Alistair Grim's Odditorium

Hardcover | January 6, 2015

byGregory Funaro

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ANew York TimesBest Seller"Verne-ian fantasy and reversal of fortune la Dickens willlure readers into this good-vs.-evil series debut."-KirkusReviews

"Ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter." -Booklist

"With a dash of Dickens and more than a bit of Rowling, this first book in a proposed series should have no trouble finding an audience."-VOYA


Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.

All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.

There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.

Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight.

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ANew York TimesBest Seller"Verne-ian fantasy and reversal of fortune la Dickens willlure readers into this good-vs.-evil series debut."-KirkusReviews"Ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter." -Booklist"With a dash of Dickens and more than a bit of Rowling, this first book in a proposed series should have no trouble find...

Gregory Funaro grew up inCranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, "The Ghost in the Window,"in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunatelyit has been lost to time. Following high school, Greg majored in theatre at theUniversity of New Hampshire and, after various acting gigs, received his AM i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1484700066

ISBN - 13:9781484700068

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Grubb, a 12-year-old (or thereabouts) chimney sweep who works for the grumpy Mr. Smears, is pulled away on an adventure he never expects in this rollicking fantasy. When running from local bullies, Grubb jumps into Alistair Grim's trunk, and when he steps out, he's at the Odditorium, Grim's home for all things weird and wonderful in old London. He's chased by doom dogs, flies with multicolored fairies, and happily forgets the misery of his early life while working under the dark and enigmatic Alistair Grim. It's not all fun high jinks, however, and soon trouble comes knocking at the Odditorium's door. Funaro's world building and characters are fascinating, and the fast pace and overstuffed plot-from war in the air to a daring escape from sea sirens-make for an exciting story. Funaro's first book for young readers has all the playfulness of classic adventures like The Phantom Tollbooth and the intrigue of newer steampunk novels, making it a clever mash-up of mystery and merriment, ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter-Booklist