Rory Branagan (Detective) by Andrew Clover

Rory Branagan (Detective)

Written by Andrew Clover
Illustrated by Ralph Lazar
Part of the Rory Branagan Series

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In a nutshell: in his own words, quirky, super-readable saga of a ten-year-old ‘detective’

Ten-year-old Rory is pretty satisfied with his life. He lives happily with his mum and brother, and has friends, best being Wilkins Welkin, his next-door neighbour’s sausage dog. But there are two big problems in his life: no-one ever tells him anything, and his dad disappeared when Rory was three. To find out why, he decides to become a detective – despite the derision of his big brother. In a timely bit of luck, new neighbour Cassidy Callaghan – aka ‘The Cat’ – offers to help. The two, of course, get into all sorts of trouble, and to the surprise of everyone, unearth some real villains in the process. Words and illustrations are both very funny and surprisingly touching. This will sit happily next to the Wimpy Kids, Dork Diaries and Barry Losers, but for its idiosyncratic and convincing voice and real sense of family dynamics, is probably closest to Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean books. A great new series for young readers. ~ Andrea Reece


Rory Branagan (Detective) by Andrew Clover

Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am actually a detective. People always say, `How do you become a detective?' And I say, `Ahhhh... you don't just FIND YOURSELF suddenly sneaking up on baddies, or diving out of the way as they shoot, or hurtling from an open plane towards the ground! You have to want it.' And what made ME want it? I needed to find out wha thappened to my dad...

There are seven books in the RORY BRANGAN (DETECTIVE) series and this is the first, in which you meet Rory and his accomplice Cassidy as they investigate the poisoning of Rory's next door neighbour. Rory's adventures are all highly illustrated so you can see everything he gets up to in glorious black and white.

About the Author

Andrew Clover (author) is an actor and comic - nominated for a Perrier at the Edinburgh Fringe. He performs his show The Seven Secrets of Storytelling in schools worldwide from the UK to United Arab Emirates working with Authorsaloud. Ralph Lazar (illustrator)Is the creator of the Happiness Is website which has 10 million visitors.

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352 pages


Andrew Clover
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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

22nd March 2018




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