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Oliver And The Seawigs is a Children's Book by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, as part of their "Not So Impossible Tales" series.

Oliver Crisp is the son of explorers. All his life, Oliver has gone with his parents wherever their adventurous itch has taken them. But now, Oliver and his parents are ready to have a more permanent residence, which suits Oliver just fine, as he would like a more consistent view in his life. So, Oliver and his parents have moved into a little seaside house, where they soon discover a series of islands that weren't there before. Still having their adventurous itch, Oliver's parents decide to go explore them. However, Oliver simply decides to go check out his new house. When he takes a look outside, however, he finds the islands are gone... and so are his parents.

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Immediately, Oliver goes out to look for them. In his quest, he makes the most unusual friends, including a sarcastic albatross names Mr. Culpepper, a near-sighted mermaid named Iris, and a living island with a dream. Apparently, every seven years, all the Rambling Isles hold a contest to see who can make the best seawig, which is apparently a wig made from sea debris. Whoever wins will be the ruler for the next seven years. Reasoning that Oliver's parents will be among them, Oliver and his friends set out to help the Rambling Isle, whom they name Cliff, win the contest. Of course, they also have some unpleasant competition in the form of the Thurlstone, the biggest, nastiest Rambling Isle of them all, and Stacey de Lacey, a teenager who wants to help the Thurlstone win so he can command a whole army of islands.

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The book was released on September 5th, 2013.


Oliver And The Seawigs contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: For Oliver, it's being separated from your parents when they landmass that they were exploring disappears.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The Thurlstone wants to win the seawig contest so he can rule over the moving islands, and Stacey de Lacey wants to help him win so he can use the army of islands to get back at all his tormentors.
  • Die Laughing: This is how the Thurlstone is ultimately defeated. He's tickled from the inside, which causes him to laugh so hard that his body crumbles.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Stacey de Lacey is a boy with a name that's traditionally for girls. He defends it by saying that Stacey is a name that can apply to both boys and girls.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: When the Thurlstone gets tickled on the inside, he laughs so hard that his body crumbles.
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  • Teens Are Monsters: Stacey de Lacey wants to help the Thurlstone win the contest so he can command an army of islands. He also has nothing against imprisoning Oliver's parents in the Thurlstone's new earrings.
  • Traveling Landmass: The Rambling Isles, such as Cliff and the Thurlstone.
  • Undying Loyalty: The sea monkeys are completely loyal to Stacey de Lacey. In the end, when Stacey is rowing off after the Thurlstone's death, the sea monkeys come to him to accompany him, and climb all over his body to find space.

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