Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.
All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.
There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.
Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight.
About the Author
Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, "The Ghost in the Window," in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. Following high school, Greg majored in theatre at the University of New Hampshire and, after various acting gigs, received his AM in theatre arts from Brown University and an MFA in acting from the FSU/AsoloConservatory. Greg teaches drama at East Carolina University and is busy working on the next book in the Odditorium series.
A New York Times Best Seller
"Funaro's knack for memorable characters and scenarios shines in this frenetic, entertaining romp. Action and mayhem abound, and although the story risks overloading readers with too many disparate elements and unusual creations (a glossary is included), Funaro brings it all together with clever worldbuilding. The story is enhanced by To's illustrations, which blend realism and exaggeration to great effect." - Publishers Weekly
"Verne-ian fantasy and reversal of fortune la Dickens willlure readers into this good-vs.-evil series debut." - Kirkus Reviews
"Ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter." - Booklist
"With a dash of Dickens and more than a bit of Rowling, this first book in a proposed series should have no trouble finding an audience." - VOYA
Series: Alistair Grim
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 8th December 2015
Publisher: DISNEY PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 13.21
Weight (kg): 0.27