Margaret McMaster's Newest book: Looking for Love on Mongo Tongo Shares the Love-Struck Adventures of Petey the Parrot

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Petey the parrot is absolutely distraught. He's an emotional mess. He's losing his feathers because of Jezebel, the charming jungle parrot that caught his eye on the vacation-paradise island of Mongo Tongo. Petey is on the mainland, living with his owner Mrs. Chairbottom; Jezebel had to stay behind on Mongo Tongo – and love-struck Petey is beside himself.

The young-at-heart, adventure-loving Mrs. Chairbottom has a solution: She'll get her driver Ronald to gas up her private jet and take Petey back to the island to find Jezebel. And along the way, she'll pack up Stewart as well; he's the eight-year-old boy she’s supposed to be babysitting while Stewart's parents head off on their own sun-and-snorkel vacation.

And then, the mayhem begins. Landing on the Mongo Tongo airstrip isn't enough adventure for Mrs. Chairbottom. She parachutes onto the island, taking a shrieking young Stewart with her. It turns out that Mrs. Chairbottom was a spy in the Second World War, parachuting her way into enemy territory. Once on the island, the search for Jezebel begins in earnest, bringing with it some surprise plot twists that even bring a charming old acquaintance back into Mrs. Chairbottom's life. As for Jezebel and Petey, well, maybe true love can find a way to blossom – if Jezebel can escape from the bird cage at the hotel.

This madcap tale comes courtesy of noted children's author Margaret J. McMaster in her new release, aptly entitled Looking for Love on Mongo Tongo. This beautifully illustrated publication, which will appeal to pre-teen youngsters, has it all: a delightful, imaginative plotline; an enormous sense of fun and frivolity; and a story-telling creativity that will hold young readers spellbound. Eight-year-old Stewart is at the centre of the action, but it is Mrs. Chairbottom and her outrageous sense of adventure that carry the story along.

Looking for Love on Mongo Tongo sparkles with charm and creativity, a perfect book for parents hoping to encourage their children to develop their reading skills and interests. It's the second novel in McMaster's Babysitter Out of Control! series and comes on the heels of another of her youth-oriented publications entitled Carried Away on Licorice Days, which was nominated for the 2009 Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children award. One of McMaster's non-fiction works, After All These Years, was short-listed for the 2006 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Award.

Looking for Love on Mongo Tongo
by Margaret J. McMaster
ISBN: 9780981052526
Price: $12.95 Canada and U.S.


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