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The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard

Written by Julia Lee

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August 2014 Book of the Month Rich in atmosphere and with a great cast of characters, this is an exciting Victorian adventure in which the unexpected can always happen! Gully Potchard is an ordinary kind of boy who tries his best to keep out of trouble and never intends to get caught up in other people’s affairs. But when he is spotted by a less than attractive old school friend he is propelled into a dodgy world in which the crooked thrive at the expense of the straight. Dogs are going missing – and cats too – and Gully has to protect himself or there is no doubt that he will take the blame. Julia Lee creates a vivid world and weaves a gripping story through it.

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  • Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12- 'An exciting adventure set in Victorian times. There are lots of twists and turns in the plots and many interesting characters, even ones with ‘psychic powers’! A great story, I enjoyed every word!' Read full review >
  • Lily Benner, age 9 - 'a historical story with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right to the end.' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 10 - 'The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard is a thrilling Victorian tale of gangs, kidnap, danger and the discovery of an unusual gift...' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'A brilliant book with a gripping plot and numerous small mysteries dotted throughout the story. There was so much going on that it was really hard to put it down. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'An olden days adventure mystery with a bit of a twist!  Would appeal to boys and girls between about 10 and 12 probably.' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11 - 'This book was all about pet napping and kidnapping...This was an exciting book.' Read full review >
  • Khadijah Ahmed - 'This story feels like one destined to become a classic...with its charismatic (and some equally detestable) characters, wry humour, buzzing sense of danger and spritz of action-adventure.' Read full review >
  • Emily Horncastle, age 11 - 'This book gripped me so it was impossible to put down. With every chapter, I felt as though I was part of this fantastic story! I would reccomend it to anyone willing for a true adventure!' Read full review >


The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard by Julia Lee

Gully Potchard never meant to cause any trouble. He's just an ordinary sort of boy least that what he thinks. But when an old acquaintance comes knocking, it isn't long before Gully is tangled up in a mess of mischief and skulduggery. Cats and dogs go astray, a child is kidnapped, and ransom notes are delivered to the wrong people! But as a storm rages and a fire blazes, Gully discovers that he has an extraordinary skill that might just make him an unlikely hero after all...

Roald Dahl meets Charles Dickens in this thrilling adventure mystery - full of mishaps, skulduggery and derring-do. An improbable hero, a spine-tingling adventure, and a surprising twist of fate ...Another unputdownable adventure from the author of The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth!


For The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth:

'This is a glorious mix of the essences of The Secret Garden, the Lemony Snicket books and a large dollop of inventiveness. It really is a wonderful read.

'There's skulduggery, dark secrets and derring-do ahoy in this Victorian mystery adventure with a dash of dark humour. The Bookseller

'I really enjoyed this fun, quirky adventure story of a brave young orphan, Clemency Wrigglesworth, who travels alone from India to England, not knowing where she is going or who will look after her.'

About the Author

Julia Lee

Julia Lee has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first book aged 5, mainly so that she could do all the illustrations with a brand-new 4-colour pen, and her mum stitched the pages together on her sewing machine. As a child she was ill quite a bit, which meant she spent lots of time lying in bed and reading (bliss!).

Julia is married, has two sons, and lives in Sussex.

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320 pages


Julia Lee
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th August 2014




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