Maxwell Grantly

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The Fingers Trilogy

Fingers the Pickpocket

Allow me to introduce a street urchin to you: Fingers, the shoeshine boy.

Do not be fooled by his friendly smile. He might tell you that he is called ‘Fingers’ due to the fingerless gloves that he wears but don’t believe a word he says. Fingers is a prolific pickpocket and I’d advise you to keep your hands on your valuables, when you pass him in the street.

Fingers has a knack for getting into trouble. In fact, just recently, he has uncovered a major bank heist, stolen a portable time machine and unearthed a sinister dream thief! You are very welcome to download a free compilation of his exploits, The Fingers Trilogy, if you want to find out more about his fantastic tales.

Like all stories by Maxwell Grantly, The Fingers Trilogy can be downloaded completely 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.)

Just type ‘Maxwell Grantly’ into the search bar of your favourite Internet eBook store, to access this beautifully illustrated story.

Fingers and the Pocket Watch Too (sic)

Fingers the Pickpocket

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.

The Christmas Penny

Have you ever wandered down the street and seen a shining new penny laying in the gutter? If you did, I bet that you didn’t pass it by – very few children would!

This illustrated story tells the adventure of two Victorian street urchins, who found a whole new penny laying in the snow, one Christmas in New Babbage. As with all stories by Maxwell Grantly, things never go according to plan.

If you are interested in reading The Christmas Penny, 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 The Christmas Penny – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “The Christmas Penny” into the search bar at any of these eight sites.

I do hope that you might enjoy reading this short illustrated story.

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A Clean Sweep

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Isaac Little was a chimney sweep apprentice who worked for the cruel Mr. Grubber.

It was a difficult and dangerous life sweeping chimneys, especially as Isaac was forced to crawl within the flues. It was his awful task to climb up the brickwork and loosen the soot with a brush by hand. Each evening Mr. Grubber would spend the day’s takings on drink at the local pub, leaving Isaac to clean the yard and pack the soot into sacks, for sale to farmers as a fertiliser for their fields.

The only consolation that Isaac had for this miserable existence was an anonymous handwritten letter that he kept hidden away in his jacket pocket. Isaac couldn’t recall how he had found this note but he knew that it was his, for his name was included in full within the last sentence of the letter. The mysterious note promised Isaac that his life would improve and that he should trust its unknown author.

One day, Isaac succumbed to temptation when he stole a cigar case from a rich customer’s home. In doing so, he discovered a tiny fragment of a tragic newspaper report, rolled up inside with the cigars. The discovery of this newspaper fragment would change Isaac’s life forever and lead him on a terrifying adventure that would end with a face-to-face meeting with the anonymous author of his treasured mysterious letter.

Who wrote the prediction for Isaac’s life and how did the writer know what the future held for the wretched chimney sweep?

What awful news was written upon the newspaper fragment and why was it hidden within a cigar case?

In common with all stories from Maxwell Grantly, all is not what it might first appear to be.

(If you are interested in reading any of 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.)

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 discovery in the history of New Babbage and what he found out.

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

This delightfully illustrated eBook for children is free to download from iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords.

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Alfred and the Broken Flute

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I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest children’s eBook: Alfred and the Broken Flute.

This free eBook can be downloaded from either iBooks, Kobo or Smashwords. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon and so I am sure that you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

I do hope that you may enjoy entering my bizarre fantasy world, as you read this crazy tale.

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.

The Boy With the Clockwork Heart

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I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest eBook: The Boy With the Clockwork Heart.

This ‘free to download’ story tells the tale of how a young Victorian cotton mill worker, named Edward, received a clockwork heart and how he met the Shadow a total of three times.

Just a few weeks ago, I received a draft copy back from my proofreader, accompanied with a few spelling and grammatical pointers. However, I was most surprised (and flattered) to read a final postscript, “It made me cry.” I was not expecting that!

You are welcome to download the story for yourself, totally free of charge, to determine whether you think my proofreader was justified in reaching for a handkerchief.

The eBook can be downloaded from either iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords or Lulu. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon and so I am sure that you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

I do hope that you may enjoy reading it.

The Boy With the Clockwork Heart

Edward had a particularly hard upbringing. Despite being a young child, he had to work long hours in Mr. Grime’s dreadful cotton mill. It was a very hard life and, so very often, tragic accidents would occur within the exposed machinery. The other mill workers would tell tales of how the Shadow would frequently visit the factory, to take away the poor souls of the many fatalities that met their fate there. How Edward wished that he might never ever meet the Shadow.

Sadly, Edward’s wish never came true. In this story, he was to meet the Shadow a total of three times.

This is the tragic tale of how Edward met the Shadow so many times and how he came to be the first ever child to receive a clockwork heart.

(Author’s note: This is a beautifully illustrated story for both older children and adults alike. However, due to the triple appearance of death in this story, in the form of the Shadow, it is recommended that this story is not suitable for young children. Although the Shadow has been portrayed sensitively, as always, adults are recommended to use their discretion in the choice of this eBook for their children.)

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