#MGTakesOnThursday: The Clockwork Sparrow and Sinclair’s Mysteries Series by Katherine Woodfine

Image created by @MarySimms72 and used with permission.

This is a weekly meme started and hosted by @marysimms72 on her brilliant Book Craic blog.

To take part, the steps to follow are:

  • Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

Author: Katherine Woodfine

Illustrator: Júlia Sardà

Publisher: Egmont

Favourite sentence from Page 11: This sentence occurs as Sophie Taylor the central protagonist introduces herself to Billy Parker, who will become one of her loyal friends.

“She had already learned that using her full-name, Taylor-Cavendish, would do her no favours here at Sinclair’s”

This book in three words: Mystery – Friendship – Style

Another week and another chance to celebrate one of my favourite books and indeed series in MG Fiction. This week I am highlighting another fantastically plotted and elegantly written mystery series set in a newly established department store on Piccadilly at the start of the twentieth century. (Yes, I have to admit that mystery stories are probably my favourite genre).

Sophie Taylor has been plunged into poverty by the unexpected death of her beloved father and now must make her living as a shop assistant in a luxurious department store in central London. However, beneath the glamour and elegance of this unique modern emporium, a dastardly plot is due to be unleashed and Sophie and her friends need all of their wits and courage to foil the criminals. It’s a wonderful introduction to a fabulous series for Year 5 and 6 (and possibly advanced readers in Year 4) and an essential for any school library collection.

My full review of the Sinclair’s Mystery Series can be read here.

6 thoughts on “#MGTakesOnThursday: The Clockwork Sparrow and Sinclair’s Mysteries Series by Katherine Woodfine

  1. I definitely need to read the rest of these. I read an odd one and meant to go back to them but still haven’t. But with the end of Murder Most Unladylike (sob!) I think now might be the time!

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      1. Aah, bookseller perks I think, even so there were limited copies so I did get lucky (doubly so as I’d already wished for it on netgalley and was approved for it there too!) Genuinely hugely surprised as I wasn’t holding out hope for either! Trust me though it is SO worth the wait. It’s utterly brilliant!

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