Ant and Perry are shipped off to visit mad Aunty Mabel, while Beany and Sun Dance stay at home capturing burglars. The third book in the delightful trilogy about Robin Brogan and his friends at Porridge Hall.
It's Christmas, and the inhabitants of Porridge Hall are suffering from the winter blues. The weather is horrible, Mrs Robinson's ill, and, to top it all off, the Brogan's dog, Old Blanket, dies. So when the children hear the tale of a dolphin sword which brings good fortune, they're determined to track it down . . .
Unfortunately, however, Mrs Robinson is in decline, so Ant and Perry are shipped off to stay with Aunt Mabel, while Beany and Sun Dance are left with Mrs Brogan. Aunt Mabel, it transpires, is a silver-haired eccentric living in a menagerie - and not at all what the children expect. Then Sun Dance discovers a burglar, and the mystery of Aunt Mabel is revealed . . .
. . .the most engaging and affectionate comedy of manners. - THE GUARDIAN
Children will be greatly entertained by this rollicking story. - JUNIOR BOOKSHELF
THE EXILES IN LOVE
McKay has created a boisterous, chaotic family which always makes me want to rush out and adopt three sisters. Their collective charm will sweep some early teens off their feet . . . - GERALDINE BRENNAN in TES
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Hilary McKay grew up in a household of readers and read voraciously from an early age. After studying Botany and Zoology at St Andrews University, she went on to work as a biochemist, but always wanted to write. Hilary's novels have won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Award and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family.