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Usborne Publishing Ltd
Paperback / softback
Meet Ermine, a small stoat on a big journey. In fact, she's on a world tour and determined to fill her scrapbook with tales of adventure. Armed with her toolkit and feathered hat, Ermine arrives in New York to stay with Michael Megabucks and his son - and is soon fighting off alligators at Central Park Zoo and outwitting bungling diamond thieves!
Ermine is on a trip around the world, first stop New York City and the home of Michael Megabanks. Recently adopted by the Grand Duchess Maria Von Schnitzel, Ermine has become her protege and is fortunate to be completing her education whilst travelling and visiting the friends of the Duke and Duchess of Balaclavia. Importantly, Ermine is no ordinary charge. Small, snowy white in colour, with a long bushy tail and whiskers, Ermine is a stoat. Saved by the Grand Duchess when her husband attempted to repair his regal robes with Ermine's fur, instead she was rescued and instated as a member of the family. Ermine may be little in stature but she is a giant in terms of personality. She is incredibly friendly, always carries a tool kit and travels with a vast wardrobe of outfits. At first the Megabanks are surprised to meet Ermine but it doesn't take long for them to warm to her and welcome her into their home. All seems to be going swimmingly for Ermine and she is loving her time in the Big Apple but unbeknownst to her she is heading for trouble. The notorious Spudd brothers have escaped from prison and their paths are about to cross; a mix-up in the left luggage section of the New York Airport has left the Spudd brothers without a precious diamond - they suspect that Ermine has it. Slapstick chaos ensues as the bundling criminals try to get their precious gem back. A charming story with fast pace and endearing characters. Readers will enjoy the incredibly determined Ermine and the pandemonium she causes as she evades the robbers hot on her tail- quite literally! 160 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Emily Beale, school librarian.
Suggested Reading Age 7+