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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil

Twelve-year-old Basil Pepperell wishes that his life wasn't so ordinary. He lives with his parents in a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. While most people would be fascinated with this type of living arrangement, Basil finds it a bit dull. The frequent snowfall doesn't help matters, either.

While Basil is wishing for an adventure of his own, he gets paid an unexpected visit outside his bedroom window from an eccentric man in a flying boat! The man's name is Professor Angus McGookin, and when Basil offers to show him directions, the professor gives Basil the opportunity to visit a legendary place called Helios. Helios is now a floating city, which has been shrouded in myth for centuries. Basil is astounded by what he sees.

However, this isn't all that awaits young Basil, and soon he is on a wild adventure with a new friend named Louise and her pet pteranodon, Beatrice. Together, they battle an evil genius named Von Rottweil, who is intent on making Helios his own.

With colorful and quirky illustrations, and not-so-ordinary characters, THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ORDINARY BASIL is a story that will spark readers' imaginations and make them think of their own adventures.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on November 1, 2006

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
by Wiley Miller

  • Publication Date: November 1, 2006
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press
  • ISBN-10: 0439856655
  • ISBN-13: 9780439856652