The Imaginary
A.F. Harrold

Ages: 7-11

Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.

Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger.

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up? 

Review by Elyas

"Curse on Bunting! Will Amanda die? I love the book even though it is scary. My favourite character is Zinzan. "

Review by Adler

"What an amazing book! My favourite character is Zinzan,the cat. It eats loudly. Will Rudger find Amanda? "

Review by Kai

"What an amazing and creative book! The characters are brilliant. Zinzan is the best. He saved Rudger's life!"

Review by Matee

"Creepy but interesting book! Bring brave Amanda back! My favourite character is Rudger. What will happen next?"

Review by Angelika

"This is a great book! Nasty Mr Bunting! Brave Amanda! An imaginative girl. But who is the creepy girl? "

Review by Jonathan

"Imaginative Amanda creates Rudger, a grey and white best friend. She is the bravest girl. You'll be thrilled! "

Review by Katie

"What a stunning book! Some fearless characters! What will happen next? Amanda, like my sister, talks too much!"

Review by Reece

"What a great but scary story! Sometimes a bit confusing. Author uses lots of great adjectives and adverbs. "

Review by Filip

"A brilliant book! Zinzan the cat is great! I can't wait to read more even though some parts are scary!"

Review by Josh

"I am looking forward to meeting the author. I have loved the book. Rudger is my favourite character. "

Review by Kurdy

"I'm looking forward to finding out more about the story! "

Review by Tyler

"It is a fantastic and I can't wait to read the next chapter!"

Review by Natasha

"It's interesting and I like the way it uses black and white colours as well as colourful pages. "

Review by Sabrina

"My favourite character is Amanda because she is bossy like me. Can't wait to find out more about Zinzan. "

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about the author

A.F. Harrold

A.F. Harrold is an English poet living in Reading with a stand-up comedian and two cats. He was Glastonbury Festival Website's Poet-In-Residence in 2008, and Poet-In-Residence at...
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