Marvin Redpost is convinced that he is of royal descent. In this hilarious introduction to our young hero and his friends, he sets out to find his true family roots and claim his right to the throne.
Marvin lives in a grey house with a white fence - a white fence but for one red post. He has red hair and blue eyes. He is also left-handed. 'We're lucky to be left-handed,' said Mrs North. 'It means we have royal blood.'
One day, at school, while writing a report, Marvin realises that nothing adds up. His parents have brown hair and they have brown eyes. Can he really be Marvin Redpost? Or is he, in fact, the lost son of the King of Shampoon - Prince Robert? Was he whisked away from the hospital at birth and are the Redposts really his kidnappers? Marvin sets out to get things straight. There are a lot of perks to being a prince and it's all very tempting but Marvin soon realises that sometimes the truth isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Louis Sachar writes with pace and humour and heart. This first story in a series of eight books introduces a strong and memorable character in his unique and inimitable style.
Praise for the Marvin Redpost books from Australian kids:
'Louis Sachar is such a good writer, so original, and so very entertaining.' - Helen, aged 8, YARA Review
'An exciting adventure story that is interesting from the start to the finish' - Pero, Year 6, YARA Review
'Marvin Redpost is a really likeable character...I really loved this book and plan to get the whole series' - Kayla, Year 7, in the Cairns Post
About the Author
Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York. While studying at the University of California he became a teacher's aide to gain extra credit, but in fact it turned out to be his favourite class and inspired him to write children's books. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. After he was fired from that job he moved onto law school where in his first week of study Sideways Stories From Wayside School was published. After completing his studies in 1980 he became a part-time lawyer but was compelled to concentrate on his writing full-time.
Once Sachar begins writing a new book he refuses to talk to anyone until it is finished and his office is also barred apart from his two dogs, Lucky and Tippy. He is inspired by various sources including his daughter and by events from own his childhood.
He lives in Austin, Texas and has won major literary awards for his books including the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award.
'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday Praise for Holes: 'Magic and hard realism come crashing together. This is an extraordinary and unconventional novel' Observer 'An exceptionally good novel' Sunday Times Praise for 'Sideways Stories from Wayside School': 'Thirty clever, fast-moving stories that describe the bizarre events at Wayside School ... each story is refreshingly different' Guardian
Series: Marvin Redpost S.
For Ages: 7 - 9 years old
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 19th April 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 2