The Uncracked Code by Tamara Macfarlane

The Uncracked Code

Written by Tamara Macfarlane
Illustrated by Eugene Mapondera
Part of the The Comic Shop Mysteries Series

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In a nutshell: comic-book inspired crime story | The action in this exciting crime story is set in a comic shop, and come-strip sensibilities inspire the whole adventure. The Cosmic Comic Shop and adjoining café are threatened with closure by ruthless developers and the one thing that might cover the rent and save the day is a rare edition of a Komodo Jones comic. When it disappears, young friends Zac and Coco set out to find the villains, using everything they’ve learned from reading about Komodo and her crime-solving techniques. They are as lively a pair of protagonists as you could hope to meet and there are twists, turns and surprises galore as the story unfolds. Each chapter opens with a Komodo Jones comic front cover – someone should publish those stories too! ~ Andrea Reece

One to recommend to fans of the Ruby Redfort stories by Lauren Child.


The Uncracked Code by Tamara Macfarlane

When your world needs a hero but you don’t have superpowers, where do you start? The COSMIC comic shop and Café are about to close down. The only thing that could save them is a rare fi rst editi on, hand-drawn comic, that’s worth tons of money. But it has been stolen from its display case!

Inspired by their favourite comic super hero, Komodo Jones, and a lifetime of comic book knowledge, can the two friends, Zac and Coco, pick up some much-needed sleuthing skills in ti me to save COSMIC? The race is on. Every hero has a life changing moment: a discovery, followed by a challenge. If you ask Coco about hers, she might say it was the day of the theft.

But for Zac it came later ...

About the Author

Tamara Macfarlane

As a child Tamara practically lived in bookshops. She read more children's books whilst studying English and Education, specialising in Children's Literature. After a number of years spent as a literacy co-ordinator, Tamara had her first child and decided she would like to live in a children's bookshop again. As she couldn't find one that she liked she founded the award winning Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in Herne Hill, filling it with her favourite books. One day, she noticed a gap in the shelves in the 5-8 year old section and being unable to find any books that she loved she started to write herself to try and fill it. That is when Amazing Esme turned up.

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192 pages


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Publication date

28th April 2018




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