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Barbara Mitchelhill - Author

About the Author

Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.

 

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Eric and the Green-Eyed God

Eric and the Green-Eyed God

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Eric's mum is getting married - to his teacher! If that wasn't bad enough, Auntie Rose has sent a wedding present from her travels, and its magical properties might make Mum have a new baby. Eric definitely doesn't want that, so he and his best friend Wez decide to open all the presents to find it before Mum does. But the magic gift soon proves more troublesome than Eric could have possibly thought . . .

Eric and the Pimple Potion

Eric and the Pimple Potion

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

Eric's spots are multiplying! It seems his problem might be solved when his Auntie Rose sends Mum some magic face cream from South America. Dare he use it? Eric decides to take the risk and tries out the pimple potion. But he soon discovers there are some very unexpected side effects...

Secret Suffragette

Secret Suffragette

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

Daisy's hero is Florence Nightingale, and she hopes to one day become a nurse just like her. But as a girl growing up in the East End of London in 1912, it seems like all her future holds is dropping out of school to work a tough job in a factory for very little money. Then Daisy meets the suffragettes, who are fighting for the rights of women and the poor. They show her that she might be able to achieve her dreams after all. But being a suffragette is dangerous, and Daisy must risk getting in trouble with her dad, neighbours and even the police if she wants to do her bit. Perfect for fans of Opal Plumstead and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Eric and the Wishing Stone

Eric and the Wishing Stone

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2019

Eric is just no good at tests and schoolwork, and his mum thinks he isn't trying hard enough. His grumpy teacher Mr Hodgetts (AKA the Bodge) decides he needs extra help. Then a mysterious package arrives from Eric's Auntie Rose, containing a small round stone which promises to grant a wish. The wish Eric makes might just change everything . . .

Eric and the Striped Horror

Eric and the Striped Horror

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2019

Eric is an ordinary boy who loves football, and hates tests. Unluckily, a big test is coming up! Then his Auntie Rose sends him a very strange present from her travels in South America: an ugly, stinky, stripy jumper with magical powers. It can turn the wearer into a genius, so long as it is never washed. Eric finds the jumper really does have a miraculous effect on his brain power - but can there be too much of a good thing?

Spycatcher

Spycatcher

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! Damian Drooth decides to help a friendly old man who believes that his precious and hard-won inventions are being ripped off by an unscrupulous neighbour. Naturally the meeting of Young Inventors is a good place to start - and using all his cunning, Damian is out to uncover the bad guy . . . Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Gruesome Ghosts

Gruesome Ghosts

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! Damian is fascinated when the new girl at school says that her grandparents' house is haunted. As the local specialist detective, it is up to Damian to solve the mystery! He agrees to spend a night in the house to see the ghostly figures for himself - but all is not what it seems . . . Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Dog Snatchers

Dog Snatchers

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! When a neighbour's dog goes missing, Damian and his gang of detective apprentices are called in to help find it. But Damian's ideas - from supergluing 'Missing' posters in the front window of the newsagent's to setting up a decoy dog - don't quite work out. Will Damian be able to sniff out the missing hound? Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

How To Be a Detective

How To Be a Detective

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! Damian thinks it's time to pass on his amazing detective skills. On an outing ot the library to teach his eager trainees how to look for criminals, they hit the jackpot: a suspicious-looking lady who is checking out a book called Loot. But what will happen when the kids try to apprehend their suspect? Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Under Cover

Under Cover

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! Damian's amazing detective skills are called on when rich boy Calvin Baggington has his super-expensive bike stolen at the Holiday Village. With a brilliant and cunning plan, Damian hopes to solve the crime in style - but not before the Holiday Village is thrown into chaos! Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Mega Quiz

The Mega Quiz

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! When Damian hears about a Mega Quiz with an amazing prize, he decides to enter with his friends. This means paying an entrance fee . . . But all is not as it seems, and Damian is soon on the trail of a dastardly trickster. Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Football Forgery

Football Forgery

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! Damian has stumbled onto a new case at the local football ground. Someone is selling forged tickets and it's up to our hero to find the culprit. After several false starts, the only evidence is a photo taken by a classmate. Damian realises it's vital to get that photo if he is to solve the crime and kick out the criminal for good. Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Serious Graffiti

Serious Graffiti

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! Damian Drooth is electrified to hear the Headmaster tell everyone off about graffiti in one of the school toilets. He immediately wants to catch the culprit, but what he isn't expecting is to be accused of the crime himself! Can this brilliant mind clear his name and find the real vandal? Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Popstar's Wedding

The Popstar's Wedding

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware! A superstar singer, Tiger Lilly, is getting married to a footballer. Who better to guard her fabulous wedding pressents than her number one fan, the genius private eye Damian Drooth? Will Damian's amazing brain power and cunning plans be enough to track down some notorious crooks among the wedding guests and win Tiger Lilly's undying admiration? Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Disappearing Daughter

The Disappearing Daughter

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Damian Drooth, the one of a kind, clean-up-the world hero, has arrived. Criminals beware - and be very afraid! In his first case, Damian finds himself in the glamorous world of filmmaking. But it turns out to be a den of deceit. Damian needs all his mind-boggling skills to keep himself out of trouble and to rescue Trixibelle, the daughter of a crazy, mega-rich director. Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Damian Drooth Mega Quiz

Damian Drooth Mega Quiz

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2015

Damian Drooth is an ace detective, although sometimes he leaves the hard work to his friends so he can concentrate on the masterplan. When Damian hears about a Mega Quiz with an amazing prize, he decides to enter with his friends. This means paying an entrance fee ... But all is not as it seems, and Damian is soon on the trail of a dastardly trickster. A comic detective story packed with humour and the much-loved Tony Ross's illustrations.

