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A brand new mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds
Can a birdwatcher outwit an escaped convict? Twitch has three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom and a passion for birdwatching. On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret hide to find police everywhere: a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood. Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching to hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?
From the internationally bestselling author of Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series, comes the first book in The Twitchers, a brand new mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, starring a birdwatching detective called Twitch!
A superb adventure of friendship, bravery and the wonderful world of birds, with a strong, but non-preachy theme of the benefits of connection with the natural world. - The Bookseller
A winged masterpiece. - Maz Evans
Glorious! Full of excitement and wonder! - Sophie Anderson
Enthralling from beginning to end, it really touched my young bird-loving heart! Just wonderful! - Dara McAnulty, author of Diary of a Young Naturalist
Twitch is a thrilling fast-paced adventure, full of characterful animals and tenacious children, with friendship and nature at its heart. I loved it. It's the sort of book I would have read and re-read immediately as a child. Birds, mystery and fowl play! What more could you want? - Gill Lewis
A brave and thrilling new adventure from one of my favourite writers. I honestly didn't put the book down until the very last, exciting, page-turn and I'm twitching for the next adventure! Jasbinder Bilan
Twitch is an absolute triumph. The perfect blend of mystery and adventure, a winning hero with an eye for ornithological facts and a heart as big as the countryside, plus a cracking whipsmart plot, I think this is M. G. Leonard's best book yet. Christopher Edge
Cracking characters, beyond pacy plotting and an ending that is almost Bugsy Malone-esque! Phil Earle
Twitch is a compelling read - an adventure mystery with birds - what more could any reader want?! Stephen Moss
Adventure, friendship and the pure unassuming beauty of nature ... a book that could have been a collaboration between David Attenborough and Roald Dahl. Dr Jess French
A superb adventure of friendship, bravery and the wonderful world of birds, with a strong, but non-preachy theme of the benefits of connection with the natural world. The Bookseller
One of those really, really good books ... Recommended for readers around 8 to 12 years old, and grown-ups like me who still enjoy the delight of a great adventure story! The Bookbag
Praise for M. G. Leonard:
An original voice in children's literature. The Times
Truly great storytelling. Michael Mopurgo
Wonderful. Sunday Telegraph
|Publication date:||3rd June 2021|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
M.G. Leonard has a first-class honours degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She is the author of Beetle Boy and is still overcoming her fear of all things creepy crawly. She works in London as the Senior Digital Media Producer for the National Theatre, and previously worked at the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. Leonard spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an ...More About M.G. Leonard
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