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Publisher's Summary

Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal.

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

©2010 Ryan McGee (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Couldn't Stop Listening

This is a great adventure novel to listen too if your on the bus or drawing or just hanging out. It's very interesting and ends with the BIGEST plot twist I've ever I countered. You really don't see it coming (and when you think you know, you don't!) is recommended this book to anyone who likes adventures and surprises. :)

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LOVE IT

It's a great book. #luvaudible. Couldn't stop reading! I highly recommend this book, it has a great story!

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Great story, dreadful narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story is gorgeous, but I'd recommend buying the book. The narrator was hands down the worst I've ever heard, putting on an atrociously overdone English accent (pronouncing Otto as Auto and atlas as artlars). Her performance was stilted, droning, and overall terrible.

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I like it

it was Lucia who was portrayed as the author. It couldn't be Otto because they don't know where he is at one point or what he is thinking about their mum and it couldn't be max because he doesn't reveal what he discovered about snoring by the sea on the roof until much later and Lucia was the only one who's thoughts were shown throughout the entire book. so yah.