The Society of Thirteen

The Society of Thirteen

by Gareth P. Jones

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ISBN-13: 9781471400568
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gareth divides his time between writing books, visiting schools, producing TV programmes and annoying his friends and family by playing the ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room. He won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Prize 2012 for THE CONSIDINE CURSE, and THE CASE OF THE MISSING CATS, the first book in The Dragon Detective Agency series, was nominated for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. THE THORNTHWAITE INHERITANCE won seven children's book awards, and his previous books for Hot Key Books, CONSTABLE & TOOP and THE SOCIETY OF THIRTEEN, were extremely well-received. Follow Gareth at or on Twitter: @jonesgarethp

Read an Excerpt

'And now I, the remarkable Harry Clay, will plunge into the cold waters of the River Thames, subjecting myself to the strong currents that will try to drag me down while I attempt to free myself from these layers of bondage. Due to many years of training I am able to hold my breath for two and a half minutes. That is how long I have to escape. Two and a half minutes. Those of you with pocket watches, I ask that you keep time. If after two and a half minutes I have not surfaced, then you may fear the worst and you can tell everyone that you witnessed the death of Harry Clay.' He paused for dramatic effect. 'Hopefully not though, eh?'

The crowd laughed uneasily. They had turned up to be astounded, not to witness an overly complicated suicide.

'Begin timing . . . NOW.' Clay leapt backwards and landed with a tremendous splash in the water.

'Oh well,' said Tom. 'One less letter to deliver. He'll never get out of all that.'

'Wait,' said Esther.

Everyone watched the surface of the water anxiously. The crowd gasped when bubbles surfaced and a voice cried, 'One minute.'

'He'll never do it,' said another.

'It's impossible,' said a third.

Esther felt as though she could taste the crowd's fear and excitement.

'Two minutes,' yelled an eager timekeeper.

'Look!' shouted a woman.

The bag that had been around Clay's head surfaced and floated away, carried by the current.

'He must have drowned,' cried a panicked voice.

'Or been poisoned, jumping into that filthy old river,' said another.

'Someone do something,' yelled a woman.

'Two and half minutes.'

'He's a gonner,' said Tom.

'No, look,' said Esther.

This time it was the rope that appeared.

'Three minutes,' yelled a voice.

'Over there, Tom,' said Esther. With every eye watching the spot where he had gone under, no one in the crowd noticed a dripping figure climb up a set of steps on the other side of the jetty.

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