Or,The Revenge of the White Spiders, Or, To Saturn's Rings and Back, A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space

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Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father Revd Marmaduke Mumsby in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the moon. One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster. Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of preparation ensues. But it is the wrong sort of preparation, as they discover when their guest arrives, and a Dreadful and Terrifying (and marvellous) adventure begins.

It takes them to the furthest reaches of known space, as well as to London, from where the entire Empire - including the American colonies and Her Majesty's Extraterrestrial Possessions, Mars, Jupiter and the Moon - is governed. (And where Myrtle will, to her mortification, sit on Queen Victoria).
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury 2006.
ISBN: 9780747582403
Branch Call Number: J FIC REEV
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wyatt, David - Illustrator


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Oct 30, 2016

This is really cool. Set in 1851, but an 1851 where a) space travel was discovered long ago by Isaac Newton, b) it's quite easy to breathe, anywhere in the solar system, and c) there are wild and wacky plants and animals everywhere you go. This is a fun story, fast paced, full of twists and turns. Anyone from 8 years and up would enjoy reading it, or having it read to them. Highly recommended.

ChristchurchLib Oct 22, 2013

"This is Victorian England like no one's ever seen it before! The year is 1851, and British citizens Art and Myrtle Mumby are living with their father in a rambling house called Larklight, which just happens to be floating around in outer space. When elephant-sized spiders attack Larklight, Art and Myrtle manage to escape, sending them on a series of adventures where they encounter aliens, robots, explorers, pirates... and their long-lost mother. Will the Mumbys be able to save the universe from the evil aliens and reunite their family? Find out in this rollicking tale that's not to be missed by anyone who loves their stories filled with non-stop action and lots of laughs." Kids' Books October 2013 newsletter

Nov 08, 2011

Most amazing; great fun. I do not jest on this matter.

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