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Dolphin luck
McKay, Hilary.
Personal Author:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
199 pages ; 23 cm
Sent by their vacationing parents to visit Mad Aunt Mabel, Perry and Ant have an adventure, while their younger siblings Sun Dance and Beany stay at home making burglar traps and searching for a magic sword.
General Note:
Companion to: Dog Friday and The amber cat.
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 5.0 32050.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.3 7 Quiz: 17714.
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The Robinson's need to go away for awhile, leaving their four children in the care of different people. Beany and Sun Dance stay with Mrs. Brogan; and the twins, Ant and Perry, stay with Great Aunt Mabel. Sun Dance settles down to capture any burglar who may attempt to rob their house. Beany is determined to find a magical sword with a dolphin-shaped hilt. Ant and Perry find their old aunt not quite what they expected. Before the Robinson family is reunited, each one of them has had extraordinary, sometimes scary, frequently harrowing adventures that make for touching, often hilarious, utterly absorbing reading.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. When the Robinson children's parents leave for Barbados, where Mrs. Robinson is to recuperate from pneumonia, Beany and Sun Dance stay with Mrs. Brogan next door, and Perry and Ant are sent off by train to stay with Mad Aunt Mabel. Although Aunt Mabel isn't at the station when the twins arrive several hours late, they resourcefully seek her out but end up staying with a kindly but undeniably, disconcertingly mad woman who is not related to them at all. Taking seriously his father's offhand gesture of leaving him in charge of everything at home, Sun Dance sets burglar traps and, to his enormous satisfaction, traps an unlikely intruder. Meanwhile, Beany searches the house for a magical sword, which has the power to grant wishes and set everything right. Fans of the earlier books in the series, Dog Friday (1995) and The Amber Cat (1997), will not be surprised to find the children muddling through adventures, and reacting in their own original ways to challenges, disappointments, and triumphs. Lit by humor and flashes of insight, this action-filled sequel brings the characters more fully to life as it entertains, amuses, and touches its readers. Another fine book from one of the most entertaining writers in the family-story tradition. --Carolyn Phelan

Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Mistaken identity, a wish-granting sword, and a too-successful burglar trap all figure into this family story about some very unusual and perceptive children who take on the world with joie de vivre. (July) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-The Robinsons return in a fun and fast-moving story. It begins with bad luck, Old Blanket's death and Mrs. Robinson's lingering illness. When Mr. Robinson takes her to a warm place to recover, the four children are farmed out: Perry and Ant take the train to Mad Aunt Mabel's, and Beany and Sun Dance stay with the Brogans on the other side of Porridge Hall. Beany decides they all need some good luck, and when Mrs. Brogan tells a story about a Viking shipwreck and a wish-granting dolphin sword, the child decides to find it. The story smoothly shifts back and forth between the two households and is meticulously plotted. McKay is a wonderfully old-fashioned writer in her use of rich language (Tilly is " a handful of brown leaves, bright rags, thistledown, and feathers, brushed up into a corner and molded into life"), vivid characters, and eventful plots. And, while there's certainly an undercurrent of loss and not always welcome change, there's also a strong sense that the world is a good and interesting place. This author has a great way of mixing the sad and the funny and the bizarre-just like real life. An overall delight.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.