Your typical middle grade adventure has just been intensified! With creepy villains and horror elements, it is perfect for fans of The Stitchers. Great characters in a brooding setting, this is the first in a promising new series.
Thomas hasn't been dealt the best hand in life: heir to a miserable family funeral business, in the miserable seaside town of Gloomsbury where the sun only shines a few times a year. Then a body arrives on the doorstep of Creeper & Sons Funeral Home with signs of foul play Thomas's meticulous father overlooks, Thomas is thrust into the middle of a terrifying mystery, one which will reveal the link between his family and the darkest secret of his hometown.
About the Author
J.R. Potter grew up in New England steeped in the wondrous author and illustrator collaboration between John Bellairs (1938-1991) and Edward Gorey (1925-2000), a collaboration that would set the bar for Potter in his own work for years to come. While studying History at Brown University, he began writing his first story for young readers—a tale about an erudite talking dinosaur with a magical robotic briefcase.
"In Gloomsbury, creative powerhouse Jamie Potter gives us a rich and haunting alternative to Hogwarts, filled with captivating characters and enthralling mysteries. For every fan of young adventure, illustrated fiction, and all things supernatural." —Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Author of Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and Captain America
"With thudding heart and trembling fingers, you will be unable to put this spooky treasure down, believe me! An added pleasure are the shadowy, mysterious, magnificent illustrations, penned by the author himself. A ghoulish treat." —Janet Graber author of Malcolm Mouse, Explorer and The Secret Chamber of Gwendoline Riston
"Plunge into Thomas Creeper and the Gloomsbury Secret if you’re looking to be charmed and delighted. Follow the adventures of Thomas and his friend Jeni through this dark, delicious tale, and just hope the author will be kind enough to give us a sequel." —Gary Pedler, author of Amy Mcdougall, Master Matchmaker and Couchsurfing: The Musical
"…it’s great fun, especially combined with the slightly sinister illustrations, and readers will eagerly follow the marvelously macabre adventure." —Booklist
"...a delightfully dark story, hilariously and matter-of-factly morbid, that evokes a modern setting with a decidedly old-fashioned feel, mixing iPhones and email with Victorian turrets and disused dumbwaiters." —Booklist
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