The black book of secrets series

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The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins

When Ludlow Fitchs parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou - a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash.

Employed as Joes assistant, Ludlow records the villagers fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: The Black Book of Secrets. Theres the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome.

Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide. But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets . . .
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When Ludlow Fitch's parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou - a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash. Employed as Joe's assistant, Ludlow records the villagers' fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: "The Black Book of Secrets". There's the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome. Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide.

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A young boy, named Ludlow Fitch, is sick of pickpocketing for his poor parents' want of gin. At the start of the book, he is hit unconscious by them and is sent to Barton Gumbroot, the dentist who plans to buy Ludlow's teeth. Ludlow fights them off and runs away from them and their addiction to alcohol. He hitches a ride in a carriage that leads him into a place called Pagus Parvus. There, he meets a mysterious man called Joe Zabbidou, who is also a newcomer in Pagus Parvus. Joe is a pawnbroker with a difference.

Part of the Heinemann Literature series. Ludlow begins work recording the darkest stories of the villagers in the ancient Black Book of Secrets. But how long before the villagers realise the hold that the pawnbroker has over them? And how will Ludlow confront his own terrible secret? Perfect for teaching: multiple narrative perspectives stories within a story theme of moral dilemmas. Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Shortlist. Anyone looking for the next big thing has come to the right place - the story grabs at the reader with hooked talons.

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