Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Orphans of St Halibut’s: Pamela’s Revenge by Sophie Wills

I have been looking forward to this wonderful sequel for such a long time! The first The Orphans of St Halibut’s book was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2020. I love its wonderfully dark, Dickensian comedy of errors with chapter after chapter of hilarious, twisted escapades – it’s one of those books where I laughed out loud page after page and have continued to smile every time I’ve come back to it since.

In Pamela’s Revenge, disaster has returned to the town of Sad Sack. Not only has the children’s beloved St Halibut’s orphanage burned down but the mysterious and somewhat intimidating Benadrylla Crumplepatch wants to build a new railway line, destroying their new home in the forest. The children must find a way to outsmart her and her bizarre company, and deal with the over-the-top bureaucracy of D.E.A.T.H (Department for Education, Assimilation, Training and Health) and the Ministry of F.U.N. (Forms, Underlining and Notices).

Pamela’s Revenge is overflowing with children getting the better of adults, fortune-telling tea and a goat who shouldn’t be messed with – all wrapped up in plenty of sticky marshmallows. This off-the-wall story will capture readers in its twisted tale and take them on a hilariously silly ride with children who know what they want and will stop at nothing to get it!

Thank you to Macmillan’s Children’s Books for this brilliant book!

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