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Horatio Lyle takes his trusted and faithful friends, Tess (thief), Thomas (the toff) and Tate (the hound), into mortal fear and danger in his latest quest to quash a murderous plot even though the plot he’s unearthed involves the murder of people he doesn’t really care for. Catherine Webb published her first novel at just 14 and has quickly established herself as one of the most talented and exciting young writers in the UK and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman. Her books are brilliantly plotted, time and place superbly portrayed and the characters wonderfully imagined. There are two further Horatio Lyle titles, The Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle and The Obsidian Dagger.
Caroline Lawrence, July 2012 Guest Editor: "When my brother and sister and I were 9, 10 and 11 – far too old to be read to, according to all accepted convention – my mother introduced us to Sherlock Holmes, and not just before bed. I’ll never forget one blistering summer afternoon in Bakersfield, California. We were sitting in the dim, cool garage as our mother read the Hound of the Baskervilles. Gradually kids from all over the neighborhood appeared and soon she had a captivated audience of kids in shorts and sneakers. As the asphalt bubbled outside, we were transported to the foggy moors of Devon where we shivered as we saw the footprints of a gigantic hound!" Also chosen by February 2010 Guest Editor Tim Bowler: "Another stunning thriller. I read this when I was twelve and it was my first Sherlock Holmes story. I've been a massive fan ever since. It's not just the double act of Holmes and Watson that makes these stories so compelling. It's the way Conan Doyle conveys evil. For all the quirkiness of the plots, the Holmes stories carry a relentless sense of menace; and nowhere is this greater than in The Hound of the Baskervilles with its dark mystery, its sinister characters and the bleak Dartmoor location, said to be haunted by a demonic hound." The LoveReading Comment: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his erstwhile side-kick Dr Watson is an unforgettable and haunting tale that will have the reader on the edge of their seat until the discovery of the truth about the family curse. The mysterious hound that terrorises the Grimpen Mire is a truly terrifying creature. Holmes and Watson unravel the story that surrounds the death of Sir Charles Baskerville against the wild atmosphere of the Devon countryside. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics.
Fletcher Moon is a twelve year old private detective: with a dozen successful investigations under his belt, he’s planning to head for the big time. No more kids’ stuff for him. Moon wants real cases and real money. With Doobie Doyle, an eight year old with sharp eyes and a big mouth as his best informant, Moon gets cracking on some serious business. Eoin Colfer has perfected the detective story in this hilarious and crisply told adventure that spins out at a cracking pace. This title is also available on audio CD.
Odd things to us seem like the norm for Horatio Lyle for he’s so familiar with strange goings on around him. Together with his erstwhile companions Tess (the thief) and Thomas (the toff) and hound (Tate) they get up to all sorts of hassle and surprises as they endeavour to solve yet another extraordinary adventure of the unscientific kind. A brilliant dose of laughs and adventure in equal measure. Catherine Webb published her first novel at just 14 and has quickly established herself as one of the most talented and exciting young writers in the UK and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman. Her books are brilliantly plotted, time and place superbly portrayed and the characters wonderfully imagined. There are two further Horatio Lyle titles, The Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle and most recently The Domesday Machine
On the outskirts of a small American town, a bus-load of young children is being held hostage. The hijackers are a cold and ruthless group, opposed to the secret government agency Inner Delta. At the centre of the battle are three teenagers. Miro is the terrorist with no past and no emotions. Kate is the bus driver, caught up in the nightmare, and Ben is the General's son who must act as a go-between. This is a tense drama, with death being the only escape.
The second book in the truly breathtaking Artemis Fowl series. This time we see the evil Irish criminal mastermind go after an evil pixie, the Russian mafiya and his school counsellor. Eoin Colfer takes a move away from the terrifically bizarre nature of the first book and adopts something a little more like a standard adventure novel. The character of Artemis is explored on a deeper level in this wonderful follow-up. This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
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