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  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773825
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $17.99

Mallory, Mallory: The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

A cunning kidnap and blackmail plot . . . what could go wrong?

When Mallory and her sidekick Arthur kidnap the tooth fairy, they get more than they bargained for in this award-winning fantasy adventure for children.

Mallory is a nasty piece of work. Her one friend is Arthur, who only puts up with her because he has no one else.

When Mallory loses a tooth, she comes up with an evil idea to capture and blackmail the tooth fairy for an endless supply of money.

But it’s never a good idea to meddle with a magical creature, and Mallory and Arthur are about to find out just how bad it can get.

With James Norcliffe's signature magic and humour, and Emily Walker's equally magical illustrations, The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy will delight fans of the Harry Potter series, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz and top-quality fantasy adventures.

And don't miss Mallory and Arthur's next hilarious misadventure Mallory, Mallory: Trick or Treat!

  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773825
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $17.99

About the authors

James Norcliffe

James Norcliffe is an award-winning poet, educator, editor and author of books for adults and children.

In December 2022 he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry, which he told writer Paula Morris was 'the ultimate validation' of his writing career.

He was the 2018 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow, the 2012 University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence, the 2006 Fellow at Iowa University and the 2000 Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University.

In 2003, Norcliffe, with Bernadette Hall, received the inaugural Christchurch Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award for ‘lasting contribution to literature in the South Island’. Norcliffe has taught English in Christchurch, China and Brunei. He won the Lilian Ida Smith Award in 1990, and the New Zealand Poetry Society’s international competition in 1992.

His children’s fantasy novel The Assassin of Gleam won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for the best New Zealand fantasy novel of 2006, and was shortlisted for the 2007 LIANZA Esther Glen Medal. In the Christchurch Press, Trevor Agnew wrote that Norcliffe had avoided producing what could have been ‘just another cardboard fantasy cliché’ and had ‘breathed life into his characters and situations. The result is a skilfully told story, with a dark mood and a sense of urgency. It is clear that a master storyteller is at work from the first sentence...’ In New Zealand Books, Heather Murray identified Norcliffe’s ‘experience as historian and poet to create a logical, believable and exciting story out of an alienating and threatening world’. She concluded: ‘Though Norcliffe creates frightening worlds, [he] grounds his story and characters in acceptable reality through using known language’.

The Loblolly Boy, published in 2009 in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, was described by acclaimed children’s writer Margaret Mahy as ‘a rich fantasy — alive with original twists surprises and mysteries’. It won the 2010 NZ Post Junior Fiction Award, was shortlisted for the LIANZA Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction and the Sir Julius Vogel Science Fiction Award, and won a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book Award.

In Science Fiction World, Gerard Woods wrote of The Loblolly Boy that Norcliffe ‘has written that rare children’s book, as much a joy for adults to read as for children’. USA’s Booklist described The Loblolly Boy as ‘an imaginative and richly atmospheric fantasy with sympathetic characters...a haunting story that will capture most readers’ imaginations’. ‘The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe is an entrancing, exciting, unexpected read...it has a wondrous, magical fairy-tale ambience...I never quite knew where it was going or how it would be resolved,’ wrote George Ivanoff in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus (ASFF). Fran Knight, writing in Read Plus, highly recommended The Loblolly Boy as an ‘intriguing, engrossing and wholly satisfying...highly original fantasy story’, while in the same publication Peter Pledger declared it ‘A unique and original fantasy, complete with adventure, magic and appealing characters, this is a tale that was hard to put down.’

A sequel, The Loblolly Boy & the Sorcerer, released in 2011 and was a finalist in the Junior Fiction category of the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Enchanted Flute, described in the Otago Daily Times as a ‘Part Grimm’s fairy tale, part classical mythology, part outdoor adventure…inspired, in part, by a piece of classical music’ followed, and was a finalist in the 2013 Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

Norcliffe’s 2013 novel Felix and the Red Rats is a riveting adventure which sees the margins between fiction and reality, and the past and the present, dangerously blur. Dave Pope, in Hawkes Bay Today, noted that ‘like all good stories this one has a plot within a plot within a plot. It keeps the reader wanting more, as minor characters are drawn into this dark tale.’ It won a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award in 2014.

