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Andy Mulligan


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When your school’s motto is “Life is dangerous,” you know that anything can happen—and everything does!

This raucous tale of education gone awry is rife with “disgracefully dangerous high-octane fun,” according to the The Guardian, which awarded Ribblestrop the Children’s Fiction Prize. There’s no school that’s quite like Ribblestrop, complete with roofless dormitories, distracted teachers, and a perilous underground labyrinth. And then there are the students! You’ll meet Sanchez, a Colombian gangster’s son hiding from kidnappers; Millie, an excluded arsonist and self-confessed wild child; Caspar, the landlady’s spoiled grandson; the helpful but hapless Sam and his best friend Ruskin, plus a handful of orphans from overseas who are just happy to have beds—even if they are located in a roofless part of the building. With the “crazy-school appeal of Hogwarts and the grim humor of Lemony Snicket” (The Independent), Ribblestrop is sure to delight the most mischievous among us.

Praise For Ribblestrop

The book is cheerfully outrageous, and drunken kiddos making up the school song and adults trying to drill holes in children’s brains to make them more obedient aren’t for everyone, but Mulligan craftily pushes boundaries without being gratuitous. Somehow, it all makes perfect sense at Ribblestrop, and the intense friendships that form out of shared adversity offer these kids more family than most of them have ever known. One can only hope that the sequel wends its way across the ocean too, and that it is every bit as rollicking, ridiculous, and captivating as this outing was.
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books *STARRED REVIEW*

Beach Lane Books, 9781442499041, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 19, 2014

About the Author

Andy Mulligan was brought up in South London and educated at Oxford University. He worked as a theater director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and drama in India, Brazil, the Philippines, and the UK, where he has proved inspirational to many students. He now divides his time between London and Manila.