BOOKS

MURDER IN MIDWINTER – out October 2016  A tense, snowy drama that keeps you guessing until the very last page…

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Staring out of the window of a bus days before Christmas, Maya sees a couple arguing violently in the middle of a crowded Regent Street. Then a body turns up…convinced she is a vital witness to a crime, the police send Maya into hiding in rural Wales. She resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery. Then the snow comes and no one can get out. But what if someone can still get in? SEE REVIEWS HERE

BUS STOP BABY  July 2016 A tightly-written tale about abandonment and reconciliation, as a teenager tries to navigate right, wrong and the vast grey area in between

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On her way home from school, 13-year-old Amy finds a newborn baby abandoned at the village bus stop. It’s wrong, just like when Mum walked out on Amy and her sister ten years ago – so she tries to fix it by finding the baby’s mother. But as Amy searches, she uncovers another story, a secret even closer to home. SEE REVIEWS HERE

SAVING SOPHIA  2014

saving sophiaAll Lottie wants to do is have adventures, but no such luck. Until she meets Sophia, a girl with an excitingly mysterious history. When the two run away from a staged kayak accident to find Sophia’s mum, Lottie learns a lot about having adventures (they’re mostly brilliant but not the bits where you nearly die) and friendship and the truth. SEE REVIEWS HERE

DEAR SCARLETT  2013

dearscarlettscarletA funny, moving and absorbing story about a young girl’s attempts to learn more about her dead father through the objects she finds in a cardboard box he’s left her. Scarlett and her friend, Ellie, go on a sometimes hilarious, sometimes scary, journey of discovery, following the clues and always remembering to ‘keep looking up’. Was Scarlett’s dad a thief? Was he a spy? And what does it mean to be his daughter?
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THE YOGHURT PLOT  2014

‘I don’t want my life controlled by a fridge.’ Humming in the kitchen of Bugg and Dilan’s new home is a huge, mysterious fridge. Even when Bugg turns off the power, the light stays on. Plus, it’s full of strange-looking yoghurts in glass jars with wax-paper lids. Should they? Shouldn’t they? They do, but the yoghurts take them back to 1974. What follows is a desperate scramble across time and space, in which the siblings discover a 40-year-old time crime and become painfully aware that small changes they make in the past can have huge consequences for their future. Aided and hindered by go-for-it gerbil-fancier Lorna, they try to put everything back in order before time – and the yoghurts – run out completely. SEE REVIEWS HERE

THE TROUBLE WITH MUMMIES  2013

TROUBLE_w_MUMMIES_PB.inddSam comes home one day to find his family turning a little bit loopy – his mum is redecorating using hieroglyphics and his dad is building a pyramid in the back garden. He hopes it’s just a weird new fashion …but then the strangeness starts to spread. With the help of his friends Ursula, Henry and Lucy the Goat, Sam must save his town from rampaging Roman rugby players, hairdressers turned cavewomen, and a teacher who used to be a ‘basket of kittens’ but now wants to sacrifice the Year Ones to the Aztec sun god. As history invades Sam’s world, will he be able to keep the Greeks away from the Egyptians and discover the cause of the Mummy madness? Warning: contains dangerous dressing-up, mild historical violence and prolonged scary humour.

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