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Return to Ribblestrop (Ribblestrop #2)

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It's a new term at Ribblestrop and the headmaster is hoping for a bit more organisation. But secrets remain under the ground, the new Chaplain is not all that he seems, and a truck load of circus animals has taken refuge in the school grounds. Amongst the new intake are a footballing protegee and a trainee psychopath.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK
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La La
This is Middle Grade? With a child MC who smokes cigarettes and hitchhikes, and one of the characters is described as a "fetus dressed in clothes"? The writing was all run ons, and mashed up chaos. It is trying to be Lemony Snicket style, but the author doesn't "get it"; that there is a finesse to it. This book is just disturbing garbage. JUST NO! It was a dnf for me. The half an hour I spent with this book was a total waste of my time. I was approved for an eARC, via Edelweiss, in return for an ...more
Kathy
Sep 14, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After Christmas break, Millie, Sam, and Jake return to their unorthodox boarding school with a Brazilian ex-circus performer and his animals and an ex-priest exorcist bent on stealing the Vyner family treasures. Second in the series but stands alone well. I haven't yet read the first.
An off-beat non-stop adventure that is almost impossible to summarize or label...a mystery, a treasure hunt, a ghost or boarding school story? With a constantly shifting focus among plot strands and from one set of
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Mar 17, 2014 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it really liked it
Wow. This book one-ups the first Ribblestrop novel in every way! More students! More danger! More dastardly villains! We delve deeper into the weird, twisted world of Ribblestrop School, and this time there are alligators, tigers, a scorpion, a defrocked priest and a legendary sword to add to the confusion. School is a kind of circus, but Ribblestrop literally puts together its own circus complete with acrobats and trained animals. It's amazing how many registers Mulligan sounds, from the broadl ...more
Candy Wood
Ribblestrop Towers school already had hidden underground tunnels, a dodgy past, unorthodox teachers, and a ghost. In Return to Ribblestrop, it has a menagerie as well. Possibilities for mayhem increase dramatically with the addition of Flavio and his panther, lioness, tigers, crocodile, python, and scorpion. Add Miles, the only boy ever expelled from Ribblestrop (he set the fire before the first book, and his favorite game is Russian roulette with Sanchez's gun), the greedy and sadistic ex-pries ...more
Tammy Wooding
Aug 05, 2016 Tammy Wooding marked it as books-i-have

It's a new term at Ribblestrop and the headmaster is hoping for a bit more organisation. But secrets remain under the ground, the new Chaplain is not all that he seems, and a truck load of circus animals has taken refuge in the school grounds. Amongst the new intake are a footballing protégée and a trainee psychopath....Things are about to go from bad to worse at Ribblestrop... can Millie, Sanchez and the gang help save the day once more?

Danielle Price
Couldn't put it down sequel to Ribblestrop. Wickedly funny with a cast of appealing kids who could survive anything, anywhere. Filled with corrupt authority figures, a (politically incorrect?) troupe of orphans, circus animals . . .. Irresistible.
Alexa
Aug 04, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it
Solid second installment in series about the adventures and mishaps (some really serious- like kids getting beaten or kids playing Russian roulette!) in a fantastical private British school/circus/science lab.
Monica Edinger
Dec 25, 2011 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this tremendously. Definitely a school story, but a very unique one --- funny, adventurous, and a very entertaining read. Mulligan's statement after it won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize gives you a good taste of what is in store: "I never expected the Guardian to award such a stonker of a prize to a book that is dangerous, violent, irreverent, politically incorrect, joyously sentimental, anti-adult, pro-child and sometimes bizarre - but I'm very glad they have..." It is indeed al ...more
Lily
Mar 17, 2014 Lily rated it liked it
it got slightly boring towards the end
Lara
Dec 03, 2013 Lara rated it it was amazing
This book is the best out of all three the excitement and adventure is just fantastic
Angela Stewart
Apr 02, 2014 Angela Stewart rated it it was amazing
Totally brilliant! Never has a book made me grin so happily from ear-to-ear!
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Andy Mulligan was brought up in the south of London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and drama in India, Brazil, the Philippines and the UK. He now divides his time between London and Manila.
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