Tales from Schwartzgarten: The Woebegone Twins Book 2 Synopsis
When twins Greta and Feliks lose their beloved Aunt Gisela to a poisoned marzipan cake and are sent to the ill-omened Schwartzgarten Reformatory for Maladjusted Children it seems their fate is sealed...that is until they are rescued by the glamorous and wealthy Olga Van Veenen, a fabulous children's author. The two twins are grateful but something tells them that Olga's motives are not entirely genuine...The Woebegone Twins is a tale of murder and mayhem, fact and fiction. The heroes are horrid. The plots are peculiar. And things are not always as they seem. If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies...then welcome to the gruesomely funny tales from Schwartzgarten.
Tales from Schwartzgarten: The Woebegone Twins Book 2 Press Reviews
This tale from Schwartzgarten plays like a black and white horror film in your head with shades of Hansel and Gretel. A strange, darkly original story which is fairly nasty but in the end it's kind of nice. I loved reading the book out loud in my best transylvanian accent. -- Emily Drabble, The Guardian A deliciously dark invitation to the strange world of Schwartzgarten. We Love This Book You want to be caught up in the thrall of delicious deviance and page-turning scandal, go on, get stuck in. Sarah McIntyre Fiendish plots abound in this exciting story full of gruesome deeds cleverly mixed with humorous moments. Primary Times A gruesome and very funny tale full of the most fabulous, colourful characters. Bookzone4Boys A brilliant story with wonderful characters... imaginative ideas burst from the pages. Families Magazine A beautifully written book, enticing the senses with theatre and atmosphere. A world any capable young reader would be excited to stumble across. Booktrust Exciting, scary, lots of twists... very funny. So shocking and adventurous it even made me put my Beano down and get all the way to the end of the book! The Guardian online site member You can't not read it! Ten out of ten. The Guardian online site member This book is wickedly funny, deliciously dark and superbly sinister. I'd love to visit Schwartzgarten (but only with a full security team to protect me). It's also a good reminder to NEVER mess with small boys in big glasses. Alex T Smith (author of the Claude series) Hill is not sentimental about children; he captures every child's sense of angry powerlessness and turns it upside-down, letting readers explore the fantastic thrill and horror of what could happen if they were clever enough to claim total power over adults and wreak perfect, calculated revenge. Adult readers will find this horribly funny, but I suspect younger readers will find it less amusing than deliciously satisfying, a twist of the knife into bullies everywhere. Grippingly deviant, deliciously vengeful. Sarah McIntyre (Jabberwocks) If you like your reading dark and gruesome, then this is the series for you Parents In Touch