Author(s): Eva Ibbotson
When a Hag, an orphan boy called Ivo, Ulf the troll and wizard Brian Brainsweller are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they briefly consider running away and hiding. Can they be any match for the gruesome, terrifying, ghastly, flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort? But not all is as it first appears - the Ogre is depressed and the princess doesn't want to be rescued. The Norns, who rule their fates, decide to take things in hand and send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done properly...
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl Funny Prize: The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen 2010 and Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010.
Eva Ibbotson writes for both adults and children. Born in Vienna, she now lives in the north of England. Her husband was a naturalist who taught her to value even the smallest and most unattractive animal - and her four children and seven grandchildren showed her that ghosts, wizards and witches are people like ourselves 'only madder and more interesting'. She has written eight other ghostly adventures for children.