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Johnny Swanson

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Johnny Swanson is in shock. His friend Doctor Langdon and his wife have disappeared without a trace. And that's not all ...it appears they have been murdered. But things are about to become much, much worse. A suspect has been arrested ...and it's Johnny's mother. Johnny knows she didn't do it. And now, he needs to prove it - fast. Join brave, determined, ingenious Johnny as he embarks on a fast-paced hunt for the true killer - and exposes a deadly, dangerous secret along the way.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 26mm | 278g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552572055
  • 9780552572057
  • 2,060,372

About Eleanor Updale

Eleanor Updale has been writing books since the turn of the century. Before that she worked in radio and television: mainly on news programmes including The World at One and Newsnight. Eleanor's 'Montmorency' series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and Johnny Swanson was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards and won the Fantastic Book Award. You can find out more at www.eleanorupdale.comshow more

Review quote

"There is a kind of children's book which is rare, but which includes some of the very best literature for the young. The Silver Sword, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Butterfly Lion, The Railway Children and Kim all belong to a genre in which there is no magic, but a tremendous sense of what real children in adversity might achieve with courage, cleverness and luck. Eleanor Updale's Johnny Swanson belongs to this category, and it deserves the highest praise" The Times "This is a lovely story, full of fascinating and accurate period detail, social injustice and moral quandaries, that revels in a child's determination to play the unfair system to his advantage. Young fans of Updale's Montmorency series will find this equally entertaining" Daily Mail "Eleanor Updale is an excellent storyteller, building up character, plot and excitement until the reader is compelled to stop everything else until the book is finished" The Scotsman "Eleanor Updale's very funny Johnny Swanson introduces a great character ... The story swings along, providing dastardly villains, inept policemen and a satisfying denouement" The Bookseller "Johnny Swanson is a charmingly old fashioned - in the very best way - adventure novel. This is a great read, it zips along and illuminates a period of history that is usually forgotten" Write Away!show more

Review Text

"Johnny Swanson is a charmingly old fashioned - in the very best way - adventure novel. This is a great read, it zips along and illuminates a period of history that is usually forgotten"show more

Rating details

161 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 29% (46)
4 35% (56)
3 24% (39)
2 10% (16)
1 2% (4)
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