Fergus Crane (Far-flung Adventures)

By Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

FERGUS CRANE! you're IN nice probability! i'm SENDING support. Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo Fergus Crane has a nearly traditional existence - having classes taught by way of relatively bizarre lecturers at the university send Betty Jeanne, aiding his mom within the bakery. yet then a mysterious flying field seems on the window of his waterfront domestic - and Fergus is plunged headlong into a thrilling event! The field is by means of a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to satisfy his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, invoice and Jackson. Fergus reveals out that his academics aren't particularly what they appear - they're truly pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse keep his schoolmates from the far away hearth Island? And who else will he locate there...?

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Jackson? ’ acknowledged Fergus, puzzled. ‘Jackson got here to Beiderbecker's Bakery? ’ ‘In cover, obviously,’ acknowledged Uncle Theo. ‘A particularly tight-fitting Canada goose go well with with mechanical wings. He got here again in a nasty mood swearing by no means back to comply with one other of my schemes. acquired wedged in a tree in Montmorency Gardens for an afternoon and a part it appears. nonetheless, he observed sufficient to verify that Lucia did certainly paintings in the back of the bakery counter at Beiderbecker's, and lived in attic rooms round the corner in Archduke Ferdinand flats. He observed anything else, too,’ Uncle Theo further. ‘A boy operating at the back of the cake counter. ’ ‘Me! ’ stated Fergus. ‘And the remaining, you know,’ acknowledged Uncle Theo. The legs of his mechanical chair clicked at the glossy paved course as they made their approach from the greenhouse again to the cable vehicle. as soon as within and descending to the chalet, Uncle Theo endured. ‘I needed to know about you, Fergus – and due to your co-operation, I did. you could think my alarm while i found that of the 3 faculties you could have attended, one was once the improbably named institution send Betty-Jeanne! ‘The considered you attending such an institution crammed me with horror, Fergus, which used to be why I needed to take such dramatic measures. And from what i have figured out approximately this “school send” of yours, it seems like i used to be correct to be so alarmed. Captain Claw is as much as no stable. ’ The cable motor vehicle got here to a soft halt and the doorways slid open. Fergus and Uncle Theo stepped out into the gallery. As they did so, Fergus heard the patter of tiny toes imminent. ‘The Lunchomatic! ’ he exclaimed. ‘Just a bit ruse of mine,’ stated Uncle Theo because the lunchbox skidded to a halt on its six legs. ‘This is in reality a brand new, more suitable scuttle-bug. the power to shop sandwiches was once a amendment I made particularly for you. Do forgive my little deception, Fergus, pricey boy, yet I needed to get our good friend right here on board the Betty-Jeanne to have a snoop around. let's examine what it found. ’ Fergus regarded down. At their toes was once a wide sheet of clean paper unfolded at the gallery flooring. Uncle Theo clicked his arms and the scuttle-bug buzzed into existence, scuttling furiously forwards and backwards over the paper, ink from its underside making strains and styles, possible at random. Slowly, as Fergus watched, the strains started to meet up and a map emerged in entrance of him – a map, Fergus discovered because the scuttle-bug complete and scuttled over to face beside them, of the Emerald Sea and its islands, all intricately distinct and smartly annotated. ‘This,’ acknowledged Uncle Theo, proudly, ‘is an actual reproduction of the ocean chart the scuttle-bug present in Captain Claw's research. ’ His brows furrowed. ‘It used to be the map your father made on his first voyage to the Emerald Sea — and that black-hearted rogue Claw stole it from him. ’ Fergus shook his head. It was once not more than he could have anticipated from Captain Claw. having a look down, Fergus observed the curved define of Horseshoe Island through his left foot, with the phrases palm timber and coral reef sincerely marked. subsequent to that, Magnet Island, domestic to the macadacchio timber; then a complete sweep of islands, with names like Starfish, Teapot, Doughnut and fats Rabbit.

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