A wacky mystery from the author of Origami Yoda, available Spring 2011 from Amulet books.
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"Fun, middle grade read which riffs heavily on the Dickensian style and Victorian mystery. Horton Halfpott is an opportunity to introduce younger readers to literary form in an ingeniously funny way. Highly recommended."
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There are so many exciting things in this book — a Stolen Diamond, snooping stable boys, a famous detective, the disappearance of a Valuable Wig, love, pickle éclairs, unbridled Evil, and the Black Deeds of the Shipless Pirates — that it really does seem a shame to begin with ladies’ underwear.
But the underwear, you see, is the reason that all those Unprecedented Marvels happened—with the possible exception of the pickle éclairs.
The underwear in question was a painful item called a corset. A corset, you see, is a sort of undershirt made of straps and sticks and strings and whalebones. In the days of horse-drawn carriages and powdered wigs, some women — and some men — would strap themselves into a corset and it would squeeze them and pinch them so much that they would look skinny.
Imagine being pinched like that day after day, year after year. It could make a nice lady into a mean one. So imagine what it would do to a lady like M’Lady Luggertuck, who was a nasty beast to start.