Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
  

Small Change for Stuart

Written by Lissa Evans

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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.

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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

Synopsis

Small 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.

Reviews

A 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 * Guardian * A magical adventure, funny, fast-paced and full of intriguing puzzles -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * 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 * Independent *

About the Author

Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans still remembers cracking her first joke, age 7. It involved a hippo. (We’ll say no more.) But the comedy bug was born and, following a medicine degree, Lissa changed careers to become a comedy producer for radio and TV. Eventually, after a decade of running a red pencil through other people’s work, Lissa began to write something of her own. This is Lissa Evans' third book for children. Her first, Small Change for Stuart (published in the USA as Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms), was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Children’s Book Award. She has also written books for adults. She has two teenage daughters, and lives in London.

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Paperback
288 pages

Author

Lissa Evans
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Author's Website

lissaevans.com/

Publisher

Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

26th April 2012

ISBN

9780552561693

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