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Children need rules,’ stated Miss Watkyns. ‘And rules must be obeyed.’ A lady made of angles and straight lines, neat and crisp all the way from her hairpins to the hem of her long black skirts, Miss Watkyns believed in good manners, fair play, plenty of fresh air for growing children – and rules. She sat, straight and stiff, at a large desk where nothing was ever allowed to be out of place. Even the goldfish in its crystal bowl swam in orderly clockwise circles. Behind her, the open window let in sea-salty sunshine, the whoops and cries of children let loose to play and the mew of gulls.

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At the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children, Pip and Flora are in trouble.

Running away with their dog they discover the Marvellous Land of Snergs, a magical world of cinnamon bears and scrumptious feasts – but also one of vegan ogres, disgraced jesters and dastardly Kelps, with a villain dressed entirely in purple ...

Soon their only friend is forgetful but lovable snerg, Gorbo. He will lead them home – if they can decide where home really is and if Gorbo can remember how to get there.

A brand new, funny and quirky story based on E.A. Wyke-Smith's classic, the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, featuring wonderful illustrations from Melissa Castrillón.

'I should like to record my own love and my children’s love of E. A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs, at any rate of the snerg- element of that tale, and of Gorbo the gem of dunderheads, jewel of a companion in an escapade.'


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