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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.
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.”
In a nutshell: Victorian child detectives in action-packed, funny, paranormal mysteries | A classic creepy opening – mummy comes to life to wreak havoc in a stuffy drawing room filled with over-dressed Victorians – is followed by a terrifically lively crime caper in which a couple of talented kids (one of them a wheel-chair user) outwit the grown-ups and the scary villains at practically every turn. Billy Flint and Charlotte (Charley) Steel work at S.C.R.E.A.M. (supernatural crimes rescues emergencies and mysteries) investigating the bizarre, the paranormal and the unexplained, and they’ve quite a challenge in this case: who is controlling the mummy, and why? Excitement levels are maintained at a high throughout, though eased with lots of sharp humour, and there’s no Scooby Doo-style trickery to these supernatural baddies, they’re the real thing. Well-written, well-paced and thoroughly satisfying. If this gives you a taste for paranormal crime solving don’t miss Jonathan Stroud’s superb Lockwood & Co series. ~ 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.”
The final instalment in this epic trilogy, The Battles of Ben Kingdom. An action-packed adventure series which will appeal to boys and girls, combining the timeless theme of good versus evil with steampunk gadgetry and free-running angels. Some of our Lovereading4kids kids reader review panel were lucky enough to read and review the first Ben Kingdom adventure, The Claws of Evil... here's a taster..... 'I really like this book because it is filled with mysteries and puzzles' and 'Your emotions go flying when you dive into this adventurous and surprising book; ups and downs are magically created. No dislikes at all.' Read more reviews here!
This is an action-packed adventure series that appeals to boys and girls, combining the timeless theme of good versus evil with steampunk gadgetry and free-running angels. Mortal Engines meets Oliver Twist for a new generation. This is the irresistible follow-up to the first book in the Ben Kingdom series, The Claws of Evil. We invited some of our readers to review The Claws of Evil here's a taster....'It's a really exciting adventure story with lots of twists and turns..' Click here to read more reviews...
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & March 2013 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014 9-11 category. An action-packed plot drives this exciting thriller set in the dark and dangerous streets of Victorian London. Ben Kingdom is just a small street urchin but, when he becomes the owner of a mysterious coin, he finds himself caught up in a battle between two long standing enemy forces, the Watchers and the Legions. Ben will have to choose which side to go with – and it won’t be an easy choice to make. A Piece of Passion from Rebecca Hill, Fiction Director, Usborne Publishing Everybody at Usborne is incredibly excited to be publishing The Claws of Evil, the first book in a stunning new series The Battles of Ben Kingdom. I started reading this book on a plane journey from Italy but was quickly transported to the rooftops of Victorian London, where an age-long battle takes place between the mysterious Watchers and the brutal Legion. Only our hero, Ben Kingdom, can put an end to this war, and the dilemma at the heart of this brilliant novel is that he doesn’t know which side to choose.Imaginative, captivating and fast-paced, Andrew has created colourful characters with real heart. Blending steampunk invention with nail-biting adventure, we believe this is the sort of fiction that will get readers talking. We hope you love it as much as we do. --------------------------------------------------------- In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Claws of Evil a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I really enjoyed this book because the author, Andrew Beasley, has combined mystery and war into one epic, mind-blowing read..'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...
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 dark and winding streets of Edinburgh, a burglar is on the prowl. But this is no ordinary thief. Three thousand years old and risen from the grave, this rampaging robber is a rotting Egyptian Mummy - and he wants rubies and revenge! There's only one crime-fighting force who can deal with a menace like this; Billy Flint & Charley Steel aka S.C.R.E.A.M. - top-secret investigators of Supernatural Crimes, Rescues, Emergencies And Mysteries.
The year is 1892. The Legion have unleashed an ancient darkness on London, leaving crime and chaos in its wake. From their rooftop base, The Watchers fight to restore order - looking to Ben Kingdom for hope. But unbeknown to them, Ben is harbouring a deadly secret that could put them all in danger. As the Legion gather their forces for invasion, all they need for victory is the final Coin of blood. Ben knows that he could put an end to this battle, but on the darkest night of all - the Feast of Ravens - Ben's secret could destroy everything. This is an action-packed adventure series that appeals to boys and girls, combining the timeless theme of good versus evil with steampunk gadgetry and free-running angels. Mortal Engines meets Oliver Twist for a new generation. This is the irresistible follow-up to The Claws of Evil.
Welcome to Victorian London: the home of the Artful Dodger, Sherlock Holmes...and Ben Kingdom, cocky street urchin - and the saviour of mankind. Unknown to mere mortals, an ancient battle is being waged across the city. Below the streets lurk the Legion, an evil gang of miscreants and criminals in league with the monstrous Feathered Men - determined to unleash Hell on the streets of London. Above the city's rooftops soar the Watchers, a ragtag band of orphans, mystics and spies, dedicated to protecting the vulnerable and guarding London against evil. Only Ben can put an end to this war - the only problem is, he doesn't know which side to choose.