The Faceless Fiend: Being the Tale of a Criminal Mastermind, His Masked Minions and a Princess with a Butter Knife, Involving Explosives and a Certain Amount of Pushing and Shoving

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Pioneering aviatrix Emmaline and her bouncy pilot, Rubberbones, are back for the second installment in the Mad Misadventures series. For the time being, they're safe from the headmistress and monsters of St. Grimelda's School. Their relative calm in the Yorkshire dales, however, is about to be shattered. A ruthless master criminal known as the Faceless Fiend wants very much to kidnap their haughty houseguest Princess Purnah, and it's obvious he'll stop at nothing (after all, he has no face to lose). With help ...
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Overview

Pioneering aviatrix Emmaline and her bouncy pilot, Rubberbones, are back for the second installment in the Mad Misadventures series. For the time being, they're safe from the headmistress and monsters of St. Grimelda's School. Their relative calm in the Yorkshire dales, however, is about to be shattered. A ruthless master criminal known as the Faceless Fiend wants very much to kidnap their haughty houseguest Princess Purnah, and it's obvious he'll stop at nothing (after all, he has no face to lose). With help from Aunt Lucy, the heroic butler Lal Singh and the hapless Professor Bellbuckle, Emmaline and Rubberbones devise an escape plan so bold, so clever, so completely insane that -- things get a lot worse. Follow our friends into the maze-like depths of darkest Victorian London as the villainous plot to abduct Princess Purnah leads to desperate chases, food fights, ridiculous costumes, balloons over London, famous fictional detectives, rat-killing contests and assorted mayhem.
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Offering a leading candidate for Year’s Best Title, this rousing sequel to The Strictest School in the World ? [offers] several memorable characters ? all coming to life both in the narrative and in Slavin’s usually hilarious drawings.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7 In this sequel to The Strictest School in the World (Kids Can, 2006), 14-year-old Emmaline and Princess Purnah have escaped from St. Grimelda's School for Young Ladies and are living in Yorkshire in the autumn of 1894 with batty but lovable Aunt Lucy. Princess Purnah is heir to the throne of Chiligrit, a tiny, savage, mountainous place in the middle of Asia. The girls, along with Rubberbones, the indestructible errand boy, spend their days with the lunatic Professor Bellbuckle, trying to fly, since Emmaline aspires to design a flying machine. But trouble awaits. A terrifying master criminal who works for the Russian secret police and whose face below his eyes is a white mass of scar tissue wants to kidnap the princess. With the help of Aunt Lucy, the professor, the butler Lal Singh, and Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, the villainous schemes are foiled, but not before things go wrong-a lot. The gothic overtones and menacing situations are all goofy, over-the-top, and humorously handled. The author's voice slips in with sly, wry humor. Think Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl. Slavin's frequent pen-and-ink sketches add just the right touch of whimsy. Princess Purnah is particularly bloodthirsty (even with just a butter knife) and her lack of mastery of the English language and her own exclamations ("Glekk!" "Porok!") add to the fun. While many references are made to the previous novel, they are explained in context, allowing this book to stand alone.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

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Meet the Author

Howard Whitehouse was born in Birmingham, England and now lives in New York State with his wife. Howard has been in a rock band, worked with troubled kids, and written two history books. Now, in addition to writing novels, he writes and designs history games and paints model soldiers. He attended the venerable King Edward VII School, the model for St. Grimelda's.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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