Here's a list of Wacky & Weird tales to get your young readers in the mood for our August 2021 "The Stranger The Better" box! Perfect for those who love to read about eccentric characters on amazing adventures.
1 | THE BOLDS BY JULIAN CLARY :
The Bolds are a perfectly normal family who live on a perfectly normal street and have perfectly normal jobs except for one BIG difference...the fact that they are secretly a pack of hyenas! With a pack of nosy neighbours on the scent- can they keep their furry true identities under wraps?
2 | HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE BY DIANA WYNNE JONES :
Sophie is an ordinary hatmaker until she catches the attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a terrible curse. With noone to turn to but the dreaded Wizard Howl, Sophie boards his magical hovering castle and enters a world of fire demons, spells gone wrong and some very over-dramatic wizardry!
3 | WILL JAKEMAN'S MARVELLOUS MECH ANIMALS :
Will Jakeman is an extraordinary inventor, perhaps the best there has ever been! People come from far and wide to buy his 'Mechanimals' , incredible machines that come to life and perform all sorts of amazing tasks. When the evil Ida Gripp hatches a plan to gets her hands on his marvellous inventions, even Will's brainy ideas will be tested!
4 | THE WIZARD IN MY SHED: THE MISADVERNTURES OF MERDYN THE WILD BY SIMON FARNABY :
Merdyn the Wild is the worlds greatest Warlock from the Dark Ages who is banished to the 21st century for bad behaviour. When young Rose finds Merdyn in her garden shed she realises that this magical mage is about to cause her a lot of trouble!
5 | THE LIFE AND TIME OF LONNY QUICKE BY KIRSTY APPLEBAUM :
Lonny has a strange and powerful gift. He can heal any creature and bring the dead back to life but each time he uses his gift his own life becomes shorter and shorter. Even hiding with his family deep in the forest can't keep him safe from those who would use his power and leave Lonny with no life at all.
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