Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle

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What’s Dead Fred about?

Imagine walking to school and being terrified at the sight of a 50-foot prehistoric Megalodon shark living under an old drawbridge, discovering a 3-inch dead talking shiner fish, witnessing lunchboxes escorted by flying fish, all after stepping into the Good Luck Circle…

From a recent book review:

“An engaging and uplifting tale with more interesting characters than a Narnia adventure.”
-Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of the Meg series.

The 336-page story of Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle was born from real-life Laura McKinney’s imaginative adventures on her 1,652 walks to school. Over a span of 10 years, since she was in pre-kindergarten, she has never been driven to school.

With her friends and her father, author Frank McKinney, she walks from their historic 86-year old beach cottage through a dense rain forest-like grove of tropical trees, past a eerie nature preserve, and over a rickety old drawbridge on the Intracoastal Waterway. These one-mile odysseys occur every single school day of her life.

Let Ppeekk, all her friends, Dead Fred, the evil Megalodon and his army of vicious crabs and blood-red remora fish take you on this fantastical journey…

Dead Fred Reviews

Nancy P.

My 7 year old granddaughter enjoys having Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes and the Good Luck Circle read to her by her grandfather. She is on her second reading. About once every year. This year she even dressed as Mini Romey for her Halloween costume and carried the book along as a prop. This book by Frank McKinney allows her to use her imagination as she hears the adventures of PPeekk, Mini Romey and Quatro. She loves hearing about Dead Fred, Megalodon and High Voltage. It’s a magical book of a fantasy land that captivates children. I highly recommend it.

Pamela S.

My six year old is too young to read it himself, but I discovered how much he enjoys hearing me read it to him. His first “chaptered” big kid book is a departure from the little kid, early reader books and he loves it!

It’s an adventure tale with some magical creatures that parents can feel okay about sharing with their kids. No warlocks. No vampires. Just good wholesome fun involving kids trying to save an underwater world from a predator.

We’re now going to make recreational reading a regular part of our reading regimen. Kids want that time with us more than they want their video games. What a great way to stimulate their minds. Thanks Frank McKinney for a great book!

William H.

I believe that Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes and the Good Luck Circle is one of finest childrens books ever written. The love that Frank McKinney has poured into this book is incredible! It is exciting and fun for kids as well as adults! I would highly recommend Frank’s masterpiece Dead Fred! Buy one for your family and another for someone you really care about!

Thom S.

The kids and I finished reading “Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle” and were spellbound! What an amazing adventure to read through! The children would love to meet you, Ppeekk, Mini Romie, and Quatro and pepper you with questions!!

We got so caught up in the story that we missed finding “Burst This”, but we’re going back to find it! I have to tell you that reading out loud usually puts this mom to sleep, but “Dead Fred” had me losing track of how many chapters we had covered! We homeschool, and canceled other subjects just to fit in “Dead Fred”. Can’t wait for the movie!! It has also inspired me, as a mom, to take time to imagine with my children and make memories. Thank you!

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