Coupon
The Ministry of Suits
by Paul Gamble


Overview -

Memo: For Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things Operatives Only

A series of strange incidents have been reported in Belfast:

* Oddball kids are going missing
* There are several unconfirmed signs of pirates.
* A wild bear known to be a very sore loser at musical statues has escaped from the museum and is on the rampage.  Read more...


 
Hardcover
  • $16.99

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock Online.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 26 copies from $3.49
 
Download

This item is available only to U.S. billing addresses.
 
 
 
 

More About The Ministry of Suits by Paul Gamble
 
 
 
Overview

Memo: For Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things Operatives Only

A series of strange incidents have been reported in Belfast:

* Oddball kids are going missing
* There are several unconfirmed signs of pirates.
* A wild bear known to be a very sore loser at musical statues has escaped from the museum and is on the rampage.

Fortunately, our newest recruits, Jack Pearse, a curious boy skilled at logical thinking and seeing what's actually there, and Trudy Emerson, the most dangerous girl in his school, are on the case. As per Ministry policy, they are currently being trained in the use of The Speed (patent pending) and will have full access to Ministry supplies (assuming they manage to navigate the paperwork without going insane), so we are confident that they will succeed in their mission to discover and foil this villainous plot.

Please provide all assistance possible, as a) they don't know who they are actually up against, b) the world is much stranger than they realized, and c) they are only 12 and have to be in bed by 10 p.m.

P.S.-Could all Ministry operatives who have borrowed dinosaurs in the past two weeks please return them? We're running low on inventory.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781250076823
  • ISBN-10: 125007682X
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publish Date: July 2016
  • Page Count: 384
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Series: Ministry of Suits

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science Fiction
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Debut author Gamble combines outrageous adventure and a tongue-in-cheek tone to create a novel that’s both thoughtful and filled with laughs. Jack Pearse is a naturally curious 12-year-old who lives in Northern Ireland. After his quick thinking thwarts a rampaging bear, the Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things comes calling. Recruited by the organization, Jack is paired up with Trudy, a classmate with “a reputation for being dangerous and punching people who irritated her,” to uncover the mystery of their school’s new sponsor, as well as why students—particularly those considered odd or loners—have been disappearing. While the children occasionally succeed where adults fear to tread, the story is presented as a cooperative effort among heroes young, old, and inhuman. Relatively short, action-filled chapters keep things moving briskly, despite interruptions from frequent (and quite funny) footnotes and excerpts from the Ministry handbook, which cover everything from the role of kangaroos in the manufacturing of duvet covers to why pirates “always bury their money rather than making use of more convenient online banking.” Ages 9–13. Agent: Gemma Cooper, Bent Agency. (July)

 
BookPage Reviews

A hilarious team of kid sleuths

Children have a wealth of meaningful, important books from which to choose, but sometimes kids just need an insanely funny read. “Nothing too sad” is a request I have heard on many an occasion. Debut author Paul Gamble delivers on this request with The Ministry of SUITs.

Set in Northern Ireland, the story begins with Jack Pearse and his best friend, David, as their school bus is stopped by a bear in the road. Jack, always curious, gets out to see what’s going on. After fending off the bear with a wooden chair, Jack is invited by a mysterious man to join the Ministry of SUITs (Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things). At first, Jack isn’t so sure about joining, but when a suspicious “supporter” of his school starts installing thick carpets on the floors and providing new uniforms that are exactly like their old ones, Jack figures it might be time to investigate.

Gamble packs in all the weird things you can think of: dinosaurs, pirates, dimensional time shifting and even Cthulhu. Oddball footnotes and excerpts from the Ministry handbook add to the overall inanity, making this the perfect laugh-out-loud read.

 

Jennifer Bruer Kitchel is the librarian for a Pre-K through 8th level Catholic school.

This article was originally published in the August 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
BAM Customer Reviews