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.
This is the story of an awful girl called Agatha Bilke. To help her with her, um, problem, Agatha is sent to the TreadQuietly Clinic, with a group of other troubled children, for therapy sessions with the well meaning but baffled (so far as Agatha is concerned anyway) Humphrey doctors.
However, little does Agatha realise that in young Paul Dorey she has found someone prepared to fight to keep everyone nice and alive, thank you. Indeed, to fight for the the future of humanity.
|Publication date:||13th April 2006|
|Publisher:||Short Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Siân Pattenden is an illustrator, author and journalist who lives in London. She has written for publications such as Smash Hits, NME, The Face, the Guardian, Independent and many more. She is also the author of How to Make it in the Music Business (Virgin Books). She has appeared on national radio and TV as a so-called pop pundit. Earlier in her life, as a child, she did some acting (see ‘other stuff’) and wrote a play which went to Edinburgh called Steven Newman Doesn’t Eat Quiche. At 16, she was the fringe’s ...More About Sian Pattenden