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A House Called Awful End: Book One in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy Hardcover – Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; 1 edition (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805068287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805068283
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,071,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Age range: 8-11

When Eddie's parents are struck down by a strange disease that turns them a rather peculiar shade of yellow, it is decided that he should go and stay with Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud at Awful End.

Philip Ardagh's supremely daft and extremely funny novel is set in a terribly smelly 19th century world that children will love. Ardagh captures the stench and stealth of the times, turning what could have been a straightforward adventure story into a delightfully pungent, utterly ridiculous but unbelievably gripping adventure story.--Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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AWFUL END press coverage
AWFUL END has received rave reviews. Here are a few extracts:

"A delicious slice of the ridiculous. A real find." Tara Stephenson, THE BOOKSELLER

"With a wildly funny imagination that positively fizzes, Ardagh piles on the laughs. This is completely barking and I love it." Alison Davison, BIRMINGHAM POST

"Like Roddy Doyle, Philip Ardagh plays with narrative to hilarious effect." Jennifer Taylor, THE CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER

"Stimulating, original and exceptionally funny." Heaher Walmsley, SCHOOLSNET

"The author's breezy interjections and the characters' endearing habits make it a delightful and entertaining read." TIME OUT

"Eccentric, anarchic and engagingly written, this is a guaranteed winner." Lindsey Fraser, GUARDIAN --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
My dad bought it for my brother but I got a hold of it first and it was so brilliant that he read it next so my brother has not got his hands on it yet. It is very very very funny and exciting and is one of the best books I have ever read. I read it in two days it was so good. I cannot wait until the next adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
I love Harry Potters adventures. I have read them all. I also like Eddie Dickens' adventure in Awful End. Unlike JK Rowling, Philip Ardagh plays around with the way he tells the story as well as giving us the story itself. I like that because he is very funny. This book is FANTASTIC! I hope he writes more Eddie Dickens adventures soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
When Eddies parents catch a virus which makes them yellow, crinkly around the edges, and smelling of hot water bottles, he is sent to live with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud in Awful End. His journey to get there is easier said than done. Especially travelling with Uncle Jack and Aunt Maud.
His advice from his Mother - don't get mistaken for a run-away orphan and get taken back to the orphanage seems silly at the time, but it doesn't when it actually happens.
I got this book twice at Christmas, as it was recommended so much.
I think that this book is for people of around my age (11-12).
It was a quick read, but a very enjoyable, and funny one. After having read this book, I now want to read the next one.
I think that it was a little bit over-rated, but still scored 8/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book with my son - we could not stop laughing! Ardagh is a brilliant writer with an off-the-wall sense of humour that will keep you in stitches. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sep 2000
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I haven't read anything as funny as Awful End for a very long time. I couldn't put this book down - and it wasn't because of chewing gum stuck to the cover! The adventures of Eddie Dickens are gripping and side-splitting right from the first page. If you have read any of Philip Ardagh's other books (the Get A Life series, for example) you'll know he is a past master at telling you facts in an interesting and amusing way. In this book his talent is given free rein in a work of fiction - to hilarious effect. A roller-coaster ride of a book that will keep you laughing right to the end!
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By A Customer on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a laugh out loud read. Enjoyable for kids and adults. The adventure of Eddie Dickens are so funny you will snatch the next two up just to learn what happened to Mad Uncle Jack, even Madder Aunt Maud, and of course her stuffed stoat Malcolm (or is it Sally?) Herring, St. Horrid's Orphanage for Greatful orphans, and a sickness making people get crinkly around the edges and smell like old hot water bottles is in this book that is like Lemony Snicket with a comic twist. Monty Python lovers will also enjoy this book.
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