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Katherine Woodfine's bestselling debut vel. A fast-paced historical mystery adventure for readers aged 9+, with gorgeous Edwardian period detail. Perfect for fans of Enid Blyton, Chris Riddell's Goth Girl and Robin Stevens' Murder Most Unladylike series. You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair's department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and Mysteries around every corner. Wonder at the daring theft of the priceless Clockwork Sparrow! Tremble as the most Dastardly criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, Crack Codes, Devour Iced Buns and vow to bring the villains to justice...Look out for the thrilling sequels, The Jewelled Moth and The Painted Dragon. Cover and interior illustrations by Julia Sarda A wonderful book, with a glorious heroine and a true spirit of adventure. (Katherine Rundell, award-winning author of Rooftoppers Katie, age 10 for lovereading4kids.co.uk). A brilliant historical detective vel - I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down! The characters were really believable and the story was so exciting. My new favourite! (Celeste, age 13 for lovereading4kids.co.uk). An incredible read full of mystery, wonder and adventure...This is w one of my top ten. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2016. Katherine Woodfine is a true champion of children's literature. Until 2015 she was Arts Project Manager for Booktrust, where she project-managed the Children's Laureateship and YALC, the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention, curated by Malorie Blackman. She is part of the founding team at Down the Rabbit Hole, a monthly show for Resonance FM discussing children's literature. Katherine blogs at followtheyellow.co.uk. She lives in London.
Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire in 1983, and studied English at Bristol University. She lives in London and since 2009 has worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she is a children's book specialist and project manager of the Children's Laureate, working with leading children's authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Children's Book Prize: Younger Fiction 2016.