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Kate Saunders - Author

About the Author

Kate Saunders is a full-time author and journalist and has written many books for adults and children. Her books for children have won awards and received rave reviews, and include future classics such as Beswitched, Magicalamity, The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop and The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix. Kate is a true storyteller and her magical, wickedly hilarious novels allow young readers to escape their everyday lives into wonderful worlds where they are empowered to explore and enjoy themselves. Kate lives in London.

Featured books by Kate Saunders

The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and powerful industrialist who asks Mrs Rodd to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry - a match he is determined to prevent. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, deep in the frozen Lincolnshire countryside, where she soon discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern. Mrs Rodd's keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth - which carries her from elite drawing rooms to London's notorious inns and its steaming laundry houses.

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Other books by Kate Saunders

Stand in the Traffic A Himalayan Adoption Story

Stand in the Traffic A Himalayan Adoption Story

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2020

The Great Reindeer Disaster

The Great Reindeer Disaster

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, smelly poo and bum! You can wait for Christmas but it's never going to come! When a miniature reindeer named Percy falls down the chimney of the Trubshaws' holiday cottage, the last thing they expect is to be whisked away to the distant planet of Yule-1 - the REAL home of Father Christmas, the elves, and his intrepid reindeer delivery teams. And what an amazing place it is - nobody minds being stuck there until the computer system has been mended. But the festive season is in danger! One rogue reindeer has teamed up with the evil Krampus to sabotage everything. Unless Percy and his new friends can track them down, there will be no Christmas this year - or EVER AGAIN! Illustrated in black and white by Neal Layton, this is destined to become a holiday favourite.

Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar

Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

It is 1851 and Mrs Rodd has received an unusual commission: wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores our redoubtable detective to find his beloved brother, whom he has not seen for fifteen years. Joshua Welland was an Oxford scholar; brilliant, eccentric and desperately poor. Nobody can say exactly when he disappeared from his college, but he had taken to wandering the countryside and one day simply failed to return. Since then, there have been several sightings of his lonely, ragged figure. Ten years ago a friend spotted him in a gypsy camp, where it was rumoured he was learning great secrets that would one day astound the world. Mrs Rodd uses her search as an opportunity to reconnect with a couple from her past, but then a violent murder is committed and Scotland Yard are called to investigate. Mrs Rodd's old friend Inspector Blackbeard doesn't want to hear any nonsense about gypsies or secrets. Mrs Rodd, however, is convinced that something very sinister is lurking in this peaceful landscape.

Beswitched NE

Beswitched NE

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

When Flora Fox's parents send their daughter off to boarding school, they have no idea that the train will take her back to 1935. On the journey Flora has a strange dream. She wakes up without her laptop or her phone, wearing a hideous uniform with ridiculous bloomers underneath. She is a new girl at St Winifred's, where the rules are mad, the food horrible, and the hairiness of the teachers unbelievable. Her 21st century manners will not be tolerated at strict St Win's - how will she ever survive and find her way back to her own time? But there is a special reason why Flora has been summoned to the past. It involves the tempestuous girl who becomes her best friend...

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop NE

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop NE

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Oz and Lily's family have inherited an ancient chocolate shop and they're moving in upstairs. It's the perfect home ... apart from the small fact that it's haunted. And then they discover some solid gold chocolate moulds - with magic powers! Soon the ghosts are joined by some evil villains determined to get their hands on the priceless secrets of the magical chocolate.

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix NE

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix NE

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

The exciting companion to THE WHIZZ POP CHOCOLATE SHOP. A secret government department, once again, needs the magical help of Oz and Lily in a desperate new mission. Along with everyone's favourite cantankerous cat, Demerara, her ratty companion Spike, and the help of some powerfully magical chocolate, the childrenmust travel back in time to the height of the Blitz. Can they defeat some very dangerous supernatural creatures and save London's famous cathedral from destruction by fire?

Magicalamity NE

Magicalamity NE

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Tom is in shock. He's just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. Tom doesn't know he is a demisprite - the child of a fairy and a human - until he meets his three fairy godmothers. They've been summoned to protect him, but they can't stop bickering, and two of them are hardened criminals. Tom must survive their botched magic spells, learn to fly and enter the dangerous Fairy Realm to save his parents... From the author of BESWITCHEDOne of the most enchanting, funny and suspenseful stories to have been published for some time THE TIMES

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Emily watched, in a trance of astonishment, as the bear opened the picnic basket, took out a tartan rug and spread it on Holly's bed. And then the penguin spoke. Actually spoke. 'What's going on? This isn't Pointed End!' The bear said, 'It looks like a human bedroom. We must've come through the wrong door.' 'But there aren't any doors to the hard world in Deep Smockeroon! And we don't have a human bedroom any more. We're in a box in the attic.' What if there exists a world powered by imagination? A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken? Welcome to the Land of Neverendings. Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar

Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2018

It is 1851 and Mrs Rodd has received an unusual commission: wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores our redoubtable detective to find his beloved brother, whom he has not seen for fifteen years. Joshua Welland was an Oxford scholar; brilliant, eccentric and desperately poor. Nobody can say exactly when he disappeared from his college, but he had taken to wandering the countryside and one day simply failed to return. Since then, there have been several sightings of his lonely, ragged figure. Ten years ago a friend spotted him in a gypsy camp, where it was rumoured he was learning great secrets that would one day astound the world. Mrs Rodd uses her search as an opportunity to reconnect with a couple from her past, but then a violent murder is committed and Scotland Yard are called to investigate. Mrs Rodd's old friend Inspector Blackbeard doesn't want to hear any nonsense about gypsies or secrets. Mrs Rodd, however, is convinced that something very sinister is lurking in this peaceful landscape.

Das Geheimnis von Wishtide Manor

Das Geheimnis von Wishtide Manor

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 14/12/2017

Groer Auftritt fur eine unwiderstehliche Ermittlerin, die alles sieht und keinem auffallt:Laetitia Rodd ist die Frau fur diskrete Ermittlungen. Sie sieht, was anderen verborgen bleibt. Man vertraut ihr, denn sie gehort dazu. Sie erfahrt Geheimnisse, weil sie als Witwe in der Gesellschaft so unauffallig ist. Ihr Auftrag fuhrt sie 1851 von London auf den Landsitz des reichen Sir James Calderstone. Sein Sohn Charles will eine junge Frau heiraten, der Sir James misstraut. Was verheimlicht sie? Laetitia soll dunkle Flecken in Helens Vergangenheit aufspuren. Doch da wird Helen ermordet, und ihr Verlobter Charles gilt als der Tater. Die Suche nach dem wahren Morder bringt Laetitia selbst in grote Gefahr...

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The cat flap opened. Emily thought a wild animal was coming into the house. But the muddy creature that climbed through had four little wheels and a tail. It spoke in a voice like rough sandpaper. 'Come on, you two - it's nice and warm in here.' What if there exists a world powered by imagination? A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken? Welcome to the Land of Neverendings. Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

Land of Neverendings

Land of Neverendings

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2017

The cat flap opened. Emily thought a wild animal was coming into the house. But the muddy creature that climbed through had four little wheels and a tail. It spoke in a voice like rough sandpaper. 'Come on, you two - it's nice and warm in here.'What if there exists a world powered by imagination?A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken?Welcome to the Land of Neverendings.Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

From the bestselling, award-winning novelist Kate Saunders comes the first in 'The Laetitia Rodd Mysteries', six novels featuring a Victorian lady detective, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M. C. Beaton and Grantchester 'A Dickensian glow pervades this immensely satisfying novel. Hugely enjoyable' James Runcie, author of 'The Grantchester Mysteries' Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and powerful industrialist who asks Mrs Rodd to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry - a match he is determined to prevent. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, deep in the frozen Lincolnshire countryside, where she soon discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern. Mrs Rodd's keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth - which carries her from elite drawing rooms to London's notorious inns and its steaming laundry houses. Dickensian in its scope and characters, The Secrets of Wishtide brings nineteenth-century society vividly to life and illuminates the effect of Victorian morality on women's lives. Introducing an irresistible new detective, the first book in the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series will enthral and delight.

Die genial gefahrliche Zeitreiseschokolade

Die genial gefahrliche Zeitreiseschokolade

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2016

Ein magisch-verrucktes Abenteuer mit jeder Menge Schokolade! Zeitreise inklusive!Eine neue Mission fur die Zwillinge Oz und Lily: In ihrem zweiten rasanten Abenteuer mussen sie die bose Hexe Alba besiegen - dafur folgen sie ihr mit der Zeitreiseschokolade sogar bis ins 17. Jahrhundert! Denn Alba hat einen finsteren Plan, der ganz London zerstoren konnte. Konnen die Zwillinge mithilfe einer sprechenden Katze, einer Armee von Ratten und einem Bodyguard in Gestalt eines zwolfjahrigen Vampirmadchens in letzter Sekunde das Schlimmste verhindern?Eine abenteuerliche Achterbahnfahrt voller Magie, Geheimnisse - und Schokolade. So lecker ist noch niemand durch die Zeit gereist!

Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

Author: Kate Saunders Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2015

The five children have grown up and World War I has begun in earnest. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories...until, for the first time in 10 years, he suddenly reappears. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed; the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

An incredible, heart-wrenching sequel to E. Nesbit's Five Children and It, set on the eve of the First World War. The five children have grown up - war will change their lives for ever. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories ... until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint - factory-workers, soldiers and sailors, nurses and the people left at home, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

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