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By Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

FERGUS CRANE! you're IN nice probability! i'm SENDING support. Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo Fergus Crane has a virtually traditional lifestyles - having classes taught via really strange academics at the college send Betty Jeanne, assisting his mom within the bakery. yet then a mysterious flying field looks on the window of his waterfront domestic - and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exhilarating experience! The field is by means of a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to fulfill his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, invoice and Jackson. Fergus unearths out that his lecturers aren't really what they appear - they're really pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse keep his schoolmates from the distant hearth Island? And who else will he locate there...?

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Glance! ’ Mrs Crane cried, protecting up a brightly colored money-order. ‘They've paid me already, and it is for … Oh, Fergus! Now i will come up with the money for to shop for you a jumper and a brand new pair of boots! i do know you wish a few. ’ ‘I like this jumper,’ acknowledged Fergus, tugging the sleeves all the way down to his wrists. ‘And it is just a small gap. sincere. ’ ‘You're a very good boy,’ stated Mrs Crane, smiling, and further, ‘I've baked you whatever specific for tea. ’ ‘You have? ’ acknowledged Fergus, feigning shock. ‘What? ’ ‘Guess,’ she acknowledged. Fergus made a superb exhibit of ultimate his eyes, tilting his head again and inhaling deeply. ‘It's nutty,’ he whispered. ‘Yes,’ acknowledged his mom. ‘Chocolatey …’ ‘Yes, convinced. ’ ‘Caramelly. ’ He gasped. His eyes snapped opened. ‘It's no longer … is it? Archduke Ferdinand's Florentines? ’ ‘It is! ’ acknowledged Mrs Crane gleefully. ‘A exact batch, Fergus. only for you. My most sensible boy. ’ She driven again the strand of hair which had come free back, and checked out him lovingly. ‘They have been continuously your father's favourites,’ she additional. Her gaze strayed over to the framed photo at the sideboard. Fergus seemed too, and his eyes fell upon the accepted photograph of the daddy he'd by no means recognized – an image he'd checked out 1000 instances sooner than, learning each element, searching for clues … Marcus Crane used to be wearing a naval uniform, with medals, gold buttons and tasselled epaulettes adorning the jacket, piping down his knife-edge trousers and a heavy peaked cap tipped at a jaunty perspective on his head. At his belt, there hung a ceremonial sword on one aspect and a pistol at the different. He may need seemed serious if it hadn't been for the glance on his face – which was once clone of cheeky-grinned, sparkly-eyed mischief. through the years, Fergus had requested his mom never-ending questions about the mysterious determine within the photo, yet all she may ever say used to be that he'd left on a voyage prior to he, Fergus, have been born, and had by no means back. ‘I requested him to not go,’ she might say. ‘I begged him, however it was once little need …’ after which she could start to cry. considering the fact that Fergus did not wish to see his mom cry, he attempted to not ask her too many questions – yet occasionally he simply could not support himself. ‘Did you bake Florentines for him too? ’ he now requested. ‘Oh, yes,’ got here the answer, and his mom sat again, a remote glance in her eyes. She did not appear unhappy; simply wistful. ‘He introduced me again macadacchio nuts from considered one of his voyages,’ she acknowledged, her voice tender, reflective. ‘Macadacchio nuts? ’ Fergus whispered, desirous to pay attention extra, but afraid of breaking the spell that looked as if it would have taken carry of his mom because the stories got here flooding again. ‘Macadacchio nuts are the key component to the appropriate Florentine,’ she stated. ‘They're candy yet now not too candy; crunchy, but they soften at the tongue, like honey combined with sun. ’ ‘Where do they arrive from? ’ requested Fergus tentatively. ‘From a spot known as Magnet Island,’ Mrs Crane instructed him, ‘far off within the Emerald Sea. ’ ‘Magnet Island,’ Fergus repeated softly. ‘The Emerald Sea … So my father sailed there?

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