Red Storybook - Maisie - The Girl Who Lost Her Head

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Another rip-roaring adventure set in the Showbiz world of the Edwardian era and a superb follow up to Max, the Boy Who Made a Million.

Maisie’s world falls apart on Coronation Day 1902. The boat on which she lived with her clog-dancing champion parents caught fire and Maisie becomes an orphan with only her pet marmoset, Max, for company. Maisie is sent to Canada to a foster family but she jumps ship [or rather the train bound for the docks!] and meets up with the Great Zapristi, master of illusion, man of a million secrets. She becomes his stage assistant – the Princess Maisie – and together they tour the country, playing to packed audiences. The climax of Zapristi’s show is when he chops off the head of his pretty young assistant, to the audiences dismay. But never fear, Maisie lives to tell the tale.. And what a tale, for she meets the King of England and finds the lost crown jewels! This is sure to spark the imagination of every 7 – 9 year old.

The story captures the excitement of a contemporary Paul Daniel’s show, combined with the memory of a man at the end of The 39 Steps – a classic story of a while ago! Gyles Brandreth is a superb storyteller of adult’s and children’s novels.

Red Storybooks are short novels for confident young readers, in a variety of genres. This title fits in with the Literacy Hour Strategy for Year 4, terms 1 and 2.

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Gyles Brandreth is well-known as an author of fiction for both children and adults. His No 13 and Slippers titles for Puffin are extremely popular and his Nick Saint thrillers for adults were published last year to great acclaim. Gyles has been MP for Chesterfield until the last election; the founder of Complete Editions, providing texts for a variety of books for many publishers; is a director of the National Playing Fields Association ; founder of the Teddy Bear Museum and runs Madcap Publishing with his wife Michele Brown.

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On Coronation day in the year 1902, Maisie becomes an orphan. Alone and homeless, with only Max, her pet marmoset for company, she meets up with the world – famous magician, the Great Zapristi – man of a million secrets and master of illusion. Zapristi's favourite trick is chopping heads off cabbages, flowers and…his young assistants! Find out how Maisie not only keeps her head but helps the king of England find the crown jewels in this rip-roaring show-stopping adventure!

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