The league of beastly dreadfuls Book 1 Book 1 /

Holly Grant

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Anastasia, nearly eleven, is snatched from her elementary school and sent to live at a former insane asylum with two great aunts she had never met after being told that her parents died in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident.

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Published
New York : Random House [2015]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780385370073
0385370075
Main Author
Holly Grant (-)
Other Authors
Josie Portillo (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, this book introduces Anastasia McCrumpet. The 11-year-old, still dressed in her Halloween costume from the previous evening, is whisked away from school by two wizened old women claiming to be her great-aunts Primrose and Prudence. Pretending that Anastasia's parents are dead, they take her to their dilapidated Victorian mansion and lock her in room 11 with a crumpled-up old bed and a chamber pot, but no food or toothbrush. Anastasia becomes their servant, but soon realizes she is not the only child in the house. Relying on "knowledge" from the Francie Dewdrop mysteries, she escapes her room and meets two brothers held captive in other parts of the house. The three call themselves the League of Beastly Dreadfuls and plot the demise of the old women. With just the right mix of humor, magic, maliciousness, and suspense, Grant leaves readers waiting for Anastasia's next adventure. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Peculiarities abound inside Saint Agony's Asylum, where "completely average almost-eleven-year-old" Anastasia McCrumpet is doomed to spend her days after her parents are allegedly hospitalized in a "freak vacuum-cleaning accident." To escape her strange (and heretofore unknown) great-aunts Primrose and Prudence, who gnash their metal choppers at breakfast and lock her inside a musty old room at sundown, Anastasia explores the asylum's cavernous halls seeking a way back to her hometown of Mooselick. First-time author Grant is gifted at immersing readers in her fantastical world, infused with comically absurd details like Anastasia's grudge-holding "revenge-pooper" guinea pig and descriptions of her inhospitable new home, "as cold and clammy as an octopus hug." As the first book in a planned series, this fanciful introduction to shapeshifters and shadow dwellers sets the tone for oddities to come while leaving some key questions unanswered. It's clear that Anastasia is anything but average, and her adventures are just beginning as the book comes to a close. Finished art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author's agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Anastasia is completely average. She isn't remarkable in any way, except for having very dreadful things happen to her. After her parents die in a vacuum cleaner accident, two very old and previously unknown aunts, Prim and Prude, pick her up from school, drug her, and take her to the abandoned St. Agony's Asylum for the Criminally Insane. She is locked in her room at night, given mysterious lumps to eat (so she starts eating moths), and told not to go outside or she will be eaten by the Beast (not to mention the attack poodles). Anastasia soon suspects that these two ladies with sharp metal teeth are not truly her aunts, that the boy who wanders the hall wearing a birdcage is not an insane gardener, and that she is not safe if she remains in the old asylum. Riding the dumbwaiter through the many floors of the mansion, Anastasia discovers a ticklish shadow who's really the brother of the "gardener"; both boys were kidnapped by the evil sisters. Together Anastasia and the brothers Ollie and Quentin form the League of Beastly Dreadfuls and plan their escape, including making a sugar key, feeding Prim and Prude laxative chocolate, and using a sleeping drug in their tea. Madcap plots twists abound, which include shape-shifters, a hot air balloon ride, and a kindly school librarian named Miss Apple. This adventure is filled with enough mystery and humor to keep readers wondering what will happen next. A solid debut reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins).—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA [Page 93]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Moving to a Victorian asylum run by her two eccentric great aunts after her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident, 11-year-old Anastasia befriends two mysterious brothers and begins to suspect her aunts are not who they claim to be. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Anastasia, nearly eleven, is snatched from her elementary school and sent to live at a former insane asylum with two great aunts she had never met after being told that her parents died in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A creepy Victorian house, secretive aunties, and a great escape combine in this debut that is part Mysterious Benedict Society, part Roald Dahl, and all quirky, smart, hilarious storytelling. Join the League. . . .   Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. That is, UNTIL her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident. UNTIL she’s rescued by two long-lost great-aunties. And UNTIL she’s taken to their delightful and, er, “authentic” Victorian home, St. Agony’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane.But something strange is going on at the asylum. Anastasia soon begins to suspect that her aunties are not who they say they are. So when she meets Ollie and Quentin, two mysterious brothers, the three join together to plot their great escape!"Marvelously inventive and utterly demented, THE LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS is nasty good fun from beginning to end!" -- Bruce Coville, My Teacher is an Alien"WONDERFULLY WITTY. It reminds me of Roald Dahl's The Twits only in an insane asylum."—Chris Grabenstein,  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library* “A yummy debut.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Just the right mix of humor, magic, maliciousness, and suspense"—Booklist"Anastasia is anything but average, and her adventures are just beginning."—Publishers Weekly"Enough mystery and humor to keep readers wondering what will happen next. A solid debut reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."--School Library Journal"Abundant humor....Charmingly offbeat ...sure to entertain."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books