Spooks and Scooters by Elen Caldecott

Spooks and Scooters

Written by Elen Caldecott

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Starring a group of resourceful, quick-thinking children, the Marsh Road Mysteries are the Famous Five thoroughly updated for the 21st century. This is book three in the series (there’s no need to read them in order) and twins Flora and Sylvie take centre stage. They are very disappointed when their dad cancels a holiday to Tenerife at the last minute, but the reason is shocking: someone has stolen blueprints for his latest invention and his job and beloved company are at risk. Of course, the kids decide to investigate and a pacey adventure follows. Though storytelling of this kind has to have a fantasy element the books are firmly grounded in the real world, making them particularly satisfying for young readers.

Fans of mystery and adventure will also enjoy Helen Moss’s Adventure Island series and Lauren St John’s Laura Marlin Mysteries. ~ Andrea Reece


Spooks and Scooters by Elen Caldecott

Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - true friends and even better mystery-solvers! Flora and Sylvie are going on the holiday of a lifetime with their dad. But - WHAT? - Dad cancels the trip only hours before the flight because - OH MY GOODNESS - someone has stolen precious blueprints of Dad's latest invention: an amazing new scooter. But who? And why? Time to call on the only five people who can possibly solve the crime!

Also available in The Marsh Road Mysteries series:

Diamonds and Daggers

Crowns and Codebreakers

Look out for Cats and Curses in August 2016.


'Ordinary children tackle some quite extraordinary mysteries in Elen Caldecott's Marsh Road series. These lively, warm-hearted stories of family, friends and adventure are a real delight' Katherine Woodfine, author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

About the Author

Elen Caldecott

Elen Caldecott recently graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. At the end of the course she was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People.

How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini, published by Bloomsbury in July 2010, is a funny and moving story about three children making friends and working out their problems, while solving a mysterious case of missing mammals.

Diamonds and Daggers is Elen's sixth book. It launches her first ever series, The Marsh Road Mysteries.

Elen lives in Bristol with her husband, Simon, and their dog.

Photo © Kirsty Whiten 2008

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Publication date

11th February 2016




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