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Barnaby Grimes : Legion of the Dead

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Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, high-stacking his way across the rooftops of his city in search of adventure and mystery. In each tale, he encounters a supernatural force and must battle the horrors that await him. In "Legion of the Dead", Barnaby finds himself embroiled in a plot that includes a legion of zombies raised from the dead. In Dickensian times, people were terrified of being buried alive, and so were left in their coffin with a wire, attached to a bell, running from above the ground, down through the earth and the lid of the coffin, and tied to the little finger of the buried body. Those who found themselves awake in the darkness of their coffin could wiggle their finger and summon help. And so one night, Barnaby makes a shortcut through a graveyard and is horrified to hear the tinkling of dozens of little bells...show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 131 x 200 x 16mm | 168g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 0552556262
  • 9780552556262
  • 275,591

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"The story maintains tension and momentum throughout, ably supported by illustrations which extend the quick-thinking hero - of whom, I am sure, we'll hear much more" Carouselshow more

About Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are the creators of the hugely successful Edge Chronicles, which have sold over two million copies and have been translated into over thirty languages worldwide. Their other collaborations include the Barnaby Grimes series and the Far Flung Adventures, the first of which, Fergus Crane, won the 2004 Gold Smarties Prize. Paul Stewart is the author of a number of previous titles for children including The Midnight Hand and The Wakening (a Federation of Children's Book Groups Pick of the Year) for the Yearling list. Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children. Winner of many prestigious awards including the UNESCO Prize (for Something Else), the Kate Greenaway Medal (in 2001 and 2004 for Pirate Diary and Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver') and the Gold Nestle Prize for Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, he is also the political cartoonist for the Observer.show more

Back cover copy

The corpses swayed where they stood, their bony arms outstretched before them and tattered sleeves hanging limply in the foggy air. I smelled the sourness of the sewers about them; that, and the sweet whiff of death. Their sunked eyes bored into mine. I was surrounded. . . Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, delivering messages and running errands all over the city, day and night. Gangland funerals and diving expeditions are hazardous enough, but when the graveyards begin to give up their dead, this tick-tock lad is faced with his deadliest challenge yet... A blood-curdling tale of greed and betrayal. Will Barnaby be defeated by the Legion of the Dead? From the creators of the bestselling EDGE CHRONICLES.show more

Review Text

"The story maintains tension and momentum throughout, ably supported by illustrations which extend the quick-thinking hero - of whom, I am sure, we'll hear much more"show more

Rating details

240 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (90)
3 32% (76)
2 4% (9)
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