Nostalgic for childhood reading – picking this up again in celebration of the brand new re-issue coming in March 2024, I really really loved revisiting old familiars. The Dark Portal is a brilliant introduction to a dystopian series, perfect for readers 8/9 years plus. It’s dark in places and therefore wouldn’t suit everybody, but there’s no upper age limit for this brilliant title! The re-issue also includes over sixty brand new illustrations – and I just love these, they really bring the characters (anthropomorphic mice) to life. It’s whimsical, slightly gruesome in places, gripping and sure to become a classic all over again.

About the Book

The Deptford Mice live a comfortable life in the skirting boards of an abandoned London house, with no humans or cats to disturb them. But something is lurking deep beneath the city. Something that threatens to destroy their cosy existence for good. In the dank sewers under the house lives a mysterious being, worshipped by a horde of bloodthirsty rats who cower in its presence…
When a mouse called Albert Brown unwisely ventures down into the sewers one day, he uncovers a terrifying plot to awaken an ancient evil. Soon Albert’s family and friends find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives. Summoning all their courage, they must confront treacherous enemies and foul sorcery in a battle to save London and the world from eternal darkness.

About The Author

Robin Jarvis is a British children’s author who has entertained (and pleasantly terrified) generations of children with his brilliantly imagined dark fantasy stories, including the Deptford Mice and Whitby Witches series. He studied graphic design in Newcastle and then worked in television and advertising making model monsters and puppets before writing The Dark Portal, the first book on the Deptford Mice series, which was the runner up for the Smarties book prize in 1989.

[Photo credit; Harper Collins]

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