PUNCH is a Victorian boy-on the run adventure, with a bit of a murder story thrown in, too.
Here is some of the beautiful artwork I have seen in Scottish schools, inspired by this book!
This story combines all of these, but also features an escaped prisoner and a dancing bear, with a bit of a murder story thrown in for good measure. Best of all, it begins with a real event: a huge fire which destroyed the Victorian market halls in Inverness in 1889.
My hero, 12-year-old Phineas, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Here is a flavour of what happens:
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