Meddling Kids

Meddling Kids

A Blyton Summer Detective Club Adventure : A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Freaky pleasure...it scratches a nostalgic itch for those who grew up on Saturday morning Scooby-Doo cartoons and sugar-bombed breakfast cereal"
--USA Today

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

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.

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 one-time 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.
Publisher: New York :, Blumhouse Books/Doubleday,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385541992
0385541996
Branch Call Number: 823/.92 23
FICTION CAN
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 25 cm

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CASSIE ERIN MAUL
May 24, 2019

I am not a big horror fan, but this book had me hooked from the beginning. Just the premise of ‘those meddling kids and their dog’ fascinated me. And this is indeed Scooby-Doo all grown up.

With an interesting writing style, Cantero offers a look at the idea of ‘What if it’s not just a man in a mask?’ The author delves into the past almost delicately, never fully but the glimpses are there, of the night the Blyton Hills Summer Detective Club that changed everything. As they go back to the town as adults, what follows proves that it definitely wasn’t a guy in a mask.

This is definitely not for kids, but the story is written is such a fascinating way that it should pull in the horror fans. Couple the plot with the depth of the various characters, and you’ve got a great book. If you’ve ever wanted to see the gang ‘all grown up’ this is your chance.

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ghostwthemost
Apr 24, 2019

This is a book I just can't put away, have read it twice now and very seriously considering getting a copy for my own shelf so I can have another go whenever I'd like. Writing style certainly gets a bit clunky at times (dipping frequently into "more of a show script, but a really good show script") and there are some issues with less appropriate tropes, but the characters are so incredibly endearing, and the plot hooks you in easily. I'm also just a total sucker for "scooby-doo, but grown up."

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alexmilamsamuel
Apr 22, 2019

Unusually for me, I didn't like this much at first but by the end I really liked it!

Hillsboro_RobP Apr 01, 2019

A great premise that stutters under an awkward writing style but has enough cheap action and snarky humor to carry it through. It's not out to win any prizes, but if you'd like to see the Scooby-Doo gang take on eldritch horror this just might do it for you.

Also, every Call of Cthulhu game I've ever played.

RyanR_KCMO Nov 14, 2018

This book was great! Equal parts Scooby Do, Stephen King's IT, and HP Lovecraft fan fic. The writing is irreverent and intimate with periods of creepy narrative punctuated by heart-racing action. This was a very fun read.

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Marybeet2
Nov 01, 2018

Great audio.

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wangsheena
Sep 21, 2018

I had a blast with his style of writing; it's engaging and unique. The descriptions are so eye-catching! However, I thought the plot was just mediocre (expecting more of a mystery/adventure), and although there was action and intrigue, the focus was more on the characters. But that's down to personal preference. I lean toward stories that play more like action movies - more focus on what's happening than on who it's happening to.

DPLchandra Apr 13, 2018

Mystery Inc grown up! For anyone that loved Scooby Doo as a child, you'll love the connections to this book. Great fun, and just the right amount of scary.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Mar 05, 2018

As others have stated; looks like it'd be good for the family, but really has adult themes throughout. The author, even though not American, obviously watched a great deal of American TV during his formative years. This rip roaring tale of former youth detectives takes a strange and wondrous turn in this very original story. If you like mysteries with mayhem and a little sci-fi thrown in the mix, you should read this one today. I mean really; the river near town is called Zoinx River--the homage is hardly subtle, but totally inventive.

JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

A very clever premise where the "Scooby Doo Gang" is grown up and revisits the scene of their last case, which haunts them all still in various guises. There's a lot of clever hat tips to Scooby Doo, and other mysteries written for children. I liked the snark and humour.

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ryanstevenreed
Oct 24, 2018

"You've seen symbols like this before. You've been there. Things live at the bottom of that lake and under the hills. Ancient, corrupt things that are not granted the gift of death by their cruel gods."

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Mar 05, 2018

pg 140 Tim complained vigorously about the smell, and everybody else turned away, sleeves under their noses, mentioning several biblical characters by first name.
pg 232 They remained on the knoll for a while, under the magical spell of things going kablooey in the night.
pg 237 And the room he noticed, wasn't that big: Rediscovery Shrinkage
pg 251 The straw that breaks the camel's back always looks light enough, until it lands.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Dec 05, 2017

"Dramatically opening doors was one of Andy's few natural talents."

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