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The Secret Starling

Judith Eagle
Illustrated by Kim Geyer

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!

Her uncle’s house has been losing staff and furniture as his fortunes fail, and finally he disappears himself, leaving Clara all alone in the giant manor with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’.

Luckily, streetwise Peter has been sent to stay . . . at least he has some experience of the real world and how to survive.

And the children are far from unhappy with their newfound freedom: a life of sliding down bannisters, making dens in Uncle’s study, warming themselves by a fire of text books, playing sardines with the village children and living off nothing but boiled eggs and mashed potatoes has its appeal!

But then an interfering grown-up turns up with the unwelcome news that the house is to be sold.

Perhaps the mysterious ballet shoe that Stockwell the cat befriends has the answers to Clara’s unknown past . . . a past that might hold the key to a better future . . .

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!

Hilary McKay
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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
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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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Highly recommended.

Pops, age 9, Toppsta

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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