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Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart
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Fergus Crane (2004)

by Paul Stewart

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Series: Far-Flung Adventures (1)

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Fergus Crane is a boy living with his mother Lucia (the inventor of the world's best cookie: Florentines) and attending a school on a ship. His father has been missing since he was born and his mother has been mum on the subject. One midnight, he awakens to a noise and discovered a flying box with wings and a message inside. His life changes. Fergus sets out on an adventure to find out all he can about his family and meets new and old friends and family.


This book is lovely and I believe every child, especially those with overactive imaginations, should read it. Like the majority of children's books, it does feature illustrations; though unlike most children's books, these pictures are found almost everywhere, even right between blocks of text. This presents an almost graphic-novel-esque feeling to the book. The story is also well written, and I look forward to reading the remaining books from this series. ( )
  deepikasd | Oct 6, 2011 |
(For the whole series): own, truly exceptional children go on truly strange adventures. While each of these books could be read separately, they are definitely a series, as the kids all end up at the same crazy school in the end. As always, Stewart and Riddell have created a world full of odd inventions, odder people, and strange beasties of different shapes and sizes. The kids are spunky and resourceful. The characters would make great fun for make-believe play. The illustrations are amazing. Riddell has a style I would recognize anywhere, which complements Stewart’s odd brain.
  sylvatica | Mar 7, 2011 |
Fergus Crane is a great addition to the already stellar list of books by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. The story centers around young Fergus Crane, who desperately wants to know more about his lost father. Every time Fergus tries to get information out of his mother she bursts into tears. Those aren't his only troubles though. He also has to deal with his new teachers who look an awfully lot like pirates, not to mention that the school is on a pirate ship, and when young Fergus wakes up to a knocking on his window one night to find a box with wings perched on his windowsill things get complicated. Inside the flying box is a note addressed to him with only 4 words. "your in great danger".
This book is a must read for any fan of Paul Stewart. With many characters that only Stewart could imagine and amazing pictures by Chris Riddell that serve to fuel along the imagination you wont put this book down until the very end. ( )
  spidermonkey79 | Apr 1, 2009 |
The graphic-novel aspect of this book appeals enormously to young readers. It may appear to be a long book, but the numerous illustrations enhance the story and are sure to engage its audience. ( )
  anniecase | Feb 1, 2009 |
_Fergus Crane_ is one of the three books in the "Far-Flung Adventures" series, written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, combining prose and extensive illustration to tell the exciting and dangerous tale of young Crane. Fergus lives in apartment building with his mother, goes to school on a clipper ship staffed with and unsavory crew, and finds himself called upon to rescue his long-lost uncle, as well as his schoolmates when their floating academy disappears into the wild blue yonder.

The greatness of _Fergus Crane_ lies not merely in its exciting adventure, but mainly in the personalities. Both are dominated by the exquisite and fantastic illustrations; unlike some books, where the pictures are simply throw-away snippets, there would be no story without them. And those personalities are themselves fantastic and individual--no one character is alike. The crew of the clipper ship academy more than a little resemble pirates, for example. Kids will appreciate the often over the top secondary characters, and adults will appreciate how they are stock characters from older fiction, such as the theater diva.

As with the other entries in the "Far-Flung Adventures," the story and illustrations spill over into other aspects of the novel, including advertisements on the back cover and flaps and author biographies. The story is written at a level that young readers can sink their teeth into it, and older readers can appreciate the amusing and dramatic world-building as well. Four stars. ( )
  astuo | Aug 26, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385750889, Hardcover)

FERGUS CRANE! YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER! I AM SENDING HELP.
Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo

Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life—having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill, and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem— they’re actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates on the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:47 -0400)

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Nine-year-old Fergus Crane's life is filled with classes on the school ship Betty Jeanne, interesting neighbors, and helping with his mother's work until a mysterious box flies into his window and leads him toward adventure.

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