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Written by Jaclyn Moriarty
Illustrated by Karl James MountfordWrite A Review
A story of unexpected magic and friendship
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2021
When the Honey Bees from the orphanage take on the smart kids from the Brathelthwaite Boarding School at the Spindrift sports tournament, everyone knows there will be trouble! The two sides have always hated each other. But, when the children begin to disappear and the Whispering Wars break out, both side know they must put aside their differences and work together. Madcap and headlong, Jaclyn Moriarty’s deftly-told adventure is a roller-coaster ride for all those who have loved The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone.
Set twelve years before The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, this stand-alone tale is packed full of quirky characters, and Jaclyn’s signature irreverent humour. Fans of Lemony Snicket and Nevermoor will love this spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship and unexpected magic. And Bronte Mettlestone herself makes an appearance…
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The town of Spindrift is frequented by pirates, Shadow Mages and charlatans. It's also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school are in an all-out war. Then Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen, Witches, Sirens and a deadly magical flu invade the town, and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat. Finlay, Honey Bee and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? And who are the two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows?
From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.
This jam-packed, imaginative adventure is magically immersive and entertaining. - Kirkus Reviews
A book to shout about! - The i newpaper
Funny, quirky, clever and outrageously entertaining! - Lancashire Post
Set fifteen years before the first book, this standalone tale is packed full of quirky characters, amazing world-building and Moriarty's trademark irreverent humour. - The Best Life Project
|Publication date:||10th June 2021|
|Illustrator:||Karl James Mountford|
|Publisher:||Guppy Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, School Stories|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
|Collections:||Summer Reading 2021,|
Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning author of novels for readers of all ages. They include the Ashbury High books: Feeling Sorry for Celia, Finding Cassie Crazy, Becoming Bindy Mackenzie and Dreaming of Amelia. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, Australia with four sisters (including authors Liane and Nicola Moriarty), one brother, two dogs and twelve chickens. She has lived in the US, UK and Canada, but now lives in Sydney again, along with her son, Charlie. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries and sleep.More About Jaclyn Moriarty