Far Far AwayBook - 2013
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But before he could go, Jeremy pointed to the third door, the one that the baker had not opened, and said, "What's in there?" "Oh," the baker said, his eyes falling on the door. "Nothing, nothing. Please do not open it." Again the baker made to leave, and again Jeremy stopped his progress. "Mr. Blix?" "Yes?" "You can't do that." The baker seemed confused. "Can't do what?" "You can't leave and tell us not to open the door, because that happens all the time in fairy tales and movies, and everyone knows that sooner or later whoever isn't suppposed to open the door is going to open the and, and..."
I hope someone picks up on McNeal's TV show idea and turns it into a reality. I would watch it.
"Uncommon Knowledge was the only show that Jeremy and his father enjoyed watching together, and I confess that I, too, found it diverting. "The quiz show that celebrates the uncommon knowledge of the common man!" a rich voice always proclaimed at the beginning. Then the host would describe how the show's talent scouts had scoured the far corners of the countryside looking for ordinary men and women who possessed extraordinary knowledge about some particular thing--the history of the carrier pigeon, for example, or the terra-cotta soldiers of Emperor Qin, or the life cycle of skinks. These self-taught experts were then questioned by renowned authorities in the field. The audience rooted for the commoners, as they always have."
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An amazing and unique retelling of Hansel and Gretel this story is narrated by the Jacob Grimm himself, caught in the plane between life and death. Jacob has become rather fond of Jeremy Johnson Johnson, who has the unique ability to hear spirits, a gift that has ostracized him from many in his small town of Never Better, unfortunately suffering from a rash of missing persons. Luckily it does not deter the friendship of the enigmatic and problematic Ginger Boultinghouse, who’s thirst for adventure has gotten them both in trouble on more than one occasion. Ginger's plans, and Jeremy's unique gift have garnered the interest of the jolly town baker Stan Blix, famous for his delicious prince cakes (a recipe with more than a few secret ingredients). Stan's interest is not so innocent as it seems when he drugs them and locks them in his basement! Jacob must try to help Jeremy and Ginger escape their grisly fate.
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