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PublisherCorgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books
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Publication date26th April 2012
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Small Change for Stuart
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Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and the 2012 Branford Boase Award.
Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award.
The Carnegie Medal Judges said: A refreshing and plausibly magical novel which joyfully celebrates cleverness and a delight in words. Both the main characters and the cameo parts are extremely vivid and humorous, and the mystery and trail of clues throughout the plot are very well-worked out. A story that is terrific fun, so perfectly paced and exquisitely written that it reads aloud beautifully.
The Branford Boase judges said: A little gem and a book full of discoveries. Readers will be caught up in the mystery and the problem solving. Family relationships are beautifully handled too.
Small Stuart embarks on an awfully big adventure in this quirky puzzle-solving novel. Uprooted from London by his kindly but distracted parents, Stuart finds himself with nothing to do in his seemingly lifeless new home town. The only interest comes from the confusion caused by the identical triplets next door, and that just makes things worse. But a long-lost letter from a long-lost great uncle sets Stuart off unlocking one baffling puzzle after another. Each more curious than the one before, the far-fetched solutions they require bring the book to a hugely satisfying conclusion.
The Branford Boase Award shortlist 2012:
Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough
Being Billy - Phil Earle
Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans
Everybody Jam - Ali Lewis
Sky Hawk - Gill Lewis
A Beautiful Lie - Irfan Master
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - Annabel Pitcher
SynopsisSmall Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
Stuart Horten - ten years old and small for his age - moves to the dreary town of Beeton, far away from all his friends. And then he meets his new next-door neighbours, the unbearable Kingley triplets, and things get even worse. But in Beeton begins the strangest adventure of Stuart's life as he is swept up in quest to find his great-uncle's lost workshop - a workshop stuffed with trickery and magic. There are clues to follow and puzzles to solve, but what starts as fun ends up as danger, and Stuart begins to realize that he can't finish the task by himself ...This is the first children's novel by Lissa Evans. This is a fast-moving blend of comedy and magic.
ReviewsA book full of warmth, sharp humour and clever puzzles -- Patrick Ness Time Out Small Stuart embarks on an awfully big adventure in this quirky puzzle-solving novel ... A long-lost letter from a long-lost great uncle sets Stuart off unlocking one baffling puzzle after another. Each more curious than the one before, the far-fetched solutions they require bring the book to a hugely satisfying conclusion -- Julia Eccleshare
A magical adventure, funny, fast-paced and full of intriguing puzzles -- Nicolette Jones The
Perfect reading for children aged 7-10 ... This is [Lissa Evans's] first children's novel. It ought not to be the last Achuka A miniature version of Susanna Clarke's grown-up bestseller, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
About The Author
This is Lissa's first fiction book for Random House Children's Books, but she has written books for adults and younger children. After a brief career in medicine, and then in stand-up comedy, Lissa became a comedy producer, first for radio and then in television. She lives with her family in north London.
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