Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
Meet the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven, and discover the dark secrets of Castle Otherhand.
Edgar is alarmed when he sees a nasty looking black tail slinking under the castle walls. But his warnings to the inhabitants of the castle go unheeded: Lord Valevine Otherhand is too busy trying to invent the unthinkable and discover the unknowable; his wife, Minty, is too absorbed in her latest obsession - baking; and ten-year-old Cudweed is running riot with his infernal pet monkey. Only Solstice, the black-haired, poetry-writing Otherhand daughter, seems to pay any attention. As the lower storeys of the castle begin mysteriously to flood, and kitchen maids continue to go missing, the family come ever closer to the owner of the black tail...
Already well established for his teen writing Marcus is equally adept at entertaining this younger age group. 6 book series: FLOOD AND FANG will be followed by GHOSTS AND GOLD, LUNATICS AND LUCK, MAGIC AND MAYHEM, VAMPIRES AND VOLTS, DIAMONDS AND DOOM. Target market - 9+ readers of Lemony Snickett/Spiderwick Chronicles. Total Marcus Sedgwick sales in the UK exceed 290,000. Marcus is published in 13 languages. Marcus won the Branford Boase Award for his debut novel and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal with MY SWORDHAND IS SINGING. Major marketing and publicity planned. Illustrated in black and white by new talent Pete Williamson. Proofs available.
Marcus Sedgwick has worked in children's publishing for ten years, and before that he was a bookseller. He is also a stone carver and wood engraver and illustrates all his novels. Marcus lives in Sussex and has a young daughter, Alice.