In Huggabie Falls, weirdness rules. The maths teacher is a witch who delights in turning errant pupils into animals. One of the brightest students at school is a troll called Ug Ugg. Every street is called Digmont Drive. Everyone has an alliterative name.

In this context, then, what might the “extremely weird” event of the book’s title constitute? The answer, ironically, is a plague of normalness. One after another, the townspeople are becoming average. This unnerves Kipp Kindle so much that he resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery.

With a small-town loopiness reminiscent of Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum series, Australian author Adam Cece’s tale is nonetheless fresh, funny and just the right amount of farcical.

The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls, by Adam Cece, Text Publishing, RRP£6.99, 285 pages

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