THE BOOKS

 

From the circus to the seashore, in the woods or mountain mists, whether basking in the summer sunshine or crunching through the snow, mystery and adventure abound.

Glass Dreams - Helen Laycock
Glass Dreams

ISBN-13-978-1502376718

Runaway Jake has no idea what adventures are in store when he finds young circus performer Khala hiding in a ramshackle caravan. 

Jake sees things – dreams, visions… but should he reveal the contents of the mysterious box he has been warned never to open? Khala has secrets of her own, secrets which could threaten her friendship with Jake. 
And she is not the only one of the performers with something to hide. 

Jake soon discovers that Fantazi’s Circus is a place of danger, and together, he and Khala begin to uncover the layers of deceit which have an impact on them both.

However, neither one is prepared for the biggest discovery of all.

For readers of 8-12

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Salt

ISBN-13-978-1499276251

A holiday at Pirates’ Cove with Great Aunt Win is nothing like Toby expects it to be…

 

He is baffled by the mysterious beach fires and eerie singing he witnesses during the night. He is fascinated, too, by the weird and wonderful tales of the town: not only the legend of the pitiful Mary-Anne, said to row out nightly to the Blue Rock, but also of the peculiar ‘cursed’ gold plate locked in the guesthouse cabinet.

 

Stranger still, why has a dead man been spotted in the town?

 

With the help of intriguing local girl, Hattie, the secrets of Salt Guesthouse are unravelled… but not before the children find themselves in grave danger.

The Secret of Pooks Wood - Helen Laycock
The Secret of Pooks Wood

ISBN-13-978-1499525595

When twins Lily and Ollie are stranded at Great Hawkesden Manor over Christmas with their mother Stella, they have no idea what will happen when they find an old glass snow globe.

Inside it not only is there a miniature model of the manor house, but there is magic.

A time-shift adventure for readers of 9-12

Mandrake's Plot - Helen Laycock
Mandrake's Plot

ISBN-13-978-1497430051

Evie and Mia meet on a train on their way to St. Agatha's Boarding School for Young Ladies. Dropped at a deserted station, with no one to meet them, they trek through the pelting rain and darkness for miles until they find a sign to St. Agatha's which points to an unlikely overgrown track leading up a mountain path.

 

A foreboding place, St. Agatha's School is surrounded by a sea of mist, and overlooks a loch. Coming face to face with the grotesque caretaker, Mandrake, is not the only thing to unsettle them.

 

What is the significance of the strange rings worn by Miss Blackthorn, the head teacher - and why does everyone behave so oddly?

 

The girls stumble across a forgotten burial chamber. Inside, lies the crumbling skeleton of Sister Beatrice, clutching a note which tells of a curse. Locked in the chamber as a punishment, the friends discover an old book within which is the antidote to the curse... but it is hidden in code. 

Mr Charlie Chumpkins and The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins by Helen Laycock
Song of the Moon - Helen Laycock

Charlie Chumpkins

ISBN-13: 978-1981299492

Imagine Sam’s shock when he discovers that a tiny, old-fashioned gentleman, Charlie Chumpkins, has been living under his bed for some time—and imagine, too, the problem of keeping his little friend a secret.

 

Enjoy the big adventures of miniature Charlie as he gets himself caught up in calamity after calamity…

Song of the Moon

ISBN-13-978-1502426321

 

Isadora Wellington, known as Izzy, befriends Titania Moonsong, a wheelchair-bound old lady who lives at 13 Arnison Avenue. 

Rumour has it that Mrs Moonsong is a witch, which is hardly surprising: she has a black cat, Macbeth; her favourite piece of music is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; and she makes peculiar concoctions from the herbs she grows in her garden. 

When Mrs Moonsong disappears and Dylan, a strange hippy, moves into her house, Izzy and her cousin Joe are concerned. It seems Dylan is the one intent on casting spells, and Mrs Moonsong is not the only one in danger.

Suitable for readers of 7-12

Martha and Mitch - Helen Laycock

Martha and Mitch

ISBN-13-978-1500197070

 

Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and stepmother Penelope.
Mitch lives at the boys’ orphanage, a dilapidated mansion run by Ariadne Scattypants.

Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading.

Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha’s wonderful home.

However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn.

Suitable for readers of 8-12

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