Janet Foxley
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     Tortoise      midlegcovergood2      Houseinf      Ruby
   For German readers    For readers aged 9+      For readers aged 5+         For readers aged 5+
             aged 7+


midlegtitle2Many years ago I saw a TV programme about pot-holing where people were exploring underground caves, some as small as cosy rooms, some as vast as cathedrals.  A river ran through the caves, joining them together in the way a street joins together a otter2neighbourhood of houses. 

That same month, the wildlife calendar on my wall had a picture of an otter.  The writing underneath said that otters spent a lot of their time in the water but made their homes in holes in the river bank. 

As I was looking at all these caves along the underground river I began to think.  What lovely homes they would make for a people who liked to live in river banks.  A people who had evolved from the otter family in the rivers of Europe, perhaps, while a different people was evolving from the ape family on the plains of Africa. 

MorbyWhat would the everyday lives of these river-men be like?  What about their culture – would they have religion, music, art?  Could they read and write?

And what would have happened to them when those land-men Morocbagfrom Africa eventually arrived in Europe?

This was my starting point for Midsummer Legend, which explores the history of the meerling people while at the same time following the story of one particular young meerling (as these people call themselves), Moroc, and his family at a time of great crisis.

Midsummer Legend  is suitable for boys and girls, 10+ to adult.

Here’s what a 13-year-old boy thought about it: 

’A thoroughly enjoyable book to read. It has its sad moments, and its happy moments and for the time I was reading Midsummer Legend I felt I was actually there inside the book, feeling the emotions all the characters felt. Midsummer Legend transported me to a different world full of adventure and I was sad to have to finish the book, I just wanted it to keep going on.

I found this book very hard to put down because the chapter always ends on a cliff-hanger and you feel you want to go on to find out what happens next...

I especially liked the two different stories going on at the same time, the different extracts from the Legend and Moroc’s story worked excellent side-by-side and made the book almost flawless.’

And here’s what a mother wrote:

’Hold onto your hats and anything else that’s flapping. Watership Down has nothing on these brave little meerlings. As well as finding a new home away from landmen they also have to contend with power struggles from within - meet relatives they never knew existed and possibly discover where they came from. Enchantingly enjoyable and enjoyed by my whole family!!!’

To buy Midsummer Legend click here

Midsummer Legend illustrations by the author








Every day Hansel and Gretel have to go into the dark, snowhanseltrappedy forest to collect firewood for their father to sell in the market.

When Hansel gets his foot caught in a trap,
Gretel runs to the nearest house for help. 



But the old woman who lives there is not
as nice and helpful as she at first seems. . .


 The House in the Forest illustrations by Keino


To buy The House in the Forest, click here







 Rubywary2A new take on the familiar classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Be prepared for some unexpected twists and turns as Ruby-Rose sets out into the forest with a basket of food for her grandmother. 

It’s a sunny day, but as she gets further into the forest it turns dark wolfand cold.  And then a shadowy figure appears out of the trees...




 Ruby-Rose illustrations by Pedro Bascon


To buy Ruby-Rose, click here









    (17 Victoria Street -
                     The Mystery of the Tortoise


Tom sets out to find out how his mother disappeared without trace seven years ago and stumbles into an unbelievable world of magic potions and flying carpets behind the perfectly ordinary front door of 17 Victoria Street. 

Now he discovers he has just six days to find his mother or she will be gone for ever. 

But what has any of this got to do with a tortoise?tortcover


Cover illustration by Verena Körting




Victoria Street No. 17  das Geheimnis der Schildkröte  is only available in German.

It can be bought here