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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point; New edition edition (24 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439954789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439954785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,294,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, and welcome to my author page. I'm Eleanor Updale, and I've been writing books since the turn of the century. My books are suitable for anyone who can cope with a meaty story, and I have readers aged from 9 to 99 and beyond.

2014 is a big year for me. I have several books coming out. The New MONTMORENCY book, MONTMORENCY RETURNS will be available here very soon. It's the fifth book in the Montmorency series of historical novels, and to celebrate its arrival, the four other books have been released in a new edition, to match the new arrival. You can buy them only on Amazon, to download on Kindle, or as paperbacks. They have better paper, better print, and better covers than ever.
You don't have to read the books in the right order, but it's best if you do. Here's the list:
1. MONTMORENCY - Look for the top hat on the cover, on a purple background.
ISBN: 978-1482657661
2. MONTMORENCY ON THE ROCKS - Look for the Scottish island on the cover, on a red background. ISBN: 978-1482657609
3. MONTMORENCY AND THE ASSASSINS - Look for the X-ray on the cover, on a blue background.
ISBN: 978-1482657692
4. MONTMORENCY'S REVENGE - Look for the fire on the cover, on a gold background.
ISBN: 978-1482657623
5. MONTMORENCY RETURNS - Look for handwriting on the cover, on a green background.
No ISBN number yet.

If the right edition doesn't come up straight away on Amazon, try entering the ISBN number, and the newest version should pop up.

Meanwhile, THE LAST MINUTE is coming out in paperback, there's a new book for the very young called ITCH SCRITCH SCRATCH (about head lice), and later this spring an new edition of SAVED.
There are also international editions of most of the books, including JOHNNY SWANSON, in languages varying from French, German and Spanish to Chinese and Japanese.

I have won several prizes on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Blue Peter Prize for The Book I Couldn't Put Down, the Silver Smarties Prize, and the Fantastic Book award. I have been long and shortlisted for many others, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize. You can read more about me at my website www.eIeanorupdale.com You can also find my blogs on The History Girls site: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk or at http://dfb.randomhousechildrens.co.uk/blog


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. P. Gearing VINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2005
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There seems to be a penchant for sewer-as-highway fiction at the moment, but no matter, this is absolutely one to read. I bought it for my eight year old as part of her read-a-million words project because I had seen it reviewed on the first edition of Blue Peter I had seen in years. It was roundly recommended by the jury of children, though I thought it might be a little old for someone of eight. So I thought I would read the first chapter, just to get a feel of it, and see if it would be within her capabilities. I read the whole book in one sitting, which I think qualifies it as a "Page Turner", and yes I think she could cope with it, though it would stretch her - no bad thing. Actually, I think I might just have to read it with her just to make sure she doesn't get stuck, but as she is about to undergo an operation I think I might leave it a while as I don't think she will take kindly to the doctor character!
Fast paced without too much detail, this is unusal enough to engage the imagination of a wide range of readers. I really must check out the sequel......
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2005
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This is a page turner, both exciting and humourous the central character being more complex and interesting than would be expected of a children's book due to his two personalities. Although classed as a childrens book this book is definately as enjoyable at 17 as it was when i first read it at about 14. Despite his beginnings as a criminal you can't help but root for Montmorency and the vivid images of victorian life the book creates are facinating. The short chapters and pacy style make it a book that is hard to put down as you just "read the next chapter - oh and the next!!" I for one was delighted when i found there was another book in the series!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John L on 30 Jun. 2004
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After I had read a chapter or two to my 9-year old, he asked whether the eponymous central character (certainly nothing like the stereotypical hero) was a child. We realised that unlike virtually all modern writing for children there is not a single child/teenager character in this book. And it doesn't matter at all. The snobbery, brutal inequality, filth and chaos of Victorian London is depicted in a way that remains fresh, yet the pace of the plot is never lost.
It's a perfect book to read to a child. Lots to talk about (the brutality of life in Wandsworth prison), not patronising (visits to La Traviata at the Opera House with the landlady and her daughter turning tricks outside or a foray into Balkan intrigue) - we were both sorry when we turned the final page.
Far more than a reworking of Jekyll and Hide, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Mcveigh on 6 Mar. 2014
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Montmorency (by Eleanor Updale) is a tale of a man brought back from the brink of death, who went out to do worse than the crime that landed him in prison. A story of a man who left jail with nothing and five years later has riches beyond his wildest dreams, while his motives are questionable his hart is in the right place (well most of the time anyway). Filled with intrigue, crime riches, scientific enquiry and noble friendship all set in the city of London. From back sewers to embassy’s from crime to national intrigue you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. With Montmorency all the way you won’t want to put it down till the very end.
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: Montmorency begins a thief. He's in prison after a long run of not being caught, and then only got caught because he fell off a roof, or something like that. And then it's time for his release. Determined he wants a better life, he decides he's going to be a proper gentleman. But he can't do that without money. To get around this, he creates two personalities: the gentleman Montmorency and his servant Scarper. This is the story of his double life and the dangers he faces.
The plot was interesting, but not the most memorable. It progresses through various parts of Victorian London, going from prison, to the back alleyways, to the posh end of town and back.
I liked the way Montmorency thinks, his logic behind it all. The way he kept on top of everything was my favourite thing about the book.
It's a different take on the Victorian era, for me anyway. Unlike what I tend to read, this book makes no mention of anything paranormal or futuristic. This is simply a well researched tour of Victorian London, both the posh front and the underworld.
The characters were easy to distinguish, but, like the plot, not the most memorable. But they do stick with you somewhat, such as Cissie, who is most likely the most annoying character I have ever met in a book.
Overall: I give this strength 3 tea to a book that was good, but not amazing. Recommended for younger readers.
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It's difficult to work out which age group this book's aimed at. Children under 10 may be put off by the complexities of the plot whilst children over 10 may be put off by the fact that there's little dialogue to break up the action. It's not helped by the fact that the book revolves an adult amoral protagonist (something of a rarity in childrens' fiction). These might put some parents off from picking up a copy for their children, but I'd nevertheless urge them to give it a go.

Montmorency is a very well told tale of a convict who hits upon the perfect plan for robbing London's rich and privileged inhabitants by using the new sewer system. Montmorency himself is something of a split personality (playing both himself and his amoral manservant), which provides a psychological complexity missing in many childrens' books. There are some sly laughs (notably at the expense of the ghastly hotelier's daughter who takes a shine to the anti-hero) and Updale has produced a plot that doesn't patronise the reader (she includes scenes giving Montmorency an interest in opera and compares the wealth of the aristocracy to the poverty of London's underbelly). The end of the book gives a hint at redemption for Montmorency and sets up an intriguing premise for future adventures, which I'm very much looking forward to reading.
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