- Absolute Zero (novel)
infobox Book |
name = Absolute Zero
language = English
The Bagthorpe Saga
Children's literature, humour
Faber and Faber
media_type = Print (
isbn = 0-571-11155-6
"Absolute Zero" is a 1978 children's
novelby Helen Cresswell, the second book in the Bagthorpe Saga.
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 protagonistwith his dog Zero. Jack's family become involved in entering competitions.
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.
*Cite book | title=Absolute Zero | last=Cresswell | first=Helen | authorlink=Helen Cresswell | publisher=Faber and Faber | date=
20 February 1978
Faber and Faber(ISBN 0-571-11155-6), 20 February 1978, hardback(first edition)
Puffin Books(ISBN 0-14-031177-7), 27 September 1979, paperback
Oxford University Press(ISBN 0-19-275400-9), 3 March 2005, paperback
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