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Mike Nicholson


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Range: Kelpies eBook 192 pages ISBN: 9781782500711 Publication date: 20 March 2014
Genres: Adventure and Thriller, Humour Theme: Prize Winners Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Fergus can't believe it when his brand-new digital watch starts going backwards. Then he crashes (literally) into gadget-loving Murdo and a second mystery comes to light: cats are going missing all over the neighbourhood.

As the two boys start to investigate, they find help in some unexpected places.


'A well-paced, entirely convincing mystery novel, full of suspense, wit and unexpected twists and turns. Beautifully written in a clear, accessible style with plenty of direct speech and detailed description, it is an excellent, gripping yarn for anyone over 9 years old.'
-- School Librarian

'This delightful, whimsical story will appeal to children of all ages. It is well written without being condescending, and the plot is unusual and quite gripping.'
-- Stockbridge & New Town Independent

'I thought the story was great. My favourite character was Jessie. I would definitely recommend it to my friends because it is such a good book. I would love to read another story about Jessie, Murdo and Fergus.'
-- Annie, age 8, Peebleshire, Scotland

'A ripping yarn and beautifully plotted. A real boys-own adventure story.'
-- Catherine Forde, author of Fat Boy Swim

'The story is a double mystery concerned digital watches going backgwards and missing cats in a setting with lots of local detail. What starts out to be a bit of fun soon develops in to a dangerous adventure. I really enjoyed the plot and would recommend it to younger readers.'
-- Hannah, Broughton High School

'I really enjoyed this book. My favourite part was when Fergus was climbing up the wall, and was caught by the home-owner. I think I would probably enjoy another Mike Nicholson's books.'
-- Rachael, Teen Titles

'I liked it because it was a mystery but it was also quite funny. I would recommend the book to anyone.'
-- Emma, Teen Titles



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Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize 2005 for new Scottish writing for children with his first novel for children, Catscape. He’s also the author of children’s novel Grimm and three Scottish picture books, Thistle Street, Thistle Sands and Thistle Games, which celebrate Scots words. He…

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