Maxwell Grantly

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Fire Starter!

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I am very pleased to announce a new free eBook by Maxwell Grantly: “Fire Starter!”

When a series of fires broke out around the city, the finger of suspicion pointed to William Marley: the chimney sweep. Was he negligent with his sweeping duties? However, as is common with stories by Maxwell Grantly, all is not as you might expect it to be. Read “Fire Starter!’ to find out how William solved the riddle of the numerous chimney fires and, by doing so, saved the city’s inhabitants from their burning misery.

If you are interested in reading “Fire Starter!” you may like to know that this story can be downloaded free of charge from the iBooks store or from Kobo. Sadly, the software at Amazon does not allow a zero pricing and so (if you use a Kindle) you may also download this story – but at a very small charge. Just type “Maxwell Grantly” into the search bar at any of these three sites.

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The Top Five

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If you are looking for something for your children to read, now that the winter is causing nights to lengthen in the northern hemisphere, why not consider the delight of digital eBooks.

If you are interested, here are the top five downloaded free eBooks from Maxwell Grantly’s library. The top two stories are perfect for young infants and the remaining three tales would ideally appeal to the older junior age-range. Best of all, every eBook is free to download and so there has been no better time to encourage your child to read and enter the magical make-believe world of literature.

(1) Teddy’s Many Hats – Teddy had a huge collection of hats. However, Teddy had a dilemma: which hat should he wear when he told his boy how much he is loved?

(2) Count on Teddy – Sadly, Teddy could not count and so Edward tried to teach him the first five numbers. However, Edward found himself learning an important lesson instead.

(3) Jack and the Space Pirates – Jack and his pet cat, Jet, became accidentally hijacked by space pirates. Jack had to devise a plan that would lead to his freedom and the release of a gold-carrying galleon.

(4) Gobbler and the Mirror – Gobbler lived on the streets of New Babbage, stealing food to survive. His life changed dramatically when he accidentally discovered the secret of a new glass invention.

(5) Albert’s Wiggly Tooth – Albert never believed in the tooth fairy so he wondered what happened to his teeth, after being placed under his pillow. Chaos reigned the following Sunday in church!

If you are interested in reading Maxwell’s stories, his work can be downloaded free of charge from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. Sadly, the software at Amazon does not allow a zero pricing and so (if you use a Kindle) you may also download his stories – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” into the search bar at any of these eight sites.

Gobbles – The Hungry Cat

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Gobbles – The Hungry Cat

When Jack is given a baby kitten, his mother gives him just one rule, “Do not overfeed the cat!”

It’s hard for a young child to care for a new pet, without worrying that it is not eating properly. Can Jack remember his mother’s rule, as he cares for his baby kitten?

Read the latest story from Maxwell Grantly, where things never go according to plan and the most unexpected outcomes always seem to happen.

This story is delightfully illustrated with numerous lovely coloured illustrations throughout the book.

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“Gobbles – The Hungry Cat” can be downloaded, totally free of charge, from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon, however, and so you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

Professor Nibbler’s Most Amazing Mouse Circus

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Professor Nibbler’s Most Amazing Mouse Circus

Have you seen a real mouse circus? If you have, you’re very lucky indeed; very few other people have ever seen one. Sometimes a mouse circus will travel around the country as part of a travelling fair. The mice will climb upon tightropes, perform amazing acrobatics and scamper about doing all sorts of incredible things.

When Professor Nibbler brought his most amazing mouse circus to Luxembourg, two homeless children (Jacob and Molly) were enchanted by the posters that were pasted across the city. They both yearned to see the mice perform and so devised a plan to earn enough money to see the show. However, as is common with other stories from Maxwell Grantly, things don’t go according to plan.

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“Professor Nibbler’s Most Amazing Mouse Circus” can be downloaded, totally free of charge, from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon, however, and so you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

Gobbler and the Mirror

Gobbler and the Mirror

Gobbler and the Mirror

Gobbler would spend his days searching for scraps of food to steal and, whenever he found some morsel, he would gobble it down quickly. It was for this reason that the other street urchins gave him his nickname.

One day Gobbler’s luck seemed to change when he spied an open door of a rich house and he sneaked inside to search for something to eat. However, he found himself stumbling upon a meeting of local businessmen and he accidentally discovered the announcement of an amazing new invention that would change his life forever.

Find out how Gobbler managed to eavesdrop on the most important scientific invention in the history of New Babbage and discover what he found out.

Like all stories by Maxwell Grantly, all is not what it may seem to be.

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“Gobbler and the Mirror” can be downloaded, totally free of charge, from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon, however, and so you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

Alfred and the Broken Flute

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Alfred and the Broken Flute

Alfred wasn’t like other children; he had no mother or father to look after him. Alfred only owned an old top hat and a small wooden flute. Therefore, Alfred would earn his keep by playing his flute on street corners, to collect donations from passers-by. However, one day, Alfred’s life was to turn upside down when two local villains decided to kidnap him and sell him to a local mine owner, Mr. Slugger. This was how Alfred’s flute became broken.

