Frank Penny and the Mystery of Ludlow Hums
by Jeremy Elson
The first book in the Frank Penny Books YA fantasy series
Four teenage friends. One missing murderer.
Frank is like any ordinary 13 year old; except he doesn’t go to school. Home educated and living on his dad’s farm in rural Byeland, he loves his life, despite his annoying cousin, Phoebe, who lives with them, together with his aunt Rachel. He really couldn’t be happier, until, out of the blue, he receives a highly prized invitation to Excelsus academy for the Gallant and Gifted, attended by hand-picked students who go there to discover their special talents, whether it be a fighter, thinker or sorcerer, to name but a few.
This is beyond strange. No schools know about him, and he definitely has no gifts or talents – none – unless you count sheep shearing – but, unnervingly, the one thing he does know is that Excelsus never makes mistakes.
Frank and his new friends – Cas, Gabby and Anya – soon find themselves on the trail of the missing petty criminal, Ludlow Hums, who murdered his own brother and went on the run with the academy’s most valuable possession, the Liberation Seal.
What secrets is Excelsus hiding? Would you go chasing a missing killer? Or ghosts of Excelsus past? Would you trust the enigmatic Aurora Moonhunter, Principal of Excelsus academy? If she warned you off, would you listen or would you want to find out more?
Hums is Byeland’s most wanted criminal. The question is… is everything what it seems? Who is Dagmar Dag, the frightening villain from Kzarlac, the land of the Black Scorpion and Byeland’s aggressive neighbour, and why is he looking for Hums? Messing with Dagmar isn’t something you’d be advised to do…so be careful what you go looking for.
More importantly, what is Frank’s dad, the person he loves and trusts more than anyone, hiding from him?
The four teenagers soon discover that thinking for yourself can get them into so much more trouble that they could have possibly imagined.
The story follows the adventure as the mystery unravels, with Frank totally unaware that he is about to discover a secret, hidden for centuries, that will change the world he lives in…forever! So, do they have the courage to finish what they started?
Not that they have a choice.
Amazon reviews include:
“I absolutely loved this book! Truly had me hooked from the first page. Fresh and fascinating.”
“A fantastic and addictive read which has left me eagerly awaiting the next instalment.”
“I am a grown up and I loved it! It is a great story with some excellent threads throughout…There is a great ending twist which sets up for the adventure to continue.”
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