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The Murderer's Ape


FORMAT: Hardcover PRICE: £16.99 PAGES: 640 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 06/09/2017 ISBN: 9781782691617

The Murderer's Ape

Jakob Wegelius

Pushkin Children's Books

A captivating mystery adventure story, with gorgeously detailed black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.

Selling points

  • An enchanting and richly detailed mystery story for children
  • Introducing a loveable animal heroine, Sally Jones: a very kind and very clever gorilla
  • Reminiscent of classic adventures by authors such as Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Winner of the August Prize and The Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and a bestseller in Sweden


'I don’t know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure. It’s ingenious, it’s moving, it’s charming, it’s beautiful, it’s exciting, and most importantly the characters are people I feel I know like old friends. I thank Jakob Wegelius wholeheartedly, for giving me several hours of joy' - Philip Pullman

'Sally Jones is now my favourite heroine in recent children's books. Move over King Kong, there's a new great ape in town. Charming, moving, and page-turning - what's not to like about this very original novel? My message to prospective readers: You gor-really got to read this!' - Julia Golding, author of The Diamond of Drury Lane

'The book’s heart and mystery keep you turning pages... This may be the most charming book I've read all year' - The New York Times


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