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Ronan Boyle Into the Strangeplace: Ronan Boyle, Book 3

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ronan aims to clear his parents of a crime in wacky romp.

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Thomas Lennon’s geeky, confused, but dauntless teen hero faces further difficulties amid magical villains, ill-behaved fairy folk, and a whole lot of booze and bodily fluids in this wild quest. As his latest set of orders from the Gardai send Ronan Boyle Into the Strangeplace as part of a delegation to the fairy world of Tir Na Nog, there's no telling what will happen, except that it probably won't be what you expect, starting about from the point where our heroes get from Point A to Point B by being eaten by a whale and ejected through her blowhole. Before Ronan gets to the next way station on his multi-book quest, many things even stranger than this will occur, as the reader will soon discover.

"Above my head, a flock of flying musical notes was zooming around: quarter notes, whole notes, treble clefs, and the like. They were attacking each other like pterodactyls, and their screeches seemed to be reflected in the length of their shape (the screeches from the whole notes were the longest).

"Nearby was something I had never wanted to see -- a group of purple cacti doing a staged reading of a conversation I had with Captain Fearnley back in Galway one year ago.

"'Idris Elba, Idris Elba,' said a tree that was well cast as my mentor to a narrow tree with glasses that was obviously supposed to be me."

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