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FERGUS CRANE! YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER! I AM SENDING. HELP. Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life - having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne, helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home - and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem - they're actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates from the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there...?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780440866541
ISBN-10: 0440866545
Format: Paperback
(177mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart - Reviewed by (15 Jul 2011)

Fergus Crane is the first in the Strangest Adventures trilogy, written by the Edge chronicle authors, Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart. It is an amazing and highly imaginative story about a boy called Fergus who goes to school on a pirate ship, only to miss a lesson and find that the bad hearted crew have taken his friends off to a distant land to do who knows what with them- the only thing Fergus is aware of is that things are getting very strange and he has to help, no matter what. Getting help from his long lost uncle and a bunch of well meaning penguins, Fergus sets off on the adventure of a lifetime!

This is a truly one off book, it is a must be read thing!


Author Biography - Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are the creators of the hugely successful Edge Chronicles, which have sold over two million copies and have been translated into over thirty languages worldwide. Their other collaborations include the Barnaby Grimes series and the Far Flung Adventures, the first of which, Fergus Crane, won the 2004 Gold Smarties Prize. Paul Stewart is the author of a number of previous titles for children including The Midnight Hand and The Wakening (a Federation of Children's Book Groups Pick of the Year) for the Yearling list. Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children. Winner of many prestigious awards including the UNESCO Prize (for Something Else), the Kate Greenaway Medal (in 2001 and 2004 for Pirate Diary and Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver') and the Gold Nestle Prize for Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, he is also the political cartoonist for the Observer.

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