When they hear about a competition to find the world's worst mother, Bru and Sophie and Emily are all delighted to volunteer their anying mothers. Their mothers duly disappear and are replaced by ideal 'Aunt Annas', who cook only the kids' favourite foods and never make them do their homework or tidy their rooms. But the children soon discover that there is something sinister about these 'Aunt Annas', and they set out to rescue their real mums from the clutches of a crazy toymaker on a remote island. A fishy tale of betrayal, intrigue and adventure on the high seas - and the dog gets shot!
Sabine Ludwig was born in Berlin in 1954. After graduating, she worked as a radio editor. She is now one of Germany's most successful writers for children, and she also translates the books of authors such as Eva Ibbotson and Kate DiCamillo from English into German. She lives in Berlin with her husband and daughter.