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April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: in his own words, quirky, super-readable saga of a ten-year-old ‘detective’
Ten-year-old Rory is pretty satisfied with his life. He lives happily with his mum and brother, and has friends, best being Wilkins Welkin, his next-door neighbour’s sausage dog. But there are two big problems in his life: no-one ever tells him anything, and his dad disappeared when Rory was three. To find out why, he decides to become a detective – despite the derision of his big brother. In a timely bit of luck, new neighbour Cassidy Callaghan – aka ‘The Cat’ – offers to help. The two, of course, get into all sorts of trouble, and to the surprise of everyone, unearth some real villains in the process. Words and illustrations are both very funny and surprisingly touching. This will sit happily next to the Wimpy Kids, Dork Diaries and Barry Losers, but for its idiosyncratic and convincing voice and real sense of family dynamics, is probably closest to Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean books. A great new series for young readers. ~ Andrea Reece
Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am actually a detective. People always say, `How do you become a detective?' And I say, `Ahhhh... you don't just FIND YOURSELF suddenly sneaking up on baddies, or diving out of the way as they shoot, or hurtling from an open plane towards the ground! You have to want it.' And what made ME want it? I needed to find out wha thappened to my dad...
There are seven books in the Rory Branagan (Detective) series and this is the first, in which you meet Rory and his accomplice Cassidy as they investigate the poisoning of Rory's next door neighbour. Rory's adventures are all highly illustrated so you can see everything he gets up to in glorious black and white.
|Publication date:||22nd March 2018|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Humorous|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Books for Boys|
Andrew Clover is a Perrier-nominated comic, and actor, and writer, who once wrote a column Dad Rules, which was on the back page of the Sunday Times Style magazine, and starred as Gary in CBBC’s My Almost Famous Family. He has travelled to theatres and schools around the world, doing a show called The Seven Secrets of Storytelling, in which – as part of his own private dare – he climbs up a ladder, and sticks out his bottom, and pretends to lay a huge egg right on top of the deputy head.More About Andrew Clover