Tabitha Plimtock and the Edge of the World

Tabitha Plimtock and the Edge of the World

Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Phillip Cullen

Tabitha Plimtock lives in a house at the very edge of the world. When rumours begin to circulate of monsters climbing from the base to gobble up unsuspecting wall-dwellers, Tabitha is determined to discover what's happening and keep the people she loves safe!

Paperback: €8.99
Paperback: 272 pages
Size:196x130 mm
ISBN: 9781788492492

E-Book (ePub): €5.99
Also available as an E-Book (ePub)
ISBN: 9781788493000

Tabitha Plimtock lives in a house at the very edge of the world. She is a go-getter – that is, a dogsbody forced to go and get things – for her nasty relatives, Gower, Gristle, Bertha and Cousin Wilbur.

One of Tabitha’s endless chores involves descending the cliff face, via a net that hangs from the back of the house, to collect eggs, nuts and other things from the inhabitants of the wall. When rumours begin to circulate of monsters climbing from the base to gobble up unsuspecting wall-dwellers, Tabitha is worried for all her friends.

Determined to save them, Tabitha seeks out the elusive and eccentric Dr Sherback. The doctor introduces her to a whole new world at the base – one that is dark, dangerous and absolutely thrilling – but not even Dr Sherback’s vast knowledge can slow the terrible creatures climbing to the top of the wall.

With a clever plan, and not a small amount of courage, can Tabitha stop the monsters and keeps the people she loves safe for good?

Erika McGann

Erika McGann grew up in Drogheda, County Louth, and now lives in Dublin. She is the author of a number of children’s books, including the winner of the Waverton Good Read Children’s Prize 2014, The Demon Notebook, the first in her magical series about Grace and her four friends. Other books in the series are: The Broken Spell, The Watching Wood and The Midnight Carnival. She is also the author of the ‘Cass and the Bubble Street Gang’ series.

a captivating adventure story with an important message — our world is magnificent but it is delicate … This splendid tale is full of adventure and delight and is a friendly reminder to its young readers that with great bravery and determination, one small person can make a big difference. A charming book with an important message

Irish Examiner

Strong world building, clever, confident writing and oodles of imagination make this a must read

Sarah Webb

Sometimes a book comes along that allows your imagination to run wild

Book-Bound Blog

The book has quite a Pratchett-esque style, weaving outlandish characters, thrilling action, bizarre twists and turns with effortless humour and poignant impact of the message behind the story. The illustrations lend so much to the telling of the tale; gorgeously detailed black and white drawings that harbour clues to the journey or remind us of details that may have escaped previous notice. The expressions; the landscapes! And just look at that cover….outstandingly wondrous! Incredibly well-written with a cast of brilliant characters; gently humourous, yet thoughtful, bold and captivating; full of spirit and wonder; what a wonderful book! Simply fantastic!

Fallen Star Stories

In scenes reminiscent of The Magic Faraway Tree, Tabitha climbs with the agility of a mountain goat from ledge to precarious ledge as she visits the weird and not-always wonderful dwellers on the cliff wall that forms the edge of the world… If this novel itself serves as an eco-warning of the dangers of abusing the Earth, it is also an action-packed adventure with a teak-tough young female hero. Sending out positive messages about girls’ bravery, physical stamina, and capabilities as scientists, Tabitha reminds all young readers that however small and insignificant they may feel, their actions can make a big difference to the world. McGann, author of picture books Where Are You Puffling? and Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt, finds her voice for a pre-teen readership as the chatty narrator of a story that has everything. Packed with fantastic beasts, the surrealism of The Edge Chronicles meets James and the Giant Peach here as Tabitha’s really rotten adoptive family rivals Roald Dahl’s Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker for gratuitous nastiness

Evening Echo

a romping adventure with an important message about climate change and how interlinked species are. The strong female STEM characters are a delight. Despite the serious subject matter, the novel is a humorous read, ranging from clever word play to fart jokes. In several places, the narrator addresses the reader directly, leading to the story feeling like a conversation. Although currently a standalone title, I’d be more than happy to spend time with Tabitha on another adventure

The School Librarian Magazine (UK)

one of the most beautiful and magical children's books of recent years


two fabulous fables for young readers...Tabitha Plimtock, a six-year-old girl from the Edge of the World, will stay with young readers for a long time … it’s a great read for children aged ten years and older. Tabitha lives in a house atop The Wall, at the Edge of the World. She sleeps in the bath and likens the snoring of her unusual family to being on a very bumpy nightly train ride. Bertha Plimtock is by far the oldest, no one knows how old exactly, perhaps 200 and something. Today is her birthday, and because it is today everyday, everyday is her birthday. Her cousin Wilbur becomes an animal when the wind blows from west to east. (I know that feeling!) Tabitha climbs down the wall daily to get eggs from Mr Offal, milk from Richard and Molly, herbs and nuts from the wailing twins... and then there is Mr Cratchley. “That’s my jar of lost love... The people of the world are so very lucky, but they don’t know it. They have so much love in their lives that they sometimes let it go. They give it away or forget it, and it falls away from them and gets caught on the wind.

Mayo News

following in the footsteps of other fearless heroines goes Tabitha Plimtock … high adventure ensues … crisp, ink drawings peppered throughout and the text is double spaced presenting great clarity for less able readers … its addition to a school library would be worthwhile … I enjoyed reading about Tabitha and I’m sure children will equally connect with her and her bravery

InTouch Magazine

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Also by Erika McGann:

Cass and the Bubble Street Gang series
The Demon Notebook
The Broken Spell
The Watching Wood
The Midnight Carnival
The Clubhouse Mystery

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