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Maddy West and the Tongue Taker
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Maddy West and the Tongue Taker

by Brian Falkner
Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Do you love a good adventure? So does Maddy West. And she can speak EVERY language in the world! But when Maddy encounters some frightening secrets, evil magic, a fiendish witch, and ancient scrolls, will her unique talent help her or hurt her? Find out in this hilarious and heartwarming tale of fantasy, friendship, and adventure.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level9-13 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-8
SubjectFantasy & Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Trim Size6 x 8
Page Count256
Paper Over Board



School Library Journal - Gretchen Crowley, Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA

"…[the magic] is well placed to cause shivers of fear and delight. This is a better than average fantasy adventure that will appeal to fans of Tony Abbot and Geronimo Stilton." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2014

Kirkus Reviews

"While Maddy's magical ability is impressive, she really shines in her normal human moments of compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. A river of cockroaches, a wild car ride and age-appropriate humor all come together in this magical adventure. . . .On balance, warm and magical." - Kirkus Reviews

August 1, 2014

Kid Lit Reviews blog - Sue Morris

"...the story will keep kids riveted in several sections and laughing in several more. The most intriguing characters are Maddy and Mr. Chester. Kids will love these two, especially Mr. Chester and his superhero antics. Adventure or mystery, kids will enjoy every word in the well written Maddy West and the Tongue Taker." - Kid Lit Reviews blog

July 2, 2014


Booklist Online

"Maddy is sweet, friendly, and likable, the sort of hero who is easy to root for. Bixley’s intermittent black and-white single-page illustrations are delightful, and Falkner’s writing is quaint. . . .Fans of Roald Dahl will be well served by this fun novel." - Booklist Online

November 20, 2014

Middle Shelf

"Maddy’s spunky attitude brings this story to life. Readers can’t help but be taken in by her honesty and friendliness. . . .A truly adventurous tale of magic and humor that will keep middle graders engaged to the last page." - Middle Shelf

January 1, 2015

Brian Falkner

Brian Falkner

Brian Falkner is the award-winning author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Tomorrow Code, which was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Award and the Esther Glen Award at the LIANZA Awards. His book Brainjack won the New Zealand Post Book Award and the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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