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Modermoor Castle – Die Jagd nach dem verschwundenen Löffel

(Maudlin Towers #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Ein Wikinger auf dem Schulgelände?
Ein Werwolf auf dem Dachboden?
Ein Geschichtslehrer, der plötzlich nicht mehr langweilig ist?

Mufford und sein Freund Sponge sind Schüler von Modermoor Castle, der Schule für die nicht besonders hellen Kinder aus nicht besonders reichem Hause – und einiges an Kummer gewohnt! Doch in letzter Zeit treten hier selbst für ihren Geschmack etwas
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published 2018 by Sauerländer
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Welcome to Maudlin Towers, a place with werewolves, timemachines, ghosts, Latin, crazy teachers, and a spoon.

I was already eager to get this book, but then I spotted it in English (OMG) at a book store and for quite a nice price even! I just had to take it with me, and boy I am glad I did as this was one rollercoaster ride I don't want to miss.

I hadn't exactly read the blurb, and I am glad I didn't as I could go in totally fresh. Only knowing what the title told me and what the cover gave away.
This started out all right and then it just got better and better.

Best friends Mildew and Sponge, pupils of the Maudlin Towers School for the Not Particularly Bright Sons of the Not Especially Wealthy, are normally not the bravest of boys. But when several mysterious incidents occur, including a theft that may cause the Christmas holidays to be cancelled, they decide to become detectives. Somehow, a time machine seems to be at the centre of all the strange goings-on. Will Mildew and Sponge be
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The British Empire was founded on people who had the courage to prod things without worrying about the consequences, Sponge. Come on. We must be brave."

This is a cute send up of tropey boarding school books/British mysteries. The humor is definitely British in flavor, owing, I expect, to the britishness of the author. It's clever and fast paced, and has all the necessary elements-- dumb adults, (sometimes accidentally) brilliant children, revenge, time travel, vikings, werewolves, and a very
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review also posted on my blog:

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

This book was cute and funny, and it has a lot going for it. It reads a lot like a satire of some magical boarding school books; so many on-the-nose names and silly traditions as well as adults with exaggerated characteristics fill the pages of this one. The all-important School Spoon goes missing, and as Mildew and Sponge try to figure out what happened to it
Kirsty Stanley
This was such a fun read and perfect for the target audience. I can imagine that this would make a great bedtime story with lots of enjoyment to be had doing the voices.
The two main characters, best friends Mildew and Sponge reminded me of Phineus and Ferb, as did the whole crackpot adventure.

Not only did Chris write all the words he drew all the pictures too. And I felt the illustrations added to the story, in one case more clearly contributing details that wouldn't have been gleamed from
Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
3.5 . Review will be up on blog in upcoming week or two. ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully silly & morally questionable. Like I like ‘em.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time jumps. Friendship. Werewolves. A hilarious Latin woman. This would be a great book for UKS2 kids.
Pop Bop
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Witty, Funny, and Much More Engaging Than Expected

If you were to read the blurbs for this book, and the first few chapters, you would be justified in expecting the tale to be a good but fairly standard and predictable British boarding school comedy. That's fine as it goes, and fair enough. It turns out, though, that the story has much more to it than expected, including a clever, devilishly twisty, and yet still fast paced and clear mystery/detectivating plot.

At first we just follow our heroes,
Andrew Jamieson
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new Chris Priestley book is an event to be celebrated, and his latest does not disappoint. More in line with his fabled Tales of Terror books, Curse of the Werewolf boy is the first in the Maudlin Towers series, featuring the charming young students, Mildew and Sponge, and their adventures at the school for ‘the very best and brightest of boys’, set at an indeterminate period of 19th Century/early 20th Century in northern England.
Whereas the Tales of Terror books struck a fine stylistic chord
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maudlin Towers is a gloomy, doomy kind of place, which makes it the perfect place for a school for boys...although its students may disagree. When the sacred School Spoon is stolen, two of those students, Mildew and Sponge, discover that their seemingly predictable school is anything but! Mildew and Sponge'sdetectivatingtakes weirder and weirder turns as they stumble upon several time-twisty, maybe ghost infested, possiblywerewolfish, makes your head confuzzled mysteries.

