Frank Penny and the Mystery of Ludlow Hums is the first book in the Frank Penny series for young adults.
It's a straightforward mystery/adventure tale, rich with intrigue and compelling characters and certain to keep you guessing right until the very last chapter...
Frank is like any ordinary 13 year old; except he doesn’t go to school. Home educated and living on his dad’s farm in rural Byeland, he loves his life, despite his annoying cousin, Phoebe, who lives with them, together with his aunt Rachel.
He really couldn’t be happier, until, out of the blue, he receives a highly prized invitation to Excelsus academy for the Gallant and Gifted, attended by hand-picked students who go there to discover their special talents, whether it be a fighter, thinker or sorcerer, to name but a few.
This is beyond strange. No schools know about him, and he definitely has no gifts or talents – none – unless you count sheep shearing – but, unnervingly, the one thing he does know is that Excelsus never makes mistakes.