Ema Vašková is the twelfth child in her family, born on the twelfth day, of the twelfth month, at the very moment Prague's Astronomical Clock strikes twelve. Right from the start, it is clear that Ema is not an ordinary child. But when her behaviour gets altogether too strange, Ema's parents decide enough is enough, and she is sent to live with her eccentric bicycle-making Uncle Josef.
It is here that Ema meets her very first friend. Silvie is a girl who befriends colonies of bats, trawls treasures from the river, cartwheels down the Hunger Wall, and has but one firm rule: adventures are best served with a drizzle of moonlight and a sprinkling of stars, at midnight.
So when Silvie goes missing, Ema is determined to find her. Even if that means facing her fear of ghosts and infiltrating an alluringly peculiar secret society known as The Midnight Guild . . .
Praise for The Unadoptables: "A high-speed, witty, absurd and joyful adventure"
Way back in the autumn of 1880, five babies are discovered at the Little Tulip Orphanage in most unusual circumstances. Those babies are Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou. The vile matron calls the children 'the unadoptables' but this talented gang of best friends know that their individuality is what makes them so special – and so determined to stay together.