“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses
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James “Smelly” Kelly used his super-senses and intelligence to make sure that the New York City subway in the 1930s ran safely throughout his lifetime and beyond.

James Kelly smelled EVERYTHING: rats in the shed; circus elephants a mile away; tomorrow’s rain. His sense of smell was EXTRAORDINARY. But what good was a powerful nose? How could his super-sniffer make him special? In the New York City subway, James found his calling–and earned the nickname “Smelly” Kelly. Armed with his super-sniffer and the tools he invented, he tracked down leaks from the dangerous to the disgusting, from the comical to the bizarre. Then, he sprang into action to prevent cave-ins and explosions in the tunnels beneath the city. Smelly Kelly not only hunted leaks but also saved lives–and he discovered the truly extraordinary power inside him. Beth Anderson’s fast-paced text and Jenn Harney’s comical illustrations bring to life this everyday superhero.

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A tribute to the New York City subway’s first official ‘leak detective.’ Gifted with a literal nose for trouble, James Kelly arrived in New York from Ireland ‘with nothing but a suitcase and a keen sense of smell’—and leveraged the latter into a long career over the first half of the 20th century sniffing out dangerous gas, water, steam, and other leaks in the subway system and elsewhere. Anderson casts him in a heroic mold, as he had not only a special ability, but the inner motivation to use it in service to public safety. Depicted with a confident smile and a mop of bright orange hair, Kelly shines as he goes after suggestive twists and curls of miasmic yellowish green in the illustrations’ succession of antique-looking street scenes and cross-sectional views of underground pipes and tunnels. Another immigrant gets the job done. — Kirkus Reviews

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  • Price: $18.99/$24.99 CAN
  • Interest Level: 7-10
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • Pages: 40
  • ISBN-13: 9781684373994

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