Chris Priestley'sCurse
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mildew and Sponge aren’t very fond of their gloomy boarding school. The other boys bully them, the teachers are awful, and the atmosphere is depressing to say the least. When the prized "school spoon" goes missing and the headmaster threatens to cancel Christmas break because of it, the boys decide to become detectives and find it so they can be seen as heroes, not zeros. Their bumbling attempts at solving the mystery leads them on a time-traveling, werewolf finding, laugh inducing romp through ...more
Jessica Rentcome
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maudlin Towers: Curse of the Werewolf Boy by Chris Priestley is perfect for younger readers transitioning into more complex stories. This novel is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket’s style of writing with a dash of Addams Family and a smattering of beautiful and whimsical illustrations (courtesy of Chris Priestley himself). The story centers on Sponge and Mildew, two young boys who attend Maudlin Towers (a boarding school) as they investigate ghosts, the case of the missing School Spoon, werewolves, ...more
Elza Kinde
Mildew and Sponge attend the prestigious boarding school within Maudlin Towers, which is as boring as it is grotesque. But when the prized School Spoon goes missing, Mildew decides to put his detecting skills to the test, with Sponge close behind. Vikings, suspicious school masters, a ghost in the tower, and a series of secrets await them as they brave the mysterious and the unknown.

Zinging dialogue and dry humor spin a hilarious mystery/adventure story where the clues are purposefully
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Incredible silliness, a little reminiscent of the Molesworth books, but with science fiction and horror elements. Just incredible, wonderful chaos and silliness and gloriously silly illustrations too. I've enjoyed the author's more macabre works, but incredible silliness might be his real forte.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.


This book is so freaking funny. Mildew and Sponge go on one wild adventure. I love how ridiculous the whole plot is but it makes so much sense why Mildew and Sponge, who are children, take this all very seriously. The School Spoon has been stolen *GASP* and the holiday's for the boys of Maudlin Towers are about to be ruined. That just won't do for Mildew and Sponge. So
Tia Schmidt
*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an open and honest review*


I have had this book on my Kindle shelf for a while now and was super in the mood for a quirky Middle Grade so I decided to pick it up without even reading the synopsis. At first, I definitely wasn't too fond of the writing style. I even considered DNF-ing because I was worried the plot wasn't going to capture my full attention. However, I continued on and soon fell in LOVE with the characters and story. Anything
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
In this book, Chris Preistly tells the story of Mildew and Sponge as they set about solving some unusual mysteries at their boarding school Maudlin Towers, the most important of which is the disappearance of the school spoon. It was absolutely madcap and worked really well as a spoof on classic boarding school stories. I liked Chris Priestly’s own illustrations throughout as they often helped me visualise certain parts of the story, and his dry, witty narrative voice.
I also enjoyed the
Sep 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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If you want a light read, fast-paced book, with a smudge of mystery, time jumps and friendship, this one is definitely for you.

Curse of the Werewolf boy by Chris Priestley is a middle grade book which follows the adventure of best friends Mildew and Sponge as they investigate the mystery of stolen school spoon and uncover the identity of the wailing ghost in the attic. And of course, the most curious werewolf boy. While it made me laugh a few times, it wasn't as remarkable as the author's
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun. The story/plot itself is fine, but I mostly love the banter between Mildew and Sponge, the main characters, to the point where when they were separated you felt the loss of it! It reminded me of the wit in the Jennings books by Anthony Buckeridge, which I also love.
Virginie (chouettblog)
Not bad

Full review up soon.
Erica Chaillot
Definitely a children’s book. I was prereading it for my class to see if it was appropriate. I believe children would enjoy it.
Elena Romanova
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is so well written (as anything written by Chris Priestly), it is fun to read even if you are not a child any more.
Slightly absurd with an interesting cast of characters perfect for the tween boy that has loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Series of Unfortunate Events
Quite good fun, made me chuckle a few times.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Priestley is one of the other authors who is a guest in my school for the very exciting bookweek. Besides the great illustrations this books contains great dialogues that just will make you smile. A great read to read out loud to your children or class around the time of Halloween or when they are in for a story with a few great twists.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was a hilarious book! I enjoyed Sponge and Mildew as characters. They helped make the book fly along! I wasn't expecting any of the things that happened in this book to happen. It was one great adventure after another. I laughed a lot and just generally enjoyed myself. Those in middle school will absolutely love this book! Even young adults and adults alike will enjoy this hilarious novel about Maudlin Towers.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-books-for-work
Interesting read, the writing reminds me of the Series of Unfortunate Events series.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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His father was in the army and so he moved around a lot as a child and lived in Wales. He was an avid reader of American comics as a child, and when he was eight or nine, and living in Gibraltar, he won a prize in a newspaper story-writing competition. He decided then “that my ambition was to write and illustrate my own book”.
He spent his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to Manchester,

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