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The baron's headstrong daughter Pauline's rescue from Castle Cant by her heroic half sister Lucy was just the beginning of the madcap adventure launched in The Secret of Castle Cant KP Bath's acclaimed debut novel Now hungry and homeless they are left to fend for themselves in the war torn Barony which is full of danger and bounty hunters Can the girls escape to the Outlands to fight the corrupt gum trade that claimed their father's life?


10 thoughts on “Escape from Castle Cant

  1. says:

    I actually really enjoyed this book and its predecessor when I read them several years ago But then I saw this article and any illusions I had of this just being a fun book for kids was destroyed author is currently serving time for possession and trading of child pornography Really nasty stuff as it mentions in the article I'm grossed out beyond reason because I can't imagine how his position of trust as an author could possibly have led to crimes against the very children he was writing for This is all conjecture on my part but I can't get that image out of my headReading these books are up to you since they're actually good stories but the subtext and implications behind his words are too much for me to handle Basically a repeat of info from my review of first book in series


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed the narrator of this audio book He is a bit inconsistent with the way he pronounces names but his character voices are hilarious On a side note I was disturbed to read that the author is going to jail on charges of possessing child pornography That makes it harder to recommend an otherwise funny book what happens when a child decides to get information on this author? Yikes


  3. says:

    After I read this book but before I started writing the review I did a little research on the internet Basically I was looking for a link to the author's website which doesn't exist Only then did I learn that Mr Bath was arrested in 2009 and sentenced in 2010 to six years in prison for possession of child pornography So right off I am faced with the awkward question whether or not I should recommend a book written for children by a man who exploited children The librarian who wrote this editorial explored this question It isn't a conclusive opinion and it isn't necessarily mine but it's a thoughtful piece Instead of making this review about that question I would like to refer concerned kids and their parents first to that article and urge them to think about it discuss it and form their own opinion Then you can decide whether anything else I have to say about this book is worth your timeThis book is a sequel to The Secret of Castle Cant which I read many years ago Like the sequels to many other books I enjoyed I have had this one on my shelf for so long that I forgot what the original book was about and had to re read my own review of it to refresh my memory I understand there is a third book in the series titled The Black Arrow of Cant published in 2007 As far as I can tell there is nothing in these books that would suggest anything off about the author's attitude toward children There is perhaps a tiny hint of adult content implied than stated the two young heroines best friends Pauline Cant and Lucy Wickwright know how babies are made They learn over that they were both conceived through extramarital affairs The only other surprises of a questionable or inappropriate nature are a couple of references to farting While we don't see adults exploiting children in these books the way their author did we do see ambitious men trying to use the two girls' claims to the Barony of Cant to set themselves up in power and people of all ages threatening the safety and freedom of these girls as they flee from their would be regents We see examples of orphaned children moving around freely with unrelated adults and in some cases forming warm friendships with them I didn't see any harm in any of this while I was reading the books but knowing what I know now Use your judgment It's up to you You may also want to take into account how seemingly innocent books like this might have been used in fact or fancy to lure victims in etc Like the author of the essay previously cited I revise my opinion on this every minute that I spend thinking about it So don't rely on me to give you the answerReading the book on its own terms as my ignorance at the time allowed me to do I thought a bit highly of it than the librarian cited above I was charmed by the whimsy of an isolated country situated on the fold of everybody's maps cut off by natural barriers from most modern progress and outside influence—a country capable of having a civil war over chewing gum—a country where references to present day culture and technology ring like distant echoes into a time where vehicles are drawn by horses and mules and battles are fought with swords and crossbows It's a story full of humorous names such as The Rev Mr Pius Frodd where a tourism pamphlet can bear the incredible title VISIT FARAWAY BOONDOCK 'The Tenesmus of Trans Poltroon' The adult world through which the hero girls move is both ridiculous and dangerous and even the well meaning grown ups often make things worse for them through misunderstanding and failure to listen But the girls make their share of silly immature mistakes too ensuring that their escape from the Barony of Cant will be as perilous confusing and full of setbacks as can bePauline believed to be the legitimate daughter of the late Baron of Cant is supported by the Loyalist Faction their leader former Postal Commissioner Vladimir Orloff proclaims himself her regent and plans to rule in her name Meanwhile former lady's maid Lucy who was raised by an adoptive family after being born to a servant girl in the castle now turns out to be the Baron's acknowledged daughter The Causist rebels led by Oxford educated firebrand Arden Gutz mean to use Lucy as just such another figurehead—while at the first taste of power they prove to be no different from the old ruling class they mean to replace You may think the resulting civil war is a meaningless trifle but what it's really about is the gum trade Whoever controls it holds the real power in the Barony of Cant There is something sinister and wrong about how addictive this gum is which is specially manufactured for import into the Barony Ultimately Pauline and Lucy conclude that neither of them can rule securely until the gum industry has been cut off at the root But to do that they must escape not only the castle but the whole country And that means surviving betrayal by gypsy like Tinker children an attack by pirates a wilderness survival ordeal and a hair raising scene at a public execution Meanwhile their allies such as stuttering astronomer Luigi Lemonjello and poteen smuggler Lillian Lungwich have adventures of their own that blend slapstick comedy and deadly menace with a surreal seamlessness It isn't perfectly done At times the plot line seemed a bit slack and arbitrary There were times when for reasons I can't put a name on my attention wandered But the main characters share a warm friendship and their vivaciousness and passion and willingness to grow makes their story quite effective I guess the bottom line is that I read it I enjoyed it and I do not begrudge the time I spent with it so I feel that I owe the book if not its author credit for that much Whether in light of facts that lie outside this book I would recommend it to parents and children is another question I do try to uphold the principle of freedom from censorship and that includes the soft censorship of consigning disgraced authors to the damnation of memory But being so far from knowing my own mind in this case I leave it up to you


  4. says:

    Okay follow up to the first one Cute light stuff I might be a little concerned with letting a kid younger than 4th or 5th grade or so read it just because there are some references to adultery and affairs that might prompt a kid who is not familiar with the birds and the bees to ask some questions


  5. says:

    Part 2 of the trilogy every bit as good as the first with even kooky and likeable characters Still wouldn't recommend it even though I loved it because the publishers pulled the plug on publishing the third book in the series Who wants to read two fat books and never know the ending?


  6. says:

    So great Can't wait to meet this guy next week Have your 12 year old read it


  7. says:

    I liked this book as much as the first one I thought the story progressed to show the bond of great friendssisters


  8. says:

    Top 5 Author has a questionable background and the book is hard to come by but it is one of my favorites