A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean!: Secrets of Topsea

By: Kir Fox

M. Shelley Coats

Welcome to Topsea, the strangest place you'll ever visit. In this town, the coves are bottomless and the pier has no end in sight.

ISBN: 9781368000055

JLG Release: Aug 2018


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When Davy Jones and his mother move to Topsea, Davy tries hard to adjust to life in the bizarre coastal town. The kids in school can’t seem to remember his name, and everything that is normal to them is confusing and even a little threatening to Davy. Topsea is not like anywhere else; it is a place where dogs are a myth, mermaids are real, an When Davy Jones and his mother move to Topsea, Davy tries hard to adjust to life in the bizarre coastal town. The kids in school can’t seem to remember his name, and everything that is normal to them is confusing and even a little threatening to Davy. Topsea is not like anywhere else; it is a place where dogs are a myth, mermaids are real, and a sentient wall of chewing gum tries to consume unsuspecting students. Told through multigenre vignettes including newspaper articles and lunch menus, as well as episodic narrative chapters, the book is reminiscent of Louis Sachar’s “Wayside School” stories with a sinister tone that echoes Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Even the unbelievable becomes real in Topsea, where the “stories all had some kind of truth at the bottom. The other stuff was just extra fun.” The truth that emerges from these stories is an exploration of what, exactly, it means to be normal and how the idea of normalcy is completely dependent on context. VERDICT With witty wordplay and a diverse cast of characters, this first of a projected series will intrigue fans of dark humor and quirky stories.—Jen McConnel, Queen’s University, Ont.

Book Details

ISBN

9781368000055

First Release

August 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.1; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.3; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 570L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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