Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stanstead Airport.
Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. In the shop Emily discovers drawers full of fairy wings and the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Fairy Detective Agency comes back to life.
It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery to find Emily Vole's real parents and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpula.
Read by Simon Russell Beale. Simon Russell Beale has starred on stage, screen and TV and has been described as one of the greatest stage actors of his generation. He has been in numerous roles for The Royal Shakespeare Company and has won the Lawrence Olivier Theatre Award 3 times. In 2003 he was appointed a CBE. In 2008 Simon made his debut as a television presenter, fronting the BBC Four series Sacred Music with Harry Christophers .He has read numerous audiobooks including Orion's Don't Cook Cinderella by Francesca Simon.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Weight: 116 g
Dimensions: 131 x 130 x 15 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
Brimming with humour, mystery and magic * Lovereading4kids *
Perfectly pitched ... spiked with the kind of wit and social comment that will have parents chuckling over their children's shoulders. Something completely out of the ordinary * Books For Keeps *
A must for any junior school library ... with a wicked sense of humour * Reading Zone *
A funny, quirky, modern fairy story * BFK Books *
A rib-tickling twist on the perennial theme of the ill-used orphan * eViews *
A delightful, funny tale from the great Sally Gardner ... The sense of an unjust adult world is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's work and equally as intelligently witty * Families Online *
Intriguing and inventive ... Gardner's writing has in impressive lightness of touch and lots of subtle humour * School Librarian *
Quirky, fun and totally charming ... a wackily surreal magical story with stunning illustrations * TBK *
I love this book so much * The Guardian *
An absolute cracker. Gardner writes with a delirious wit, sketching out intriguing characters and doling out jokes and pathos in exactly the right measure. * Financial Times *
Brims with quirky carm * The Guardian *
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