Billy's Blitz

Billy's Blitz

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Winner of the Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction. When War breaks out, Billy's dad joins the army and most of his friends are evacuated from Balham, South London. But Billy's mum doesn't believe the bombs will ever fall on them and she refuses to send him and his sister Rose away. Life in Balham has certainly changed for Billy: no school, no friends and, because of rationing, no treats. But by September 1940, things are about to get a lot worse. Hitler has a plan for the destruction of London and soon Billy is caught up in the Blitz: an event so terrifying, it will take every ounce of courage for him to survive in war-torn Balham and keep his family together.

A Twist of Fortune

A Twist of Fortune

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Sam Pargeter and his younger brother and sister have always been poor. But, in their tiny house in the country, with Ma and Pa, they were one big happy family. Until Pa goes off to America to seek their fortune and Ma dies. Then the Pargeter children find themselves whisked off to live with a strange aunt and uncle, and are put to work - just like Oliver Twist in their favourite book. But this is only the start of the twists and turns their lives will take. Sam, Eliza and Alfie make their way all over London and then beyond, in search of their only remaining member of family: a rich grandfather they have never known . . .

Road to London

Road to London

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Thomas is desperate to join 'the players', he'll do anything to watch them perform, even skip school and risk a caning. But when Thomas's rule breaking gets him in trouble with more than just his school master, he has to flee his home and make his way to London. Here he meets his hero, Shakespeare, and his players. But behind the excitement of the theatres is a grimy world of deception, poison and treason. Will Thomas manage to uncover the plot in time? And will he manage to save Shakespeare from a fate worse than death?

Run Rabbit Run

Run Rabbit Run

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2011

When Lizzie's dad refuses to fight in the Second World War, the police come looking to arrest him. Desperate to stay together, Lizzie and her brother Freddie go on the run with him, hiding from the police in idyllic Whiteway. But when their past catches up with them, they're forced to leave and it becomes more and more difficult to stay together as a family. Will they be able to? And will they ever find a place, like Whiteway, where they will be safe again?

Damian Drooth Ace Detective

Damian Drooth Ace Detective

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Damian Drooth is a super sleuth, a number one detective, a kid with a nose for trouble. And here in this fantastic bumper edition are three of his hilarious stories: The Case of the Disappearing Daughter, How to Be a Detective and The Case of the Popstar's Wedding.

Dangerous Diamonds

Dangerous Diamonds

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2009

When Dad goes missing, twins Harry and Charlie scour Edinburgh to find him. But why are others determined to stop them? And how is a strange wooden box linked to his disappearance? The twins soon find they are in terrible danger but push themselves to the limits in their attempt to outwit those who are holding their father.

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Under Cover

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Under Cover

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Damian's amazing detective skills are called on when rich boy, Calvin Baggington, has his super-expensive bike stolen at the Green Park Holiday Village. With a brilliant and cunning plan, Damian solves the crime in style - but not before Mum's blood pressure rises to new heights and the Holiday Village is thrown into chaos. Even Inspector Crockitt, hoping for a peaceful week's break, becomes unwillingly and painfully involved.

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Dog Snatchers

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Dog Snatchers

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2008

When a neighbour's dog goes missing, Damian and his gang of detective apprentices are called in to help find it. First they try posters - but for some reason the newsagent is not happy that they have super-glued their hand-drawn posters to his window. Then they try a decoy. And when that doesn't work, they resort to 'rescuing' dogs that have been left on the street, and taking them back to Damian's shed. As angry dog owners bear down on them, very luckily the original missing dog turns up!

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Serious Graffiti

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Serious Graffiti

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Damian Drooth is electrified to hear the Headmaster tell everyone off about graffiti in one of the school toilets. He immediately wants to bring all his powers of detection to bear to find the perpetrator - with his class of willing detective apprentices. What with sorting out a handwriting test, and looking for matching paint, he needs all the help he can get! But even Damian isn't expecting to be accused of the crime himself! Can this phenomenally lucky and outrageously successful investigator extricate himself, and still catch the criminal? Of course he can!

Storm Runners

Storm Runners

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

Two girls find themselves alone on a remote Scottish island - with a laboratory of evil scientists who are prepared to play havoc with the weather to gain control. They must escape from the island, and get the evidence back to Edinburgh, before the scientists become unstoppable. It is a mad race across Scotland closely pursued by these villainous scientists.

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Spycatcher

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Spycatcher

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

Damian Drooth has already solved three cases to great acclaim (and uproarious chaos!), and now he is passing on his skills to eager pupils. He has decided to help a friendly old man who thinks that his precious and hard-won inventions are being ripped off by an unscrupulous neighbour. Naturally the meeting of Young Inventors is a good place to start - and using all his old skill, he does uncover the bad guy...

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: The Case Of The Popstar's Wedding

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: The Case Of The Popstar's Wedding

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

A superstar singer, Tiger Lilly, is gettng married to a footballer. Who better to guard her fabulous wedding pressents than her number one fan, the genius private eye Damian Drooth? Only his mother has serious doubts. But Damian's amazing brain power and cunning plans win through in the end. He tracks down crooks among the wedding guests and wins Tiger Lilly's undying admiration.

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