The greatest honour for a young boy is to be chosen as the high priest's apprentice in the temple of Ora. When Sebastian is selected, everyone is shocked - not least Sebastian himself. For you couldn't imagine a more unlikely candidate. Sebastian warms to his duties when he realizes that his new position gives him power. He can order as many cream cakes as he likes, and he turns the offering ceremony into a glitzy extravaganza. But Sebastian keeps having lucky escapes - he narrowly misses explosions and heavy objects falling on his head. Could there be a plot to get rid of him? Things get more sinister when Sebastian realizes he is up against the most powerful mob in the city. Undaunted, he and his pet rat, Gerald, go on a mission to foil the gangsters' plans . . . risking life and whisker.
Sally Prue has lived nearly all her life in Hertfordshire, England. As a child a combination of short-sight, social awkwardness, and monumental amounts of boredom led her to develop both an intense fantasy life and a longing to explore which still inspire her work as a writer for young people.
Her novel Cold Tom won the Branford Boase Award and the Smarties Silver Award, and The Truth Sayer was short-listed for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.