The Basilisk’s Lair: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2

By: R. L. LaFevers

Illustrator: Kelly Murphy

September, 1928: "Urgent. STOP. Need help. STOP. Basilisk has escaped. STOP. Come to Bamako at once." Saving an entire Dhughani village from the Basilisk's poisonous gaze will be difficult enough for beastologist-in-training Nathaniel Fludd and beastologist Aunt Phil, but they also must protect the lone copy of The Book of Beasts from a sinister man who always seems to be one step ahead of them. Guide to people, places, and things mentioned in book. Black-and-white pen-and-ink illustrations.

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ISBN: 9780547238678

JLG Release: Jul 2010


Sensitive Areas: None,
Topics: Adventure and adventurers , Relatives , Basilisks , Mythical animals , Orphans , West Africa , Travel

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Though he's a beastologist in training, Nathaniel Fludd is nervous about accompanying his aunt on her mission to capture a runaway basilisk. Will Nathaniel and his pet gremlin have what it takes to face the creature and its venomous gaze? This sequel to Flight of the Phoenix is tidily crafted. Though he's a beastologist in training, Nathaniel Fludd is nervous about accompanying his aunt on her mission to capture a runaway basilisk. Will Nathaniel and his pet gremlin have what it takes to face the creature and its venomous gaze? This sequel to Flight of the Phoenix is tidily crafted.

Junior Library Guild


The Basilisk’s Lair picks up where The Flight of the Phoenix left off. However, readers need not be familiar with the first book in the series to follow the plot of this one.
• R. L. LaFever’s fast-paced story, with its short chapters and Kelly Murphy’s plentiful illustrations, is ideal for emerging chapter-book

The Basilisk’s Lair picks up where The Flight of the Phoenix left off. However, readers need not be familiar with the first book in the series to follow the plot of this one.
• R. L. LaFever’s fast-paced story, with its short chapters and Kelly Murphy’s plentiful illustrations, is ideal for emerging chapter-book readers. The interesting setting and mythological characters will appeal to those who enjoy fantasy and adventure.
• The characters are well-drawn. Aunt Phil convincingly leads the basilisk search through the remote area of the Sudan. Nate embraces his role as a beastologist-in-training with varying degrees of enthusiasm depending on their circumstances. Greasle, Nate’s pet gremlin, provides comic relief, while the basilisk lives up to its venomous reputation.
• At book’s end, readers will be left hoping—along with Nate and Aunt Phil—to soon learn more about the mysterious stranger who “has known with uncanny accuracy the exact location of two very hidden beasts.”

Book Details

ISBN

9780547238678

First Release

July 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 7 3/4"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.5; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.2; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 680L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None,

Topics

Adventure and adventurers, Relatives, Basilisks, Mythical animals, Orphans, West Africa, Travel,

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