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Meddling Kids Audiobook

Meddling Kids: A Novel

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With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster - another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.

In 1990, the former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the onetime kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader...which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years.

The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.

A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, Edgar Cantero's Meddling Kids is a strikingly original and dazzling reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of our favorite stories, no matter how old we get.

©2017 Edgar Cantero (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Cantero (The Supernatural Enhancements) will win readers' hearts with this goofy, smart love letter to childhood adventure and enduring friendship.... The prose is fast and funny, and the quirky, lovable characters are absolutely irresistible." (Publishers Weekly)

"Cantero's imagination is vivid, and the story, once it gains speed, continues at a breakneck, roller-coaster pace. He plays with form and style, which makes for an enjoyable romp. Fans of modern takes on Lovecraft and those that are nostalgic for the cartoons of their childhood will like this novel, which is also a sure bet for your Stranger Things-themed display." (Booklist)

"Deliriously wild, funny and imaginative. Cantero is an original voice." (Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe)

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    For anyone who enjoyed Scooby Doo, Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys. great listen. my only complaint is the writing style switching from novel to script formats.

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    I was intrigued by the idea of this story after seeing a blurb from NPR pop up in my Facebook feed. I found it slightly reminiscent of Joe Meno's The Boy Detective Fails (which I also really loved) in the sense that these character tropes of know it all kid detectives (think Encyclopedia Brown, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew or in this case, Scooby Doo and gang) that we loved so much as kids have to one day grow up. As they do they find themselves facing real world challenges (mental illness, relationships, sexual identity, ptsd etc) that are just as terrifying and as much the center of this story as the Lovecraft inspired horrors that the drive the narrative forward. Highly recommended.

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