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.

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Eric and the Striped Horror

Eric and the Striped Horror

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2019

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?

Gruesome Ghosts (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Gruesome Ghosts (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Author: Barbara Mitchelhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

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!

Spycatcher (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Spycatcher (No. 1 Boy Detective)

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!

Dog Snatchers (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Dog Snatchers (No. 1 Boy 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! 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 (No. 1 Boy Detective)

How To Be a Detective (No. 1 Boy 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!

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.

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 .

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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