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Flight of the Phoenix: Nathaniel Fludd: Beastologist Guide

Flight of the Phoenix: Nathaniel Fludd: Beastologist Guide

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Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Oct 03, 2012
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Summary
:
N
athaniel
 
is
 
a
 
ten
-
Year
-
old
 
boy who has been living witha guardian while his parentsexplore the world. When his parents are lostat sea, Nate is sent to live with Aunt Phil, with whom he begins his apprenticeship as abeastologist—a person who studies unusualbeasts. Beore he is even unpacked, Nate is whisked o to Arabia to witness and assistas the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its egg. Along the way, Nate rescues a mis-chievous gremlin named Greasle. Almostas soon as the little group arrives in Arabia,Aunt Phil runs aoul o a Bedouin tribe,leaving Nate and Greasle alone to protectthe phoenix and save Aunt Phil.
@
 Nathaniel Fludd: Beastologist 
Book 1:
The
Flight
 
of
 
the
 
Phoenix
By 
R. L. LaFevers
@
 
 Illustrated by 
Kelly Murphy
Reading Guide by 
Pat Evans
 
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About the
Author
:
R
L.
l
a
F
eVers
(r
obin
l
orraine
 
When
 
she
s
 
in
really big trouble) grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by a wide variety o beasts, including a number o brothers. “Wehad an extremely varied collection o pets, some o them quite exotic:a goat, chickens, chipmunks, a baby anteater, and, or a ew short weeks,two
 bear cubs,
who were
 very
wild and untamed! Clearly, animals havealways been a huge source o joy, comort, and ascination or me.” Whileresearching another project, she stumbled across a medieval bestiary, thedefinitive zoological source o its time, and was ascinated by all the mythi-cal beasts they listed as actual. “Shortly ater that, I came across anotherarticle announcing discoveries o new, undiscovered species o animalsand realized that our planet is a vast, mysterious place. Who knows whatmight actually lurk in its hidden valleys, deserts, and mountaintops?Thus the world o Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist was born.” An excellentarmchair traveler, LaFevers has an obsession with maps, travel books, andatlases that has served her well.She is the author o eight books or young readers, including
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
(
h
oughton
M
iFFlin
,
2007), whichreceived starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection and aBooksense Summer Pick, and was nominated or the Malice Domestic’sAgatha Award.
 Kirkus Reviews
called her most recent book,
 Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix
(Houghton Mifin) “an exciting tale.” Lookor the sequel
 Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: The Basilisk’s Lair
(
h
oughton
 M
iFFlin
) in Spring 2010.
About the
Illustrator
:
 
K 
ellY
M
urphY
 
is
 
an
 
aWard
-
Winning
 
illustrator
 
and animator working predominantly with traditional and mixedmedia. Born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, she grewup surrounded by marshlands, which she explored with her siblings. Thoughshe hasn’t been anywhere as interesting as the Fludds’ destinations, she’s seenher air share o the strange and mystical.For the illustrations in
 Nathaniel Fludd 
she drew on her deep love o atlases and travel or inspiration. Her amily had a dusty collection o 
 NationalGeographic
s that as a teenager she stored away as a uture reerence library.She finally got to dust them o and use them as a great picture source or allthe lands and cultures that Nathaniel visits.
   ©    R   I   C   K   C   A   R   T   E   R
 
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Pre-reading:
F
lip
 
through
 
the
 
book
 
and
 
look at the pictures. What kind o book do you think it will be—realistic orantasy, historical or modern, adventureor airy tale? Why?
@
What doyou think abeastologist does?
T
urn
 
to
 
page
136
and
 
scan
 through “Nathaniel Fludd’s Guideto People, Places, and Things.” Are there words here you don’t know? Keep an eyeout or these words and phrases as youread, and be sure to check back in thissection when you want to know more.
@
Discussion:
1
 
What kind o person is Nathaniel at the beginning o the book? Is hesomeone you would want to be riends with? Why or why not?
2
 
Authors don’t just tell us what people think—they show us by howpeople act or talk. How does Miss Lumpton eel about Nathaniel?What does she say or do to show her true eelings about him?
 3
How does Aunt Phil eel about Nathaniel? What does she say or doto show her true eelings or him? Do her eelings change rom thebeginning o the book to the end?
4
What mythical or extinct creature would you like to meet? What would you like it to tell you i it could talk?
5
 
Aunt Phil says that Nate’s parents should have sent letters. Why do you think Nate didn’t get any letters rom them?
6
Why does the dodo think Nate should stay at home with him?Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
7
 
When does this story take place? What are some clues to the timeperiod?
8
Flying in a biplane is dierent rom fying in a modern passenger jet. What are some o the ways it is dierent? Which would yourather do?
9
Aunt Phil thinks Greasle is trouble. What do you think?
10
 
Why did the phoenix give Nate the egg? Do you think Nate wasright to oer to give the egg to the Bedouins in exchange orAunt Phil?
11
 
What kind o person is Nathaniel at the end o the book? Howhas he changed rom the beginning? Would you want to be riends with him now? Why or why not?
12
 
Nate doesn’t think he is very adventurous, but he does some excit-ing things in this story. What part o the adventure do you thinktook the most courage or him?
13
 
R. L. LaFevers plants some clues about the next adventure in thisbook. What do you think will happen next in the series?

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