Books

Gruesome Ghosts (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian is fascinated when the new girl at school says that her grandparents' house is haunted. As the local specialist detective, it is up to Damian to solve the mystery! He agrees to spend a night in the house to see the ghostly figures for himself - but all is not what it seems . . .

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Spycatcher (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian Drooth decides to help a friendly old man who believes that his precious and hard-won inventions are being ripped off by an unscrupulous neighbour. Naturally the meeting of Young Inventors is a good place to start - and using all his cunning, Damian is out to uncover the bad guy . . .

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Dog Snatchers (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

When a neighbour's dog goes missing, Damian and his gang of detective apprentices are called in to help find it. But Damian's ideas - from supergluing 'Missing' posters in the front window of the newsagent's to setting up a decoy dog - don't quite work out. Will Damian be able to sniff out the missing hound?

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

How To Be a Detective (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian thinks it's time to pass on his amazing detective skills. On an outing ot the library to teach his eager trainees how to look for criminals, they hit the jackpot: a suspicious-looking lady who is checking out a book called Loot. But what will happen when the kids try to apprehend their suspect?

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Under Cover (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian's amazing detective skills are called on when rich boy Calvin Baggington has his super-expensive bike stolen at the Holiday Village. With a brilliant and cunning plan, Damian hopes to solve the crime in style - but not before the Holiday Village is thrown into chaos!

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Mega Quiz (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!
When Damian hears about a Mega Quiz with an amazing prize, he decides to enter with his friends. This means paying an entrance fee . . . But all is not as it seems, and Damian is soon on the trail of a dastardly trickster.
Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Serious Graffiti (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian Drooth is electrified to hear the Headmaster tell everyone off about graffiti in one of the school toilets. He immediately wants to catch the culprit, but what he isn't expecting is to be accused of the crime himself! Can this brilliant mind clear his name and find the real vandal?

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Football Forgery (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

Damian has stumbled onto a new case at the local football ground. Someone is selling forged tickets and it's up to our hero to find the culprit. After several false starts, the only evidence is a photo taken by a classmate. Damian realises it's vital to get that photo if he is to solve the crime and kick out the criminal for good.

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Disappearing Daughter (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one of a kind, clean-up-the world hero, has arrived. Criminals beware - and be very afraid!

In his first case, Damian finds himself in the glamorous world of filmmaking. But it turns out to be a den of deceit. Damian needs all his mind-boggling skills to keep himself out of trouble and to rescue Trixibelle, the daughter of a crazy, mega-rich director.

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

The Popstar's Wedding (No. 1 Boy Detective)

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian Drooth, the one-of-a-kind detective hero, is back. Criminals beware!

A superstar singer, Tiger Lilly, is getting married to a footballer. Who better to guard her fabulous wedding pressents than her number one fan, the genius private eye Damian Drooth? Will Damian's amazing brain power and cunning plans be enough to track down some notorious crooks among the wedding guests and win Tiger Lilly's undying admiration?

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Damian Drooth Mega Quiz

Barbara Mitchelhill

Damian Drooth is an ace detective, although sometimes he leaves the hard work to his friends so he can concentrate on the masterplan.
When Damian hears about a Mega Quiz with an amazing prize, he decides to enter with his friends. This means paying an entrance fee ... But all is not as it seems, and Damian is soon on the trail of a dastardly trickster.
A comic detective story packed with humour and the much-loved Tony Ross's illustrations.

Billy's Blitz

Barbara Mitchelhill

Winner of the Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction.
When War breaks out, Billy’s dad joins the army and most of his friends are evacuated from Balham, South London. But Billy’s mum doesn’t believe the bombs will ever fall on them and she refuses to send him and his sister Rose away. Life in Balham has certainly changed for Billy: no school, no friends and, because of rationing, no treats.
But by September 1940, things are about to get a lot worse. Hitler has a plan for the destruction of London and soon Billy is caught up in the Blitz: an event so terrifying, it will take every ounce of courage for him to survive in war-torn Balham and keep his family together.

