FREE download of Mandrake’s Plot

From 21st -25th September, this boarding school mystery for 8-12 year-olds will be FREE to download.

A skeleton, a key, a curse and a code are on the curriculum…

#kidlit #mgfiction #childrensbooks


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Evie and Mia meet on a train on their way to St. Agatha’s Boarding School for Girls. Dropped at a deserted station, with no one to meet them, they trek through the pelting rain and darkness for miles until they find a sign to St.Agatha’s which points to an unlikely overgrown track leading up a mountain path.

A foreboding place, St. Agatha’s School is surrounded by a sea of mist, and overlooks a loch. Coming face to face with the grotesque caretaker, Mandrake, is not the only thing to unsettle them.
What is the significance of the strange rings worn by Miss Blackthorn, the head teacher – and why does everyone behave so oddly?

The girls stumble across a forgotten burial chamber. Inside, lies the crumbling skeleton of Sister Beatrice, clutching a note which tells of a curse. Locked in the chamber as a punishment, the friends discover an old book within which is the antidote to the curse… but it is hidden in code.


‘a well crafted story filled with mystery and suspense’

‘truly an original and unique story’

‘a fabulous tale with an air of intrigue and mystery at its heart’ 

‘The author has depicted the characters well, with rich description they spring to life before you.’  

‘The dialogue is realistic and the story is very easy to read.’  

‘The narrative, well written and filled with vivid imagery, flows nicely’. 

‘Good plot, great characters, excellent read.’ 

‘Mandrake’s Plot is a fun read, a mystery with some unexpected twists and turns.’ 

‘I recommend it to all middle grade readers who love a mystery.’

Reviews are always appreciated!


Author: helenlaycock

The tiniest detail can spark off an idea. I collect them, like butterflies. They can be strange or beautiful...and, as they flutter around, I pluck them out and use them to write. Sometimes they turn into poetry, sometimes into stories, but a lot of them have grown into something much bigger - books. I have not yet decided whether I am a children's or adults' author as I write for both. So, I'll just call myself a writer.

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