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September 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: ghost-busting, gadget-rich adventure with monster laughs
The appearance of an apparently malevolent poltergeist in his bedroom (just as he’s trying to do his homework too) is the start of a series of life-changing events for Denzel. It’s followed by two ghost-hunters, who seem to be about the same age as Denzel, though they’re equipped with some seriously cool ghost-busting paraphernalia. When a different poltergeist turns up at Denzel’s school the next day, the same duo arrive, and this time after despatching it they take him back to their headquarters; by the end of the book, he’s a new recruit to the secret Spectre Collectors. Adventures don’t come more action-packed than this, but Barry Hutchison manages to squeeze in bags of humour too – Denzel’s best-friend Smithy is a brilliant comic side-kick (and subject of a great surprise twist too).
Denzel is having no luck with his maths homework. First, it's too difficult, then there's a terrifying mess of smoky black tendrils that wants to kill him, then two teenagers explode through his window holding guns and throwing magic. They are the Spectre Collectors, and spooky is their speciality.
Realising that Denzel has a special gift, they sweep him off to their headquarters for training. Tested with awesome weapons and ancient magic, Denzel realises just how little he knows. But there's a serious problem on its way from the Spectral Realm, so Denzel has a lot to learn. FAST.
Praise for Beaky Malone:
“Hold onto your hats, take a deep breath and prepare to laugh your socks off because Beaky is back.” - Lancashire Evening Post
"...this paean to outrageous whoppers is a quick-fire delight." - The Guardian
“Wild, wacky and brilliantly entertaining story about the power of truth - and lies.” – The Week Junior
“Seriously gut-busting, classic Hutchison humour...If you're looking for a rib tickling read, then this is the book for you.” – Serendipity Reviews
“A thoroughly entertaining read, definitely ideal for reluctant readers. I love books that make me chuckle and Beaky Malone does this over and over again.” – Book Lover Jo
“Laugh out loud funny from beginning to end.” - The Book Zone
“As his troubles grow his madcap capers will have you roaring with laughter while rooting for Beaky throughout.” - South Wales Evening Post
“Full of humour, with brilliantly depicted characters and wonderfully comic illustrations, this is just the sort of book to give reluctant readers, girls and boys, to help them appreciate the wonder of books.” – Parents In Touch
“Features plentiful comic-strip illustrations and incidental doodles that add energy and heart to a fun story of life in a cheerfully dysfunctional family. Best not to read this under the desk at school or on public transport, as the inevitable loud laughter may be embarrassing.” – Booktrust
|Publication date:||7th September 2017|
|Publisher:||Nosy Crow Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Horror / Ghost Stories, Humorous|
Barry Hutchison is an award-winning children’s author and screenwriter. Since 2008 Barry has written over 80 books for children, including several based on the hit TV show, Ben 10 , and a terrifying horror series Invisible Fiends . When not writing he is usually visiting schools and libraries to run events and story-writing workshops for kids and adults alike. Barry lives with his family in Fort William. Read a Q&A with the author here.More About Barry Hutchison