A Twist of Fortune

Barbara Mitchelhill

Sam Pargeter and his younger brother and sister have always been poor. But, in their tiny house in the country, with Ma and Pa, they were one big happy family. Until Pa goes off to America to seek their fortune and Ma dies. Then the Pargeter children find themselves whisked off to live with a strange aunt and uncle, and are put to work – just like Oliver Twist in their favourite book.

But this is only the start of the twists and turns their lives will take. Sam, Eliza and Alfie make their way all over London and then beyond, in search of their only remaining member of family: a rich grandfather they have never known . . .

Road to London

Barbara Mitchelhill

Thomas is desperate to join 'the players', he'll do anything to watch them perform, even skip school and risk a caning. But when Thomas's rule breaking gets him in trouble with more than just his school master, he has to flee his home and make his way to London. Here he meets his hero, Shakespeare, and his players. But behind the excitement of the theatres is a grimy world of deception, poison and treason. Will Thomas manage to uncover the plot in time? And will he manage to save Shakespeare from a fate worse than death?

Run Rabbit Run

Barbara Mitchelhill

When Lizzie's dad refuses to fight in the Second World War, the police come looking to arrest him. Desperate to stay together, Lizzie and her brother Freddie go on the run with him, hiding from the police in idyllic Whiteway. But when their past catches up with them, they're forced to leave and it becomes more and more difficult to stay together as a family. Will they be able to? And will they ever find a place, like Whiteway, where they will be safe again?

Damian Drooth Ace Detective

Barbara Mitchelhill

Damian Drooth is a super sleuth, a number one detective, a kid with a nose for trouble. And here in this fantastic bumper edition are three of his hilarious stories: The Case of the Disappearing Daughter, How to Be a Detective and The Case of the Popstar's Wedding.

Dangerous Diamonds

Barbara Mitchelhill

When Dad goes missing, twins Harry and Charlie scour Edinburgh to find him. But why are others determined to stop them? And how is a strange wooden box linked to his disappearance? The twins soon find they are in terrible danger but push themselves to the limits in their attempt to outwit those who are holding their father.

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Gruesome Ghosts

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

The new girl at school has long blonde hair and big blue eyes, so naturally Damian is fascinated when she says that her grandparents' house is haunted. As the local specialist detective, he feels honour bound to solve the mystery! He agrees to spend a night in their bedroom, to see the ghostly white figures for himself - and when the ghosts appear, they go into their nightly mime of one throttling the other. But this time Damian throws himself at them, and they turn out to be very solid humans wearing sheets!

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Under Cover

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

Damian's amazing detective skills are called on when rich boy, Calvin Baggington, has his super-expensive bike stolen at the Green Park Holiday Village. With a brilliant and cunning plan, Damian solves the crime in style - but not before Mum's blood pressure rises to new heights and the Holiday Village is thrown into chaos. Even Inspector Crockitt, hoping for a peaceful week's break, becomes unwillingly and painfully involved.

Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Dog Snatchers

Barbara Mitchelhill (and others)

When a neighbour's dog goes missing, Damian and his gang of detective apprentices are called in to help find it. First they try posters - but for some reason the newsagent is not happy that they have super-glued their hand-drawn posters to his window. Then they try a decoy. And when that doesn't work, they resort to 'rescuing' dogs that have been left on the street, and taking them back to Damian's shed. As angry dog owners bear down on them, very luckily the original missing dog turns up!

Biography

Barbara Mitchelhill (Author)
Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.

Tony Ross (Illustrator)
Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He is perhaps best known for his much-loved Little Princess series, which has been adapted for TV and is currently showing on Channel 5s Milkshake, and for his collaboration on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s books. Tony’s books have been shortlisted for the The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Slug Needs a Hug) and the Kate Greenaway (Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers), and Tadpole’s Promise won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize. He has been named as the best-selling illustrator in the UK for three years in a row, and he is the UK’s libraries' most-borrwed illustrator. He lives in Rutland.