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Author: Jennifer Bell Narrator: Jayne Entwistle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Uncommoners Series Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9780735207042
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Anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their lives can’t miss this fantasy series opener. Dive into a secret underground city below London where ordinary objects are capable of extraordinary magic!

Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to the hospital, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what adventure lies in store. Soon their house is ransacked by unknown intruders, and a very strange policeman turns up on the scene, determined to apprehend them —with a toilet brush.

Ivy and Seb make their escape only to find themselves in a completely uncommon world, a secret underground city called Lundinor where ordinary objects have amazing powers. There are belts that enable the wearer to fly, yo-yos that turn into weapons, buttons with healing properties, and other enchanted objects capable of very unusual feats.

But the forces of evil are closing in fast, and when Ivy and Seb learn that their family is connected to one of the greatest uncommon treasures of all time, they must race to unearth the treasure and get to the bottom of a family secret—before it’s too late.

Debut novelist Jennifer Bell delivers a world of wonder and whimsy in the start of a richly uncommon series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Jayne Entwistle treats listeners to a tale set under the streets of London…Entwistle is that special narrator who lets the story tell itself. The myriad details of place and action speak for themselves. Her supreme elocution, ever-onward pacing, and gentle British accent are all in play. She creates believable characterizations of the young heroine and hero, giving warmth to the endearing characters of Lundinor and steel and ice to its many villains.”


  • “Part Tim Burton, part J. K. Rowling! A terrific debut.”

    Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An auspicious trilogy opener.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jennifer Bell began working in children’s books as a specialist bookseller at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London, one of the world’s most famous bookstores. After having the privilege of listening to children talk about their favorite books for many years, she started writing a book of her own on her lunch breaks.

About the Narrator

Jayne Entwistle is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.