CBCA's Notable Australian Children's Books for Younger Readers 2012
Verity Sparks is good at finding lost things, but will she be able to uncover the truth about her own past?
Verity Sparks is a thirteen-year-old orphan working as a milliner in Victorian London. But Verity is no ordinary girl - she has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find things that are lost!
When Verity is wrongly accused of theft and dismissed from her job, she goes to live with the Plushes - a slightly Bohemian family who run a Confidential Inquiry Agency. Verity helps them solve cases and slowly becomes one of the family.
But patches of the truth about her past begin to surface, along with the special talent that Professor Plush is helping her explore.
Who were her real parents?
Is she the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter?
Who is sending poison pen letters about Verity to the Plushes?
Who doesn't want them to learn the truth about Verity Sparks?
An adventure/mystery with a dash of the supernatural thrown in; The Truth About Verity Sparks is packed with chases through the dark alleys of London, séances in high-class dining rooms, pet pythons named Anthony and Cleopatra, murdered opera singers and much, much more.
About the Author
Susan Green grew up by the beach and in country Victoria. She always wanted to write and illustrate books, but gave away her art studies and teaching to concentrate on writing when she won a short story competition. She has published several children’s books, but The Truth About Verity Sparks is her first book with Walker Books Australia.
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.29