How far would you go to avoid school? For 10,000-year-old Mortimer DeVere and his sister, Agnetha, the answer is: a very long way indeed. As far as the DeVere children are concerned, they have eaten their last soggy sandwich, handed in their last piece of homework and avoided their last bully. But not if Trish Molyneux has anything to do with it. In a desperate bid for freedom, Mort and Agnetha find themselves marooned in ancient Egypt, along with a grumpy Queen Victoria, a nosy writer who believes in fairies, a bloodthirsty crocodile and a tunnel full of zombie-mummies. Suddenly, school isn't looking quite so bad.
Martin Chatterton was born in Liverpool, England, and has been successfully writing and illustrating books for twenty-five years. He has written dozens of children's books, mainly for upper primary to YA and has illustrated more than eighty books for many other writers, including three Children's Laureates. He won several awards in the UK before becoming an Australian citizen in 2006. His novel The Brain Finds A Leg was shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Award. His books have been translated into fourteen languages. Alongside his publishing work Martin also continues to work as a graphic designer and TV commercials director. He lives in northern NSW and is married with two children.