Discover what happened and find out whether Alfred ever managed to regain his freedom from the two thugs.

In common with many stories by Maxwell Grantly, things rarely ever go according to plan.

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“Alfred and the Broken Flute” can be downloaded, totally free of charge, from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon, however, and so you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

Fingers and the Pocket Watch Too (sic)

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Early in 2015, I produced a cartoon strip called ‘Fingers and the Pocket Watch.’ It told the tale of a shoeshine street urchin who stole a pocket watch from the waistcoat of a rich customer. However, later in the adventure, Fingers discovered that the stolen timepiece was in fact a portable time machine that could enable the owner to travel backwards in time. The story told of the adventures of Fingers and how he used the pocket watch to make sense of his tragic past. By travelling back in time and meeting his parents, Fingers was able to draw a line under his dreadful upbringing.

The character of Fingers was so attractive that I wrote two further stories about his adventures: one from his past and one from his immediate future. However, when I wrote these newer stories, I decided to adopt a picture book format instead. I often wondered how the original story might look, had I written it as a picture book in the first place.

Therefore, I decided to rewrite the story of ‘Fingers and the Pocket Watch’ as an illustrated picture book. You are welcome to download it free of charge at all my usual Internet outlets: Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. (Sadly, the software at Amazon does not allow a zero pricing and so, if you use a Kindle, you may also download this story – but at a very small charge.)

Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” into the search bar at any of these eight sites to access my full library of stories.

The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston

Abandoned by his parents and forced by fate to work on the streets of New Babbage shining shoes, Edward Croydon (also known as “Fingers”) has to pick the pockets of rich gentlemen in order to survive. However, his life takes an unexpected turn of events when he discovers a stray Boston terrier wandering alone on the streets: a stray dog with the most peculiar-shaped dog tag hanging from her collar. Unfortunately, it’s not only Fingers who is interested in finding out the meaning of this curious dog tag; a gang of local criminals are searching for this dog and her tag too. They will do anything to seize the dog tag for themselves, within the Law or not.

Will Fingers find out the significance behind the strange-shaped dog tag of his new canine friend?

Will the local police be able to trace the missing Boston terrier before the criminals track Fingers and the lost dog?

Will the new friendship of Fingers and his terrier overcome the problems that they face together?

Find out the answer to these questions by reading the new picture storybook by Maxwell Grantly: “The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston.”

The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston

If you are interested in reading The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston, it can be downloaded free of charge from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. Sadly, the software at Amazon does not allow a zero pricing and so (if you use a Kindle) you may also download this story – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston” into the search bar at any of these eight sites.

Jack and the Space Pirates

Jack lived and worked on EM-05, a steampunk space station found on a major trade route between Earth and Mars. He would spend his days tarring the insides of frigates and galleons, as they stopped for repairs and supplies, on their way to the distant planets of the Solar System. There were very few other children that worked on EM-05 and so it could get very lonely for Jack. However, he did have one close friend, an abandoned cat named Jet, and the two of them were inseparable.

Jack and Jet found that their lives were thrown into turmoil when a gang of space pirates stole a valuable galleon. The two friends were flung into an incredible adventure and Jack was forced to devise a cunning plan to return them both to their intergalactic home.

Jack and the Space Pirates is a beautifully produced children’s storybook, with lovely enchanting illustrations on every page.

Jack and the Space Pirates

If you are interested in reading Jack and the Space Pirates, it can be downloaded free of charge from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. Sadly, the software at Amazon does not allow a zero pricing and so (if you use a Kindle) you may also download this story – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “Jack and the Space Pirates” into the search bar at any of these eight sites.

Albert’s Wiggly Tooth

Do you believe in the tooth fairy? Not many children do. Even the thirty-two young boys and girls at the New Babbage orphanage knew that Mr. Bagshaw, the resident housemaster, really took their old teeth and left a silver sixpence under their pillows. Even still, a whole sixpence is such a lot of money: you can buy so many sweets with just the one coin.

When Albert’s wiggly tooth fell out, he wondered what happened to it when he left it under his pillow. To his surprise, he discovered that Mr. Bagshaw was selling the children’s teeth to a local dentist, in order to build dentures for the elderly people in town.

Discover the crazy antics of what happened in church the following Sunday morning, when Albert discovered the identity of the new owner of the children’s missing teeth.

Like all stories from Maxwell Grantly, nothing ever goes to plan!

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If you are interested in reading Albert’s Wiggly Tooth, it can be downloaded free of charge from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. Sadly, the software at Amazon does not allow a zero pricing and so (if you use a Kindle) you may also download this story – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “Albert’s Wiggly Tooth” into the search bar at any of these eight sites.

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