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Monday, October 20, 2008

ARGHH! ROYCE BUCKINGHAM’S GOBLINS PRAISED BY SEATTLE TIMES

Kids' tales that will warm hearts and chill spines

By Stephanie Dunnewind
Special to The Seattle Times
Fall brings several sweets — and a few frights — for young readers.

• Bellingham author Royce Buckingham ("Demonkeeper") targets Artemis Fowl fans with his fast-paced "Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 240 pp., $16.99, ages 10-13). Teens Sam and PJ catch a goblin and discover a hidden passage to an underground world where a small band of humans battles goblin hordes. With giant bugs, a smart-aleck hero and a goblin named General Eww-yuk, the novel packs its sometimes-violent action in with a tongue fully in cheek. As the not-so-bright goblin Slurp notes, "It was like the old goblin saying: 'The rocks will outlive we beasts who think too much.' The saying had originally been simply 'Argggh,' but using the human language had made it longer and more complicated."

Former Seattle Times staff reporter Stephanie Dunnewind is a graduate student in library science at the University of Washington.

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