Tentacles (Cryptid Hunters, Book 2)

Tentacles (Cryptid Hunters, Book 2)

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English
336 Pages

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Roland Smith makes his Scholastic debut with a middle-grade adventure novel about the search for a mysterious creature--the giant squid--in this sequel to CRYPTID HUNTERS.
Marty and Grace O'Hara's globe-trotting parents disappeared while on assignment for a nature magazine, and now they're living with their Uncle Wolfe, a scientist fascinated by cryptids--creatures that appear in myths but haven't been proven to exist, such as the Loch Ness Monster. Wolfe is planning an expedition to New Zealand to track a giant squid, and he's rented a huge (and possibly haunted) freighter for the trip. But someone on board is determined to sabotage their mission--and if Marty and Grace keeping poking their noses into things, they might end up the saboteur's next victims!

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Published 30 July 2013
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EAN13 9780545281522
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COVER TITLE PAGE
DANGER ON DECK! EPIGRAPH THE CRYPTID HUNTERS ANATOMY
PART ONE – BON VOYAGE
LUTHER MEMENTOS
BLACKWOOD & BUTCH DRAGONSPY MOLESKINE #319 BO VOYAGE CASTOFF SHIP’S TOUR CAKE
THIRTEEN CANDLES
THE DOGHOUSE
PART TWO – OPEN SEA
CONTENTS
GHOST SHIP LAB NINE PASSENGERS ONE AND TWO WHAT DINOSAURS EAT FOR BREAKFAST
KITCHEN PATROL
THE CARGO HOLD
PART THREE – THE ABYSS
OVERBOARD THE TRUNK DESSERT THEO SONBORN ROSE THE ORB
ENDANGERED ONE
THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG
PORK AND BEANS
SPECIAL DELIVERY
PREHISTORIC GAS
MONKEY BUSINESS
BLACKWOOD THE PIRATE
THE PARTNER
INTO THE DEEP
PASTS
CHAOS
PREDATORS
TWENTY MINUTES
PIRATES
EIGHT MINUTES
SCUTTLE
TWO MINUTES
STANDOFF
ONE SECOND
TIME’S UP
AMAZING GRACE
HOVERING
TENTACLES
PREVIEW: CHUPACABRA
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
COPYRIGHT
Marty reached the deck and took in a deep breath of fresh sea air, which smelled like perfume compared to the greasy galley. The dark sky was moonless, lit by millions of stars. TheCoelacanthd down atwas anchored. He walked over to the rail and looke the water. Somewhere beneath the dark water a giant squid awaited. Tomorrow, if things are going well in the galley, I’ll spend the day on deck getting some sun,he thought. Something slammed into his back and he was falling over the wrong side of the rail. One of his flailing hands managed to snag the edge of the scupper and he came to a shoulder-wrenching stop. He managed to get his other hand onto the scupper, but his position was still precarious. He tried to pull himself up, but he didn’t have enough strength. He began to yell his head off. The sharp edge of the scupper was cutting off the circulation to his fingers. If some one didn’t hear him in a minute or so, he was going to drop into the dark sea and never be heard from again.
cryp·to·zo·ol·o·gy(krip-ta-z -ä-la-j )nounThe study of animals, such as the Sasquatch, the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chu pacabra, kraken, and others, whose existence has not yet been proven scientifica lly. There are thought to be more than two hundredcryptidsin existence today. cryp·to·zo·o·log·i·cal(-z -a-lä-ji-kal)adj. cryp·to·zo·ol·o·gist(-ä-la-jist)noun
THE CRYPTID HUNTERS
Marty O’HaraWolfe’s nephew. Grace’s cousin (formerly thought to be her twin). Thirteen years old. Brown hair, gray eyes, a foot taller than Grace. Talented artist. Master chef. Scuba diver. Mountain climber. His parents, Timothy and Sylvia (the most famous photographer/journalist team in the world), are missing after a terrible helicopter crash in the Amazon rain forest.
Grace WolfeWolfe’s only daughter (although for most of her li fe she thought she was Timothy and Sylvia O’Hara’s daughter and Marty’ s twin sister). Black hair, blue eyes the color of robin’s eggs. Born at Lake Télé in the Congo. Twelve years old. Small for her age, but a footsmarterthan Marty. Fluent in several languages. Habitual journal-writer. Lock-picker. Genius.
