Five amazing children . . .one most un-ordinary adventure.
In the autumn of 1886, Elinora Gassbeek, matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage discovers five new babies in most extraordinary circumstances:One in a tin toolbox. One in a coal bucket.
One in a picnic hamper. One in a wheat sack. And finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.
Those babies were Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou. Growing up together, these five children know their individuality is what makes them so special – and so determined to stay together. Then a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart.
The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains – and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them. But is their real home – and their real family – already closer than they realise?
“A corker of a story.” Emma Carroll, author of Letters to the Lighthouse
“A book to absolutely fall in love with.” Cerrie Burnell, author of The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth
“A compelling, gorgeously-written story about the power of friendship and the true meaning of family … perfection!” Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike
“A high-speed, witty, absurd and joyful adventure.” Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers and The Good Thieves