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Publication Date: 1 Oct 2020
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)
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A group of orphans try to prevent their home being closed down after their matron is killed in an unfortunate accident.
Unfortunate accidents, fishy villains and a very grumpy goat. Can these crafty kids outsmart the adults and save their home?
Life has been perfect ever since the orphans of St Halibut's buried their matron - don't look like that, it was an accident! Tig, Stef, Herc, and Pamela the goat just have to make sure nobody finds out they're on their own.
Discovering that an Inspector is on his way, they'll need to convince him that everything is peachy or they'll be sent to the Mending House - where badly behaved orphans go, never to return. But the Inspector is not quite what he seems and things very quickly go from bad to spectacularly out of hand.
Stolen cakes, major explosions and an unforgettable cast of characters - dive into this hilarious caper.
When their miserable matron is killed in a freak accident, the children of St. Halibut's orphanage are thrilled. They bury her in the vegetable patch and completely forget about bathing, spellings or cleaning. When DEATH (Department of Education, Assimilation, Training and Health) send an inspector to check out their home, they realise they will have to outwit the adults to keep their happy new existence going. But when the inspector arrives, things quickly take a turn for the worse...
A brilliantly written book with a touch of the gothic, this debut has it all! Plucky orphans, dastardly villains, plenty of revolting moments and a very grumpy goat... Cleverly plotted and with likeable, exaggerated characters who stagger from one disaster to the next, the lively text is perfectly accompanied by David Tazzyman's instantly recognisable illustrations.
This has great shelf appeal and deserves to issue widely. Buy plenty!