The Quigleys in a Spin by Simon Mason

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Five more stories about the irrepressible Quigleys (and including a surprise guest appearance from the next-door neighbor’s cat, Fatbrain). Will makes a huge effort to get on with the sullen Robinson Potts, an unwelcome visitor on the family’s weekend away. Lucy desperately hopes that her birthday party will occur without mishap even though Dad is promising to make it an event to remember. And Mum gets stuck on the roof–with Fatbrain.
These hilarous stories about ordinary family life are perfect for reading aloud as well as for newly independent readers to read by themselves.


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About Simon Mason

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SIMON MASON is the author of the Quigleys series for young readers: The Quigleys (Highly Commended in the UK's Branford Boase Award), The Quigleys at Large, The Quigleys Not for Sale, and The Quigleys in a Spin. He has also written three adult novels. Simon lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.
 
Published April 2, 2009 by David Fickling Books. 192 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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British words and spellings (“gritpaper,” “hoolah hoop”) add to the fun as we see Mum and Dad searching for the lost budgie, Will falling into daydreams, Mum recovering from wisdom-tooth surgery, and little sister Lucy befriending a French girl at a campground.

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From a stay at a hotel, to Will and Lucy’s earnest attempt to help out in a financial crisis, to a Mother’s Day walk, and the selling of the family cottage, four seemingly average moments in family life become extraordinary.

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As droll as a Britcom and as true to the spirit of family life as the all-American Quimbys, this import introduces the Quigleys: siblings Lucy and Will and their slightly feckless but loving parents.

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These stories read like tales families tell—years later— that usually start with a sibling saying one phrase (say, “Robinson Potts” or “Mum and Fatbrain on the roof”) and everyone chiming in with part of the tale until everyone is doubled over with hysteria.

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