Fight of the Phoenix, book one of the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series, is a fun, quick read for younger kids grades 3 to 6.
Ten-year-old Nate Fludd is a good and quiet child hoping to someday grow a sense of adventure, like his parents’. It’s 1938 England and his mum and dad have been traveling for work for three years while he waits patiently for their return, or at the very least a letter from them!
When he and his governess get word that his parents were lost at sea at the North Pole, he is sent to live with his Aunt Philomena in a town aptly called Batting-at-the-Flies. (Oh, those flies!)
Aunt Phil is the kind of aunt any adventurous kid would love to live with. Nate -- not so much. When he learns they are flying to Arabia in a tiny plane Aunt Phil calls her Sopwith Playtpus, he’s not sure he has the courage.
He is a Fludd, however, so he puts on his goggles and climbs aboard.
Along the way Nate learns that he comes from a long line of mapmakers and beastologists. Beastologists are people who study and protect creatures so rare the rest of us think they are mythological or just made up. But they are real!
With his parents presumed dead, he and Aunt Phil are the last remaining fludds and there is a beast to be protected. The rare and endangered Phoenix bird bursts into flames every five hundred years. The pile of ash must be protected from wind and twigs must be added to keep it burning for a few nights. Then the Phoenix will be reborn to live another five hundred years.
Simple! Until Aunt Phil is kidnapped by angry Beduins, and Nate has to take care of nest of ashes all alone. Well not quite alone. He has his pet gremlin to help. And mostly she’s a help.
R.L. (Robin) LeFevers is a fine storyteller with a talent for keeping things interesting. She also gives great writing workshops and tips for young and old. For more about this author check out her website at http://www.rllafevers.com/books.html .