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By Huw Thomasheadteacher and writer

Explorer, action hero, stunt kid, escape artist and 400 years old… Just who is Charlie Small?

Charlie Small: The Puppet Master

Celebrate the National Year of Literacy with the Charlie Small series and our linked activities

The Charlie Small stories (David Fickling Books £4.99 PB) recount the adventures of an ordinary boy who finds himself transported to a series of incredible adventures involving gorillas, pirates, giant slugs, an evil puppet-master and the Wild West. The books are presented by the publisher as the discovered journals of this ‘real kid’ – Charlie. And who are we to disagree? While homing in on the recent Charlie Small: The Puppet Master, this article presents some features common to all the Charlie Small stories.

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