The Clockwork Sparrow

CLOCKWORK SPARROWYou are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!

Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice. A splendid adventure awaits you.

Cover and interior illustrations by Júlia Sardà.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016, the Weald Book Awards 2016, the Cumbria SLS Book Award 2016, the NE Book Award 2016, the Leeds Book Award 2016, the Salford Children’s Book Award 2017 and the Cranleigh Schools Awesome Book Award; longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2016; nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.

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‘A wonderful book with a glorious heroine and a true spirit of adventure’ – Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers

‘…a dashing plot, an atmospheric setting and an extensive and imaginative cast. Katherine Woodfine handles it all with aplomb’ – Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

‘A book of utter joy’ – Sarra Manning, Red

‘A meticulously researched Edwardian setting, a dauntless, delightful heroine, and a compelling central mystery make this lovely novel an instant, understatedly sophisticated classic’ – Imogen Russell Williams.

‘If your child has enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson or Enid Blyton, then this book is a must’ – Kate Hilpern, The Independent

‘Dastardliness on a big scale is uncovered in this well-plotted, evocative novel’ – Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

‘A lovely slice of historical detective fiction… a good-hearted adventure, with two charming heroines’ – Toby Clements, The Telegraph

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The Sinclair’s Mysteries are coming to Germany

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Listen to The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is now available as an audiobook, read by Jessica Preddy.


Born in the USA!

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled (or should I say Jeweled?) Moth have now been published in the USA by Kane Miller Books!