Author(s): Tooke, Hana, Rubio, Ayesha L.,
Date of Publication: 26/05/2020,
Pagination: 400 pages,
Published By: Penguin Random House Children's UK,
Book Classification: Interest age: from c 8 years, Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Five amazing children... one most un-ordinary adventure.
In the autumn of 1886, Elinora Gassbeek, matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage discovers five new babies in most extraordinary circumstances:
One in a tin toolbox. One in a coal bucket.
One in a picnic hamper. One in a wheat sack. And finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.
Those babies were Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou. Growing up together, these five children know their individuality is what makes them so special - and so determined to stay together. Then a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart.
The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains - and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them. But is their real home - and their real family - already closer than they realise?