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The Clockwork Sparrow

You 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.

The first book in the Sinclair's Mysteries series, 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.

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

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

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

‘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,

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

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

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

Also available in:

Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, USA

Lesson plan
The Clockwork Sparrow

3-week lesson plan and activites for Key Stage 2

Literary inspirations

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