Author(s): Ross Montgomery
Alex Jennings is a boy with a problem. His mum's sent him away to boarding school because his father, the most famously failed explorer in the history of the Cusp, has escaped from hospital again, yelling 'squiggles'. Make that two problems. Now the evil Davidus Kyte and all his henchmen are after Alex, convinced he alone knows the meaning of the word 'squiggles'. OK, make that three - Alex Jennings is a boy with a lot of problems. But with the help of a talking dog and a girl with unfeasibly sharp teeth, he just might have what it takes to cross the Forbidden Lands, escape the evil Davidus Kyte, and find out what lies beyond the Cusp ...
A funny, surreal and heartwarming novel about a small boy, a talking dog, and their incredible adventure across a forbidden land.
An intriguing title - always a good start! Immediately, the reader thinks this book will be out of the ordinary and you won't be disappointed. Alex Jennings is a boy with a problem - well, three problems actually. He's been sent to boarding school; his father is a failed explorer and Davidus Kyte and all his henchmen are after him, convinced he alone knows the meaning of the word 'squiggles'. With the help of a talking dog and a girl with unfeasibly sharp teeth, he just might have what it takes to cross the Forbidden Lands, escape the evil Davidus Kyte, and find out what lies beyond the Cusp... An unusual and exciting story. -- Sarah Parents in Touch 20130717 If you prefer a strange, slightly surreal world, then I'd recommend Alex, The Dog And The Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery (Faber, GBP6.99), out on August 1. When his father, a famous explorer, disappears, Alex is forced to embark on an adventure to discover what really lies at the heart of the mysterious Forbidden Lands. Quirky, silly and perfect for dog lovers. -- Sarah Kingsford Sunday Express 20130721 Underneath this barking mad romp there's a moving message about love, loss, fear, and identity. A highly original debut novel. -- Sally Morris Daily Mail 20130726
Ross Montgomery is a first-time author. He started writing stories as a teenager, when he really should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. After graduating, he experimented with working as a pig farmer and a postman before deciding to channel these skills into teaching at a primary school. He wrote his novel when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Park with his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.