Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2007.
What the judges’ said:
Full of dark humour, eccentric metaphors and satirical touches. A marvel’
This is a hair-raising story of the truly terrible Agatha Bilke, a girl who seems to be just plain bad! Agatha is mean and selfish and dangerous. More than anything else in the world, she loves setting fire to things. In despair, Agatha’s parents send her to the TreadQuietly Clinic for Interesting Children and, even there, Agatha is in a league of destruction that’s all her own. Agatha’s chaos-creation is wholly compulsive and, a terrible warning to all.