Larklight by Philip Reeve
A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space

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Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father 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 entirely 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, where they must battle the evil First Ones in a desperate attempt to save each other - and the Universe.


Recounted through the eyes of Art himself, Larklight is sumptuously designed and illustrated throughout.

 

About Philip Reeve

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Philip Reeve is a diverse and hugely talented author. He won the Carnegie Medal for Here Lies Arthur and his latest book, Goblins, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Sarah McIntyre's picture books include the best-selling, You Can't Scare a Princess and Morris the Mankiest Monster. She lives in London and has a significant presence on book blogs, Twitter, and other social media sites.
 
Published January 7, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 417 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When giant white spiders invade and attack their father, the two escape, propelled into a series of adventures that bring them into contact with Jack Havock, teen pirate, his crew of xenomorphs upon the aether-ship Sophronia, Sir Richard Burton, agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service on Mars and T...

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The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and clarifications column, Wednesday December 13 2006 In the article below, the reviewer commented on the similarity between the hero's name, Art Mumby, and that of real-life Victorian Arthur Munby.

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Publishers Weekly

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Art and Jack discover that the spiders were in fact man's precursors in this universe, and the mad Dr. Ptarmigan is working to help the arachnids reclaim it.

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SF Signal

Larklight starts off with an attack on Art and Myrtle’s house, Larklight, by unknown spider creatures.

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KidsReads

Art and his sister Myrtle live with their father in Larklight, a rambling house that orbits the Earth.

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SBY Teens

At this point the Mumsbys split, Myrtle as a captor and Arthur with Jack’s crew and readers must follow both stories to see how everything will fall into place.

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