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Two titles by “South Africa’s own J.K. Rowling” will enthrall young fantasy readers

Mr Humperdinck’s Wonderful Whatsit

Pete Smith does not believe in magic or fairies, but things change when someone is murdered and he suddenly has to rely on talking mice, a VID (Very Important Dwarf) and garbage heaps that fly around in revved-up dustbins to save him from an evil sorcerer and hordes of boy-eating rats.

A new edition of the 2005 winner of the M.E.R. prize for youth literature by the author described as SA’s own J.K. Rowling (Cape Argus, 08/07/2005).

Mr Humperdinck’s Mysterious Manuscript

Pete once again finds himself standing between the fairy kingdom and he forces of evil. A mysterious manuscript has been stolen from Mr Humperdinck’s documents and with a monstrous black shadow on his heels, Pete sets off on a crazy journey to find it.

Elizabeth Wasserman describes this novel as “full of suspense … Pete has to confront his own values … With a flying skateboard thrown into the deal, will Pete buckle under temptation or will he stick to his friends and save the day?”

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