Published: 28/01/2016
ISBN: 9781784625085
eISBN: 9781785893957
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Marianne Parry was born in Pontypridd, South Wales. She attended Pontypridd Girls' Grammar School and Worcester College, and worked for many years as a Primary School teacher. Her literary works inclu... read more

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The Tinker Spy
by Marianne Parry

Solo, son of farmer Felice, an ex-gypsy, overhears a conversation between two men planning a robbery to take place on the forthcoming date of the annual spring fair. The men callously intend to lay the blame on a gypsy called Silas.

When Solo tells his old brother Jacko, his young police constable friend Pip and his father, Pip urges him to report the conversation to his Sergeant the next day. To Pip’s amazement, although Solo appears at the police staton, he makes up a story of two of his father’s cows missing. When he discovers why, an unlikely suspect surfaces...

Meanwhile, they need to find Silas to warn him to stay away from the fair, so that he could not be blamed. This will mean someone going from village to village to find someone of that name. Since tinkers frequently roamed from place to place, Felice is persuaded to disguise himself as a tinker but, although he visits as many areas as he can, no-one seems to have heard of the gypsy about to be incriminated.

As Jacko and Solo decide to play detectives, they find themselves in grave danger. Will Felice find Silas? Will the real culprits be found? Will the boys escape unharmed?

Tinker Spy is a thrilling adventure story, perfect for children between the ages of seven and 12.

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2014 sees Marianne Parry publishing two books of short stories for children.

The first story, Tales of Wabasso, will be available from 28th August; and the second story, Rusty and Friends, will be available from 28th October.

Tales of Wabasso follows a group of North American Indian children and their tribe. It includes references to traditional customs, words and the environment in which they live, in order to create a vivid and exciting picture of their adventures. Anyone liking traditional stories for children will enjoy this book.

Rusty and Friends follows a group of British children coming to terms with various family issues, that are resolved in surprisingly positive ways. Many children will relate to situations like these.

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