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The Train of Dark Wonders

Published by Rock the Boat
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Jump aboard for a journey to strange and spectacular lands…

The magical must-read middle-grade novel from the bestselling author of THE POLAR BEAR EXPLORERS’ CLUB and FROZEN CHARLOTTE.

Bess has always loved her grandfather’s collection of curiosities. So she’s delighted when she’s handed the keys to his Odditorium. But unless she finds a way to draw in the crowds, she’ll have to close its doors for good.

When a mysterious train pulls into town, bound for The Land of Halloween Sweets, Bess hatches a plan and sneaks onboard. She is soon discovered by Beau the puppeteer, Louie the violinist and Maria the fire witch. Eager to join their adventure, Bess sets out to search for the rarest sweet of all – the ghostly gobstopper.

But the land is ruled by the fearsome Candymaker. And beneath the sugary surface, things are more dangerous than they first appear...

About The Author

Alex Bell has written multiple books for both adults and young people, including Frozen Charlotte, a Zoella Book Club pick, and The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club. After training as a lawyer, she now works at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Alex lives in Hampshire with her husband, sons and demanding Siamese cat.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Rock the Boat (October 5, 2023)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861545971
  • Ages: 8 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

'Stuffed with imagination, dusted with fun, and glazed with thrills and spills, this magical sweet is one you won't want to miss.' Sinéad O'Hart, author of The Eye of the North

'Darkly delectable and bursting with imagination, colour and creepy critters, Alex Bell's fairytale caper on rails is an absolute treat. Hop on board with hero Bess and friends for an unforgettable journey between worlds!' Alex Foulkes, author of Rules for Vampires series

'A story to be savoured as much as any Halloween treat... sharp and fizzing, with a warm, sweet centre.' Jodie Garnish, author of The Spectaculars

‘A magical and thrilling story.’ One of National Book Tokens' 23 new children’s books to read in 2023

'Alex Bell offers an exciting new entrant to the fantasy engine shed… The Train of Dark Wonders has a great deal to offer a young enthusiastic reader… Characterisation is particularly clever.' School Librarian

‘In this charming fantasy adventure, Bess takes a ride to the Land of Halloween Sweets on a remarkable train... She also learns important lessons about self- acceptance, friendship and being happy with who you are.’ BookTrust

'This is a definite page-turner, and this reviewer is looking forward to the next one.’ Books for Keeps

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