"Nathaniel Fludd BEASTOLOGIST" is a chapter book series (ages 6–9), written by R. L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children, an imprint of HMH.

Book 1: Flight of the Phoenix

(September 16, 2009)

Nathaniel Fludd's life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin-the world's last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world's only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.

Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world's mythical creatures and extinction.

Too bad Nate's not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure ... yet.

Flight of the Phoenix is a Junior Library Guild Selection

Reviewers of this book have said:
"A fastpaced story that successfully combines fantasy and history into an entertaining, believable world." -Booklist

"A solid start to a new series. . . . A quick and enticing read that will appeal to a wide variety of children."
-School Library Journal

"LaFevers (the Theodosia books) gets the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series off to a sprightly start with this wry story introducing a 10-year-old orphaned when his parents' airship crashes in the North Pole in 1928 ... this quick-paced adventure ... should entice kids to return for Nate's next escapade." -Publishers Weekly