Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale
  

Johnny Swanson

Written by Eleanor Updale
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Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale

Johnny Swanson is in shock. His friend Doctor Langdon and his wife have disappeared without a trace. And that's not all ...it appears they have been murdered. But things are about to become much, much worse. A suspect has been arrested ...and it's Johnny's mother. Johnny knows she didn't do it. And now, he needs to prove it - fast. Join brave, determined, ingenious Johnny as he embarks on a fast-paced hunt for the true killer - and exposes a deadly, dangerous secret along the way.

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There is a kind of children's book which is rare, but which includes some of the very best literature for the young. The Silver Sword, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Butterfly Lion, The Railway Children and Kim all belong to a genre in which there is no magic, but a tremendous sense of what real children in adversity might achieve with courage, cleverness and luck. Eleanor Updale's Johnny Swanson belongs to this category, and it deserves the highest praise The Times This is a lovely story, full of fascinating and accurate period detail, social injustice and moral quandaries, that revels in a child's determination to play the unfair system to his advantage. Young fans of Updale's Montmorency series will find this equally entertaining Daily Mail Eleanor Updale is an excellent storyteller, building up character, plot and excitement until the reader is compelled to stop everything else until the book is finished The Scotsman Eleanor Updale's very funny Johnny Swanson introduces a great character ... The story swings along, providing dastardly villains, inept policemen and a satisfying denouement The Bookseller Johnny Swanson is a charmingly old fashioned - in the very best way - adventure novel. This is a great read, it zips along and illuminates a period of history that is usually forgotten Write Away!

About the Author

Eleanor Updale

Eleanor Updale on Eleanor Updale:
"I grew up in Camberwell in South London, half-way up a hill which had my primary school at the top, and my secondary school at the bottom. I had hardly ever been outside London when I left to go to Oxford University, where I studied history. After that I joined the BBC, working on TV and Radio programmes from 1975 to 1990. By that time I had two children, and soon there was a third. At one point they were all under three and a half years old, so I was very busy. I left my job to look after them, and got involved in all sorts of things I hadn’t had time for when I was working. You might be able to see how some of those things have crept into the books. I’ve been on the Clinical Ethics Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital for some years now. I found lots of ideas for Doctor Farcett’s character there."

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
384 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Eleanor Updale
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Author's Website

www.eleanorupdale.co.uk/

Publisher

Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

8th May 2014

ISBN

9780552572057


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