The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery
David Fickling Books, 2018
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Born and raised in Leicester, Dave Shelton went to study illustration in Cambridge when he was 19 and has been there ever since. He is the creator of the comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog, published in The DFC, The Guardian and The Phoenix, and collected in book form by David Fickling Books. His debut children’s novel, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, won the 2013 Branford Boase Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal and the Costa prize. It was also adapted for the stage, both in the UK and Germany. Dave’s next book was Thirteen Chairs, a collection of linked ghost stories. Dave continues to illustrate as well as write, and occasionally dabbles in cover design too. He likes cake, crosswords, comics and pens.
Daphne is off to St Rita’s, an exclusive girls’ boarding school. It sounds awfully respectable and Daphne herself is awfully respectable too. She loves to read and is delighted to be offered the chance to interview for the librarian’s assistant’s assistant immediately upon arrival. However, it turns out that nothing is quite what you’d expect at St Rita’s - you can’t trust a padlock if fourth graders are around, the floor has holes from cannonballs, the smell in the dining room is disgustingly foul and Daphne discovers that the librarian doesn’t really exist. But there is a librarian’s assistant – Emily Lime, who’s really a crime-solving genius looking for a new assistant of her own. Booksmart Daphne is just the girl for the job, because mystery and intrigue are about to strike St Rita’s and Emily Lime is going to need all the help she can get…
Dave has been drawing and colouring in professionally since 1990 and, as yet, has not starved to death as a result.
Dave believes that there is no time of the day or night when it is inappropriate to take a bath or to eat breakfast.
Do not, under any circumstances, allow him to talk to you about pens!!!!
Edith from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Beth from Leeds Libraries:
Jack from Corpus Christi Catholic College: