Marvin Redpost 6: A Flying Birthday Cake? by Louis Sachar

Marvin Redpost 6: A Flying Birthday Cake?

Written by Louis Sachar
Part of the Marvin Redpost S. Series

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The sixth of 8 great adventures about an ordinary boy with a big heart and a strong desire to work things out even when they’re complicated. Having eaten too much cake and drunk too much punch at Nick’s birthday party, Marvin has sees a strange thing in the sky. Is it a flying birthday cake or something from far, far away… The next day at school a new boy, Joe, turns up. He doesn’t seem to know some rather obvious things. Is it because he comes from Chicago or is there something more mysterious about him?


Marvin Redpost 6: A Flying Birthday Cake? by Louis Sachar

Marvin cannot get to sleep. It's late, the ground is hard in Nick Tuffle's garden, he is far too full on cake and he has drunk too much punch. Then he hears a low humming noise. He feels the earth shudder beneath him and there is a bright flash - sort of the same colour as the green icing on Nick's birthday cake. Is he dreaming or was that a flying birthday cake, candles aglow? Perhaps something much stranger is on the horizon...


'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction'

'Holes': 'Magic and hard realism come crashing together. This is an extraordinary and unconventional novel'

'An exceptionally good novel'

'Sideways Stories from Wayside School': 'Thirty clever, fast-moving stories that describe the bizarre events at Wayside School ... each story is refreshingly different'

About the Author

Louis Sachar

Julia Eccleshare, our very own editorial expert as well as Children's Books Editor of the Guardian says of Louis:

Best-selling author Louis Sachar took the world by storm with Holes, his remarkable story about a group of boys in a reform camp. But he deserves to be just as famous and popular for his many other books which display his hallmark qualities of warmth, empathy and understanding of all kinds of young readers but especially those whose lives have gone a bit awry. Young readers are immediately attracted to Louis Sachar’s novels for his great and unusual stories and for his exceptional understanding of some of the challenges of growing up.


Louis Sachar was born on 20 March 1954, in East Meadow, New York. In 1976, he went to the University of California, where he studied economics. While at university he became a teacher’s aide to gain extra credit; it turned out to be his favourite class and inspired him to write children's books. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. After he was fired from that job he moved on to law school. In his first week of study, Sideways Stories from Wayside was published. After completing his studies in 1980 he became a part-time lawyer but was compelled to concentrate on his writing full-time.

Louis now lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes and plays quite a lot of bridge. His novel Holes has sold over 8 million copies worldwide and has been made into a major motion picture of the same name by Disney. Louis is the recipient of many of the world's most prestigious book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Award. Holes was also selected as the first Liverpool City Read title and won the Sheffield Book Award in the UK. The Cardturner, published by Bloomsbury in June 2010, is a truly original romance, coming of age and mystery novel.

Author photo credit © Perry Hagopian

Check out the great Q&A with teachers and students and some handy writing tips on Louis' website - click here.

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128 pages


Louis Sachar
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

21st June 2010




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