Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones by Margaret Mahy

By Margaret Mahy

A madcap event tale portrays a really shy orphan who's given an opportunity to rework himself, fall in love, and defeat a gang of ruffian pirates with the aid of tingleberry ice cream and different strange items

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Saracen's granny had told him that it was quite safe to eat them, so he carefully tried his tingleberry. What joy! It tasted like rich ice-cream with sweet berries beaten into cream you could first it . . the best ice- imagine. Saracen stepped back with a sigh of pleasure. Then he looked and frowned. There were at his vines possibly al- many tingleberries - hundreds of them. A mere man on his own, no matter how passionately ready so he loved ice-cream, could not possibly eat all of them, yet good food, he knew, must not go to waste.

Ha! Ha! phone! ' WANTED G QABMEL QRUDQE-QALLOWS ~> V/E FIERCEST P1RJKE IHTHEMWJ>'r FOR PILLAGING, PLUNDERING & PIRACY * REWARD * &.. Q. 51 Grudge-Gallows! The And where was Somewhere out man's Foot fiercest pirate in the world! Detective Inspector in the Antarctic Oil between her Granny? rubbing Policetoes? Horraka- potchkin! T didn't know pirates had telephones/ stam- mered Saracen. 'We're modern executive pirates. We have cell phones,' growled Grudge-Gallows. There was a click. Grudge-Gallows had hung- up.

I'm not quite used to this new solid gold phone of mine. ' Saracen was not quite as shy as he had been the and he couldn't phone. ' cried the rough voice. 'Did understand you properly? ' 'It was a present explained Saracen. ' said the gritty, gravelly, gravy voice greedily. diamonds, eh? ' Saracen was filled with alarm and excitement at the thought of unexpected visitors. This time last week he would have dropped hidden under the practice just table, the phone and but now, what with all the he had had telephoning, he thought he might manage Tlease call in,' long hours in to put up with a few he said my frost-house, around the roots of the time off to politely.

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