A fun kid's read very much along the lines of Lemony Snicket's "Unfortunate Events". Book two of the series.
our hero Eddie finds himself taken hostage by a group of escaped convicts. This book introduces us to a new array of bizarre characters, consistent with those previously introduced in book 1. Book begins with his Crazy Uncle needing his assistance removing a coffin that found its way on their property, which leads them to coffin opening and them finding a magician in a magic act gone wrong, which leads into a hot air balloon crash landing on their shrubbery containing the magicians assistant in a stolen balloon, and so the madness goes on. I basically liked the book, but it's not meant to be deep, profound, or has any basic themes except for bizarre weirdness. It's meant to be obsurd, and it was.
BOOK NUMBER TWO IN THE TRILOGY "DREADFUL ACTS"
If you enjoy lemony sknicket you will enjoy this series. eddie dickens life is unpredictable. lots of strange events happen to him fun books to read