A funny, surreal and heartwarming novel about a small boy, a talking dog, and their incredible adventure across a forbidden land.
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.
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 The Cusp when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Parkwith his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.
Faber Children PB
Paperback - B format
8 - 12