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The Peacock Detectives

The Peacock Detectives

Carly Nugent

  • awardWinner, Readings Children's Book Prize, 2019
  • awardCommended, Honour Book, Younger Readers, Children's Book Council of Australia, 2019
  • awardShortlisted, The Text Prize, 2017
  • awardShortlisted, Australian Book Design Awards, 2019
  • awardShortlisted, Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, Children's & Debut, 2019
  • The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family.

    The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are.


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    Carly Nugent
    About the Author

    Carly Nugent lives in Bright in Victoria. Her short fiction has featured in numerous publications, including the Bellevue Literary Review and Award Winning Australian Writing. Her first novel, The Peacock Detectives, won the Readings Children’s Book Prize, was a CBCA Honour Book, and was shortlisted for the Text Prize, the Australian Book Design...

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    ‘A tender and heartfelt story.’

    ‘Heartfelt and funny…Carly Nugent’s debut is a lively and generous story that acknowledges the powerful feelings of its readers, and the space they occupy in the world.’

    ‘Nugent gently explores issues of depression…and brings the whole adventure satisfyingly around with a delightful peacock discovery.’

    ‘Approaches tender topics with unflinching courage and aplomb.’

    ‘Quietly powerful…Debut author Nugent sensitively portrays Cassie’s struggles with family and friends as she grows to see that true bonds can be both hard won and well worth the effort.’

    ‘A highly rewarding read.’

    ‘Friendly and inviting…audiences will want to come along for the ride.’

    Friendship and family come first, making this detective story a good choice for any realistic fiction fan, mystery lover or not.’

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