Orlando D’Eath is not a lucky boy. He has an ill-omened name and is unlucky in life. In his new foster home, he soon realizes misfortune has followed him, as the parents, Violet and Gustav Villin, and their four children, are not as perfect as they seem. The only person who speaks to him at school is Rebecca McMuffle, a creepy girl who dresses like an old lady and has a violin spider as a pet. Rebecca lives deep in the forest, in a house she shares with her taxidermist mother and many stuffed animals. Intrigued and scared by her in equal measure, Orlando still feels safe with Rebecca – until he comes across a ginormous, eight-legged hairy secret in her attic.
Olivia Corio is a teacher, journalist and author. Passionate about music, she lived in England for many years where she took her first steps in the working world as a writer for MTV. She has written various articles for Mondadori magazines and today teaches Semiotics and Communication Theory at the Istituto Europeo di Design. She has two kids.