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  • Published: 2 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781782950042
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136
  • RRP: $14.99

Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery


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Shirley Hughes and her daughter, Clara Vulliamy, team up for a Dixie O'Day adventure full of mystery and excitement!

Dixie O'Day and his best friend Percy are off on holiday, and drive straight into adventure!

Peaches Miaow, the fabulous pop star, has her pricelss diamond necklace stolen from the Hotel Splendide in the crime of the century. Can Dixie and Percy track down the sinister figures at the heart of the mystery?

Pack your bags for a thrilling trip filled with glamourpusses, cat burglars and seaside fun in this gorgeous chapter book with a chapter for each night of the week, as well as plenty of exciting extra material.

  • Pub date: 2 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781782950042
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

Shirley Hughes

Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series.
Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series.
Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clara Vulliamy

Clara was born in Notting Hill, and studied at Chelsea School of Art, The Ruskin in Oxford, and The Royal Academy. She began her career by doing illustrations in newspapers and magazines, and started doing books for children when she had children of her own. Clara lives in Twickenham with her husband and two grown-up children.


Praise for Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery

“This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. Join in the friendship and fun with these delightful characters."”

Families (Hereford & Worcester)


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