Terrible Times

Terrible Times

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PART THREE OF THE EDDIE DICKENS TRILOGY! In this final book in the trilogy, Eddie has been given the task of travelling to America to look after his family's interests there. But his life is never that simple, especially with a potential stowaway in his trunk, and Lady Constance Bustle at his side. She's a professional 'travelling companion', whose previous employers seem to have died under the most remarkable and unfortunate circumstances...
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  • 12-17
  • Audio cassette | 2 pages
  • 108 x 134 x 18mm | 45.36g
  • Penguin Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0141804777
  • 9780141804774

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Ardagh claims to be closing out this trilogy, but readers of the earlier volumes may be justifiably skeptical. Here, after reintroducing young Eddie, his nutcase parents, his Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud (abbreviated to MAJ and EMUM for convenience), the author sends his naive but capable lad off to America. She's joined by Lady Constance Bustle, whose previous traveling companions have all suddenly and mysteriously died, leaving their estates to her, an escaped convict from a previous adventure, and the fabulously huge, aptly named Dog's Bone Diamond. After many digressions, narrowly averted disasters, and silly set pieces a la Monty Python, Eddie survives a murder attempt, brings his nefarious governess to justice, and returns in triumph to the family digs at Awful End. In occasional small ink drawings, Roberts endows the entire cast with madly staring eyes and appropriately disheveled looks. Lemony Snicket fans in need of a happy ending might take to this very British farce as a change of pace. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
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About Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh is a full-time writer of fiction and non-fiction, and has written over fifty books for children including The Hieroglyphs Handbook: Teach Yourself Ancient Egyptian and Did Dinosaurs Snore: 100 1/2 Dinosaur Questions. He lives with his wife and two cats in a seaside town somewhere in England. Oh, and he's over 2 metres tall and has a very bushy beard.
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