Project Description

The Brain Finds a Leg

The Brain Finds a Leg

by Martin Chatterton

This hilarious genre-bending YA mystery will appeal to fans of M. T. Anderson, Douglas Adams, and Neil Gaiman.

Something strange is happening in Farrago Bay and Sheldon McGlone is going to get to the bottom of it. The local wildlife is behaving strangely and so are some of the grown-ups, particularly his teacher, the weird and elusive Miss Fleming. It doesn’t help that Sheldon is being relentlessly pursued by bullies—including his older brother!

Just when things couldn’t get much worse, a new kid turns up in Sheldon’s classroom. Theophilus Brain, aka “The Brain,” has an excessive imagination and a lot of odd ideas about what is ailing Farrago Bay. With a missing human leg and a crocodile who likes to play fetch as clues, Sheldon and the Brain turn detective and uncover a web of evil that stretches across two continents.

Author Martin Chatterton has crafted a wonderfully imaginative mystery that features memorable, well-drawn characters and an over-the-top storyline. The surprising and occasionally hilarious plot twists will engage and delight young readers.

Hardcover: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-503-4
Total Pages: 224
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 132417
AR Reading Level: 6.3
AR Points: 8

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: V
F&P Grade: 5

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 6.2
Reading Counts Points: 13
Reading Counts Interest Level: 6-8


“…young readers who crave literary insanity will love reading it…industrial-strength zaniness.” ―Kirkus

“…Chatterton creates the ideal odd couple in the Brain and Sheldon, skillfully playing Shedon’s affable mediocrity against the Brain’s Holmes-like demeanor…sure to please fans of M.T. Anderson’s Whales on Stilts.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Westchester Fiction Award (middle school) ―Los Angeles Unified School District (Westchester Division) 2009

North Carolina Children’s Book Award (nominee, junior book category) ―North Carolina Reading Association 2011

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (middle school / junior high) ―Kansas National Education Association 2010

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Meet the Author

Martin Chatterton was born in Liverpool, England, and attended art college in London. He has worked successfully in the publishing and design business. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the Brain books, and the illustrator of more than eighty. He lives in Australia. You can visit his website here.