Don’t get me wrong. I’m a pretty decent swimmer. In fact, during the last couple of days, I’d even gotten the hang of using the face mask and scuba tank. It’s just when you put the possibility of anything going wrong and me, Wally McDoogle, in the same room (or ocean(, the chances of something catastrophic happening are pretty high. It’s like a law or something. If you’re looking for a disaster, just make sure I’m around.
Book: My Life as a Torpedo Test Target (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle #6) by Bill Myers, Word Publishers, 1994
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Target Audience: Boys 11-15
Summary: Sunken Pirate Treasure! Wally, Wall Street and Opera have joined a crew searching for the treasure! In WWII an old sub was sunk and at some point, someone stole some gold and hid it in that sub, then promptly died. Now the treasure is in a hidden sub, supposedly guarded by a prehistoric monster known as “The Stinger”. Wally and the rest of the crew want to find that gold and become rich. They are calculating all they could do with that much money. Unfortunately, greed comes with a high price. Wally’s crew isn’t the only one searching for the treasure. To beat the other crew, Wally with have to take some risky moves – which could be a problem considering we are talking about Wally McDoogle – the boy highly talented at clumsiness and causing disasters.
Notes: The Wally McDoogle series focuses on a twelve year old boy that is impressively clumsy. He calls himself a “dork-oid”, someone he describes like this: “While everyone else is wearing hot new fashions, we’re sporting frozen-oldie hand-me-downs. While everyone else has these terrific put downs, we usually say something stupid or, worse yet, polite.” Whenever an opportunity for adventure comes up, Wally finds a way to accidentally get himself into trouble. In the process he learns some lesson from the Bible.
In My Life As A Torpedo Test Target, Wally discovers just how serious of consequences can come from greed.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5