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The Beast and the Bethany

The Beast and the Bethany #1

Published: 1 Oct 2020

Paperback / softback, 256 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Illustrated by Isabelle Follath

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

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This book features in the Upper KS2 Funny Forest collection which is part of The Reading Journey

The Beast and the Bethany has all the classic macabre humour of Roald Dahl with the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, finished off with a gleeful bite of Little Shop of Horrors! This book should be on every little monster's birthday and Christmas list. Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions that keep him young and beautiful.

But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan ...

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The books are chosen by the Just Imagine selection panel, chaired by Just Imagine's Director Nikki Gamble, author of Exploring Children's Literature and co-author of Guiding Readers.

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  • Beyond the Sky
  • The Ogress and the Orphans
  • Sisters of the Mist
  • The Colour of Hope
  • The Unmorrow Curse
  • Noah's Gold
  • Seed
  • The Insiders
  • The Book of Sisters
  • S.T.E.A.L.T.H: Access Denied
  • Skandar and the Unicorn Thief : 1
  • Ajay and the Mumbai Sun
  • You Don't Have to be Loud
  • Beyond Belief
  • Furthermoor
  • The Secret Sunshine Project
  • The Secret of Splint Hall
  • Super Sub
  • Like A Charm : 1
  • The Horror of Dunwick Farm
  • Sleepover Takeover
  • Freeze
  • Listen, Layla #2
  • The Book of Stolen Dreams
  • Class Act
  • Mason Mooney:Doppelganger Detective #2
  • Saving Celeste
  • Sisters of the Lost Marsh
  • The Chime Seekers
  • Frankenstiltskin: Fairy Tales Gone Bad
  • The Monsters of Rookhaven #1
  • How Was That Built?
  • The Elephant in the Room
  • Myths, Monsters and Mayhem in Ancient Greece
  • A Nest of Vipers
  • The Summer We Turned Green
  • Wild Child : A journey through nature
  • Welcome to Trashland
  • When the Sky Falls
  • A Street Dog Named Pup
  • On the Move: Poems About Migration
  • On Your Marks, Get Set, Gold! A Funny and Fact-Filled Guide to Every Olympic Sport
  • The Shark Caller
  • Dragon Mountain
  • Strange but True: 10 of the world's greatest mysteries explained
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  • Tamarind & the Star of Ishta
  • When the Sky Falls
  • The Boy Who Met a Whale
  • The Shark Caller
  • World Burn Down
  • Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad
  • The Infinite
  • The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World
  • Dragon Mountain
  • The Lightning Catcher
  • Myths, Monsters and Mayhem in Ancient Greece
  • The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke
  • October, October
  • Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow
  • Indigo Wilde and the Creatures at Jellybean Crescent #1
  • The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh
  • Adam-2
  • A Glasshouse of Stars
  • You Must Be Layla #1
  • African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends
  • Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep
  • My Big Mouth
  • When Stars are Scattered
  • Orphans of the Tide
  • Icarus Was Ridiculous
  • The Accidental Diary of B.U.G.
  • On Your Marks, Get Set, Gold! A Funny and Fact-Filled Guide to Every Olympic Sport
  • D-Day Dog
  • Midnight Feasts: Tasty poems chosen by A.F. Harrold
  • Mason Mooney:Doppelganger Detective #2
  • The Biggest Footprint : Eight billion humans. One clumsy giant.
  • A Nest of Vipers
  • Wave Riders
  • Arctic Star
  • When Life Gives You Mangoes
  • Boy, Everywhere
  • The Language of Cat
  • The Monsters of Rookhaven #1
  • The Iron Man
  • Unbelievable Football 2 : How Football Can Change the World
  • How I Saved the World in a Week
  • The Thing At Black Hole Lake
  • The Undefeated
  • Comic Classics: Treasure Island
  • Where the Wilderness Lives
  • Class Act
  • Mason Mooney:Paranormal Investigator #1
  • Rescuing Titanic : A true story of quiet bravery in the North Atlantic

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A collection of spooky stories featuring ghosts, monsters and witches to thrill you this Halloween.  Selected by our experienced and qualified team of teachers, librarians and education consultants.