Paperback | June 1, 2010

byKenneth Oppel

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An old church tower has a problem with bats, but when Tina’s homemade Bat Zapper attracts more bats than it repels, the boys take matters into their own hands. Or is it really a vampire they’re up against?

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An old church tower has a problem with bats, but when Tina’s homemade Bat Zapper attracts more bats than it repels, the boys take matters into their own hands. Or is it really a vampire they’re up against?

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels areHalf Brother, winner of both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book Award;This Dark Endeavour, final...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 7.62 × 5.19 × 0.13 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554685338

ISBN - 13:9781554685332

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bats in the Belfry One evening Giles and Kevin are walking past an old church and they see a vampire and a lot of bats on the roof. Scared they go running to Tina with the story, but Tina does not believe in vampires though she will go with them next day to investigate. When they get there they meet the church's priest who tells them he has just recently had a bunch of bats move into his bell tower and they are scaring away people from evening mass. So he hires the geniuses to help him get rid of his bat problem ... though Kevin and Giles swear there is a vampire among the bats. This final book in the series is a fun read. All three characters are back together working as a team, getting equal time as main characters. The story has its spooky moments and is full of the usual comic situations one expects from this series. This time Giles' father even steps in and lends a hand. A fun, intelligent ending, that leaves the creepiness open. The only thing that felt off here was Tina's insistence on being so scientific as to not believe in vampires. This was out of character since in previous books she simply believed in ghosts, magic, and living dinosaurs. So why not vampires? Otherwise, this was my favourite of the last three books in the series.
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book and series This is the last book in the re-released series by Kenneth Oppel from Harper Collins Canada. These books were originally published between 1994 and 2004 by Scholastic Canada. With new covers and artwork interspersed in the books, these books are intended for young readers and they are fun reads. Barnes & the Brains books will easily be enjoyed by young readers and their parents. Unfortunately it appears there will not be any new titles, just the re-issue of the original 6 stories, but it is great to have these books back in print again. Barnes and Kevin Quark are on their way home one night when they notice a dark figure in the church belfry. The figure disappears in a cloud of fog and soon hundreds of bats are emerging from the church steeple. Kevin and Giles convince Tina Quark to help them investigate. When they approach the church, Father Peter informs them that the infestation started about 2 weeks ago and keeps getting worse. Tina as usual tries to solve it with inventions and when that fails, Barnes must try to find a more reasonable solution. Can he do it one more time? Read and find out.
Date published: 2010-06-24

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These elementary-level chapter books are perfect for the beginning independent reader. Interest-grabbing action begins with the first page, and the mystery and suspense of the problems to be solved carry the reader through to the end. . . . A very appealing new series. Highly recommended.”
-Canadian Book Review Annual ()