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Fergus Crane (Far-flung Adventures) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; First Edition edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385607199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385607193
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.8 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Inventive tale, action-packed . . . An irresistable dose of sea-faring escapism" (The Sunday Times)

"Another triumph from the Stewart-Ridell dream team" (Independent)

"This deliciously funny and beautifully lllustrated book will have readers begging for more stories like it . . . Chris Ridell and Paul Stewart have once again collaborated to produce a book which will tickle the imagination of their readers" (Through the Looking Glass)

"A traditional and delightful adventure" (With Kids)

"Move over Harry Potter! Magic and intrigue make this a riveting summer read" (Woman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fantastic adventure from the authors of the bestselling Edge Chronicles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Lawrence on 6 July 2006
Format: Paperback
A superb book for the transition between reading programmes and novels for pre-teenage children - appreciated as this is not so well served at present. Continues the surprisingly effective blend of visually evocative writing, fantastic but logical multi-threaded plot, and resonant illustration found in all the Stewart/Riddell books, but manages to use simpler elements accessable to younger children without disturbing the balance (possibly even improving it). Proved to be an excellent bedtime read for a five year old.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Claretta VINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a really delightful book although not startlingly original, as it mixes elements from many other children's stories. However it's done with such charm and enthusiasm, and the illustrations are so amusing, that it takes on a character all of its own. Highly recommended to children aged 7 upwards (or a great bedtime read).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
These books are fantastic for those children who are confident at reading, but who are not yet ready to tackle a complete novel on their own. The text is broken up with excellent illustrations which are as entertaining as the story itself and are brilliant if you, like me, are reading these books to children of mixed ages and abilities because there is always something to interest everyone. This is the first in the series of far flung adventures by the pair who brought us the Edge Chronicles. these are for slightly younger readers, but have all the pace, excitement and humour of their other books. Fergus attends a floating school with strange lessons in pot holing and menacing teachers. At the same time he begins to receive messages through small silver boxes with wings that fly into his bedroom at nights and draw him into the most amazing adventure of his young life. Intelligently written and good for parents and kids alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Me on 20 Nov. 2007
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Great book - interesting illustrations, pacy story, imaginative vocabulary and good to read to yourself or aloud. I read this to my younger 2 - girl (9), boy (8) - and we all looked forward keenly to the next chapter. The eldest (11) nicked it and read it in an evening and my daughter (by no means a keen reader) went on to find other books by the same authors (Hugo Pepper, Corby Flood, Ottoline the ?something?) and read them herself. I was initially attracted by the illustrations and hoped that they would make a 'real' book less intimidating to my children. I was delighted to discover that the story was well worth reading on its own; the pictures merely enhanced it further. I'd recommend it highly for both sexes between 5 and 12 -either to have read to them or to read themselves.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "spike_" on 26 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel have done it again! Another spectaculer book about a young boy called Fergus Crane who is sent a mechanical horse to come meet his long lost uncle and his friends who turn out to be pirates! A briliant book which you can't put down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Clack on 9 April 2009
Format: Paperback
A delightfully engaging adventure story for young children and a breath of fresh air compared to much of the simple-minded and formulaic fare aimed at this age group. Divided into numerous short and snappy chapters, we found this a perfect bedtime read for our 6 year old son who can't wait to get hold of the next 'Far Flung Adventure'! He loved the little illustrations throughout the book which helped him to absorb the rich vocabulary. Well written, cunningly illustrated, by turns exciting, amusing and heartwarming - a must read.
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I was looking for a book to take my 7yr old daughter to the next level of reading and to wanting to read independently. Currently we read to each other and is just starting to read to herself.
We started with Madame Pamplemousse and Ottoline - both also excellent books for this transition - and found the same author of the Ottoline series wrote Far Flung adventures, so we decided to try it.
We were not disappointed. The story is about a small boy who's father went missing before he was born. He and his mother live in an attic apartment of a building where his mother works in the bakery - located on the ground floor. The building has several apartments each with interesting tenants. There is lots of adventure, twists and revelations. Our pact of one chapter a night soon turned to two or three because some of the chapters can't be left till the next night.
We thoroughly enjoyed this book and have just bought Corby Flood far flung adventures. We haven't started it yet as we are in the middle of Ottoline at sea (by the same author - fantastically illustrated we think). Will review once we have read.
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By Stephwestlondon on 27 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
I am just reading the final book in this series to my 8 nearly 9 year old daughter. She has absolutely loved the first two and they were great books to read aloud to her. She isn't a girly girl and I think the characters are a brilliant blend that makes them appeal to either girls or boys around this age. The stories are gripping and funny and if you read all three the little 'in jokes' really make the reader feel part of it. The highest praise I can give is that my daughter has just had book week at school and she determinedly dressed up as Corby Flood, replete with pencil on a string and a cardboard Hoffindinck's Guide under her arm. She is also getting a kitten for her birthday which she intends to call Corby Flood.... you can't give higher praise than that I don't think!
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