Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low
Low, Dene. The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone, illustrated by Jen Corace, 196 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. $16.99. Language-G ; Sexual Content-G; Violence-G . Petronella’s guardian Uncle Augustus accidently swallows a beetle the day of her coming out party and suddenly has a voracious appetite for bugs. While trying to catch a moth, Uncle Augustus brings down the party tent on all of guests. When the mess is cleared two important people are missing. A ransom note comes on a butterfly’s wing. Petronella decides to solve this entomological mystery despite several bugging problems; namely, interfering aunts, a bug-devouring uncle, and turn of the century restrictions on women. Luckily, she has the help of her best friend Jane Sinclair and her handsome older brother Lord James Sinclair. Recommend this book to fans of the Enola Holmes series. MS /HS – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.