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Book/Author Spotlight: Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade.



From critically acclaimed author David Teague, this boisterous and funny novel about friendship and self–discovery will send readers on the wackiest adventure of their lives!

It’s no surprise when the doghouse in Henry Cicada’s backyard starts glowing. After all, it’s made out of Elktonium, a luminescent green metal his mom invented. But Henry is surprised when the doghouse transports him into the imagination of a twelve-year-old girl named Lulu. So surprised, in fact, he forgets his whole plan to be just ordinary.

But as Henry gets to know Lulu, he realizes she’s a real girl who is in real trouble. Henry knows he has to help Lulu, but doing something so heroic, so courageous, so audacious…well, it would mean abandoning his quest to be ordinary once and for all.

From David Teague, the co-author of Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars, comes a wacky, heartfelt adventure that emphasizes the importance of just being yourself…no matter how unordinary that may be.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 19, 2016)
  • Cost: $16.99



Marisa de los Santos has published three New York Times bestselling novels for adults, including Love Walked In and Belong to Me, while David Teague is the author of the picture book Franklin’s Big Dreams. Together, they are the authors of Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars. Married for over twenty years, Marisa and David live with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finn and Huxley, in Wilmington, Delaware.

April 6, 2016 - Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , ,

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