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Mayhew, Jon

Josie is a knife-thrower in a magician's stage act, Alfie is an undertaker's assistant. They are both orphans and they have never met, but they are about to be given a clue to the secret of their shared past

Paperback, Book. English. Horror. Horror tales. Children's stories. Fiction 9+.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Jon Mayhew
ISBN: 1408803933, 9781408803936
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: 2010.
Physical Description: 375 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Orphans Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5
Interest Level: MY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 217202

Author note

Jon Mayhew is a man with a dark imagination, who has always loved writing and storytelling. An English teacher (to children and teenagers) for 20 years, he now works as a specialist teacher for children with autism. He has four children himself and, when neither teaching nor writing, he plays in ceilidh bands and runs marathons.Mortlockis his first novel and has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Jon lives between the ancient cities of Chester and Liverpool.


'Mayhew has woven a rich tapestry depicting a series of convincing worlds . . . It has a breathtaking pace [and there] are characters we hope to meet again'
Children's Book of the Month, The Observer||'Mortlockis a thrilling adventure from start to finish'
SciFi Now||'An accomplished page-turner . . . lighthanded, scary fun, with some sibling bickering thrown in'
SFX||'If you're looking for a creepy chill to your summer reading, stop right here . . . Beware - magic and mystery awaits!'
National Geographic Kids