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.

Dancing Della (Compilation Edition)

Dancing Della

This illustrated story is a compilation of two previous stories by Maxwell Grantly: ‘Dancing Della and the Empty Gin Bottles’ and ‘Dancing Della Finds Her Hat.’ Therefore, if you have read these two stories, you are advised not to download this particular edition.

Della loves to dance at the Smugglers’ Arms, for loose change, to supplement her income as a match girl. This is why the regulars all call her ‘Dancing Della – the Match Girl.’ One day her life was thrown upside-down, when she accidentally stumbled upon a hidden den for thieves. Discover what happened to Dancing Della and find out whether she ever escaped from the evil clutches of the thieves.

However, as is common with stories by Maxwell Grantly, you can always expect that something strange will happen and you will discover that Della’s adventure is filled with both suspense and danger.

This eBook is filled with a number of delightful illustrations, which accompany the story.

If you are interested in reading this story, 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 it – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “Dancing Della” into the search bar at any of these sites.

(This story contains an encounter with a ghost and so it may not be suitable for very young children. Parents should always exercise their discretion by glancing through the pages first, knowing the material that their child is comfortable with.)

Dancing Della Finds Her Hat

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In the last story (featuring Dancing Della) Della escaped from the sewer network but, sadly, she left her straw boater behind. In this sequel we discover how Della returned to the sewer complex, in order to recover her beloved straw boater from the maze of tunnels. However, as is common with stories by Maxwell Grantly, you can always expect the unexpected and you will learn that Della’s return is filled with suspense and danger.

Read ‘Dancing Della Finds Her Hat’ and discover how Della managed to draw a line under her terrifying adventures in the sewers!

If you are interested in reading this story, 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 it – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “Dancing Della Finds Her Hat” into the search bar at any of these sites.

(This story contains an encounter with a ghost and so it may not be suitable for very young children. Parents should always exercise their discretion by glancing through the pages first, knowing what sort of material their child is comfortable with.)

Dancing Della and the Empty Gin Bottles

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Della loves to dance at the Smugglers’ Arms for loose change, to supplement her income as a match girl. This is why the regulars all call her ‘Dancing Della – the Match Girl.’ One day her life was thrown upside-down, when she accidentally stumbled upon a hidden den of thieves. Discover what happened to Dancing Della and find out whether she ever escaped from their evil clutches.

If you are interested in reading this story, 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 it – but at a very small charge. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “Dancing Della and the Empty Gin Bottles” into the search bar at any of these 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)

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.

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