A delightfully strange and hilarious debut about an outcast boy and his quirky companion who must solve the puzzle of the mysterious earthquake that hit their town, forging a friendship and uncovering truths along the way.
At the age of eleven Frederik Sandwich awakens to an earthquake that couldn't possibly be. His town is nowhere near a fault line and no earthquake has ever been recorded there. But when he questions what could have caused the shaking, he realizes he may have uncovered more than he bargained for.
Desperately wanting to know what happened, but not the type of person to break rules or push adults for answers, Frederik is lucky (or not, depending on how you look at it) to meet a mysterious stranger, Pernille. She is the sort of person to break rules and demand answers, and is determined to partner with him to get to the bottom of the mystery. It's a mystery that will lead the two outsiders through abandoned train tunnels, into hidden library rooms, and to the shadowy corridors of City Hall in the dead of night as they try to figure out what could have caused inexplicable rumblings in their small town.
"This eerie book is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket in its characters and plot line and sure to be a popular title! This one is a must for elementary readers who want an engaging book that will take them on a wild ride and leave them on edge waiting for more." -- School Library Connection, Highly Recommended
"Outrageous twists and timely truths abound in British author Scott's debut novel, first in a planned series. Frederik confronts his own assumptions and finds the courage to challenge the status quo in this quirky and jokey mystery." -- Publishers Weekly