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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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X Juvenile Large Print Central Closed Stacks
X Juvenile Large Print Large Print

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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 Robinson family has been having a run of bad luck as Hilary McKay's novel begins (McElderry Books, 1999). Mrs. Robinson is feeling under the weather, the family dog has died, and Perry and his brother Sun Dance aren't getting along. When their parents leave for a holiday, the four children are split up and sent to stay with friends and family. The twins, Ant and Perry, take the train to their Mad Aunt Mabel's house. Beany and Sun Dance stay next door in Porridge Hall with Mrs. Brogan and her son. Luck begins to change for the Robinsons when Mrs. Brogan tells the children a story about a mysterious Viking sword with a dolphin-shaped hilt that grants wishes. Beany sets out to find the sword and solve her family's problems, while Sun Dance decides to trap a burglar, and Ant and Perry settle in with their slightly crazy Aunt. This hilarious family story is narrated by Judy Bennett with a pleasing British accent and an appropriate tone of voice to match each character. Her pace keeps the story moving back and forth easily between Porridge Hall and Hemingford North. Listeners will laugh at Sun Dance's attempts to build a perfect burglar trap, at the exhumation of a beloved pet, and at the twins' extraordinary journeys on the train. Filled with quirky children, loving families, and silly adventures, this audiobook is a good choice for school and public libraries. Listeners will want to seek out McKay's other books, Dog Friday and The Amber Cat, which feature many of the same characters.-Casey Rondini, Westerly Public Library, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.