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The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Pandemonium in Pennywhistle


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Join Hobart and his gang on their quest to uncover the cause of a mysterious disease that's affecting the people of Pennywhistle.

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck is a series that I'd love to see more of in the future. It had every element that a middle grade novel should have. Action, adventure, mystery, suspense, friendship - you name it, it was all there. The story starts off on a quizzical note where Hobart, our protagonist, finds his 103-year-old grandfather afflicted with some sort of disease that made him behave like a twelve-year-old kid. Even before he and his friends get a chance to diagnose him, the people of Pennywhistle are plagued by the mysterious disease one after the other. Hobart and his buddies find themselves in a race against time to find the root-cause of the unforeseen events and happenings before it gets any worse.

Even though this particular book is the third installment in the 'The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck' series, it qualifies as a standalone. Before I started this, I read the second one via Kindle Unlimited. Frankly speaking, I didn't expect the story to turn out so good. It impressed me a lot and I knew I had to read the third one as soon as possible.

Let me tell you this, even if you skipped Book 1 & 2, you wouldn't have much trouble following the story. But if you want your reading experience to be magical and fun, I'd advise you to approach the series chronologically.

The whole story is peppered with numerous whimsical elements and it clearly reflected the creative prowess of the author. I didn't find any part of the book to be boring or dull. Even though the story was a bit stretched, it didn't hamper my enthusiasm. The plot twists kept me guessing and it actually made me very impatient. I think that's a sign of a good book. Once you get absorbed into the story, it becomes a lot harder for you to come out of it. The characters aren't cardboard-like and they're the sort of people you'd love to hang out with every second of the day. Their flaws added authenticity to the story and it didn't take long for them to sneak into my all-time favorite fictional characters list.

I really hope the author goes on to write more and more books in this series, for I have an insatiable appetite to read Hobart's adventures in Pennywhistle.

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About the author

Stan Swanson is a Bram Stoker Award finalist and author of several books including the Hobart Hucklebuck fantasy adventure series. Current titles in the series include Magic & Mayhem and Pandemonium in Pennywhistle. The third book, Wacky Weather, is scheduled for a Spring 2020 release. view profile

Published on October 11, 2019

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60000 words

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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