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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571226914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571226917
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Flight of the Silver Turtle by John Fardell is full of gripping escapades, thrilling action and astounding surprises, from the author of The 7 Professors of the Far North.

About the Author

John Fardell works as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, designer and puppeteer. A regular contributor to Viz (he is the creator of The Modern Parents and The Critics amongst others), his work has also appeared in the Independent, the Evening Standard, the New Statesman, the Glasgow Herald and the List. He is married with two boys and lives in Edinburgh.

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If you liked Seven Professors, chances are you'll love this one. This is a masterful follow up, avoiding the usual problems of repeating the same story. The characters are developed further, with a collection of new goodies and baddies introduced. The book touches on serious issues of racism and war with a light touch, not getting in the way of the rollocking action.
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By Alex aged 10

Zara, Ben, Sam and Marcia are back for another hair-raising adventure of the inventing kind; when they offer to help a lady build a flying boat, who thinks the plane is the best invention since sliced bread. The children find an old photograph in the hangar where they are working; there is a coded message on the back which ultimately leads them to uncover the mystery of the silver turtle. A secret agency called Noctarma decide to keep watch on the hangar because they think that the children and their friends are carrying on the work of a man called Masil Stribnik. During the war the man Stribnik, created an anti-gravity machine which could be used to make anything weightless. Noctarma want it because they want to take over the world with their stealth planes. So on the day of the test flight Noctarma appear and try to take the plane away, but just in time an old woman appears through the crowd and jumps into the plane and takes off. As the plane soars into the sky we are carried away into John Fardell's imagination.
The story is brilliantly written with many witty twists. It takes you from the bottom of lake Geneva, to a doughnut shaped airship captained by a man that makes radar Jammers from sardine tins and to the top of a Swiss castle. This book is a book with something extra.
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I have been reading the series to my 6 year old and he loves them. Takes a bit of time to get going, but very exciting at the end, and he loves all the gadgets. One word of warning: there are some very grown up themes. Tis one deals with the Second World War, the nazis and the holocaust. It mentions the wipe out of the Jewish race. The last book (7 professors of the north) talks about genetic engineering of humans, and mentions abortion! Important subjects at some stage, but not appropriate for a 6 year old. I'm glad I was reading it to him and could filter out these buts, but it does make the reading a bit less relaxing for me. An 8 year old would probably be reading these books by themselves, and you may not have the filter option.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 Feb. 2015
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Hardcover- I thought I had ordered paper back but it's a surprising upgrade for the low price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Mar. 2015
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My son really enjoys this series...definitely keep his attention!
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book 16 Jun. 2013
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This is one of my daughters fav books& we were happy to get it so quickly. The book arrived quickly & in good condition .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one! 13 Oct. 2006
By Fred - Published on
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Note: For what it's worth in regard to how you take my review, I should point out that this book is aimed at kids but I'm an adult (theoretically).

This follow-up to "The 7 Professors of the Far North" is every bit as good as the original. In some ways it's even better, since the main characters have already been introduced, allowing Fardell to get right to the story. The word to describe the book is "relentless." Once it gets going, it moves at lightning speed and could be a little too intense for readers under 12. There are real bad guys in this story-- folks who think nothing of shooting the young heroes (there's a bit more gunplay than I expected). Of course, there's danger in the Potter books too, but those are fantasy-oriented so it takes some of the fear away, whereas this book is much more realistic (guns instead of spells).

But overall it's a fun, fast read. It never gets dull, and it's as clever and imaginative as the first book. In addition, the kids are all very positive role models and always try to do the right thing. Furthermore, they don't, as in other stories (books, movies, TV, etc.) aimed at kids, treat adults like idiots or set out to disobey them. Likewise, the adults (well, the good guys) are presented as kind, helpful, intelligent, and supportive. John Fardell, the author, doesn't have to resort to the "adults are stupid so we're on our own" mentality in order to tell a good story.

Since this book is a sequel, it helps to have read first one, but it's worth it, and the combined length of these two books is less than one Potter book. If you're looking for a book, or series, that DOESN'T deal with wizards and dragons etc., which it seems everyone is writing lately because of Potter's success, this is definitely worth your time.

One last note: The "Reading Level" listed above says 9-12 but remember, those numbers represent a suggested range of the lowest age that this book is appropriate for in terms of both difficulty, and content; it's not saying that only people within that range will enjoy it. As mentioned in my review it's a bit intense, so parents (or kids) might want to decide whether it is appropriate reading material. I know some 9 year-olds who could handle it and some 12 year-olds who might be scared. But definitely don't consider 12 to be the top age where someone would enjoy the book. I'm waaaaayyy older than that and I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Children's Adventure Story 5 Jun. 2007
By L. M Young - Published on
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I picked up Fardell's first story, 7 PROFESSORS OF THE FAR NORTH, at the International Spy Museum last year and have been awaiting obtaining the sequel. It is yet another roller-coaster adventure in the vein of those great old kids' series like Danny Dunn, with a touch of John Verney's Callendar family stories to boot. I found that I liked TURTLE not quite as much as PROFESSORS; the novel transportation feature the children use in the first book is just so memorable that the ones featured in the sequel pale slightly in comparison. Also, the villains of this novel seem more like conventional DOCTOR WHO type bad guys as opposed to the sinister machinations in the original, which reminded me of the menace in Pullman's THE GOLDEN COMPASS (NORTHERN LIGHTS). Still, TURTLE is a wonderful seat-of-your-pants read, with mysterious codes, adventures above and below, children who are smart but not smartass, and adults who are not stooges for the kids. I hope we see more of Sam, Ben, Zara, and the rest of the company in the future.
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