The Curse of the Speckled Monster: Book One: Graverobbers and Gallows
Meet Roderick - a scrawny, unremarkable teenager keeping a diary of his life in the Middle Ages. When he’s chosen to become a knight on a quest to find a holy relic (the fingers of St Stephen), Roderick is determined to prove his honour and graduate from zero to hero. The hilarious Long Lost Secret Diary series put us inside the heads of hapless figures from history struggling to carry out their roles and getting things horribly wrong. The accessible, irreverent stories will keep young readers laughing as they learn the importance of not being afraid to learn from one’s mistakes.
Tim Collins writes non-fiction books for adults and children's fiction books, including books designed to appeal to reluctant readers. His work has been translated into forty languages. He has won awards such as the Manchester Fiction City.
Sarah Horne studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art and Kingston University. Her acclaimed illustrations have been commissioned by institutions such as Kew Gardens and The Guardian newspaper. She specialises in illustrating quirky children's books.