Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Doctor Doolittle meets Spy Kids in this funny and thrilling Australian middle-grade debut.
When Rusty Mulligan and his pet blue-tongued lizard, Bongo, win a week at Miss Alice Einstein’s School for Talking Pets, the shy twelve-year-old is thrilled. His best friend will learn to talk!
But once on the secret island with the four other competition winners and their pets, things don’t go to plan. Rusty must work with the children, teachers, a terrifyingly tattooed gardener, many clever animals and the school’s headmistress, Miss Alice Einstein (Albert Einstein’s great-granddaughter), to save Miss Alice Einstein’s School for Talking Pets from two secret agents who have come to shut it down — by any means necessary.
On the island Rusty meets aircraft-building pigs, science-loving cats, award-winning rats and lots and lots of talking puppies. He overcomes his fear of being ‘ordinary’ and learns to trust that his stubbornly silent lizard, Bongo, can do the same.
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