Elspeth Hart lives with her horrible aunt, Miss Crabb, at the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs. It is the first adventure featuring the fabulous Elspeth Hart, a modern heroine with doodles on her Converse trainers and unstoppable determination. But when Elspeth realises that Miss Crabb is lying to her, she hatches a daring escape plan, involving a high-profile festival, a pair of smelly underpants and a top-secret Extra-Special Sticky Toffee Sauce. It is a fast-paced and funny story from a fresh new voice in children's fiction and her quirky adventures will delight fans of David Walliams, Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl.
Ever since her parents were tragically washed away in a flood, Elspeth Hart has been forced to live in the attic of the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs with her disgusting aunt, Miss Crabb. She spends her days helping out in the kitchen and dodging Tatiana Firensky, the most horrible show-off of them all. Her only friend is the awkward and shy Rory Snitter, who is inseparable from his pet lizard, Lazlo. But when a knock on the head from a falling book brings back some of Elspeth's memories from before the flood, she begins to suspect that Miss Crabb is hiding something.
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Elspeth doesn’t remember what happened to her parents or how she came to be living at the School for Show-offs. She spends her days cleaning and avoiding Tatiana Firensky. Then one day, Elspeth bumps her head and starts to remember… Can she escape from the school, and keep her secret safe? This enjoyable comic story contains larger-than-life characters in a range of amusing situations. (Ages 8–11)
'Elspeth Hart is piles of fun from beginning to end. You can't help but root for Elspeth, who's forced to contend with a memorable cast of wonderfully unlikeable characters as she unravels the mystery of her predicament. Bursting with intrigue and unpleasantness!' Guy Bass
'I thoroughly enjoyed it, it romps along with great pace, good jokes and horrible characters. And the wonderful illustrations complement the text beautifully.' A.F. Harrold
'Hilariously written, wonderfully illustrated and with superbly depicted characters, I can see this being immensely popular - it's refreshingly different and Elspeth is excellent.' Parents in Touch
|Publication date:||4th May 2015|
|Publisher:||Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Humorous|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Sarah Forbes was born in Aberdeen and currently lives in Edinburgh. She used to work on magazines, interviewing pop stars for a living, but now she works as an editor, helping other writers to create their own stories. Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs was Sarah's debut novel. Here is a letter from Sarah Forbes to author Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.Dear Anne Fine,You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is ...More About Sarah Forbes