Down The Mysterly River

Down The Mysterly River

Paperback - 2012
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Max "the Wolf" is a top-notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and a master of being prepared. So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no recollection of his immediate past, lost in an unfamiliar wood. Even odder still, he encounters a badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster (who might also be an old barn cat)--all of whom talk--and who are as clueless as Max.

Before long, Max and his friends are on the run from a relentless group of hunters and their deadly hounds. Armed with powerful blue swords and known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters capture and change the very essence of their prey. For what purpose, Max can't guess. But unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he's landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognition, lost in a lost world....

Publisher: New York : Starscape, 2012
ISBN: 9780765366344


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Boy Scout Max "The Wolf" cannot remember how he came to be in a strange forest, but soon he and three talking animals are on the run from hunters who will alter the foursome's very essence if they catch them.

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JewelMcLatchy Jul 20, 2012

Max the Wolf was a wolf in exactly the same way that foothills are made up of real feet and a tiger shark is part tiger, which is to say, not at all.

JewelMcLatchy Jul 20, 2012

If he's a hero, then I'm the long-lost son of an improbable union between a flounder and a mountain goat -- Banderbrock about McTavish

JewelMcLatchy Jul 20, 2012

(Max)"...most detection is simply a process of elimination." "You think better after you poop?" McTavish said. "Me too! Maybe I could be a detective."

JewelMcLatchy Jul 20, 2012

On my worst day, I could beat a sackful of badgers. I could beat you if I was two days dead, rotting, and partially eaten. -- McTavish

Apr 19, 2012

"It's better to prepare for what could happen, than what you hope will happen." --Banderbrock


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Jan 30, 2017

Such a wonderful mash-up of fantasy and kid detective stories. The book stands well on its own, but anyone who has read and loved Fables will recognize Willingham's signature style of exploring storied archetypes with skepticism and a little sarcasm. They will also recognize a nod to a badger named Brock.

JewelMcLatchy Jul 20, 2012

One of the best children's chapter books I've read in a long time. I loved this story from the first sentence and was captivated so much I didn't even think to predict what would happen at the end, so was pleasantly surprised instead of saying "yeah, that's what I figured it would be". Loved the characters, especially McTavish, the "thing that was possibly a cat".

Apr 26, 2012

i got halfway through and stopped. im definitely not going 2 finish it

MargaRH Dec 20, 2011

Nancy Pearl recommendation


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