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Ugh: it’s always so awkward when someone you’d rather avoid helps you. Frank doesn’t know how to feel when Nick Underbridge saves her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He’s big, he’s weird and he smells. At least, that’s what all the kids in Frank’s class say. Yet there’s something nice about Nick’s house. Maybe it’s the strange music playing there, but it feels light and good. It makes Frank feel happy for the first time in about forever. But there’s more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye. Frank isn’t the only one keeping secrets – or the only one who needs help.

  • A poignant and powerful illustrated novel by the author of The Imaginary
  • Shortlisted for the Greenaway Medal and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal
  • Brilliant artwork by Levi Pinfold, the acclaimed illustrator of Black Dog
  • Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, David Almond and Chris Riddell

“Broodingly atmospheric … A fantasy blending the strange and the everyday.” Sunday Times

“Extraordinary … as moving, strange and profound as Skellig.” Guardian

Product Details






Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Date published

November 2nd, 2017

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 6.0 points

Other details

  • 240 pages



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