Author(s): Christopher William Hill
The first book in the gruesomely funny Tales from Schwartzgarten series. Meet Osbert Brinkhoff, the unlikeliest of avengers. His is a tale of dark delights and ghastly goings-on, of injustice and revenge. The villains are vicious. The settings are sinister. And good does NOT always prevail...If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies...then welcome to the GRUESOMELY FUNNY Tales from Schwartzgarten. -Osbert the Avenger is the first in a thrilling series of four books, all set in the fictional city of Schwartzgarten -With shades of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl, the Tales from Schwartzgarten are as hilarious as they are dark -This brilliantly woven mock-gothic tale has huge child appeal
This is the sort of book that makes people late for school. It is absolutely horrible, but you just have to keep reading it. You just have to get it finished. It is a dangerous book for people who are weak-willed. If you are very scared of the dark and get the shivers easily, and if your mind can be bent by other people, I think you will be scared for the rest of your life! Meet Osbert Brinkhoff, the unlikeliest avenger. He gets admitted to the Academy, a place for brainy children to get brainwashed. All the pupils are locked up when they’re not at school. The Academy controls everything in the city, controls businesses and property, and even controls the government. One by one the teachers at the Academy start dying, first by accident but then by murder. Is Osbert the Scwartzgarten Killer? In the shadows lurks a dangerous violin. What does it have to do with what happens? And who was Good King Johnny? This book makes you laugh, but then you wonder why you are laughing. What kind of person are you? You’ll even want to read it again. - Cosmo (10)
Like Roald Dahl - but different!
An idiosyncratic comic fantasy... it is likely that children will be most enthusiastic. -- Books For Keeps 20110301 Highly original... gruesome but funny. -- parentsintouch.co.uk 20120801 A refreshingly unusual read. -- Peters Gazette 20121107 Looks set to be a hugely successful new series. Marvelously detailed. There are three more bloodthirsty and hilarious adventures to come. -- School Librarian 20121201 A macabre tale full of ghoulish and gruesome escapades. A frightening but appealing anti-hero. -- Booktrust 20121201 A riveting story - a clever mix of humour with some very dark and gruesome moments and a couple of real shocks towards the end. -- Primary Times 20121203 If you love your teachers and have never entertained the thought of murdering them in the most diabolically appropriate way, then this book should probably be avoided at all costs. -- Lion & Unicorn Books 20130401
Christopher William Hill is an award-winning playwright and radio dramatist. His plays for young people have been performed in the UK and internationally.