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The Extincts Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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“A breezy adventure with just the right amount of oddball charm.” –Booklist
"A fantastical adventure of mystery and imagination." –School Library Journal
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After George loses his bike outside of a shop, he needs a job to buy another one. It looks like a perfect opportunity when he sees a help-wanted notice for Wormestall Farm. But there aren't ordinary animals at Wormestall Farm; with aurochs instead of cows, a unicorn in the paddock, and a mini-kraken in the bathroom, George will have to keep his wits about him. When his friend's stepmother decides that these special animals need to become a part of her taxidermied menagerie, George will have to become a hero and protect them all.
So in short, the book is about and a boy and his (sort-of) friend battling to save a farm of (not so) extinct animals from his friend's crazy taxidermist step mother, who needs to stuff the ultimate animal in order to win the Golden Brain Spoon.
Sound weird? Well it is, but in the best of ways!
Actually, it's about the best Middle Grade novel I've read to my son all year--full of adventure and British wit, and a dash of rawness that grounds this adventure story in reality. It was wonderful the way this author so gently touched on the difficulties of singlemother-hood and struggling financially and the distant father all the while crafting a colorful, funny, story that kids would (and in the case of my son, did) eat up!
Top international reviews
The imagination within this book is fantastic, in every sense of that word. Her insights into the thinking of an 11-year old are razor sharp
I was reading it on a plane and people around me were clearly wondering why I was laughing aloud. Having seen the fabulous cover of the book they have hopefully gone and bought one in order to explore what is inside.
I do hope that there is going to be both a sequel and a film version.
This book would appeal to everybody, but particularly children aged between 7 & 11.