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More About The League of Beastly Dreadfuls, Book 1 by Holly Grant; Josie PortilloOverviewA creepy Victorian house, secretive aunties, and a great escape combine in this debut that is part Mysterious Benedict Society, part Roald Dahl, and all quirky, smart, hilarious storytelling. Join the League. . . .
Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. That is, UNTIL her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident. UNTIL she's rescued by two long-lost great-aunties. And UNTIL she's taken to their delightful and, er, "authentic" Victorian home, St. Agony's Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
But something strange is going on at the asylum. Anastasia soon begins to suspect that her aunties are not who they say they are. So when she meets Ollie and Quentin, two mysterious brothers, the three join together to plot their great escape
"WONDERFULLY WITTY. It reminds me of Roald Dahl's "The Twits" only in an insane asylum."--Chris Grabenstein, author of "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
""A yummy debut, though readers with sensitive stomachs would be well-advised to check them at the door."--"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"Just the right mix of humor, magic, maliciousness, and suspense"--"Booklist
""First-time author Grant is gifted at immersing readers in her fantastical world, infused with comically absurd details like Anastasia's grudge-holding "revenge-pooper" guinea pig. It's clear that Anastasia is anything but average, and her adventures are just beginning.""--Publishers Weekly"
- ISBN-13: 9780385370073
- ISBN-10: 0385370075
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: April 2015
- Page Count: 320
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Series: League of Beastly Dreadfuls #1
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Peculiarities abound inside Saint Agony’s Asylum, where “completely average almost-eleven-year-old” Anastasia McCrumpet is doomed to spend her days after her parents are allegedly hospitalized in a “freak vacuum-cleaning accident.” To escape her strange (and heretofore unknown) great-aunts Primrose and Prudence, who gnash their metal choppers at breakfast and lock her inside a musty old room at sundown, Anastasia explores the asylum’s cavernous halls seeking a way back to her hometown of Mooselick. First-time author Grant is gifted at immersing readers in her fantastical world, infused with comically absurd details like Anastasia’s grudge-holding “revenge-pooper” guinea pig and descriptions of her inhospitable new home, “as cold and clammy as an octopus hug.” As the first book in a planned series, this fanciful introduction to shapeshifters and shadow dwellers sets the tone for oddities to come while leaving some key questions unanswered. It’s clear that Anastasia is anything but average, and her adventures are just beginning as the book comes to a close. Finished art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Mar.)