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CENTRAL EAST – February Book Club – The Beast and the Bethany

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Date(s) - 10/02/2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online - Online,

Central East are holding another book club evening in February and we’d love for you to join us.
This month we will be reading and discussing The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips.

Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated tale of a hungry beast, a vain immortal man, and a not-so-charming little girl who doesn’t know she’s about to be eaten.

Beauty comes at a price. And no one knows that better than Ebenezer Tweezer, who has stayed beautiful for 511 years. How, you may wonder? Ebenezer simply has to feed the beast in the attic of his mansion. In return for meals of performing monkeys, statues of Winston Churchill, and the occasional cactus, Ebenezer gets potions that keep him young and beautiful, as well as other presents.

But the beast grows ever greedier with each meal, and one day he announces that he’d like to eat a nice, juicy child next. Ebenezer has never done anything quite this terrible to hold onto his wonderful life. Still, he finds the absolutely snottiest, naughtiest, and most frankly unpleasant child he can and prepares to feed her to the beast.

The child, Bethany, may just be more than Ebenezer bargained for. She’s certainly a really rather rude houseguest, but Ebenezer still finds himself wishing she didn’t have to be gobbled up after all. Could it be Bethany is less meal-worthy and more…friend-worthy?’

The discussion will take place on the dedicated SCBWI Central East Book Club Facebook group, so make sure you join to get involved.
Organised by Anna Cole.

Event for SCBWI members only.