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The Book Case

Written by Dave Shelton

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The Book Case Review

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

April 2018 Book of the Month |  A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018

A deliciously exciting story with a great boarding school setting which weaves together reading and mystery in a most engaging way. Exclusive St Rita’s girls’ boarding looks like a very ordinary place. But when new girl Daphne arrives she finds that nothing is quite what it seems. Things are especially odd in the library! Can Daphne get to the bottom of what is going on? Dave Shelton’s illustrations capture the spirit of the story perfectly.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for April 2018

The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton

Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

The Wardrobe Monster by Bryony Thomson

The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond

You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed


The Book Case Synopsis

Daphne is off to St Rita's, an exclusive girls' boarding school. It sounds awfully respectable and Daphne herself is awfully respectable too. She loves to read, and is delighted to be offered the chance to interview for Librarian's assistant's assistant immediately upon arrival. But it turns out nothing is quite what you'd expect at St Rita's - you can't trust a padlock if the fourth graders are around, the floor has holes from cannonballs, the smell in the dining room is disgustingly foul, and Daphne discovers the librarian doesn't really exist. But there is a librarian's assistant, Emily Lime. And she's really a crime-solving genius, who's looking for a new assistant of her own. And booksmart Daphne is just the girl for the job, because mystery and intrigue are about to strike St Rita's and Emily Lime is going to need all the help she can get...

The Book Case Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Amatullah Khatun, age 8 - 'It was a delight meeting Emily Lime and we hope to read more of her mysteries soon. Dave Shelton has written a very intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing till the end.'
  • Lucy Collings, age 7 - 'This is a school story, a detective story and an adventure story all mixed into one.'
  • Robyn, age 9 and her mum - 'As a big fan of Mystery novels as a genre this did not disappoint. Agatha Christie meets Enid Blyton makes a mystery novel kids will love. Really hoping there will be more Emily Lime Mysteries soon.'
  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 8 and 6 - 'The Book Case is really funny and cleverly written.  We particularly liked the brilliantly quirky characters, especially the terrifying Matron, a former wrestler...'      
  • Prisha Yadav, age 8 - 'This is a different book with lost of twists and turns. I loved how the imagination in this book grew along with the pages.'
  • Huxley Glen, age 7 - 'This book was a great read. It was easy to read and I found it was hard to put down because I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Great characters brought this story to life.'
  • Punam Shah, age 11 - 'The Book Case has a remarkable story line. Emily Lime has a mystery to solve and quick.  This book was a real mystery...All in all, it was an awesome read, I really enjoyed it.'
  • Sam Radford, age 7 - 'A great mystery with funny (and naughty!) characters that made us laugh and even gasp. Lots of clues and exciting events along the way. You never know what to expect next!'

The Book Case Press Reviews

Praise for Dave Shelton:

“embarking on a journey of literary precedence” – Guardian

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ISBN: 9781910200544
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910200544
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Dave Shelton
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Dave Shelton

Dave Shelton was born and raised in Leicester (more or less) and educated at Loughborough, Cambridge and Brighton. He now lives and works in Cambridge. He has been drawing and colouring in professionally since 1990 and, as yet, has not starved to death as a result. Dave believes that there is no time of the day or night when it is inappropriate to take a bath or to eat breakfast. He likes crosswords, comics and cricket and has never owned a dog. Do not, under any circumstances, allow him to talk to you about pens.

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