The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing

Dragons, monsters, steampunk robots, very funny pictures. We’d wrestle sharks for this book. Welcome to an alternate 15th century. A place where dragons roam, sailing ships transform into submarines and blacksmiths build amazing robots. Here, young orphan Benjamin Blank battles monsters, rescues maidens and discovers fantastic new lands. (But never quite gets his homework handed in on time.) Think Doctor Who smashing into King Arthur’s round table, with murderous monsters lurking in the shadows.

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    Winner of the 2012 Scottish Children’s Book Award (older readers) for The Thirteenth Horseman.

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