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Potkin and Stubbs

Written by Sophie Green

Illustrated by Karl Mountford

Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 9+ readers Horror & Ghost Stories

LoveReading View on Potkin and Stubbs

Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020

Funny, atmospheric, spooky - the perfect detective story for young readers, this brilliant new series bursts onto the scene filled with ghostly goings-on and an unusual investigative duo. With illustrations from Karl Mountford.


Potkin and Stubbs Synopsis

Lil Potkin lives in bleak Peligan City. Her mum works in City Hall and is rarely at home, so aspiring journalist Lil has all the time she needs to explore the city in her bright yellow raincoat, investigating unsolved stories. One rainy evening Lil meets a sad-looking boy sitting by himself in the bus station and buys him a hot chocolate. That night Lil wakes to find him in her bedroom. He doesn't want to admit to being a ghost, but when he finally remembers his name (Nedly ... possibly) he explains that he needs Lil's help to find out what happened to him after he disappeared from his orphanage a year ago. So Lil and Nedly - aka Potkin and Stubbs - team up to solve their mystery, and they call in the reluctant help of once-famous detective Abe Mandrel. He agrees to help them with the Stubbs case if they help him find the criminal who escaped justice and cost him his career. Except - Mandrel thinks it's only Lil he's working with. And Lil realises she is the only person in the whole of Peligan City who can see Nedly.

Which can come in handy when trying to solve crime... 

Potkin and Stubbs Press Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed Potkin and Stubbs, an atmospheric page turner with a hauntingly good mystery at its heart. I very much look forward to future adventures in the series. -- Gareth P Jones

The setting feels monochrome and atmospheric which encapsulates the story giving it a timeless, vintage quality and a slightly unique feel. It will easily hook you in and then sucker punch you at the end. this book is not just good ... it's BRILLIANT - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

Fresh and unusual -- Chris Priestley

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ISBN: 9781848127616
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848127616
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Sophie Green
Illustrator: Karl Mountford
Publisher: Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Horror & Ghost Stories

About Sophie Green

Sophie Green writes children's fiction, short stories and scripts. She has a degree in zoology and an interest in folklore. She was born in Suffolk, where she works as a children's librarian for the public library service. Her first novel, The Last Giant, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2011. Her short stories have been highly commended for the Bridport Prize 2012, longlisted for BBC Opening Lines in 2013 and 2015 and won second prize in Words with Jam in 2014. Her story Potkin and Stubbs was shortlisted for the 2016 Bath Children's Novel Award and the Concorde Book Award 2020.

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