Harry is in trouble. He's burned down the family kitchen so now has to spend a week of his summer hols with his uncle Tristram - who's heading off to stay with a new girlfriend - Morning Glory - on a tiny British island.
Harry doesn't expect it to be a lot of fun - with just a wacky competition at the end of the week to look forward to. He certainly didn't expect to discover all the beards. Or the angel on the mountain. Or the helicopters circling overhead all week. And he definitely didn't think it would be so wet . . .
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Anne Fine's acerbic take on life often assumes a level of sophistication in her young readers. Insights into the emotional lives of grown ups can appeal to children and the misunderstandings that surround Harry and Tristram's trip create comic situations that make the readers, for once, the knowing ones - The Sunday Times
Family relationships come under close scrutiny in this book, which is ideal for the summer holidays - The Bookseller
A lively, witty, rain-drenched tale full of big beards, from one of our best children's writers - Independent on Sunday
This is a most enjoyable book - Irish Examiner
This is Anne Fine at her hilarious best - Child Education
It's a controlled riot of invention, with a plot that embraces everything (or so it seems) from pork pies (some on sticks) to man (boy)-made floods . . . A laugh on virtually every one of its 180-odd pages - Carousel
Bursting with silly situations and hilarious antics - Bournemouth Daily Echo
Anne Fine has been an acknowledged top author in the children's book world since her first book was published in the mid 1970s, and has now written more than forty books and won virtually every major award going, including the Carnegie Medal (more than once), the Whitbread Children's Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize and others. The Children's Laureate from 2001-2003, Anne is also very funny and young readers love her lack of hypocrisy about the family and her honesty about how people can behave. She lives in the North-East.
'One of the sharpest and most humorous observers of the human condition writing today for the young' School Librarian
'She is translated into 26 languages and has regularly won every major children's literary award in the land, including the Carnegie Medal twice and the Whitbread Children's Novel award twice . . . There are few more influential, or more unfailingly intelligent, authors at work' Scotsman
'A subversively wicked gift for exploring family tensions' Independent