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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians comes a must-read, wholly original middle-grade debut perfect for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia and Roald Dahl.
Dear Uncle Herbert -
You've never met me, but I'm your niece Kate, and since it is my birthday tomorrow and you are super-rich could you please send me a present?
Kate and her younger brother Tom lead terribly boring lives. And looking at their terribly boring parents, even adult life seems uninspired, with the real adventures saved for the characters in their books. Even Kate's 11th birthday is shaping up to be mundane. That is, until the mysterious and highly irresponsible Uncle Herbert surprises her with the most unexpected, exhilarating birthday present of all time: a real life, steel locomotive train called The Silver Arrow.
Kate and Tom's parents demand the extravagant, ridiculously inappropriate gift be returned (which is just what boring parents would say). Thankfully, however, Uncle Herbert has a different, highly fun (and highly questionable) idea in mind: to send his niece and nephew on a mysterious quest aboard The Silver Arrow, accompanied by a magical pack of talking animals-a fishing cat, a porcupine, a green mamba, a polar bear, and the sweetest baby pangolin in the world. With only curiosity, fear, adrenaline, and the thrill of the unknown to guide them, Kate and Tom set out on an adventure of a lifetime.
- ISBN-13: 9780316539531
- ISBN-10: 0316539538
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2020
- Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
- Page Count: 272
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12