The Trapdoor Mysteries

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The first book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her best friend, a squirrel named Squill, who solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...

Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she's not secretly reading books). Then Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor - a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother?

My Thoughts

This enchanting story, the first in Abie Longstaff's series of Trapdoor Mysteries, includes everything you could possibly ask for in a children’s book. There's a crime to solve, a lonely heroine, a loyal companion pet, code breaking, puzzles, magic, humour - even a trapdoor and the plot gets better and better as you get further into the story so that you just can't put it down.

Anybody who has tried to write a story, let alone a novel, will understand that the simple ones are the hardest to write. Abie Longstaff pulls perfect simplicity off with aplomb and her fun story is enhanced by James Brown's illustrations that have a traditional feel with a modern twist and are the perfect accompaniment to the story.

I cannot wait for the next in the series!

(My copy of The Trapdoor Mysteries will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.)

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Teachers - have you discovered @BookPenPals? A new initiative pairing authors & illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations via postcards. They're pretty oversubscribed, but if you're interested it might be worth getting your name on the waiting list. They have some fabulous authors on board.