Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters: The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm


Mary-Kate Martin is not overly happy to be joining her mother on her latest assignment. It’s to Woolington Well, where Lord Woolington plans to build a shopping centre and car park over an area of ‘significant interest’. It seems this ‘significant interest’ could involve a monster, a ‘wyrm,’ which has been sighted through history. What’s more, it’s said to be loud and scary, and trail brown slime.

Mary-Kate isn’t fond of brown colouring pencils or slime. Then again, Prof assures her that Mary-Kate has ‘got this’. ‘La-La-La’ thinks Mary-Kate; she can proceed. After all, she has her backpack with her strawberry scented notebook, her glittery gel pens, and travelling clothes with the right combination of sparkle and colour. What’s more, her train seats are facing forward, while there’s no small talk to deal with…. yet.

However, what about Woolington Well? Then again, what about the wyrm sightings? It seems that there’s a Wyrm Watch Society formed, that seeks photographic evidence of the beast. Furthermore, there have been sightings, including by an elderly resident in a rest home. Yet, recently? Mary-Kate has her work cut out, for she discovers that the best way to manage within this environment, far away from Granny and the home shopping channel, is to make lists and look at the problem logically. Is it possible for Mary-Kate to crack this case? Even when there’s small talk and a particularly grubby, talkative girl who’s keen to assist? What’s more, it seems increasingly likely that Mary-Kate will have to activate her safety net, including her globe stress ball, to work through this case for the Guide to Monsters.

Bookwagon adores this superb book which opens a series that promises to be full of wit, empathy, fun and imagination. We are delighted to recommend The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm to our readers.

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The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm

Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters

Karen Foxlee, illustrated by Freda Chiu

(Pushkin Children’s)

Mary-Kate’s mother, Prof, has a new assignment investigating the Woolington Well. It seems the local residents are concerned that the shopping mall planned for the well site might cover bones… ‘of a mysterious type‘. Although Mary-Kate’s preference is for things to be safe and orderly, she’s accompanying Prof on this assignment. After all, if she has her globe stress ball, sparkly red shoes, glitter gel pen and strawberry scented notebook amongst her packing, everything will be all right won’t it?
As long as there’s not brown, slime, or small talk. It seems that Mary-Kate’s not happy with these. Therefore, when all become part of this assignment, through evidence of the presence of the Woolington wyrm and then the Wyrm Watch Society, Mary-Kate’s on edge. However her ‘La-La-Las’ might help. Then again, she has thoughts of Granny and the home shopping channel. What’s more, Mary-Kate has the lucky packet of gum left behind by her father before he went missing. It seems that Mary-Kate’s ducks are all in a row.  Thereafter, what about the wyrm?
Karen Foxlee‘s books are beloved by Bookwagon‘s readers. Titles such as Dragon Skin have delighted our middle-grade and older readers. However, with The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm, we’ve a new character, a series, and then one that’s ideal for readers with growing experience, too. Bookwagon loves this title and welcomes it aboard with gusto!


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