You, Me and Thing 1: The Curse of the Jelly Babies

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Faber & Faber, Jul 19, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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Neighbours Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. And when Thing places a curse on the inhabitants of the new house that's been built over his old home, Ruby and Jackson find themselves up to their eyeballs in jellybabies, magic and BIG trouble.

I never expected to be friends with a Thing. Well, you don't, do you? You usually think of friends being either boys or girls, or maybe even cute yappy dogs. Well, Thing certainly doesn't fit into any of those categories. Thing is just a... a... Actually, I'm not sure quite how to describe it.
"A sort of troll crossed with a fairy crossed with a squirrel?" Jackson suggested, after we first discovered Thing.
"I is not a squirrel," Thing purred grumpily, twitching its squirrelly ears. "And not a fairy or a trolly. Whatever they is."
By the way, I never expected to be friends with Jackson Miller either. I guess I've got a bit of explaining to do, about Jackson and about Thing. (Oh, and about curses and jellybabies too, And the magic. I mustn't forget the magic!)

Contains charming black and white line illustrations by Alex T. Smith


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Title Page Dedication 1 Once upon a thing
Funny feelings and fiTttsH 3 Phew and hurray
A sweet squish 5 Talking without speaking
Seriously spectacular weirdness 7 The sudden SPLAT
In the blink of a human
Another ARRGHH 10 Once upon an
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Karen McCombie is the bestselling author of numerous children's and teenage books, including the series Ally's World, Stella Etc, Indie Kidd and novels An Urgent Message of Wowness and The Raspberry Rules. Before becoming an author she worked for teen magazines such as J17 and Sugar. Originally from Scotland, she lives in London with her husband, young daughter and assorted cats, who all give her inspiration for her books, whether they like it or not.

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