Nathaniel learns that his aunt Phil is a beastologist, and that he is to be trained in the family business.  His first lesson will be to accompany his Aunt on a trip to the Arabian Desert to see the birth of a Phoenix.  This trip goes horribly wrong when Aunt Phil is accused of trespassing and taken prisoner.  Will Nathaniel be able to keep the Phoenix’s embers burning with out his Aunt?  How will he save Aunt Phil from her captors?

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix is reminiscent of Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider because of its exploration of mythic creatures.  It is likely that readers who have enjoyed one of these books will enjoy the other book as well.  However, this book is significantly shorter than Dragon Rider.  With only 134 pages, readers will be able to enjoy this book in a fraction of the time that it takes to read Dragon Rider.  This is the first book in the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series and is recommended for any reader who enjoys light-hearted fantasy adventures with plenty of mythical creatures.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

LaFevers, R.L. (2009). Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.


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