Luther Percival Smyth, IVMarty’s best friend and former roommate at Omega Opportunity Preparatory School (OOPS) in Switzerlan d, where they got into a lot of trouble and coauthored graphic novels. Sleeps like a vampire. Gangly, with wild orange hair. Expert computer hacker and video gamer.
Dr. Travis WolfeCalled “Wolfe” by his friends — and foes. Grace’s father. Marty’s uncle. Cryptozoologist. Veterinarian. Oceanographer. A giant of a man – just under seven feet tall. Unruly black hair, bushy black bea rd, brown eyes, wears size-fifteen shoes. Cofounder and owner of eWolfe with Ted Brons on. His right leg was bitten off by a Mokélé-mbembé as he tried to save his wife, Ro se Blackwood. He now wears a high-tech prosthesis invented by Ted Bronson.
Dr. Noah BlackwoodFather of Wolfe’s deceased wife, Rose. Grace’s gra ndfather. Environmental superstar — but he is not who he appe ars to be. Wealthy. Powerful. Owner of several animal theme parks around the world, all called Noah’s Ark. He hunts and breeds endangered animals and cryptids, a nd displays them at his parks. In their prime he kills the animals, has them stuffed, and stages them in his private diorama.
Butch McCallugh. ExpertNoah Blackwood’s henchman. Dangerous. Tattooed. To field biologist. More comfortable in the woods than under a roof. Sworn enemy of Travis Wolfe, who “stole” Rose away from him.
Bertha BishopEx–Army Ranger general; can kill a person 106 different ways with her bare hands. She is extra-large, but solid as a rock. Wolfe’s head cook. Phil’s wife.
Phil BishopEx–Air Force colonel. Former combat pilot. Wolfe’s chief pilot. Bertha’s husband.
Dr. Laurel LeeWolfe’s cultural anthropologist. Birdlike. Athletic. Former circus aerialist. Taught Grace to walk on a high wire to h elp her focus and overcome her fears. Laurel and Wolfe are sweet on each other.
Dr. Ted BronsonWolfe’s closest friend and partner at eWolfe. Ecce ntric genius. Inventor. Recluse. Rumored to have not left the Quo nset hut on Cryptos Island (where he develops his marvelous gadgets) in more than three years.
Theo Sonbornnacious.A cohort of Wolfe’s since the beginning. Surly. Pug Obnoxious. Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
BoFemale bonobo chimpanzee; orphaned and adopted by Wolfe years ago in central Africa. Pals around with PD and Congo. Fond of Luther’s orange hair. Sworn enemy of Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod.
PD. Best friends with Bo. DoesShort for “Pocket Dog”; black-haired teacup poodle not get along with Congo. Jumps into a pocket upon hearing the wordsnake.
Winkin, Blinkin, and NodWolfe’s three bottle-nosed dolphins, who all love teasing Bo.
CongoAfrican gray parrot who belonged to Rose, Grace’s mother, when she was in central Africa. Grace brought him back to Cryptos Island after their adventure with Mokélé-mbembé.
MonkeyA plush toy resembling a primate. Covered with patches and stitches. Its mouth and left eye are missing. Grace has had it si nce she was a baby. Because of its tattered appearance, Marty refers to it as the Frankenstein Monkey. Between the cousins, a promise is sealed by giving Monkey’s arm a squeeze.
ANATOMY
GIANT SQUID (Genus:Architeuthis)
Pushing water in rhythmic pulses through its spheri cal-shaped body, ormantle (a), and steering by use of itscaudal fin (b), thegiant squid is jet-propelled. On average, the mantle is six feet long.
More than one foot in diameter, theeyes(c)of the giant squidare among the largest of any living creature. The larger the eye, thebetter to detect light, which is scarce in deep, dark water.
Giant squid have eightarms (d)and twotentacles (e). The insides ofboth are lined with hundreds ofsuction cups (f)ringed with sharp, finely serrated circles ofchitin. The combined gripping action of thesuckers and thei r pointy teeth attaches the squid to its prey.
The bases of both of the tentacles and all of the a rms join to encirclea single, parrotlikebeak (g), which shreds food with the aid of theradula– a tongue with tiny, file-edged teeth.