Alistair Grim’s Odditorium
Illustrated by Chris Mould
Age range: 9–11; Book Band Y6/P7; Dark Blue B; Pearl
Twelve-year-old Grubb lives a hand-to-mouth existence in Victorian England, working as a chimney sweep under a cruel master. After an incident at an inn, he hides in the trunk of one of its guests, the enigmatic Alistair Grim, and is whisked away to his Odditorium, a wonderful flying house full of incredible mechanical features powered by an enigmatic substance called animus.
Now apprenticed to Grim, Grubb begins to settle into his new life and find a new family in the eccentric crew of the Odditorium, when suddenly his new world comes under attack by the evil Prince Nightshade and he is propelled into a perilous quest. As he gets caught up in the struggle, Grubb will learn valuable lessons and discover remarkable secrets about himself and his new host.
A clever mash-up of mystery and merriment, ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.
Verne-ian fantasy and reversal of fortune à la Dickens will lure readers into this good-vs.-evil series debut.
A wonderful take, full of imagination and amazing characters … the story will definitely appeal to those who love quirky and magical activities
The School Library Association
An enchanting book set in a world where the odd is the ordinary, evil has many faces and love is the most powerful magic of them all
Aldershot News and Mail
An exciting action-packed novel, full of unusual, but likable characters, with many suspense filled moments
Funaro’s knack for memorable characters and scenarios shines in this frenetic, entertaining romp.