Author(s): Sally Gardner
'Agatha Christie for kids' - the first in a detective agency series brimming with mystery and magic by million-copy selling author, Sally Gardner, and illustrated by bestselling artist, David Roberts.
Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. It's the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Wings and Co Detective Agency comes back to life. It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great enemy, Harpella. Includes Wings and Co detective case notes, character profiles and clues.
PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2016
Long-listed for Lancashire School Library Service Fantastic Book Award 2015.
Fun, quirky and imaginative The Observer
Brimming with humour, mystery and magic Lovereading4kids
Perfectly pitched ... spiked with the kind of wit and social comment that will have parents chuckling over their children's shoulders. Something completely out of the ordinary Books For Keeps
A must for any junior school library ... with a wicked sense of humour Reading Zone
A funny, quirky, modern fairy story BFK Books
A rib-tickling twist on the perennial theme of the ill-used orphan eViews
A delightful, funny tale from the great Sally Gardner ... The sense of an unjust adult world is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's work and equally as intelligently witty Families Online
Intriguing and inventive ... Gardner's writing has in impressive lightness of touch and lots of subtle humour School Librarian
Quirky, fun and totally charming ... a wackily surreal magical story with stunning illustrations TBK
I love this book so much The Guardian
An absolute cracker. Gardner writes with a delirious wit, sketching out intriguing characters and doling out jokes and pathos in exactly the right measure. Financial Times
Brims with quirky carm The Guardian
This is a funny and exciting story with memorable characters and great illustrations from the brilliant David Roberts that should be popular with young readers. -- Clare Poole THE BOOKSELLER
Young readers will be captivated by the idea that magic is just beneath the surface of everyday life in gardner's new series about a fairy detective agency. Huge fun. -- Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER
There's mystery, magic, humour and adventure in this quirky new series set in a fairy detective agency. Perfect for young fans of all things magical who want a more challenging story. THE BOOKSELLER
You don't have to be a child to enjoy a children's book. Thank goodness, because there are some really brilliant ones out there at the moment and ... Operation Bunny is no exception. ...Thought provoking and lots of fun. NEWBOOKS MAGAZINE
For mystery solving with a magical twist, you'll love Wings Co ... Quirky, fun and totally charming, this is a magical mystery series. TBK MAGAZINE
...I love it! It's cute, funny and bizarrely believable. I found myself loving every character, even the baddies! The illustrations really add to the effect of this story. Each page bursts with adventure, following the intrepid Emily as she becomes an awesome detective. -- Georgia, aged 12 BOOKS AND WRITERS JNR
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.