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With a dash of Lemony Snicket, a dollop of the Addams Family, and a hearty dose of adventure, New York Times bestselling author Natalie Lloyd introduces a new series about seven strange and adventurous siblings who tackle problems together—even when their new neighbors try to tear them apart.

Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, the first book in this new trilogy is an unforgettable tale of adventure, family, and finding the courage to face any problem heart-first.

When the Problim children’s ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings—each born on a different day of the week—have to move into their grandpa’s bizarre old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem! For the Problim children, every problem is a gift!

But rumors about their family run rampant in the small town: tales of a bitter feud, a hidden treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. Their neighbors, the O’Pinions, will do anything to find the secrets lurking inside the Problim household—including sending the seven children to seven different houses on seven different continents!

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Critical Praise

★ “With her trademark charm and heavy doses of whimsy, Lloyd spins another heart-warming yarn centered on friendship and family.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Both text and illustrations offer a nod to Roald Dahl’s quirky, juvenile heroes and equally quirky, nasty villains. The distinctive flavor comes both from Lloyd’s witty but succinct word mastery and from her unflagging imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Natalie Lloyd has done it again! A story about family, hidden treasure, a wonderfully mysterious house, and finding your place even when you’re frightened to try, The Problim Children is bursting at the seams with magic, heart, and humor. A sheer, riotous delight.” —Claire Legrand, author of Some Kind of Happiness

“Lloyd’s warm and playful writing shines.” —School Library Journal

“Much quirky fun to be had.... Give this to fans of Ingrid Law’s Savvy or Lloyd’s own A Snicker of Magic.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An affectionate ode to the wonders of being a weird kid in a weird family. This book is an utter delight!” —Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs

“Filled with adventure, mystery, humor, and heart.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with the entire Problim family.” —Heidi Schulz, New York Times bestselling author of Hook’s Revenge

“An absolute gem, delightfully original but with the timeless charm of a favorite classic.” —Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Honest Truth and Some Kind of Courage

The Problim Children is bursting at the seams with magic, heart, and humor. A sheer, riotous delight.” —Claire Legrand, author of Some Kind of Happiness

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062428202
  • ISBN 10: 0062428209
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 01/30/2018
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings

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