The green book in the bottom left is ‘Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster’ (book 5). Book 4 is also available. It has a blue cover and is called ‘Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off. They are now in the US book distribution centres, which means your local bookstore can order a copy for you! Or you can order one from an online seller. Here’s a couple of links…
Nanny Piggins at Amazon.com
Barnes & Nobel has them too…
Nanny Piggins at B&N
And in even better news books 6 and 7 in the series will be availabe from November.
When I visited Wingello Public School last week I wanted a photo with my friend Katherine because she had dressed up as Mrs Cannon complete with props – job ads and a copy of Chaucer. Her daughter had dressed up as Friday Barnes as well. There were no other grown-ups in the room so we had to get one of the kids to take a photo. To protect our identities he chopped our heads off and captured us in soft focus.
Here’s the Kirkus review for the US edition of ‘Friday Barnes, Girl Detective’…
She’s only 11, but she’s smarter and better informed than most adults, and she’s determined to solve mysteries for a living. Friday’s academician parents barely even know she’s there, and that suits Friday just fine. She tries to avoid contact with people as she pursues her own interests, which include reading her parents’ entire extensive library. But when she solves a mystery for her detective uncle and wins $50,000, she decides to spend it on a year in the area’s most prestigious boarding school. There, she finds she can’t blend in, but she also becomes embroiled in various mysteries that she solves with the aplomb of Sherlock Holmes. She irritates the school headmaster, among others, with her know-it-all attitude but makes a good friend in her roommate, Melanie, a girl who constantly notices small details—a trait that will help Friday in her detective pursuits. From solving petty crimes and finding missing homework, she moves on to an enthusiastic investigation of the monster hiding in the school swamp. Spratt begins this new series with a nifty, engaging protagonist who can keep readers laughing and help young geeks feel good about themselves. Friday and Melanie make a great team that clearly will continue to detect their way through the coming sequel. Gosier’s animation-inflected illustrations are a nice complement. Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)
Thanks to Gateway Bookshop in Wagga this November I’m going to be touring schools in the Riverina. Check out their Facebook page for details. I’m going to finish the tour with a book signing at their shop on Saturday 14th November so come along and say ‘hello’.
I’ve just bought my ticket to USA for 25th Feb next year! I’m going to New York and Los Angeles for the launch of Friday Barnes. If anyone near those two cities wants me to visit their school or library or bookstore let me know.