Author(s): Sophie Green
A brilliant new series bursts onto the scene filled with ghostly goings-on and an unusual investigative duo. With illustrations from Karl Mountford.
Lil Potkin lives in bleak Peligan City. Her mum works in City Hall and is rarely at home, so aspiring journalist Lil has all the time she needs to explore the city in her bright yellow raincoat, investigating unsolved stories.
One rainy evening Lil meets a sad-looking boy sitting by himself in the bus station and buys him a hot chocolate. That night Lil wakes to find him in her bedroom. He doesn't want to admit to being a ghost, but when he finally remembers his name (Nedly ... possibly) he explains that he needs Lil's help to find out what happened to him after he disappeared from his orphanage a year ago.
So Lil and Nedly - aka Potkin and Stubbs - team up to solve their mystery, and they call in the reluctant help of once-famous detective Abe Mandrel. He agrees to help them with the Stubbs case if they help him find the criminal who escaped justice and cost him his career.
Except - Mandrel thinks it's only Lil he's working with. And Lil realises she is the only person in the whole of Peligan City who can see Nedly. Which can come in handy when trying to solve crime...
Funny, atmospheric, spooky - the perfect detective story for young readers
Sophie Green writes children's fiction and short stories. She has a degree in zoology and an interest in folklore. She was born and still lives in Suffolk and works as a children's librarian in the public library service.
Her first novel, unpublished, The Last Giant, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2011. Her short stories have been highly commended for the Bridport Prize 2012, longlisted for BBC Opening Lines in 2013 and 2015 and won second prize in Words with Jam in 2014. Before publication Potkin and Stubbs was shortlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award for emerging novelists.
Karl James Mountford was born in Germany and is now a full-time illustrator based in Wales, UK.
He studied Illustration at Swansea College of Art and was also the artist in residence there while studying for his M.A. in Visual Communication.
He now spends most of his day illustrating all types of awesome stories and genres.