>> WINNER OF THE SAINSBURYS CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS 2021>> WINNER OF THE CRIMEFEST AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR CHILDREN 2021>> "A twist-laden, thriller-like tale" Observer >> "Simply genius." BBC Wildlife From the internationally bestselling author of Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series, comes the first book in The Twitchers, a thrilling mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, starring a birdwatching detective called Twitch!Can a birdwatcher outwit an escaped convict?Twitch has three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom and a passion for birdwatching.
On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret hide to find police everywhere: a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood.
Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching to hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?Twitch is a thrilling summer mystery adventure perfect for readers 9+ and for fans of Robin Stevens, Lauren St John and Jenny Pearson.
It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone adventure or read as part of The Twitchers series. Praise for Twitch:â€œLeonard knows her audience and the jeopardy comes in flocks ...
Find your nest, curl up and enjoy.â€ The Times, Children's Book of the Week"A twist-laden, thriller-like tale of a bird-mad boy, some bullies and an escaped convict hiding in the nearby woods." Observer"A twisty crime drama as well as a persuasive story about friendship and nature." The Sunday Times"Twitch is a good old-fashioned adventure story that feels like a modern-day Secret Seven." BBC Wildlife Magazine"[A] pacy mystery adventure featuring a birdwatching detective hot on the heels of a dangerous escaped prisoner." iNewspaperâ€œLeonard has crafted an intelligent mystery from unlikely material, with bonus bird facts.â€ Irish Timesâ€œA winged masterpiece.â€ Maz Evansâ€œEnthralling from beginning to end, it really touched my young bird-loving heart!
Just wonderful!â€ Dara McAnultyâ€œBirds, mystery and fowl play!
What more could you want?â€ Gill Lewisâ€œGlorious! Full of excitement and wonder!â€ Sophie Andersonâ€œA brave and thrilling new adventure from one of my favourite writers.
I honestly didnâ€™t put the book down until the very last, exciting, page-turn and Iâ€™m twitching for the next adventure!â€ Jasbinder Bilanâ€œTwitch is an absolute triumph.
The perfect blend of mystery and adventure, a winning hero with an eye for ornithological facts and a heart as big as the countryside, plus a cracking whipsmart plot, I think this is M.
G. Leonard's best book yet.â€ Christopher Edgeâ€œCracking characters, beyond pacy plotting and an ending that is almost Bugsy Malone-esque!â€ Phil Earleâ€œTwitch is a compelling read â€“ an adventure mystery with birds â€“ what more could any reader want?!â€ Stephen Mossâ€œAdventure, friendship and the pure unassuming beauty of nature â€¦ a book that could have been a collaboration between David Attenborough and Roald Dahl.â€ Dr Jess Frenchâ€œA superb adventure of friendship, bravery and the wonderful world of birds, with a strong, but non-preachy theme of the benefits of connection with the natural world.â€ The Booksellerâ€œOne of those really, really good books â€¦ Recommended for readers around 8 to 12 years old, and grown-ups like me who still enjoy the delight of a great adventure story!â€ The Bookbag