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Thrills, spills and suspenseful chills chime in this first fabulously zany installment of the Sticky Pines series.
February 2020 Debut of the Month
The Bigwoof Conspiracy is a monstrously amusing mash-up of Scooby Doo and The Twilight Zone - think Louis Sachar’s Fuzzy Mud with added farcical fun.
Quirky UFO-obsessed Lucy is an inspirational, one-of-a-kind heroine who unapologetically follows her own path and won’t stop until the truth is exposed. And Lucy’s search for the truth behind the hairy beast she spies in the woods lies at the heart of this madcap adventure. On this same night Lucy meets Milo, a smartly-dressed boy from the city whose dad is the new owner of the Sticky Sweet factory her own dad works at.
When a teacher disappears and she and Milo step-up their quest to secure photographic evidence of hairy Bigwoof, Lucy winds up in big trouble, while pondering even bigger questions. Why did Milo’s dad delete his photo of the hairy beast? Why are folk disappearing from Sticky Pines? And what’s the deal with the factory’s creepy clown henchmen? There’s definitely something fishy going on and Lucy won’t rest until she’s found the source of the stink!
I loved Lucy’s tenacious commitment to truth (“I require that the world not run on lies”), her ingenious curse vocabulary (including “Crudberries!” and “Oh, for the love of Björk!”), and the book’s “do the right thing” theme. Bursting with comic capers, this comes especially recommended for reluctant readers who’ve lost their reading mojo.
The Editor at Nosy Crow says: “If you like the look of Stranger Things but your mum says it’s too scary, then Sticky Pines is the series for you!”
When twelve-year-old, UFO-obsessed, Lucy Sladan sneaks out in the middle of a thunderstorm to investigate the unexplained disappearances in her hometown of Sticky Pines, she finds more than she bargained for: a huge hairy creature, a thirteen-year-old stranger named Milo Fisher and a deep-rooted secret.
Together, Lucy and Milo become entwined in a mystery that threatens to engulf the whole town of Sticky Pines and its weird and wonderful residents.
Sticky Pines: The Bigwoof Conspiracy is the debut novel for children by the talented Dashe Roberts.
“First in a funny, fast-paced series aimed at aspiring Stranger Things fans.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
|Publication date:||6th February 2020|
|Publisher:||Nosy Crow Ltd|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Crime / Mystery, Fantasy / Magical, Science Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, Reluctant Readers, Star Books|
|Collections:||Our favourite children's books of 2020,|
|Other Categories:||If They Like...They'll Love|
Dashe Roberts spent most of her life in California and studied Psychology and Film at UC Berkeley. After several years working in New York as a playwright and actress, she moved to London and received an MA in Children's Literature. Dashe loves stories that contain elements of mystery, adventure and the uncanny, and The Bigwoof Conspiracy is her debut novel for children.More About Dashe Roberts
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