Reader Reviewed Carnival Of Monsters by Andrew Beasley

Carnival Of Monsters

Written by Andrew Beasley
Part of the S.C.R.E.A.M Series

9+ readers   

The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: ghostly thrills, chills and humour and a pair of child ghost-busters

Readers will be gripped from the opening chapter of this, and if they enjoy fast-moving, well-plotted spooky mystery stories – and who doesn’t? – they’re in for a real treat. No-one believes Bunny Smallbone when she says a monster kidnapped her little brother so she turns to S.C.R.E.A.M., investigators of supernatural crime and mysteries. Its young investigators Charley (Charlotte) and Billy are soon on the case and quickly realise that the town’s legendary monster the Hobb-Hound may not be so legendary after all. With nods to Victorian gothic but with thoroughly modern sensibilities and a great pair of young heroes this is unputdownable stuff and easily walks away with the page-turner prize. ~ Andrea Reece

A message from the author: “With S.C.R.E.A.M. I wanted to have my cake and eat it! I love adventures, I love detective stories, I love monsters and I love to laugh. I’ve done my best to mix all of those ingredients together and write a series chockful of thrills, chills and humour… two children solving supernatural crimes, outthinking the adults, outwitting the villains, and coming face to face with classic monsters.”

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review The Mummy's Revenge from the S.C.R.E.A.M series. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'This unputdownable mystery is stuffed full of witty jokes and fast-paced action. I need to get my hands on the next S.C.R.E.A.M. adventure now!'
  • Sue Wilsher - 'Andrew Beasley has created a series which will no doubt capture and hold the interest of readers looking for mystery and excitement!'
  • Harry, age 10 - Blenheim primary School - 'I liked it because it was exciting and you can’t put it down.'
  • Emma, age 11 - 'I love the tension in this book. It makes you feel as though you are there beside Billy and Charley solving the mummy mystery!!!!!'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'The book describes everything just right, so you can picture everything in your head really well. It was quite spooky, and there were bits I didn’t want to read just before going to bed.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'The Mummy's Revenge is funny, scary and creepy all at the same time.  It's good fun to read and has a good ending.'
  • Emily Golding, age 10 - 'I really loved all the mystery in this book.  Wow!  The Sandman is out to steal hearts, rubies and more!  Can Billy and Charley crack the case?  It's exciting to find out if they do.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 9 - 'From the start to finish - very captivating and opens up a great ancient world!'
  • Yusuf S, age 9 - Brampton Primary School - 'Great book, loved the plot line and the genre. Would recommend it to a lot of my friends.'
  • Matthew Kirk, age 11 - 'I have really enjoyed this book and it is a good read if you are into adventure style books. I give this 5/5 stars.'
  • Nico Spahia, age 10 - 'I loved reading S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy's Revenge as there are many plot twists. I also enjoyed the suspense which leads into unexpected things happening!'
  • Josh Parcell, age 9 - 'I thought this book was amazing and I recommend it for people who like suspense and adventure. I particularly liked it because there was a lot of action.'
  • Romilly Dally-Fitzsimons, age 10 - 'To be honest this book wasn't really for me.  Some of it was quite funny, but I think it would be really popular for children who like reading 'Ghostbumps' and books about adventure.'
  • Amina - 'I loved this fantasy and facts book it was suspending, Scary and funny. A mixture of types of writing read this book if you dare but watch out don't get lost in it like I did an amazing book!!!!!!!!!'
  • Ross O'Gorman - 'This author has succeeded in writing a detective story that is different from the many others out there. This detective agency's spooky mission is to solve supernatural crimes and mysteries.'

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Carnival Of Monsters by Andrew Beasley

Roll up, roll up, if you dare, to Doctor Vindicta's Carnival! Gasp at the dancing ghosts! Grimace at the creepy clowns! It's all harmless fun and frights...until a young boy disappears and his sister swears he was snatched by a monster. Only the bravest detectives can detain a demon: send for supernatural investigators Billy Flint and Charley Steel!

In the S.C.R.E.A.M series Andrew’s main character Charley, is an amazing girl with a brilliant mind. She brings scientific method to the investigations, as well as her charm and dry wit. Charley also happens to be in a wheelchair. Andrew wanted to show that it does not define her – Charley had Polio, and so now being in a chair is just another part of her life. When Andrew was younger, he injured himself badly and his injury meant that he couldn’t dress himself, or cut up his food, and he drove an adapted vehicle. He says of this experience: “I was still me, with all the same hopes and dreams and personality, I just had extra obstacles to overcome. I wanted to use that experience in my writing.”

About the Author

Andrew Beasley

As a child adventure was everywhere for Andrew Beasley; he went exploring Scunge Island and had an underground base made out of sunken coal bunker. Now that he's grown up, Andrew works as a primary school teacher in Cornwall and the author of The Battles of Ben Kingdom series. The Claws of Evil was his first book for children.

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240 pages


Andrew Beasley
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2017




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