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The Secret Starling

Judith Eagle

Our debut of the year! Abandoned children running wild on the moors, evil child catchers, cunning cats and mysterious ballet shoes abound in this incredible first novel.

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Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle’s strict regime . . . until now!

The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’ and a half empty, crumbling manor house, she is determined to do things her way for a change. And when streetwise Peter turns up, with his rescue cat and a surprising array of knowledge, she is sure that between them they have everything they need to survive.

But the house is to be sold . . . and Uncle has lied to Clara . . . and nothing, NOTHING is as it seems.

Critic Reviews

A sweeping adventure . . . echoing classic fiction from The Secret Garden to Noel Streatfeild.

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
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Absolutely sparkling, enchanting storytelling from the very first page. Love this book! Straight from the luminous world of classic children’s story telling. An absolute delight.

Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War
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A riveting adventure . . . Eagle’s writing grips the reader.

The Guardian
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A delicious adventure, packed with daring characters and remarkable pets. An absolute joy of a read.

Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse
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An amazing story with lots of mystery . . . I couldn’t put the book down.

Kyra, age 10, Toppsta
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An accomplished début full of charm. A timeless tale of bold characters, unravellings of family secrets & a mysterious past. Destined to be a future classic & one of 2019’s top talents, Judith Eagle has all the hallmarks of the next Noel Streatfeild.

Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher & #PrimarySchoolBookClub

Judith Eagle’s career thus far has included stints as a stylist, fashion editor and features writer. She currently works in two secondary schools as a librarian and library assistant.

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