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Pure Dead Batty (Pure Dead #5)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  339 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Autumn has come to StregaSchloss, and as the days grow dark, an even darker depression has come over the Strega-Borgia family. Ever since the disappearance of their beloved nanny, Mrs. McLachlan, nothing has been the same. To make matters worse, Luciano has been wrongfully charged with her murder and thrown into prison. Never has the family needed Mrs. McLachlan so badly! ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by Yearling (first published June 2nd 2005)
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Sep 18, 2009 Liz added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A lot darker and less funny than the first trilogy of the series.
Kirsty McCracken
Childhood read once again. I picked this up in a bookstore in Scotland when I was around 9. It's part of a series but still quite easy to follow since there are only 2 I've ever read and I still love them. Black comedy for kids. So Scottish. Debi Gliori is wonderful - in name and in skills! 3* stars.
Feb 26, 2008 wendy rated it it was ok
i thought this book would be a bit gloomy, a bit gothic and a lot fun. (plus it's got "batty" in the title.) young readers with a little twist. unfortunately, i didn't much care for it. it reminded me a bit of the "series of unfortunate events" books, of which i've read only one or two. (i didn't care for those either.) i didn't really like reading about the strega-borgia family who lives on the shores of lochnagargoyle in the town of auchenlochtermuchty - i can't imagine a 10 year old being int ...more
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Apr 28, 2008 Carissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
i just love this series. funny spooky–like the addams family, only maybe more funny and less spooky than them. favorite quote lfrom this one? “the lilac room was for lady guests in cashmere and pearls; ladies for whom sorcery was something you put your teacup down upon; ladies who believed that wicca could be purchased at a local garden center.”
I liked these books more 7 years ago. maybe I'm finally growing out of children's literature. sticking with the YA though. anyway, can't hurt to finish up the series. I think I really would have liked them 35 years ago. they're well done.
Feb 02, 2010 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
Just amazing. Hilarious adventures, & a portrait of a family that, while very strange indeed, are as close & loving as it is possible to be.
Dec 30, 2010 Bobby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is much the same in tone and even - partially - plot-wise, as every other book in the series, it manages to keep somehow fresh.
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Debi Gliori (born 1959) is a Scottish author and illustrator of children's books.
She grew up as an only child in Glasgow, and when young began drawing and writing stories. She started writing children's books in 1976, and attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She then received a travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards.
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