The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm: Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters 1

Karen Foxlee, Freda Chiu

The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm: Miss Mary-Kate Martin's Guide to Monsters 1
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The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm: Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters 1

Karen Foxlee, Freda Chiu

There are those that hunt monsters to harm them and there are those that hunt monsters to help them. Which one are you?   

Dressed in sparkly red shoes and carrying her strawberry-scented notebook, Mary-Kate is accompanying her archaeologist mother to the tranquil English countryside to investigate some interesting bones found in an old well. But once they arrive, they realise that the village of Woolington is not as peaceful as it seems. Mysterious noises, earth tremors and a terrifying legend have the locals frightened.    

Could there be any truth in the myth of the beast who lives in the ancient well? And if so, why would it return? Mary-Kate might be anxious, but she is not afraid to get to the bottom of this monstrous mystery.   

A delightful fantasy-adventure from the award-winning and bestselling author of Lenny’s Book of Everything and Dragon Skin, with lively line illustrations by Freda Chiu.   

‘A deliciously thrilling mystery, full of heart, wisdom, wit and ingenuity.’ Edwina Wyatt, award-winning author of The Secrets of Magnolia Moon   

‘Easily one of the most charming books for young readers I have come across … A perfect balance of fun, fantasy, humour and innocence.’ Katrina Nannestad, author of the Travelling Bookshop series


Ten-year-old Mary-Kate Martin is apprehensive about her impending trip to Woolington but her archaeologist mother insists on investigating the mysterious bones recently discovered there. The village is not as it seems: secrets are rife, lies abound and the town developer’s agenda is suspect to say the least. Mary-Kate must master techniques to overcome her anxiety, harness her creativity and distinguish fact from fiction. Together with her new-found friend, the inimitable Arabella, she sets out to solve the mystery of the fabled but elusive Woolington Wyrm; is it a dragon or a worm or something even more sinister?

There’s a wonderful juxtaposition between these two girls; whereas Mary-Kate is cautious and apprehensive, Arabella is bold and spontaneous, and together, these ingenious protagonists embark on a deliciously exciting adventure of a lifetime!

The first in an illustrated series from award-winning author Karen Foxlee, this delightful book is so much fun, and Freda Chiu’s charming black-and-white drawings generously sprinkled throughout are captivating. Highly recommended for ages eight and up and a wonderful read-aloud to share with the family and in the classroom.

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