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  • Published: 3 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780552568197
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $18.99

The Carmody Casebooks


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A gripping tale of alien abduction during the Second World War, and the mysterious team sent to investigate.

'A cracker . . . Utterly convincing' Philip Pullman

The Disappearance of Tom Pile

When bright lights are spotted above a tiny village in Dorset, the locals suspect German bombers.
Jack Carmody believes otherwise. He is part of a secret government department, set up to explore the supernatural and the unexplained.

Then a boy – Tom Pile – is discovered, alone and scared.

Tom went missing forty years ago

The Miraculous Return of Annick Garel

One year later two French fishermen see strange lights over the channel – and discover the body of a girl, still alive.

Annick Garel drowned in a storm thirty years ago.

Both children have powers that could change the course of the Second World War. Both sides in that war want their secrets

These are two extraordinary stories.

These are the Casebooks of Jack Carmody.

  • Pub date: 3 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780552568197
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $18.99

About the Author

Ian Beck

IAN BECK has worked as a freelance illustrator for many years (including such notable artwork as the record cover for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album). Ian turned to writing and illustrating children's books when his own children were born.

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Praise for The Carmody Casebooks

“A cracker . . . Utterly convincing”

Philip Pullman

“A cracker . . . Utterly convincing”

Philip Pullman

“WW2, somewhere in southern England. Our mathematically and psychically gifted soldier-narrator is on a secret mission . . . Despite the diversity of its elements, this is a well-paced, enjoyable read, which effectively combines ideas generally not seen together in WW2 fiction, and certainly not children's fiction”

Armadillo

“The real-life location, historical detail and plausible contemporary voices give this conviction”

Sunday Times


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