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Freddy in peril : book two in the Golden Hamster saga
Reiche, Dietlof.
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Freddy ein Hamster lebt gefahrlich. English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
202 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A cat, two guinea pigs, and a colony of brave sewer rats band together in order to save Freddy, a golden hamster, from an evil scientist who's discovered that Freddy can read and write, and plans to hamster-nap him in order to dissect his brain.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 4.0 77202.
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Who would have thought that a writer's life could be so dangerous! Only the inimitable Freddy could turn a series of harrowing adventures into fodder for a spectacular sequel.

Even a brilliant hamster can be prone to lapses of judgment. Which is how Freddy came to post his autobiography on the Internet (after all, a writer needs an audience). Lo, it was a bad move. For when an evil scientist discovers Freddy's genius he hamster-naps him to experiment on his brain! Can a wise tomcat, a pair of guinea pig poets, & a colony of rats save Freddy from becoming a casualty of science? This heart-stopping episode in Freddy's life story is ever bit as captivating as Freddy himself.

Author Notes

Dietlof Reiche's middle-grade and young adult novels have garnered many awards in his native Germany, including the German Juvenile Literature Award and the Oldenburg's Children's Book Prize.

Born in Dresden, Germany, in 1942, Reiche spent his early childhood in the village of N#65533;rdlingen, the town where his first historical novel Der Bleisiegelf#65533;lscher (The Lead Seal Counterfeiter), is set. Before becoming a full-time writer of children's books, Reiche studied engineering. He later took an academic position at Darmstadt Technical University, followed by studies in sociology, and work as a graphic designer.

Many of Reiche's books are historical fiction, but he also enjoys mixing history with fantastic elements, and often brings his wonderful sense of humor and his concern for the environment to his books.

In Reiche's exciting new novel Ghost Ship, he blends contemporary life with history and the supernatural to create one captivating adventure. His Golden Hamster Saga series: I, Freddy; Freddy in Peril; Freddy to the Rescue; and the forthcoming, Freddy and the Ferocious Ferrets is hilariously narrated by Freddy the Golden hamster, and was inspired by memories of the numerous pet hamsters Reiche had as a child.

Dietlof Reiche lives with his wife in Hamburg, Germany.

Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. Freddy Auratus, the golden hamster who made his debut in I, Freddy (2003), is back for another madcap adventure. In a moment of weakness and frustration, Freddy posts his autobiography on the Internet. Unfortunately, evil Professor Fleischkopf reads the memoir and decides to hamster-nap poor Freddy. But before the professor can carry out his plans, Freddy (with the help of his friends, a tomcat and two guinea pigs) flees his apartment home to find safety. The friends' journey leads them into the company of a large family of sewer rats and a sophisticated female cat with a taste for hamsters. Oops! Witty prose, snappy dialogue, endearing characters, and a liberal scattering of stylized, black-and-white illustrations add to the book's appeal. Children will eagerly await the next installment in Freddy's life. --Jennifer Locke Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A mad scientist threatens to exploit the literary talents of the titular hero of Freddy in Peril: Book Two in the Golden Hamster Saga by Dietlof Reiche, illus. by Joe Cepeda. As in I, Freddy, the tawny hamster narrates, often jumping ahead or back in the story. In addition to the heroes from the first book, a cat named Sabrina and a legion of sewer rats come to Freddy's aid. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-When evil Professor Fleischkopf attempts to kidnap Freddy in order to dissect his brain and figure out why he can read and write, the golden hamster springs into action. Accompanied by his roommates, two wisecracking guinea pigs and one dignified cat, he seeks refuge with some city rats, but is captured by the professor. His friends save the day, but only after a truly hair-raising climax. Freddy may have a tiny body, but his personality is oversized, and kids will be won over by his always confident, sometimes petulant voice. The plot feels a little stale, and some of the characters are introduced only to wither on the vine, but there is a lot of fun in listening to Freddy and his friends tease, kvetch, and joke with one another. The many lively drawings of the characters, as adorable as Pok?mon but with much more personality, bring Freddy and his pals to life. This second book in the saga stands on its own.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.