Project Description


The Brain Finds a Leg

by Martin Chatterton

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 clues like a missing human leg and a crocodile who likes to play fetch, it’s up to Sheldon and The Brain to 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. The surprising and occasionally hilarious plot twists will engage and delight young readers.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-503-4
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
Page Count: 224
Size: 5-1/4 ̎ x 8 ̎
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English
AR Level: 6.3
F&P: V, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 900L
Themes: Bullying, Mystery, Science
BISAC 1: YAF042000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: YAF027000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Humorous / General
BISAC 3: YAF058020 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying


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

“There’s plenty here for young readers to like… Chatterton creates the ideal odd couple in the Brain and Sheldon, skillfully playing Sheldon’s affable mediocrity against the Brain’s Holmes-like demeanor…sure to please fans of M.T. Anderson’s Whales on Stilts with its off-the-wall humor.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

The case The Brain and Sheldon set out to solve has enough gruesome bits and action to keep the story real and enough humor and far-fetched science to keep us wanting more.” ―Beth Fish Reads

The story is engaging…catching you off guard and drawing you in with each page.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


Westchester Fiction Award (Middle School) ―Los Angeles Unified School District (Westchester Division), 2009

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Middle School / Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010

North Carolina Children’s Book Award (Nominee, Junior Book Category) ―North Carolina Reading Association, 2011

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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.