My name is not actually Penny Dreadful. It is Penelope Jones. The ‘Dreadful’ bit is my dad’s JOKE. But it is not even true that I am dreadful.
Sixteen-year-old Jude has to get out of tiny Churchtown. She has to escape her outcast status at the Royal Duchy School and her pathetic dad, who hasn’t gotten past her mum’s death. The only bright light is drama, her way out, if only she can get into the Lab in London. It takes a lot of nerve to apply to such a prestigious program, and Jude’s not sure she can do it. Then Jude’s childhood best friend, Stella, returns. Stella, sexy and bold, and 10 times cooler than Jude. With Stella by her side, Jude knows she’s capable of anything. But Stella’s influence extends well beyond the theater.
Nine hilarious short stories including 'Penny Dreadful versus the Vampire', in which Penny decides to embark on a career as a vampire hunter; 'Penny Dreadful Looks on the Bright Side', in which miserable Grandma Grimshaw comes to stay; and 'Penny Dreadful and the World Record', in which Penny attempts to get her name in the record books. There's chicken pox in 'Penny Dreadful Is Incredibly Contagious' and much more fun in her other adventures....
Maisie Morris lives with her mum in a titchy tiny turret at the top of Withering Heights Retirement Home and plays gin rummy with the elderly residents. But all live in fear of Withering Heights' odious owners, Mr and Mrs Arkwright, who run a rotten, rigid regime.
Penny Dreadful manages to cause a kerfuffle with three uproarious stories in which she ends up blue, along with her sister’s swan outfit, and turns Joshua Bottomley pale and green by doing a science experiment on him. Penny then cooks up a calamity as she tries to turn over a new leaf in the school show, on a class trip and by making the cake of dreams for her mum's birthday... but somehow her efforts still turn into a huge disaster.
When Jake Jellicoe signs up as a cabin boy aboard the Flounder, Captain Dreadnought promises him a share of the loot. But he soon discovers that the captain isn't all he seems. And before he knows it, Jake is caught up in a race for the dread pirate Redbeard's treasures! Har-har, me hearties!