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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: goblins, detectives, trolls, monsters, magic, sleuths, robots, technology, fantasy noir, dieselpunk, crime solving, graphic novel
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 23/Feb/2016
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For monster sleuths Tank and Fizz, proving fourth-grade bully Rizzo Rawlins is planning to cheat in the upcoming Battle Bot Cup should be a piece of cake. But cake crumbles fast, and the case soon leads the detectives to a mysterious hacker known only as the Codex, who threatens all of Rockfall Mountain with a very dark fate. With the help of their wizard-in-training partner, Aleetha, Tank and Fizz leap into action, dodging deadly battle bots and sinister spellbooks in a race to stop the return of a very angry ancient demon.

Fans of the first book, Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede, will blow their circuits with this gadget- and magic-filled robot mystery. For more information about the series, visit www.tankandfizz.com.

Kirkus Reviews
"What can a trio of fourth-graders do, opposed by corrupt officials, a bully with a pair of hulking hench-ogres, and a local business tycoon with—as it turns out—a high-tech hand-held demon controller? Well, plenty, though not without a few missteps, help from a surprising temporary ally, and lots of climactic bot-smashing. In a slick mix of narrative blocks and panels of nonscary monsters delivering punch lines in dialogue balloons, the exploit careens along to a triumphant close. High-energy high jinks in a multicultural, or at least multispecies, setting."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The book seamlessly moves from text to illustrated panels...The pace is swift...[readers] will careen along as gleefully as Tank and Fizz themselves, rejoicing when all ends well...A perfect mix of monstrous and silly."
School Library Connection
"This book provides lots of excitement and is an easy read...Readers will enjoy the graphics and the exciting pace of the story...Recommended."
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"The world of goblins, trolls and other monsters has many similarities to our world and the concept of allegory is beautifully depicted."


Silver Birch Express Award  | 2017 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2016 | Commended