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The Werewolf Club meets the Hound of the Basketballs
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus, 1941-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2001]

Physical Description:
59 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The Watson Elementary School Werewolf Club goes on a field trip to Basketball Hall, where Sir Hugo hopes they will solve the mystery of the hound which has plagued his family for generations.
Reading Level:
530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 1.0 53796.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.2 3 Quiz: 26624 Guided reading level: L.
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Even a child who is pure of heart And does his homework neatly May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms And the moon is full completely What's small and round and smells like knackwurst, and is very, very scary? The Werewolf Club is about to find out! After a stop at the Local Yokel Diner to eat jitterbugs (you don't want to know), the young werewolves are off to Basketball Hall, the ancestral home of their teacher Mr. Talbot's uncle, Hugo Basketball. Generations of Basketballs have been cursed by their servants, the peculiar Barrymores, (it's so hard to get good help) not to mention by the monstrous Hound of the Basketballs. Who better to vanquish the frightful hound, Hugo figures, than a pack of werewolves? So, with the moon full (and their bellies full of knackwurst and sauerkraut), our intrepid heroes are once again risking their young lives to rid the world of evil. But what about the haunted pastrami?

Author Notes

Author, illustrator, and radio commentator Daniel M. Pinkwater was born in Memphis Tennessee on November 15, 1941. He is trained as an artist and attended Bard College. In 1969, he wrote and illustrated his first book, The Terrible Roar. Since then he has written over 50 books for children, young adults, and adults. He is also a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and regularly reviews children's books on Weekend Edition Saturday. While he has illustrated many of his works, his most recent ones have been illustrated by his wife Jill Pinkwater.

(Bowker Author Biography) Daniel Pinkwater is regarded by critics, educators, psychologists, and law enforcement agencies as the world's most influential writer of books for children and young adults. Since 1987, he has been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and two collections of his essays have been brought out to the delight of listeners who can read. He lives in Hyde Park, New York.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-A disappointing story from two authors usually noted for their funny, creative writing. Mr. Talbot, a teacher and Werewolf Club adviser, takes the group on a field trip to Basketball Hall, the ancestral home of his uncle, Hugo Basketball. There they meet the Barrymores, the servants. Hugo hopes that the young werewolves can get rid of the monstrous Hound of the Basketballs that has plagued his family for generations. The "hound" turns out to be just a small, fat dog that the Barrymores have made gassy and frightening by feeding it knackwurst and sauerkraut-just to annoy the Basketballs. The main action here is eating knackwurst. There is little or no suspense or mystery. And there is no sports/basketball connection except for the name of the family. E. W. Hildick's and Patricia Reilly Giff's easy-to-read, humorous mysteries are much better choices.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.