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  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143788829
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Peski Kids 1: The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach




Three squabbling siblings. One all too perfect next-door neighbour. A missing mum, a bumbling dad, a kooky cockroach mystery and an eccentric country town. What could possibly go wrong?

Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong.

Along with Loretta, their stunningly beautiful yet sociopathic next-door neighbour, and Pumpkin, the world’s worst trained dog, they set out to catch the culprit. Together they are The Peski Kids.

  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143788829
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

R.A. Spratt

R.A. Spratt is the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. In her previous life she was a television writer. Unlike the Peski kids, R.A. Spratt never fights with her brother, but only because he moved to Tokyo to get away from her. R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW, where she has three chickens, five goldfish and a dog. She also has a husband and two daughters.

For more information, visit raspratt.com

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Praise for The Peski Kids 1: The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach

Without a nano-second’s hesitation, highly recommended for your readers aged from around ten years upwards.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories blog

The mystery of the squashed cockroach captures the reader from the prologue . . . R. A. Spratt's witty writing style and fast-paced plot make this an exciting new series. An exciting class novel for middle primary students.

Rhyllis Bignell, Read Plus

The book is divided into 27 chapters, including some really short ones, making it perfect as a family read aloud where you can easily give in to requests to read “just one more chapter!”. I reckon it’s a book equally right for boys and girls too. I can’t wait to see how this new series unfolds.

Carissa Mason, CBCA Reading Time

Awards & recognition

Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

Longlisted  •  2019  •  Best Children's Crime Novel

Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  Best Children's Crime Novel

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The Peski Kids – R.A. Spratt

THE PESKI KIDS 1: THE MYSTERY OF THE SQUASHED COCKROACH Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong. Along with Loretta, their stunningly beautiful yet sociopathic next-door neighbour, and Pumpkin, the world’s worst trained dog, they set out to catch the culprit. Together they are The Peski Kids. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-peski-kids-1-the-mystery-of-the-squashed-cockroach-9780143788812

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The Peski Kids – R.A. Spratt

THE PESKI KIDS 1: THE MYSTERY OF THE SQUASHED COCKROACH Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong.

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