There's a Hamster in My Pocket by Franzeska G. Ewart

There's a Hamster in My Pocket

Written by Franzeska G. Ewart
Illustrated by Helen Bate

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A warm-hearted family story in which problems are resolved and Yosser and her best friend Kylie together with Kylie's pet hamsters must get to the bottom of someone's strange behaviour and solve the mystery of the locked wooden box. A fun-packed story of just 96 pages that will appeal to 8+ year olds including reluctant readers. Sita, Snake Queen of Speed features the same characters.


There's a Hamster in My Pocket by Franzeska G. Ewart

Yosser's having a worrying summer. Her family's shop is struggling and Auntie Shabnam is coming to stay to sort things out. Which means Yosser has to share a room with Nani! And while Yosser is desperately jealous of all her friend Kylie's pets, Kylie's family are not without problems either. Her mum is about to turn 40 and her big brother Sniper is behaving very suspiciously indeed. And when Yosser discovers a mysterious box among Nani's things, she begins to suspect that it is at the root of all the bad luck. Can Yosser and Kylie get to the bottom of Sniper's strange behaviour, find the perfect present for Kylie's mum, solve the mystery of the locked wooden box and all without losing Kylie's hamsters?


'There's a Hamster in my Pocket'

's lives and weaves it with their inner worlds to such sparkling effect. || This is a buzzy good read, full of funny twists and turns that end up well. || A very funny story with just enough suspense to keep the reader's attention. The characters are believable and children readily identify withtheir worries. A good book for children setting out to read chapter stories by themselves. || A great read with short, illustrated chapters always ending on a cliffhanger and a neat, satisfying ending. || The book says a lot for friendship between the two different cultures as well as for family dynamics - what the children fear often turns out for the best, if only they new it! The ending of the book satisfies all parties, and will be enjoyed by readers. || Examines friendship through mystery, humour and a menagerie of animals. (Shortlisted for 2011 Scottish Children's Book Awards) || For newly confident readers, 'There's a Hamster in My Pocket'

- a laugh-out-loud tale about pets, deadly curses and eccentric families.

About the Author

Franzeska was born in Galloway. She worked for a while as a medical researcher before becoming a teacher. She has taught in Pakistan and is interested in how bilingual children learn English. She now lives in Renfrewshire with her partner. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, walking, cycling, painting and writing. Franzeska wrote Bima and the Water of Life for Barrington Stoke.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 8 to 11 years


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

6th January 2011




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