The Orphans of St Halibut’s by Sophie Wills, illustrated by David Tazzyman

The orphans at St Halibut’s Home for Waifs and Strays are quite ecstatic, which is strange considering they are locked away in an establishment known for it’s strict and cruel regime. But Tig, Herc and Stef are hiding a secret, which if discovered could condemn them to a life in the terrifying Mending House. A place that sucks the very life and joy out of children, destroying any tiny amount of happiness they may have left. And when the children discover they are about to be inspected by DEATH (the Department for Education, Assimilation, Training and Health), they realise that the game might well and truly be up. It’s going to take a cunning plan, a bad-tempered goat and a lot of luck if they’re going to get away with their terrible deed.

From the moment you start reading this story, you know this is not your average adventure. It opens with a hilarious and somewhat bonkers discovery that will delight the reader with the deliciously dark and downright outrageous situation the children find themselves in. Anarchy rules, unfortunately they quickly realise there will be consequences for their actions but every time it looks like they’re about to be caught red handed more unavoidable accidents seem to occur causing mayhem for anyone unlucky enough to be nearby. The characterisation is marvellous, with the most foul but hapless villains who are no match for these badly behaved but incredibly smart children. David’s gothic but humorous illustrations enhance this ghastly story giving it just enough of a comic edge to make it feel more tongue-in-cheek than outrageously gruesome. At the heart of this story we feel the incredibly strong bond between the children which is shown in the lengths they will go to in order to protect each other. Engaging and entertaining, ideal for children who like their humour on the dark side.

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Thank you to Sabina and Macmillan for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of the book. ‘The Orphans of St Halibut,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop. If you can please support your local independent bookshop, you can find your nearest one here.

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