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My Friend the Octopus

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From the bestselling author of Darwin's Dragons comes a high-stakes aquatic adventure, perfect for fans of The Murderer's Ape!

England, 1893, and aquarium fever is at its height.

Twelve-year-old Vinnie Fyfe works in the tea-shop at Brighton aquarium, and waits for her milliner mother to return from Paris.

The arrival of a giant octopus changes her life for ever. Discovering a talent for art, Vinnie begins to draw the extraordinary beast.

She soon realises she can communicate with the octopus through colour and – as a gripping mystery begins to unfold – discovers what true courage really means ...

  • The second middle-grade historical adventure by critically acclaimed Lindsay Galvin, author of Darwin's Dragons

    A gripping Victorian mystery with a touching connection between a young girl and an octopus at its heart

    Strong STEM and natural history themes with an underwater twist

    Effortlessly blends exciting adventure with a rip-roaring historical mystery and non-fiction elements


    'A striking and original adventure ... just the sort of story I love.'EMMA CARROLL

    'WHAT a voyage! [Darwin's Dragons] is everything you hope it will be ...'LUCY STRANGE

    '[A] beautifully fictionalised story'THE TELEGRAPH

    Genre: Children's Fiction

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