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Casper, Johnny, and Gwinny have gotten a new stepfather who is an absolute Ogre. He's easily annoyed, he bosses them around, he favors his own children (Douglas and Malcolm) - he's everything a parent should not be. When he gives Malcolm and Johnny chemistry sets, they rapidly discover the chemicals aren't quite normal; properly mixed, they can cause flight, invisibility, animation, and a host of other effects. As the two sets of siblings battle for chemical superiority (who can find what first), they come to understand each other better - and unite against the Ogre. Eventually, though, Johnny goes too far in his anti-Ogre campaign... This book is very funny and one of Jones's best.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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