Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes To Sea

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HarperCollins UK, Jun 24, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Harry the Poisonous Centipede is now quite brave, but nothing can prepare him for this next adventure! He and best friend George are lost in a new and even scarier no-top world. Far from home, across the no-end puddle, they must negotiate a strange treeless cold desert, a Nest of Hoo-Mins, lots of noise-hurt and terrifying hairy-yowlers!

Harry woke up first. The straight-up-hard thing was jiggling. It was moving.
“What’s happening?” asked George in alarm.
“I don’t know. We’re moving.” Harry replied.
“Where are we? We’re not where we were last night!” crackled George.
“I told you! This is a can’t -get-out!”

Harry and George face the toughest adventure yet when they are shipped West in a crate of bananas. Far across the no-end puddle, miles away from home, they must find a way to survive the bitter cold and hide from the hundreds of Hoo-Mins do-diddling around them. They run away as fast as they can, but inadvertently squirm into a Hoo-Min Nest and come face to face with a hairy-yowler!

All Harry wants is to go home to his mother, and tell her how much he warm-hearts her before her time comes to “stop”. But before they can even start the perilous journey home, they must escape the Nest and go out into the no-top world. Yet this particular Hoo-Min is fascinated by insects, and wants nothing more than to add some poisonous centipedes to his collection...

 

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Three young "centeens" find themselves shipping overseas in a shipment of bananas, and struggle to survive in a city full of "hoo-mins" in this humorous children's book. Harry and his pals amusingly ... Read full review

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Since Lynne’s first novel for adults, The L-Shaped Room, she has been published here and in the US. Her strong narrative style and ability to create worlds where small people and animals live, is second to none. Her book, The Indian in the Cupboard, shortly to be a Collins Modern Classic, was made into a major feature film – her books in the series sell and sell. Lynne says writing for children comes more easily than writing for adults. “It’s not that it is less demanding – I just find it more fun.”

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