Author(s): Sally Gardner
'Agatha Christie for kids' - the second in a detective agency series brimming with mystery and magic by million-copy-selling author, Sally Gardner, and illustrated by acclaimed artist, David Roberts. At the Wings and Co Detective Agency, Emily Vole and her friends are beginning to worry. It's five months since their official opening and they still haven't had one case. Then local landowner Sir Walter Cross dies suddenly and mysteriously. The detectives suspect meddling. And when Mr Rollo the tailor mysteriously loses everything and Pan Smith's wedding plans are ruined the night before her big day, they're convinced there must be magic at play. Now they have not one, but three pickled herrings to deal with! Can they solve the mystery of who is stealing people's luck before things go too far? Includes Wings and Co detective case notes, character profiles and clues.
Absolutely charming Angels Urchins Wonderfully imaginative, full of quirky humour and delightfully illustrated Parents In Touch Gardner's riotous fantasy world includes a multitude of charmingly unlikely characters BookTrust A quirky and whimsical read, illustrated with suitably strange and wonderful line drawings. Its oddball protagonists are engaging and it has the feel of an otherworld screwball comedy Carousel Garner is a highly talented storyteller ... charmingly anarchic School Librarian Sally Gardner successfully combines magic and a touch of fairy tale with a contemporary feel in this charming adventure story. The story moves at a fast pace but for me the delightful characters are the most enjoyable aspect of the book. The quirky illustrations by David Roberts are very much a part of the success of this book fitting the style of the story perfectly and bringing the characters to life. The short chapters and the many illustrations ensure that the book will appeal to newly independent readers but the use of language, wit, catchphrases and world play mean that this story would work well read aloud too. Emily and her gang are great fun and this series deserves to be a success. -- Anne Thompson thebookbag.co.uk Very mysterious ... very funny The Guardian Online Wonderfully imaginative, full of quirky humour and delightfully illustrated. www.parentsintouch.co.uk this is just as good as the first book. There's so much fun and silliness here and once again David Roberts' illustrations are pitched perfectly. I think Sally Gardner has a real winner with this series. Younger readers will love it and parents won't mind reading it aloud either. Now, let's hope there's another one coming out soon. -- J E Towey www.jetowey.com Absolutely charming angelsandurchins.co.uk I'd forgotten about the keys with feet, which are important in this clever detective story where there are some fairies missing their wings, fairies whose identities are surprising. NAYU'S READING CORNER This is a touching story that had me laughing out loud. I highly recommend this book, it is so much fun! Bookbabblers blog
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK. Sally continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia awareness, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She has been awarded the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the COSTA BOOK AWARD. Visit her website at www.sallygardner.net, and follow her on Twitter a@TheSallyGardner and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SallyGardner.Author David Roberts is a hugely successful illustrator who has illustrated books by Philip Ardagh, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Julian Clary and Chris Priestley. He's also the creator of Dirty Bertie. David lives in London.