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“Dive head-, feet-, or face-first into this delicious danger.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

When Grubb, an orphan and runaway chimney sweep, entered the wondrous world of the Odditorium, his life changed forever. Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel’s strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as all of England is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium’s power source for himself.

With the evil prince hot on their trail, Grim, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium’s crew embark on a perilous adventure to find the legendary sword Excalibur: the only weapon capable of penetrating Nightshade’s magical suit of armor. As expected, their quest turns out to be anything but ordinary. Not only can the Odditorium fly, but it can also swim! And so the crew battens down the hatches and sets off on an underwater voyage to the otherworldly realm of Avalon, home to Excalibur. Along the way, they must battle a banshee assassin, sea monsters, and a witch who seeks revenge on Alistair Grim for stealing her magical objects.

But that’s not all. Unbeknownst to Grubb and the others, their fate has been written in an ancient Avalonian prophecy-a prophecy that holds the key to a destiny not even Alistair Grim could have imagined.

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Praise

* "Dive head-, feet-, or face-first into this delicious danger."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Alistair Grim's Odditorium:
"Funaro's knack for memorable characters and scenarios shines in this frenetic, entertaining romp."—Publishers Weekly
"With a dash of Dickens and more than a bit of Rowling, this first book in a proposed series should have no trouble finding an audience."—VOYA
"A winning magical adventure."—Shelf Awareness
"Ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter."—Booklist
"Verne-ian fantasy and reversal of fortune la Dickens will lure readers into this good-vs.-evil series debut."—Kirkus Reviews
"The book has all the elements of a good fantasy novel Highly recommended."—School Library Connection
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