The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone


Ten year old Bronte Mettlestone is far from concerned when she receives a telegram that her parents have been killed by pirates, after all, her parents did run away to have adventures of their own when she was just a baby. But when Bronte discovers that her parents have left her a bizarrely detailed list of instructions – instructions that if left uncompleted will mean terrible things will happen – in their will, Bronte’s previously pleasant and quiet life of afternoon teas and riding lessons becomes a wild and whimsical journey across kingdoms far and wide delivering guests to a string of aunts she barely knows. But as she travels from aunt to aunt, Bronte suspects there might be more to this journey than the simple deed of delivering treasure; though little does she suspect that she will have to play such a big part in the extraordinary events that follow…


Between a sprinkling of subtle clues and connections, Jaclyn Moriarty skillfully unravels a delightfully wholesome and unique tale of friendship, family and finding yourself set in world of dragons, water sprites, elves and an evil Whispering King. Rich in charm, magic and wonder, Moriarty’s words beautifully dance between the pages in a slow, satisfactory way, resulting in a tale that utterly captivated my heart.  


As entertaining as it is enchanting, featuring a whole host of unforgettable characters, including the fearless Bronte and some truly spirited and special aunts, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, is a storytelling masterpiece. It is one that I thoroughly recommend for anyone wanting to escape on an extraordinarily quirky adventure for an hour or two. Perfect for fans Joan Aiken and Kiran Millwood Hargrave. 

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