Pure Dead Wicked

Pure Dead Wicked

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With the slates of the StregaSchloss roof crumbling round their ears, the Strega-Borgia family, complete with staff and dungeon-dwelling beasts, is forced to decamp to a local hotel for Christmas. Bored of being cooped up with only his laptop for entertainment, Titus tries his own experiment in cyber-cloning, only to end up besieged by 500 miniature versions of himself and his sister Pandora. The beasts too are fed up at the hotel. Determined to return to StregaSchloss, Ffup the dragon, Sab the gryphon and friends set off cross-country, only occasionally distracted by the call of the wild . . . A superbly labyrinthine plot weaves together clones, kids, beasts and dodgy roofers with great humour and a touch of magic in this highly acclaimed second novel.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 188g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552572934
  • 9780552572934
  • 710,559

About Debi Gliori

Debi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. She won the Children's Book Award picture book section, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997. Her backlist in Doubleday/Corgi includes Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep and The Very Small. Pure Dead Magic, which introduced the Strega-Borgias, was her first novel. It was followed by Pure Dead Wicked, Pure Dead Brilliant, Deep Trouble, Deep Water and Deep Fear. Debi lives in Scotland, near Edinburgh.show more

Review quote

"A wildly entertaining, over-the-top, exuberant brew of domestic upheaval, Strega-Borgia style. Gliori knows family interaction and she relates it with gusto, her skill as a storyteller characterised by her ability to take what her readers will know and wrap it up as something extraordinary" * Scotsman * "A breezy combination of wild charicature, computer-savvy contemporary sensibility and lavatorial jokes that should appeal to nine to twelve year olds" * The Sunday Times * "Adopts a relentless narrative pace. There's only one tempo permitted - fast-forward . . . Wonderful read-aloud material" * TES * "Terrific invention, magic, jokes and an excellent narrative style" * Daily Telegraph *show more

Back cover copy

Disaster strikes at StregaSchloss! The roof of the ancestral pile is beyond repair and the Strega-Borgia family have to move out - while the builders move in. Pandora and Titus, along with baby sister Damp, their parents, the old family retainers and their pet beasts, decamp to the local hotel. But the talking tarantula, the frozen granny and a mysterious trickle of tincture are left behind . . .show more

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"Terrific invention, magic, jokes and an excellent narrative style"show more

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763 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 28% (210)
4 36% (276)
3 28% (216)
2 6% (48)
1 2% (13)
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