Eating Things on Sticks

Written by Anne Fine

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Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009.

Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining. Having burnt down the kitchen (by mistake, he protests), Harry saves himself from the fate of a week spent with Aunt Susan by blackmailing his Uncle Tristram to take him on holiday. Setting off for a remote Scottish island, Harry and Tristram ignore the strange warning the ferryman gives them but soon wish they hadn’t. Without anything to entertain him, Harry has to survive rain, floods, Tristram’s mystic girlfriend Morning Glory, a host of wonderful misunderstandings and, worst of all, almost NO food. Harry and Tristram’s holiday adventure is pure joy and not to be missed on any account.


Harry and Tristram appeared in an earlier novel of Anne’s, The More the Merrier.

Eating Things on Sticks Synopsis

A hilarious tale of a vacation on a remote British island where the week’s highlight is the annual fair with its Eating Things on Sticks competition!

Harry is in trouble. He’s burned down the family kitchen so now has to spend a week of his summer holidays with his uncle Tristram who is heading off to stay with a new girlfriend — Morning Glory — on a tiny British island. Harry doesn’t expect it to be a lot of fun — with just a wacky competition at the end of the week to look forward to.

He certainly didn’t expect to discover all the beards.
Or the angel on the mountain.
Or the helicopters circling overhead all week.
And he definitely didn’t think it would be so wet….

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ISBN: 9780440869375
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Publisher: Yearling (an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780385616027
Publication date: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780440869375
Publication date: 1st July 2010
Author: Anne Fine
Publisher: Yearling (an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected. Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and ...

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