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The Dark Blue 100-Ride Bus Ticket by Margaret Mahy
Read by Peter Bland
When Carlo and his mother, Jessica, accept a free bus ticket from a strange old woman in the supermarket, they are really only being polite. Secretly they think she must be slightly batty, with her talk about hundred free bus rides to the supermarket at the end of the world. How absurd! And yet, right outside their supermarket, which is of the most ordinary, everyday kind, a Number 13 bus pulls up... dark blue with gold stars, just like the ticket. Feeling suddenly adventurous, Jessica and Carlo take their seats... and nothing turns out the way you would expect. Because the wonderful supermarket is real - but so are the horrible Dowlers, who are plotting and scheming to destroy it. What begins with fun and laughter becomes violent and dangerous, and the courage of a pair of resourceful children will be needed if the horrible, howling Dowlers are to be defeated. For ages 8 to 12.
Carlo and Jessica reach the supermarket at the end of the world and discover shadowy looking customers and fascinating products inside. They hear about the enemy Dowlers and then see two real looking… Audio
At the Supermarket at the End of the World, Carlo and Jessica buy some optional soup which proves delicious and are given a free tin of paint. They discover it makes real life moving images on the… Audio
A disguised enemy Dowler comes to steal Carlo's bus ticket while his mother is out but he recognises her cloven feet and she gallops away. Back at the Supermakrt, they meet Pearlie, a girl Carlo's… Audio
Some Dowlers attack the Supermakret but Jessica's Exploding Porridge gets rid of them. Carlo begins his new school and meets up with Pearlie who goes to a different college. Together they catch the… Audio
Dowlers attack the Supermakret again and Carlos and Pearlie go into battle. Jessica and Pearlie's father Dominic turn up looking for their children. On the Dark Blue Bus again,Carlo sees they're being… Audio
The bus behind Carlo and his mates is full of piratical Dowlers who attempt to ooze into their Blue Bus. The driver manages to get rid of them by flying and they land on top of the Supermarket. They… Audio
Bus drivers and shop assistants arrive for the Almost Party and then a gang of Dowlers turns up. The policeman from next door arrives to complain about the noise and the Dowlers all run off, heading… Audio
The Dowlers take Carlo and Pearlie into the Supermakret with them and luckily carry Carlo to the Horn Hazard spray which he uses to dissovle their hooves. The two children save the Supermarket and are… Audio
When he comes out of hospital, Carlo returns to the new flat with his mother Jessica, ready for an adventure. At the supermarket he's given a special 100 ride bus ticket. Outside, a blue bus picks him… Audio