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    • ISBN:9781408316719
    • Publication date:03 Oct 2013
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The Woebegone Twins

Book 2

By Christopher William Hill

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A gruesomely funny series for fans of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket

When twins Greta and Feliks 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 Olga Van Veenen, a fabulously wealthy children's author, plagued by writer's block. But Olga's life is apparently in danger, threatened by a second-rate novelist who wishes to see his rival dead. When Olga and her faithful retainer, Valentin, disappear from the eerie and imposing Castle Van Veenen, many miles north by train from Schwartzgarten's Imperial Railway Station, Greta and Feliks conclude that the murderous novelist has finally exacted his revenge on Olga. Only by using their wits are the twins able to rescue their guardian before it is too late. As if by magic, Olga's writer's block lifts, and she quickly produces and publishes a new book for children. The novel has eerie similarities to the twins' adventures in Castle Van Veenen, and Greta and Feliks begin to question whether their guardian has deliberately placed them in danger for literary inspiration. But Olga Van Veenen has come too far to have her reputation muddied by the allegations of the twins, and will stop at nothing to silence them forever.

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  • ISBN: 9781408314562
  • Publication date: 01 May 2014
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Orchard Books
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
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.
A deliciously dark invitation to the strange world of Schwartzgarten.
You want to be caught up in the thrall of delicious deviance and page-turning scandal, go on, get stuck in.
Fiendish plots abound in this exciting story full of gruesome deeds cleverly mixed with humorous moments.
A gruesome and very funny tale full of the most fabulous, colourful characters.
A brilliant story with wonderful characters... imaginative ideas burst from the pages.
A beautifully written book, enticing the senses with theatre and atmosphere. A world any capable young reader would be excited to stumble across.
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!
You can't not read it! Ten out of ten.
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.
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.
If you like your reading dark and gruesome, then this is the series for you
Orchard Books

What Manor of Murder?

Christopher William Hill
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Marius and the Band of Blood

Christopher William Hill
Authors:
Christopher William Hill

A gruseomely funny series for fans of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.Meet Marius Myerdorf, the newest recruit of Schwartzgarten's most secret of societies. His is a tale of adventure and abduction, friendship and fearlessness, as The Band of Blood race against time to unmask two of the foulest fiends in the history of the Great City. The deeds are DASTARDLY. The twists are TERRIFYING. And happy endings are NOT always guaranteed. If you prefer CLEAVERS to KITTENS and FIENDS to FAIRIES... ...then welcome to the gruesomely funny Tales from Schwartzgarten.

Orchard Books

The Lily-Livered Prince

Christopher William Hill
Authors:
Christopher William Hill

Meet Eugene, the most portly of princes, and Kalvitas, the most courageous of chocolate makers. Theirs is a tale of cakes and cowardice, bullies and battles, as they set out to defeat a terrifying tyrant.The characters are CURSED. The deserts are DEADLY. And people are NOT always as they appear...

Orchard Books

Osbert the Avenger

Christopher William Hill
Authors:
Christopher William Hill

Like Roald Dahl - but different!The first book in the gruesomely funny Tales from Schwartzgarten series.Meet Osbert Brinkhoff, the unlikeliest of avengers. His is a tale of dark delights and ghastly goings-on, of injustice and revenge. The villains are vicious. The settings are sinister. And good does NOT always prevail...If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies...then welcome to the GRUESOMELY FUNNY Tales from Schwartzgarten.-Osbert the Avenger is the first in a thrilling series of four books, all set in the fictional city of Schwartzgarten-With shades of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl, the Tales from Schwartzgarten are as hilarious as they are dark-These brilliantly woven mock-gothic horror stories have huge child appeal

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Alex Paterson

Alex was a soldier and a jungle leader before concentrating on his illustration career: following in the footsteps of his sister and cousin who are also both children's illustrators. He has had eleven books published so far. Alex lives in a little village in Warwickshire with his wife Sarah.

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Author-illustrator Alex T. Smith is the award-winning creator of the bestselling Claude series, which is published in 16 languages worldwide, and is now a TV show on Disney Junior. Alex's newest series, Mr Penguin, launched in 2017, to widespread praise. Alex's quirky, witty writing and illustrations are instantly recognisable, critically acclaimed and as popular with adults as children. Alex is also widely praised for his work illustrating children's classics: he won Children's Book of the World Illustration Award for his illustrations in a new edition of Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians; he has created new art for books by Enid Blyton, Eva Ibbotson and Richmal Crompton. Alex has collaborated with Watership Down author Richard Adams on his last book, Egg Box Dragon, as well as David Almond and Juno Dawson. Alex has won the UKLA Picture Book Award and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award. He has also been the official World Book Day illustrator.

Amelia Marshall

Amelia Marshall is an avid reader and writer of children's books. She has worked in primary education and publishing for over 10 years. As well as specialising in fairy tale twists and retellings she loves to write playful rhymes. As a parent of a toddler son, she saw an opportunity to create a unique rhyming picture book set combining photographic and illustrative elements and came up with four books in Digger and Friends (Digger's Busy Day, Tractor's FarmYard Fun, Big Truck's Road Adventure & Emergency! Emergency!).

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