Jenny Moore

Elisa Paganelli

Release Date:
November 2022


198×129 mm middle grade fiction 

Age group:
8-11 years


Odelia and the Varmint

New Frontier Publishing


‘What if I don’t want to go back to a life of storms and soggy sea biscuits?’ said Captain Blunderfuss. ‘What if I’d rather stay here and search for treasure instead?’
When a pair of unruly fictional pirates escape out of their book into Victorian London, 11-year-old Odelia Hardluck-Smythe’s lonely life is turned upside down. Captain Blunderfuss and Cook are rude, dangerous and obsessed with marzipan fruits, but they could be the answer to all her prayers. Pirates mean treasure and poor, fatherless Odelia could really do with some of that. Unfortunately, there’s more to ‘treasure’ than buried chests of rubies and diamonds, as Odelia’s about to discover the hard way.
A fast-paced, rip-roaring Victorian adventure with twists and turns galore!

Key Words

#MiddleGradeFiction #VictorianEra #History #Mystery #Adventure #Pirate #London

Key Selling Points:

  • A gripping plot from start to finish, with unusual thrills, twists and turns, this middle grade novel is full of humour, eccentric characters and clever wordplay
  • Readers will immediately be enchanged by main character Odelia Hardluck-Smythe and her determination to restore the family’s fortune
  • Vividly evocative Victorian setting which ties in with the National Curriculum
  • Cover illustration by award-winning illustrator, Elisa Paganelli
  • Perfect for 8+ readers who love exciting historical fiction

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