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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain (#1 Thisby Thestoop)
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Zac Gorman Sam Bosma
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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain (#1 Thisby Thestoop)

Zac Gorman Sam Bosma


Harper Collins

Fantasy » Epic Fantasy;
Fantasy » Humourous Fantasy;
Fantasy » Mythological Creatures, People & Places;
Fantasy » Monsters Fantasy;
Young Adult » Kids


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In the absurd land of Nth, within the forlorn walls of Castle Grimstone, down the precarious steps of the Black Mountain dungeon, you can find Thisby Thestoop, gamekeeper and sometime friend for all creatures gruesome, grotesque, and uncommon.

Though she is often up to her rather pointy nose in griffin toenails, gnoll spittle, and troll meat, Thisby keeps track of it all the only way she knows how-by taking careful notes. So when her black-toothed Dunkeldwarf boss informs her that the prince and princess are arriving for a Royal Inspection, Thisby knows she'll need every note she's ever written to make sure everything goes according to plan.

But when Roquat stupidly rouses a tarasque, the much-too-good-looking Princess Iphigenia winds up lost in the Black Mountain dungeon without her guards, her staff, or her younger (by two minutes) twin brother. With the dungeon in shambles and all the easy paths home blocked, Thisby is the only one who can guide the princess safely past the ghoulish creatures that would love nothing more than to nosh the royal highness for dinner.

It's a dangerous adventure ahead for these two unlikely friends. And if they want to succeed, they'll have to trust each other. It's the first book in this rollicking new fantasy-adventure series from debut author Zac Gorman.

By:   Zac Gorman
Illustrated by:   Sam Bosma
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 194mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   219g
ISBN:   9780062495686
ISBN 10:   0062495682
Series:   Thisby Thestoop
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   April 2019
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Zac Gorman is a cartoonist and author from Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a storyboard artist on the Emmy-winning series Over the Garden Wall (Cartoon Network) and was nominated for the Annie Award for Character Design for his work on Welcome to the Wayne (Nickelodeon). He wrote for the Rick and Morty comic series published monthly by Oni Press. Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain is his debut novel. Sam Bosma is a sentient orb discovered in an abandoned mine, of average height and build (for an orb). He is also the award-winning creator of the Fantasy Sports comics (NoBrow Press), and has fashioned illustrations for the New Yorker, Scholastic, Hulu, and the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Tweens will instantly connect with innovative, hardworking Thisby and cheer her on. ... The story is an intriguing page-turner. -- School Library Journal A proper adventure story. -- Kirkus Reviews Gorman makes a strong children's book debut ... delivering a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure. Clever Thisby and forceful Iphigenia make a delightfully odd pairing as they form an unlikely friendship amid the chaos and danger, and Bosma's ghoulish b&w illustrations further help bring the characters and creatures to life. -- Publishers Weekly The strength of this first novel of a planned series is certainly its menagerie of familiar and unfamiliar monsters, which Thisby helms as a young and extraordinary zookeeper. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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