The Unexpected Find

The Unexpected Find

By Author / Illustrator

Toby Ibbotson


Mystery & Detective

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Paperback / softback




Written by Toby Ibbotson, son of the bestselling author Eva Ibbotson, this exceptional middle grade story is captivating, heartfelt and brilliant in equal measure. When a storm hits a small and sleepy town, it ravages every living thing. But storms don't just destroy, they uncover. And when a young boy discovers a mysterious object that has lay hidden beneath a centuries-old tree, he instantly knows that it's special. What he doesn't know is that his unexpected find will unite him with a girl searching for her missing father and trigger a series of events that will see them travelling across Europe under the most unusual circumstances. Beautifully written, The Unexpected Find is Toby Ibbotson's break-through masterpiece that's a classic in the making.


Connor - Age 11

This book is amazing! I loved every page and I'm disappointed I'm finished! I loved the way the book unwittingly guides all the characters into finding each other through curiosity and despair. Exploring the personalities and relationships of each person is extremely intriguing, while throwing in some useful analogies of life, which really makes you stop and think. The use of poetry is also very powerful, almost beckoning me to find out what it means. In my opinion, this is one of my favourite books of all time even if my usual type of book would be a lot darker ;)

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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