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The Orchard Underground - Mat Larkin

The Orchard Underground

Paperback Published: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9781760500856
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 9+ years old

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An explosive, suspenseful and utterly brilliant middle-grade mystery for fans of Louis Sachar’s Holes

Not-quite twelve year-old Pri Kohli knows the town of Dunn’s Orchard better than anyone. After all, he was the first kid ever to live there. He knows its mysteries (none), its secrets (also none) and the best ways to have fun in it (climb a big tree and sit there).

So why can’t he answer newcomer Attica Stone’s simple question: if the town’s called Dunn’s Orchard, where’s the orchard?

As Pri and Attica go in search of forbidden fruit, they uncover stranger mysteries: a robot caterpillar, a mayor with a murky past, a Possibly Real Actual Boogeyman and a house made of doors in a haunted wood. But what will Pri and Attica do when they discover the biggest secret of all – that something truly magical is about to be destroyed, and the only way to save it could be by destroying the town itself?

Mat Larkin’s stunning debut is a big-hearted, wildly surprising and deliciously well-plotted mystery for readers aged 8+ about the joy of discovery, and digging just that little bit deeper to uncover the truth.

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'Is there anything better than reading about a group of buddies taking on the world for the first time? The Orchard Underground made me laugh, clutch my chest, get misty-eyed and wish for that wonderful, confusing time when I was on the threshold of big changes and huge possibilities. 

I cheered Pri, Attica and Slotcar on at every turn and grew to love every big weirdo in this strange town. Larkin has perfectly captured the novelty, mystery, growing pains, silliness and emotional rollercoaster of the tween years, and wrapped it up into one wondrously odd and unpredictable adventure.’ 

– Leanne Hall, author of Iris and The Tiger and This is Shyness

ISBN: 9781760500856
ISBN-10: 1760500852
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.16
Edition Number: 1

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