Book Club: Danger at Dead Man’s Pass

Book Club: Danger at Dead Man’s Pass

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Danger at Dead Man's PassDiscover November’s book club title, Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman (Macmillan Children’s Books). We’re delighted to bring you this thrilling adventure to enjoy in a book club setting – whether with friends, family or your school mates.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books in the Adventures on Trains series – you can still enjoy Danger at Dead Man’s Pass as a book on it’s own!

Read an extract from the book here, or download our questions to use for discussion in your own book club. You can also check out additional teacher and librarian resources from the publisher here. Click here to watch all our brilliant videos with the authors including their favourite book recommendations (also available here). Listen to them read an extract from the book and discover the inspiration behind their Adventures on Trains Series. Don’t forget to check out our latest Book Club snack – this month we’ve got our top tips for some tasty travel snacks!

Make sure to leave your review of this month’s Book Club book here.

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Danger at Dead Man's Pass

Danger at Dead Man's Pass

Written by: M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman
Illustrated by: Elisa Paganelli
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Embark on a thrilling fourth adventure in the bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series – Danger at Dead Man’s Pass, from M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, as Harrison Beck investigates an ancient family curse high in the German mountains. Illustrated in black-and-white throughout by Elisa Paganelli.

A mysterious letter from an old friend asks Hal and Uncle Nat to help investigate a spooky supernatural mystery. Legend has it the Kratzensteins, a family of rich and powerful railway tycoons, are cursed, but there is no such thing as a curse, is there . . .?

Hal and Nat take the night train to Berlin and go undercover. From a creaking spooky old house at the foot of the Harz mountains, they take the Kratzenstein family’s funeral train to the peak of the Brocken Mountain. Can Hal uncover the secrets of the Brocken railway and the family curse before disaster strikes?

Discover our Q&A videos with MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, read an extract from the book and download our questions to spark discussions in your own Book Club! You can also order all the Book Club titles online here.

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About the author

M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

M.G. Leonard has made up stories since she was a girl, but back then adults called them lies or tall tales and she didn’t write them down. As a grown up, her favourite things to create stories about are beetles, birds, and trains. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and won many awards. She is the vice president of the insect charity Buglife, and a founding author of Authors4Oceans. She lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons, a fat cat called Kasper, a dog called Nell, and a variety of exotic beetles.

Sam Sedgman is a novelist, playwright and award-winning digital producer. His work has been performed internationally and shortlisted for the Courtyard Theatre award. With his friend M.G. Leonard, he wrote the bestselling Adventures on Trains series. The Highland Falcon Thief was Sam’s first book for children. He lives in London and is a lifelong train and mystery enthusiast.

About the illustrator

Elisa Paganelli

Elisa Paganelli was born in Italy and since childhood, hasn’t been able to resist the smell of paper and pencils. She graduated from the European Institute of Design in Turn and worked in advertising, as well as running an award-winning design shop and studio. She now collaborates as a freelance designer with publishers and advertising agencies all over the world, including designing and illustrating The House With Chicken Legs (Usborne) and the Travels of Ermine series (Usborne).

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