Frank Lurcher and Tolstoy the Long-Eared Bat!
Twenty years ago they were the biggest names in ventriloquism with their TV show. But all good things come to an end.
Now, Frank Lurcher's a washed-out, grumpy has-been and his scraggy puppet Tolstoy is stuffed away in a trunk in the loft. But trouble is brewing. Frank suddenly declares that his teenage son, Jason, must follow in the family tradition and get a puppet of his own!
But someone's got a shrewd idea who that puppet should be. Someone with green eyes, moth-eaten velvety wings, a snarling snout and two extra-large pointy ears...
Tolstoy is making a comeback - with Jason as his new chosen puppeteer. He's out for another shot at TV superstardom, and a gruesome revenge on the showbiz puppets and people that wronged him in the past.
Can Jason fight his evil controlling power? Will the lovely Lisa Turmoil, hair-stylist to the stars, help him in his battle - or just go off and give someone a perm?
And if you cook a puppet ostrich in a microwave oven, does it count as murder?
About the Author
Paul Magrs was born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear in 1969. Strange Boy is his twelfth published book, although it's the first time he's written for a younger audience. He's always wanted to write the kinds of book he could never find when he was a teenager. Nowadays he is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
For Ages: 12+ years old
Number Of Pages: 241
Published: 7th June 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.178
Edition Number: 1