I'm delighted that they are both now available again. Here are the details for anyone who likes adventure, mystery and a touch of fantasy!
Summer of the Eagles
When 13 year old Stephanie (Stevie) is orphaned and slightly lamed in a terrible accident, her life completely changes and her dreams of ever running for
are over. Her Gran is soon no longer able to cope with Stevie’s moods, and
sends her to an aunt on a Scottish island. Scotland
Although she gradually makes new friends and finds an interest in the bird sanctuary, Stevie is soon in danger from two bird poachers intent on harming the eagles. But who is the strange eagle-boy in the hills, who protects the eagles and helps Stevie to heal? And does he have anything to do with the painted rocks and legends on the island?
Review: '...The action is well paced, the descriptions of the island vivid and the characters well delineated. Gradually, through Stevie's adventures on the island, we come to learn the secrets of the eagles. This is a novel that, once started, is difficult to put down. Although it is aimed at the tween market, it will appeal also to adults as they relive, through Stevie, the uncertainties of early adulthood. An ideal summer read.'
The Jigsaw Puzzle
Twelve-year-old asthmatic Daniel stays with his bossy cousin, Amy, her mum, and two cats in the Scottish countryside during the Christmas holidays while his parents take a trip to sort out their problems. When Amy and Daniel make up an old jigsaw puzzle, the cottage and garden gradually change to resemble the Victorian cottage pictured on the box lid.
In between searching for the missing Title Deeds of the cottage to save it from land developers, they complete the jigsaw and find a strange rhyming puzzle hidden within the box. But what does it mean?
Daniel and Amy soon find out when they become trapped inside the Victorian jigsaw house. Will they solve the cryptic written puzzle and find their way back to the present before it’s too late to save themselves, the destruction of the woods, and their cottage?
Review: 'When 12 year old Daniel goes to stay with his Aunt and cousin Amy over the Christmas holidays he gets more than he bargained for. As he and Amy piece together an old jigsaw their surroundings begin to change, creating a larger puzzle for them to solve.
Daniel is a sensitively written character, with practical and straight-talking Amy a good contrast. I liked the creepy element of the jigsaw causing changes to the house and there was a good sense of panic when they become trapped in the past. Readers will have fun trying to figure out the rhyming puzzle.