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George loves helping out at Wormestall Farm, hidden in the woods, even though it's full of extinctly scary creatures, like the dodo in the dog bed and the dinosaurs in the duck pond.

When Mortifer, the giant basilisk, goes missing, it's up to George to find him before wicked taxidermist Diamond Pye can add him and the others to her stuffed animal collection ...

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Press reviews

“A riotous debut novel in which all kinds of very unlikely things happen to likeable George when he takes on a job at Wormestall Farm.”


“The Extincts is perfect for 7-11 year-olds who love reading about weird, wild and wonderful creatures, have a taste for exhilarating escapades and rescue missions. The quirky illustrations by the brilliant Steve Wells amusingly bring the story to life. This story deserves a place alongside the young fiction classic books by Roald Dahl, Dick King-Smith and Eva Ibbotson.”


Author notes

'As a child, trips to London meant one of two places: London Zoo or the Natural History Museum. The zoo was wonderful but it was in the museum that my imagination took flight. I loved everything about it: the bones, the fossils, the stuffed animals, the stone beasts carved into its soaring walls. And if I could invite just one of Wormestall's inhabitants into my home, which would I choose? That's a really tricky question ... I'm very fond of them all.'

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