17 Mayıs 2016 Salı

Robin Stevens

Praise for Robin Stevens' JOLLY FOUL PLAY 

JOLLY FOUL PLAY was selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2016 by the Daily Telegraph UK.

In her Murder Most Unladylike series, Robin Stevens has cleverly created a crossbreed of the detective and boarding school genres. The closeted, parent-free environment of Deepdean School for Girls provides a fertile breeding ground for intrigue and speculation. In this fourth title, the head girl Elizabeth—a tyrant in a gymslip—is murdered on Bonfire Night, though it is made to look as if she stood on a rake and accidentally bashed her head in…the meat of the novel is a Holmesian unpicking of evidence, there is enough emotional garnish to create slavish devotion among nine to 12-year-old girls.” Daily Telegraph UK

The Sunday Express also featured JOLLY FOUL PLAY in their Best Books for Easter round-up.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at boarding school and solving their fourth Murder Most Unladylike Mystery in Robin Stevens’ JOLLY FOUL PLAY. Once again, a murderer is on the loose at Deepdean. The new Head Girl was certainly not popular but why would anyone dislike her enough to murder her? Another cracking mystery.” Sunday Express

Foreign publishers of Robin Stevens include:
France: Flammarion Jeunesse
Germany: Knesebeck Verlag
Italy: Mondadori
Taiwan: Eastern
Vietnam: Huy Hoang

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Agent: Gemma Cooper
Genre: Middle-grade
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, May 2016. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018. North American.
Vietnam: Huy Hoang.
It’s a new year at Deepdean and the school has a whole new group of mistresses and a new Head Girl and Prefects. But these Big Girls are certainly not good eggs—they rule the school by bullying all of the younger girls, and each other.
Tensions are running high, and after the fireworks display at Deepdean’s Bonfire Night Celebrations, Head Girl Elizabeth Hurst is found dead. She’s been hit on the head by a heavy object. But who could have done it? And what does the murder have to do with the secrets that are suddenly being discovered on pieces of paper all round the school? One thing’s for sure…sparks will fly.

Also in the Wells & Wong Mystery series:

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Agent: Gemma Cooper
Genre: Middle-grade
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, June 2014. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2015. North American.
France: Flammarion Jeunesse. Germany: Von Dem Knesebeck. Italy: Mondadori. Taiwan: Eastern. Vietnam: Huy Hoang. Film Rights: Pilot Media.
 Finished books available.

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Winner for Best Young Fiction
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
Best Primary Novel in the Oxfordshire Book Awards Winner
Times UK Children’s Book of the Week
One of The Metro’s 2014 Summer Picks
Featured in the Booktrust Best Book Guide
Longlisted for the 2015 Redbridge Children’s Book Award
Spring 2015 American Bookseller's Association's Indies Introduce Pick
 Winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award for Best Friendship
 Winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award for Best Crime/Mystery

Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident—but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place…and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

”Reading Murder is Bad Manners is like drinking cocoa by a fireside: it is warm and witty and deeply satisfying.” Katherine Rundell, award winning author of Rooftoppers

Murder is Bad Manners lured me in with a charming British voice, and then, just as I started to get cozy, snap!  I was trapped in a serious mystery problem.  Robin Stevens develops her girl detectives with a light, deft touch and delivers denouement with a flourish.” Nancy Springer, author of the Enola Holmes mystery series

“Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie,” —The Bookseller

“The book that has given me most pleasure is a first novel by Robin Stevens, Murder Most Unladylike (Corgi, published next month), which combines the pleasures of Enid Blyton’s boarding school books with her secret society ones…Plotting is what sets this book apart; this is about who was where at the time of the murder, and it’s about finding the chink in the alibi. Stevens’s duo – Daisy, who hides her sharpness under a chummy exterior, and Hazel, recently arrived from Hong Kong and out of place in an English boarding school – are interesting enough to hold up a second volume.” Lorna Bradbury, The Telegraph UK

“Stevens’ novel, set in the 1930’s, is a skillful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp, with a winning central relationship between plump, anxious Hazel, a new girl who has arrived from Hong Kong, and the super-confident blonde English rose Daisy Wells. The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective mystery story, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of with lesbian teachers, drunkenness and hysteria amid the hockey sticks and buns. Top class.” Suzie Feay, Financial Times

“Nice balance struck between including the character and being inclusive in the writing, but also acknowledging the difficulty of having a girl from Hong Kong in that (historical) context.  Really cleverly done and unexpected for what I thought would be a straightforward whodunit caper. It really added an extra interesting element and good on Robin for doing it.” Melissa Cox, Head Children’s Buyer Waterstones

