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THE LOST JOURNALS OF BENJAMIN TOOTH

SYNOPSIS
"My name is Benjamin Tooth. This is my journal. One day I will be remembered as the greatest scientist that the world has ever known and so it is my duty to mankind to record my thoughts that future generations are able to study the progress of a genius. I am eleven years old."

These are the recently discovered journals of Benjamin Tooth: alchemist, inventor and discoverer of the Windvale sprites. They chronicle his journey of scientific discovery from pompous boy to mad old man in his pursuit of the sprites on Windvale Moor. The sprites hold the key to eternal life, and Tooth is determined to capture it.

A funny and charming companion volume to The Windvale Sprites.


WATCH MACKENZIE DISCUSS THE LOST JOURNALS OF BENJAMIN TOOTH
Including his inspiration for an upcoming treasure hunt!


LATEST TREASURE HUNT CLUE
Below, Mackenzie reads the newest, "silver" clue in The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth treasure hunt. Follow the clues on benjamintooth.co.uk to reveal the location of the legendary silver sprite statue.

PREVIOUS CLUES: 1) The Iron Clue | 2) The Gold Clue

ORDER ONLINE: Faber Kids | Waterstones | Amazon UK | Amazon US | WHSmith.co.uk


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THE WINDVALE SPRITES

SYNOPSIS
When a storm sweeps through the country, Asa wakes up the next day to find that his town is almost unrecognisable - trees have fallen down, roofs have collapsed and debris lies everywhere. But amongst the debris in his back garden Asa makes an astounding discovery - the body of a small winged creature. A creature that looks very like a fairy. Do fairies really exist? Asa embarks on a mission to find out. A mission that leads him to the lost journals of local eccentric Benjamin Tooth who, two hundred years earlier, claimed to have discovered the existence of fairies. What Asa reads in those journals takes him on a secret trip to Windvale Moor, where he discovers much more than he'd hoped to...


WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2012
The Windvale Sprites was nominated along with 17 other children's book titles for the prestigious Waterstones Children's Book Prize having been shortlisted in the fiction category for readers aged 5 to 12.
Read the full shortlist and more details at Waterstones's Website
You can also order a copy of the Windvale Sprites from Waterstones here.


REVIEWS
"[A] charming, finely produced little treasure, told with clarity, wit and lightness."
-Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

"Throughout this short and lovely book there are clues Crook knows exactly what he is doing...There are each and every one of the author's own illustrations, which are nigh-on outstanding...Then there's the writing. He uses a style that is perfectly in tune with making an instant classic. Timeless in aspects, it’s warm, brisk, no-nonsense and absolutely clear... A quite beautiful book of charming lightheartedness, fine invention and warm, gripping drama.
I'll close by saying it never fails to satisfy, but there is a strong sense of further stories to come from this...Faber have done Crook proud with a delicious gold-embossed hardback, but he has served us best of all."
-The Bookbag

It is a magical story that is perfect for this time of year.
-Fun Kids Live, Dec. 2011

"The star of The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean has written a cracker for boys and girls aged eight and over... Forget about standard saccharine fairy fare, this compelling mystery is tinged with darkness."
-iVillage

"A little gem of vivid imagination, gentle humour and moral message... An impressive debut which Crook has illustrated himself with atmospheric black and white drawings. Let’s hope there’s more to come."
-The Daily Mail


ORDER ONLINE: Faber Kids | Waterstones | Amazon UK | WHSmith.co.uk


VIDEO:

Reading from The Windvale Sprites:

Mackenzie talking about the 1987 storm that inspired the novel:



LITERATURE FESTIVALS:

PAST:
Mackenzie spoke at both the Bath Festival of Children's Literature and the Telegraph Word Up! Family Festival. Images and coverage of these events are linked below:

Bath Festival of Children's Literature


Word Up! Family Festival
The Telegraph: Broadway is a walk in the park compared to writing