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Raven Mysteries #1: Flood and Fang Award-winning author

by Marcus Sedgwick (author)

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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A weird and wonderful Gothic mystery told from a raven’s-eye view! At Otherhand Castle, can Edgar the faithful raven save his human family as cellars flood, kitchen-maids vanish, and a dark beast prowls? Edgar the raven is alarmed when he sees a nasty-looking black tail slinking under the castle walls. But his warnings to the Otherhand family go unheeded. Lord Valevine is far too busy trying to invent the unthinkable and discover the unknowable. His wife, Minty, is totally absorbed in her obsession with baking, while ten-year-old Cudweed is running riot with his infernal pet monkey. Only Solstice, the black-haired, poetry-writing Otherhand daughter, seems to pay any attention. But as the lower storeys of the castle mysteriously flood and kitchen-maids continue to go missing, the family are coming ever closer to the dreadful owner of the black tail…

“Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details.” Julia Eccleshare,

“As funny and twisted as the members of the Otherhand family themselves… You’ll laugh when you read this book – a lot.”

“Told with extraordinary wit and razor sharp repartee; Edgar is a comical genius.”

“I’ve lost count of how many times I had to put it down because I was laughing so much, but lets just say it was a lot!”

Product Details


Raven Mysteries (book 1)






Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

Date published

October 7th, 2010

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.4; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 256 pages




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  1. spongebob440
    on 10 December 2012

    This sounds like a book that’s going to be very intresting a bit amusing and most of all frightening I hope I’m really won’t to read this.

  2. diaryofawimpykid16
    on 8 May 2012

    this sounds great. I love sacary books.

  3. vampire25000
    on 8 November 2011

    This book is fantastic. A must read for all spooky book lovers! (like me!)


  4. beagle16
    on 27 September 2011

    this is the best book i have ever read perfect for spooky story lovers

    5out of 5
  5. moonlight20
    on 19 July 2011

    can’t wait t get the next book but i am no where near being perky i am a goth not a girly girl MUST HAVEBOOK

    5out of 5
  6. jmpc
    on 3 March 2011

    Flood and Fang is the first in a series of adventures set in Otherhand Castle. Narrated by Edgar the raven, the reader is told a quirky tale about the strange Otherhand family and what happens when a nasty looking creature is discovered living under the castle walls. Even more alarming the servants start to go missing and the castle starts to flood. Can Edgar save the day? I found this a very entertaining read that needs to be read in one sitting. It’s nicely illustrated with the added touch of each chapter starting off with unique insights about the castle and the residents. I eagerly await the next instalment

    4out of 5