The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Elspeth Hart can’t remember much about life before she came to live with her bad tempered, bullying aunt, Miss Crabb, at the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs but she does know that her parents were swept away by a terrible flood.
Elspeth’s life at the school is miserable. She is made to work as an unpaid servant and eat stew made from mouse droppings until she comes across some suspicious-looking papers that show Miss Crabb is a liar. As Elspeth investigates further, she uncovers not only a dastardly plot but secrets about her own past.
Featuring a feisty heroine fighting to free herself from a world filled with spoilt, self-obsessed rich-kids, this is an engaging and very funny modern fable.