Tensy Farlow And The Home For Mislaid Children

Jen Storer

Tensy Farlow And The Home For Mislaid Children
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Tensy Farlow And The Home For Mislaid Children

Jen Storer

Dumped in the River Charon, hunted by an accursed river creature and betrayed by the wicked Matron Pluckrose, Tensy Farlow is in mortal danger. She has no parents. Worse still, she has no guardian angel. When she is thrown into the Home for Mislaid Children - a gloomy orphanage where ravens attack, Watchers hover over your bed, and even the angels cannot be trusted - it seems that all hope is lost. Yet could it be that a plucky, flame-haired orphan with a mysterious past is precisely what this dark world needs? ‘deliciously menacing, deliciously funny … a glorious read’ AUSTRALIAN BOOKSELLERS' ASSOCIATION

Review

Everyone should have a Tensy Farlow in their lives: bold, gutsy and perceptive. Albie Gribble finds Tensy as an orphaned baby and loves her immediately, only to lose her to the Home for Mislaid Children. He never forgets her and when, ten years later, he discovers she has not died, his quest is to find her again.

This sounds like a sweet adventure, doesn’t it, but there is evil afoot when Albie’s world meets the celestial spheres and guardian angels have to protect mere mortals. The deliciously nasty Matron Pluckrose, with her hair issues, provides the right amount of humour to balance the pervading sense of menace that Storer weaves very successfully in this marvellous book. This would make a great class read-aloud and my only suggestion is that in subsequent printings, a glossary would be a welcome addition.

For ages 9 and up.

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