Dead Good Detectives

by Jenny McLachlan

On Sale: 07/09/2024

Dead Good Detectives

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Dead Good Detectives

by Jenny McLachlan

illustrated by Jenny McLachlan

On Sale: 07/09/2024


About the Book

From the UK’s bestselling author of the Land of Roar series comes this first book in a spooky, swashbuckling duology!

Sid Jones and her best friend, Zen, like to play in their local graveyard—but they never expected their ghostly games to suddenly turn real. When Sid accidentally frees the spirit of Ezekiel “Bones” Kittow, a pirate who died nearly three hundred years prior, he asks her to help him find his long-lost treasure so his soul can finally be at rest. The only problem? He can’t remember where, or even what, the treasure is.

With nothing but a spectral hand-drawn map to help guide their search, Sid, Bones, Zen, and an annoyingly loud ghost parrot set out to complete their quest. But haunting their every step is Old Scratch, a creepy specter who runs the eerie graveyard prison keeping Bones, his crew, and many other spirits trapped. Old Scratch won’t let Bones be free without a fight, and in the end, there may be much more sinister threats to face down. . . .

Critical Praise

"This upbeat piece by McLachlan (the Land of Roar series), the first in a series, boasts ghost pirates, puzzles, and buried treasure galore. It’s a lively nautical adventure and a celebration of owning one’s weirdness, standing up to peer pressure, and sticking by friends when the going gets tough." — Publishers Weekly

"McLachlan infuses both the supernatural adventure and Sid’s emotional evolution with a charming earnestness. A series opener—big on heart and short on horror—that offers fun ghostly escapades." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Land of Roar: "McLachlan does an excellent job of establishing the sibling tension before introducing the fantasy elements, and Rose’s desire to grow up and fit in feels as familiar and accessible as Arthur’s yearning to remain a child. This narrative’s sheer inventiveness marks it as distinct. The text and Mantle’s illustrations go wild with creativity. A sweet adventure and a paean to imagination and childhood innocence." — Kirkus Reviews

"Mantle's whimsical black-and-white illustrations enhance this playful, Peter Pan–like tale of sibling rivalry and affection. A series starter with heart." — Booklist


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063329829
  • ISBN 10: 0063329824
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 07/09/2024
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Ghost Stories
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Pirates
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents

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