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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444003488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444003482
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is ideal for all young readers, even the reluctant ones, or those fairly new to reading alone: the words are well spaced, and the joyous absurdity forces you to turn the page. The wonderful illustrations by Pete Williamson not only make the meaning of the words clear but enhance them, encouraging the reader to pause and enjoy their delightful dottiness... If you don't yet know Edgar, Solstice and the others, it's time you got reading. (THE BOOKBAG)

If you ever just want to read something wacky and laugh-out-loud funny, please, please pick up the Raven Mysteries series. It starts with Flood and Fang, spans six books and is my all-time favourite series for younger readers. I can give it no higher praise than that, but I think that's probably acceptable. As Edgar, and now young Rob, would say: Futhork! (WONDROUS READS) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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There's no sign of the fabled lost treasure of Otherhand, and the family are on the verge of being thrown out of the castle in the sixth and final Goth-froth mystery by BLUE PETER AWARD-winning team Marcus Sedgwick and Pete Williamson.

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Format: Hardcover
I haven't read the earlier books in this series, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of this mad, wild and wacky story. Disaster is about to strike the Otherhand family as it appears they are broke and the castle must be sold. Solstice and her brother Cudweed realise that it is up to them to save the situation and decide to find hidden treasure by using a spell. It's not unusual for spells to go wrong in stories, but Mr Sedgwick's imagination goes into overdrive and the repercussions of this particular spell going wrong are hilarious! Laughing-until-you-cry kind of hilarious!! There are bizarre creature inside and outside the castle, a snowstorm in the gallery above the small hall, staircases turning to raspberry jelly, a room turning upside down - but do they find the hidden treasure, you may ask?? My lips are sealed! Edgar the Raven is on hand to help, of course, but he is in a bit of a mood because there seems to be a new, younger raven in the castle. Is his position in jeopardy? This is surely the book to give to book-phobic children who say `books are boring'. The story is wonderful and the illustrations are entertaining in a darkly, comic, gothic kind of way. Mr Sedgwick's army of fans will not be disappointed and he is sure to find lots of new ones with this brilliant conclusion to the Raven Mysteries series.
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Well, this is it. The time has come. Marcus Sedgwick's ridiculously funny, mental tales of the Otherhand family have reached their end. I'm sad, as I knew I would be, but I'm also glad I can now go back and re-read the whole series. I'm also extremely excited about Marcus's new children's series next year, which will see both him and illustrator Pete Williamson reunited once again. I can't wait!

Anyway, I must go back to Castle Otherhand for a moment. Diamonds and Doom is, I'm happy to say, the most nutty, mad instalment yet. And what a way to end the series! There are strange monsters roaming the hallways, vortexes, magic spells, people turning to stone, Rob the new little raven and even a helping of prehistoric creatures. Basically everything you never thought you'd see in a Raven Mysteries novel! Each character handles the madness well, of course, with Solstice uttering many a "gasp!" and Cudweed being braver than usual. Even Lord Valevine seems genuinely worried, until it all becomes apparent that he just doesn't want to have to stop conducting his useless experiments. All in all, it's an Otherhand adventure like no other!

Pete Williamson's fantastic illustrations are on top form as per usual, with my favourite from this book being Edgar the raven in his holiday clothes standing in front of his suitcases. Hehe! I also learnt even more about the Otherhand family from the small nuggets of information at the start of each chapter, and I now know that Nanny Lumber scares fish and that a poor little mouse once got singed in a castle fire. How awful!

If you ever just want to read something wacky and laugh-out-loud funny, please, please pick up the Raven Mysteries series. It starts with Flood and Fang, spans six books and is my all-time favourite series for younger readers. I can give it no higher praise than that, but I think that's probably acceptable. As Edgar, and now young Rob, would say: Futhork!
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Format: Paperback
The entire family reads the Raven Mysteries!
My 9 year old reads them the second they arrive.
We ALL know each character and can recite whole sections.
Brilliant.

OH and if only the CD's were available for ALL of them. We all cuddle in bed listening.
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Great read for my 11 year old son,. He was addicted and couldn't put the series down! Easy to read and enjoyable!
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My 9 year old daughter loves this series (although I'm not so bothered by it! Lol).
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This book is a great read and it is a great hardback, paperback and kindle edition.It is a bit worrying in points, so not suitable for very young people. But otherwise an excellent choice for readers age 8-11. This is my personal favourite book of the Raven Mysteries series. This is the last book so you'd have to read the others first.
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