Nielsen, David Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom, 229 pages. Crown (Random), 2016. $17. Language: G (1 swear, 0 “F”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
Gail and Nancy, 10, and Jerry, 8, along with all the other neighborhood kids, love the abandoned house at the end of Hardscrabble Street because it has become the unofficial playhouse of the area. When a real estate agent slaps a shiny red SOLD sign over the old, weathered, For Sale sign, they all become miserable. That is, until the new owner, an old man who wears a blacker-than-black suit and a purple top hat even on the hottest of summer days builds a giant, amazing playground in the front yard in just one day. The playground quickly becomes the envy of the area, with a layer of kids playing on it at all times, even during school hours, despite the many injuries piling up on the playground from a scrape on the knee to a broken neck, all of which the new owner, Dr. Fell, heals with ease. But when things start getting fishy, Gail, Nancy, and Jerry set to work to stop the seemingly deranged Dr. Fell.
This book is highly entertaining, and I found myself unable to put it down, even when it was time for dinner! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, action, and suspense.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: ATM, 7th grade