Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on the rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Her boisterous brothers might not have noticed that anything is wrong, but Corby is highly observant and has a lot of time for note-taking and eavesdropping. Onboard, amongst all the odd passengers and eccentric crew, there is a strange group of men in bowler-hats who call themselves The Brotherhood of Clowns. There's also a melancholy wailing sound coming from the hold. It's strictly out of bounds but Corby can't help investigating. What could be inside the crate she discovers down in the hold? As the ship arrives at its destination, Corby must enlist the help of some very well moustachioed locals to uncover the contents of the crate and the dark secrets of the menacing Clowns...
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(178mm x 131mm x 16mm)
Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Book Review: Corby Flood by Chris Riddell - Reviewed by Romi Foster (15 Jul 2011)
Corby Flood is miserable, sailing on a huge, beautiful and slightly shabby ship to Harbour Heights Town, a place where everything will be changing for her and her family. After a bad accident, the family are moved away from all they know and only have to look forward to going to a dreadful school where Corby is sure will be perfectly dreadful. And, as is generally the way when things have begun to go a bad way, Corby had only one thing to look forward, seeing all the majestic sights as they flew past in the sea liner, even stopping and exploring, but that is a far off thing, not possible for a moment, anymore. Then something amazingly strange happens, and Corby is forced to take things into her own small hands!
Author Biography - Chris Riddell
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.