Max loved it so much he convinced Doug to read it, Doug loved it and told me to read it.
We were all hooked.
We subsequently checked out the next three books in the series only to discover Book 4, "Montmorency's Revenge" ended in a major cliff-hanger, and (horror!) there was no fifth book. In desperation, I wrote this e-mail:
Hello Ms. Updale!
My husband, 10-year-old son and I recently discovered and read your Montmorency series. We're big fans and after the cliff-hanger at the end of book four, went straight to the Internet to find out when book 5 will be published. Please tell me there will be a book 5?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? You can't leave Montmorency...(edited to prevent spoilers)! How about a short story? A novella? A single chapter? A blog post? We'll take anything we can get!!!
Emily Warner and Maxwell
Amazingly, SHE WROTE BACK and let me know she was having problems with the publisher but was working on getting book five out!
A few weeks ago, we heard from her again--this time with exciting news!!
Well, at last it’s out. The fifth Montmorency book, Montmorency Returns is now available to buy as an ebook or as a paperback, but only from Amazon. The good news is that the paperback has better paper and better print than any of the previous editions, and all the previous books are available in a similar format, so it is possible to buy the whole series in a matching edition.
Thank you so much for your patience. The delay in publication has been as annoying for me as it was for you, and I do hope that your love of Montmorency has not gone off the boil in the meantime.
You can buy the ebook here,
And the paperback here:
I’d be really grateful if you could spread the word about the new book. You can find out more about it on my website www.eleanorupdale.com
Very best wishes,
I love that there are authors out there who take the time to connect with their fans! I went straight to Amazon and am now the proud owner of the complete series in a matching set. I love matching sets!
If you're looking for a fun adventure set in England, this is the series for you. Although Max read these when he was 10, I would probably recommend them for 12+. But you can read them first and be the judge of whether you want your (younger) kids to read them. I remember them being very clean, but it's been a few years.
Here's a description from the author's website:
Montmorency is set between 1875 and 1880. This is the story of a small-time crook whose life is transformed after an accident that nearly kills him. An ambitious doctor (Robert Farcett) takes on the task of rebuilding his body, and shows him off at meetings of a scientific society. At those meetings, Montmorency learns about the new underground network of sewers under London. In prison, he plans a new life, stealing things all over London, and getting away through the smelly underground passageways. When he is released, he takes on two identities: Scarper in the Dark underground world, and Montmorency in high society. The book is all about his struggle to prevent each of his identities spoiling everything for the other.