Absolute Zero (novel)


Absolute Zero (novel)

infobox Book |
name = Absolute Zero
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author = Helen Cresswell
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
series = The Bagthorpe Saga
genre = Children's literature, humour
publisher = Faber and Faber
release_date = 1978
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (hardback and paperback)
pages =
isbn = 0-571-11155-6
preceded_by = Ordinary Jack
followed_by = Bagthorpes Unlimited

"Absolute Zero" is a 1978 children's novel by Helen Cresswell, the second book in the Bagthorpe Saga.

Plot introduction

The Bagthorpe Saga follows the lives of the Bagthorpe family, who live in Unicorn House in an unspecified part of the United Kingdom. The nearest large settlement is the (presumably) fictional town of Aysham. Jack Bagthorpe is the protagonist with his dog Zero. Jack's family become involved in entering competitions.

Plot summary

Uncle Parker has won a trip to the Caribbean in a caption contest. In typical Bagthorpian style, the rest of the family immediately enter similar competitions in an attempt to better his prize but, much of the time, beating the others to an entry form is a victory in itself. With the Parkers on vacation, cousin Daisy comes to stay. Uncle Parker claimed her pyromania has passed, but neglected to mention the nature of her current obsession. As Daisy's activities bring the household to its knees, Grandma manages to get herself arrested, Mrs Fosdyke is reduced to serving up dishes such as oxtail trifle, and the children are busy wrapping up unwanted prizes to give each other as Christmas presents. When the Bagthorpes eventually win a chance at fame and happiness, the fates deliver a chance for history to not only repeat but excel itself.

References

*Cite book | title=Absolute Zero | last=Cresswell | first=Helen | authorlink=Helen Cresswell | publisher=Faber and Faber | date=20 February 1978

Release details

*1978, UK, Faber and Faber (ISBN 0-571-11155-6), 20 February 1978, hardback (first edition)
*1979, UK, Puffin Books (ISBN 0-14-031177-7), 27 September 1979, paperback
*2005, UK, Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-275400-9), 3 March 2005, paperback


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