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The Train of Dark Wonders

Alex Bell

Bess has always loved her grandfather’s collection of curiosities. So she’s delighted when she’s handed the keys to his Odditorium. But unless she finds a way to draw in the crowds, she’ll have to close its doors for good.

When a mysterious train pulls into town, bound for The Land of Halloween Sweets, Bess sneaks onboard. She is soon discovered by Beau the puppeteer, Louis the violinist and Maria the fire witch. Eager to join their adventure, Bess sets out to search for the rarest sweet of all – the ghostly gobstopper.

But the land is ruled by the fearsome Candymaker. And beneath the sugary surface, things are more
dangerous than they first appear…

  • Publication date: May 2, 2024
  • ISBN: 9780861545988
  • RRP: £
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: October 5, 2023
  • ISBN: 9780861545971
  • RRP: £3.99
  • Pages: 320


'Darkly delectable and bursting with imagination, colour and creepy critters, Alex Bell's fairytale caper on rails is an absolute treat. Hop on board with hero Bess and friends for an unforgettable journey between worlds!' 

Alex Foulkes, author of Rules for Vampires series

'A story to be savoured as much as any Halloween treat... sharp and fizzing, with a warm, sweet centre.'

Jodie Garnish, author of The Spectaculars

 ‘A magical and thrilling story’

One of National Book Tokens' 23 new children’s books to read in 2023

Alex Bell

Alex Bell has written multiple books for both adults and young people, including Frozen Charlotte, a Zoella Book Club pick, and The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club. After training as a lawyer, she now works at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Alex lives in Hampshire with her husband, sons and demanding Siamese cat.

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