The Pirates and the Nightmaker, a continuation of the loblolly boy’s adventures, was published in 2015. It won a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award and was a finalist in the junior fiction category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2016.

In a review in The Sapling, Sarah Forster described Norcliffe’s 2017 novel Twice Upon a Time as ‘traditional quest storytelling at its best, from a master of the form’ and declared that ‘James Norcliffe is a national treasure.’

A humorous fantasy adventure, Mallory, Mallory: The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy, was published in 2020 with illustrations by Emily Walker, described by Paula Green on Poetry Box as 'an utter delight' and received a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award in 2021. Its sequel Mallory, Mallory: Trick or Treat released in October 2021.

He lives in Church Bay with his wife, Joan Melvyn.

Emily Walker

Emily Walker has always loved drawing and painting, and just about every form of artistic expression. This led her into work as a hair stylist and creating special-effect makeup, face painting and bodypainting. But when she had children, she fell in love all over again with picture books and turned her talents to illustration, inspired by the idea of being able to transport readers into a limitless imagined world with characters that could touch the heart. Since that time she has twice been shortlisted for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration (2017 and 2019) and in 2019 she was also a finalist in the Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.

Her first book commission, creating illustrations for Mallory, Mallory: The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy by novelist James Norcliffe, saw her winning a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award in 2021, and its sequel Mallory, Mallory: Trick or Treat released in October 2021.

Emily has also produced illustrations for a picture book, Daddy Monster ABC by Diana Neild (One Tree Press, 2020).

Praise for Mallory, Mallory: The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Great rollicking fun from beginning to end.

Bernard Beckett, The Sapling

I knew I was in for a treat, and yes, a surprising book adventure. James’s new novel for junior readers is an utter delight...Emily Walker's quirky illustrations are misty and magical - and a perfect match...Mallory, Mallory is a treasure of a book with its story bends, its very cool characters, its wisdom gleams and its excellent ending.

Paula Green, Poetry Box

...laugh-out-loud funny and full of terrible puns, suspense and humour. Plus there are magical drawings from Emily Walker throughout.

Latitude, Canterbury

Mallory is definitely a contender for world's worst child, but will she get her comeuppance when her plan to catch the tooth fairy is a little too successful? Go on a journey with the magical pen of James Norcliffe.

The Sapling Holiday Reading List 2020

This is a delightful children’s novel that is easy to read, exciting, funny and has a message for everybody...Loved this story from beginning to end and the illustrations by Emily Walker help enhance the story. Read chapter 26 Major Rat’s Court, it is absolutely brilliant.

Bob Docherty, Bob's Book Blog

Full of funny mouth and teeth references and sayings of old, Mallory, Mallory is funny, clever and a little mind-bending too.

What Book Next

A tooth-defying tale...Author James Norcliffe's knack for making teeth scary, humanlike, and hilarious is ripe for engaging young children and Emily Walker's illustrations bring them to life ever so well. My seven-year-old got more than he bargained for here and despite protests of swapping this book for the umpteenth Marvel comic, he was soon inextricably engrossed in a fantasy world.

Jo Lucre, Regional News, Wellington

full of suspense and loads of laughs

Kapiti News

Mallory, Mallory is a good book. I enjoyed reading it. Chapter one inspired me to keep reading the rest of the book. Mallory is not a nice kid and with her only friend Arthur, is always up to no good.

Issy Tull, age 8, Latitude, Canterbury

Awards & recognition

Storylines Kids' Pick Award

Joint winner  •  2021  •  Storylines Kids' Pick Award in association with What Now

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award

Awarded  •  2021  •  A Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book

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