The Clan of the Scorpion

The Clan of the Scorpion

Book - 2013
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"A tiger is missing from the Hong Kong Zoo, but this is no ordinary big cat-- and she won't be found simply by sticking lost posters on lampposts. When the Meerkats find a clown-shaped clue in the poo at the zoo, it can only mean one thing-- the ringmaster and his circus goons are in town!"--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2013
Edition: First Square Fish ed
ISBN: 9781250016645
1250016649
Characteristics: 104 pages : illustrations. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Finlayson, Luke

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JCLChrisK Oct 25, 2013

You might recognize the formula: A group of four, young, unexpected animal ninjas, each with defining character traits and a role in the group, directed by a wise, old master. They must constantly--and secretly--protect the world from an evil human who schemes of world domination, the Ringmaster, who leads a circus and commands henchmen like the two clowns that will have you literally dying from laughter, Sheffield and Grimsby, Doris the Dancing Dog (trained in the ways of the tango, the foxtrot, the quickstep, and lethal combat), and seven high-flying siblings from Austria, the Family Von Trapeze. ----- I was worried going into this read that the series would be derivative, trend-grabbing junk, and, while that's perhaps true on the most superficial level, Jones takes the ideas and turns them into fun while making them his own. I was highly entertained and consistently tickled by his brand of silliness that's right up my alley--and, I'm sure, right up the alley of a great many young readers. "I love the fact that I get to cram in lots of jokes and puns, fast action, and crazy outlandish plots," says Jones of writing the series in his interview at the back of the book, and he is quite successful in my eyes. ----- I'll be recommending these widely from now on and grabbing the other volumes the next time I want a little escapist fun.

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Ubalstecha
Aug 27, 2013

A team of four highly trained, Ninja Meerkats try to rescue a mystical tiger stolen from the Hong Kong Zoo.

I picked this book up on a lark, but was sorely disappointed by it. It is clearly the blending of two fads. Meerkats and ninjas. The book is full of puns and lines that fly over the heads of the intended reader.

Just not good. Go read Redwall if you want animal action story. Much better written.

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May 23, 2015

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JCLChrisK Oct 25, 2013

"So we just sit around and do nothing?" grumbled Jet.
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"Jet, like a pop singer considering a new career, you need to learn that sometimes it is better not to act," said Chuck. "No more impetuous behavior." . . .
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"Jet is a talented ninja, but he is too much like a trainee doctor," said Chuck, as they took cover behind the car.
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"In what way?" asked Donnie.
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"He has much to learn about patience," replied Chuck, with a wry smile.

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