Debut children’s novel from the Director of Studies in English at Queen’s College, Cambridge. A classy adventure.
Robert J. Harris, author of The World’s Gone Loki series and Will Shakespeare and the Pirate’s Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in the second book of this ingenious new detective series.
Times Children’s Book of the Week 17 March 2018
“Curl up in your favourite reading spot and let yourself be whisked away by a master storyteller. You’ll have a wonderful adventure and perhaps you’ll be inspired – to fight for your true freedom like Mara, to face your fears like Jamie, to find out who you really want to be – and of course to plan your own adventures…” LIZ CROSS, Publisher
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 4 March 2018
A landmark new novel from the ‘storymaker’, Michael Morpurgo, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents’ farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn’t understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel.
“Eggers’ middle-grade debut is… a heart-gladdening work of allegorical genius.” Kitty Empire, The Observer
“It’s a bit like the Secret Seven on steroids, in a good way.” Kitty Empire, The Observer
“With its retro-futurist engineering and icy horizons, this pacy tale of lies and greed versus loyalty and derring-do is a little bit steam-punk and a lot Northern Lights…” Kitty Empire, The Observer
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week
“Based on real experiences… It grips us with the need to know how the heart-stopping events will turn out. It is also a tale of our time, imparting understanding and sympathy for those who suffer to escape to other countries, and is powerfully told, without sentimentality or, unfortunately, exaggeration.” Nicolette Jones
Lyrical, moving and realistic, [Running On Empty] is about the struggle of an 11-year-old carer who is starting secondary school and wants to run like Usain Bolt. With a rich and diverse cast, it sings.
Nicollete Jones, SUNDAY TIMES
“Variously described as folklore, fantasy and mystery, The Wren Hunt wears its labels lightly, shedding one genre for another with a sort of slippery grace that initially confuses. But the story takes flight once Wren is ensconced in the judges’ territory, and the book settles into a deft equilibrium between thriller and myth. Watson’s writing has the sort of poise rarely found in a debut, moving the plot at a steady pace, shot through with moments of true beauty.” Kiran Millwood Hargrave, GUARDIAN Review