“I absolutely loved it – it’s charming and witty and there’s so much in terms of in-jokes and she really grabs hold of all the traditions of this type of story and runs with them. You’ve got bunbreak, squashed fly biscuits and dormitories...but at the same time as this thrilling murder mystery.” Susie Day, author

“Characters really engaging and I enjoyed the dynamics of this ‘best friend’ relationship that had lots of insecurities and jealousies. I got so caught up in their relationship and friendship....really exciting and engaging.” Tom Percival, author and illustrator

"At Deepdean School for Girls, Hazel Wong is appalled to discover Miss Bell's body in the gym - then it disappears ten minutes later. Hazel and Daisy, teen founders of the Wells and Wong Detective Agency, get on with the case. An addictive debut, full of wit, panache and iced-bun breaks.” Metro

"I loved Stevens's tales of "pashes", shrimps (the lower years) and the midnight weird food combination of chocolate cake and cow's tongue (a match for Enid Blyton's feast combo of prawns and ginger cake). In fact, her plot is far pacier than a Malory Towers story. The conclusion is wonderfully far-fetched but satisfyingly unpredictable. I did not guess whodunit. Ripping good fun.” Alex O'Connell, The Times UK, Children's book of the week

“Robin Stevens's Murder is Bad Manners is what I wish every mystery could be: a perfectly-plotted puzzle told in a deft and charming voice. The story is a perfect mixture of classic detective work and contemporary humor—I enjoyed every page!” Jonathan Auxier, author of The Night Gardener 

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Agent: Gemma Cooper
Genre: Middle-grade
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, January 2015. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2016. North American.
Film Rights: Pilot Media.
Germany: Knesebeck Verlag. Italy: Mondadori. Taiwan: Eastern. Vietnam: Huy Hoang.
 Finished books available.

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Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy’s glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy’s birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn’t really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious.

Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill—and everything points to poison.

With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem—and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth…no matter the consequences.

"Did someone say bunbreak? Hazel and Daisy are back for a second Wells and Wong adventure, and I am delighted to report that they are on absolutely super form… The books have been described as an Agatha Christie/Enid Blyton mash-up, and there is certainly a great sense of nostalgia and classic storytelling, penned with great affection by Stevens. But she also brings something very fresh, and sees the characters and their lives through thoroughly modern eyes. Boarding school can be lonely and claustrophobic as well as jolly good fun - Hazel endures casual racism as a result of her Hong Kong heritage, and her friendship with Daisy is multi-layered and not without tensions.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

"Daisy Wells invites her boarding school friend and fellow detective Hazel Wong to the family stately home. There, her eccentric and dysfunctional family gather for Daisy’s birthday. But a visitor, the dastardly Denis Curtis, is poisoned and everyone is a suspect. This murder-mystery, set in the Thirties, is perfectly pitched, reflecting the snobbery of the era: Hazel is an ‘Oriental’ and can record the shady goings-on with an outsider’s unbiased eye. The Agatha Christie-like clues are unraveled with sustained tension and the whole thing is a hoot from start to finish. The author’s time at Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been a valuable investment!” The Daily Mail UK

“After getting off to a good start in Murder is Bad Manners, Stevens perfects her take on the British murder mystery in the second book in the Wells & Wong series. Though Stevens handles the mystery element to perfection (the house diagrams are a nice touch, too), what really shines is the depiction of her characters, especially bossy, egocentric Daisy, and loyal, smart Hazel, always aware that she is “other.” A smashing good time.” —Booklist, starred review

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Agent: Gemma Cooper
Genre: Middle-grade
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, August 2015. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 2017. North American.
Vietnam: Huy Hoang.
Finished books available.
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday through Europe on the world-famous Orient Express. From the moment the girls step aboard, it’s clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: rumor has it that there is a spy in their midst.
Then, during dinner, there is a bloodcurdling scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer is nowhere to be seen—almost as if they had vanished into thin air.
Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery—and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case as they are.

A Murder Most Unladylike Book 5

Agent: Gemma Cooper
Genre: Middle-grade
Random House Children’s Publishing UK, October 2016. UK and Commonwealth.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018. North American.
It's Christmas time, and Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong must investigate a murder set in the colleges of Cambridge University.

Robin Stevens’ Bio:
Robin Stevens was born in California but grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life. She studied crime fiction at University, and works as an Assistant Editor at Egmont in London. She blogs at http://robin-stevens.co.uk/blog/

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