Leave it to Eva by Judi Curtin

Leave it to Eva

Written by Judi Curtin
Part of the The Eva Series Series

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Judi Curtin takes us straight into the story in a lively and believable way. Eva is off to Seacove on holiday and looking forward to meeting her friend Kate again but discovers that there is a mystery about Kate which Eva feels bound to solve. Kate is taken into care when her grandmother is too sick to care for her but Eva is determined to track down Kate’s long lost dad and reunite them when she visits London with her friend Ruby. All ends happily as Eva finds a way forward which allows Kate to live happily in a foster home while still being reunited with her father. The story flows beautifully and Judi Curtin’s writing style is easy to read and pushes the reader along to turn the page to see what happens next. Deva is a likeable heroine who tries to do what is right and is a good role model for young readers. I would heartily recommend both this book and the author.


Leave it to Eva by Judi Curtin

Fun, feisty Eva Gordon's never been one to shy away from helping her friends - whether they want her help or not! - but this time she might have found a problem that's too big even for her ...When Eva and her family head to Seacove for their summer holidays, she's looking forward to seeing Kate again, but it turns out things have gone very wrong for Kate. Her granny's in the hospital, and with no else to look after her, Kate's hiding out at home by herself, afraid she's going to be taken into care. Eva tries to be a good friend and help her out, but how long can a twelve-year-old manage by herself? It's not just Kate who needs Eva's help, though helping Ruby turns out to be a LOT more fun! Ruby needs Eva to keep her company on a trip to London where she's trying out for a scholarship. Is there any way the trip away with Ruby can help everyone sort things out? It seems impossible, but if you have a problem that needs solving, just leave it to Eva! Eva's third book from bestselling author Judi Curtin.


'this is her (Curtin) at her best' Irish Independent

'by the end of the book the reader will wish they had a best friend just like Eva' Irish Independent

'Eva is a beautifully drawn character' Irish Independent

'a thoughtful examination of friendship and loyalty' Irish Independent

'I love Eva to pieces ... 10/10' Nayu's Reading Corner

'the pace of the action ... keeps young readers hungry for more' Evening Echo

'a great series about friendship which girls will love' parentsintouch.co.uk

'I particularly like the snappy and realistic dialogue parentsintouch.co.uk

'a surefire winner Sunday Business Post

'Curtin writes fantastically for girls of nine and over and still deserves to be known as Ireland's answer to Jacqueline Wilson' Sunday Business Post

'I love Judi Curtin's books ... they are like a hot chocolate on a cold winter's morning' Sunday Business Post

'Eva is a beautifully drawn, realistic character' Irish Independent

'readers of eight plus will lap up Leave it to Eva' Irish Independent

'an enjoyable summer read, no matter what the weather' Inis Magazine

'the young teenage characters are warm and genuinely likeable' Inis Magazine

'readers young and old will savour this latest instalment' Sunday Independent Living

'hugely enjoyable' lovereading.co.uk

'the story flows beautifully and Judi Curtin's writing style is easy to read lovereading4kids.co.uk

'would heartily recommend both this book and the author lovereading4kids.co.uk

'warm-hearted but gutsy young heroine ... a gentle story about family, friends, loyalty and responsibility Books Ireland

About the Author

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is Ireland’s favourite children’s writer. She is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series which has sold rights to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia. In Ireland, the series has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of the smash-hit 'Eva' series: Eva's Journey, Eva's Holiday, Leave it to Eva, and Eva and the Hidden Diary, which has sold 36,000 copies to date. She has been nominated for Irish Book Awards on numerous occasions.

Read an interview with the author here.

Read what Judi Curtin's editor Helen Carr has to say about the author here.

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 10 years


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Publication date

27th August 2012




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