Bug, a ten year old boy, just moved to a new town. Desperately trying to find a skate park, he discovers a few new friends instead. But these aren't just any friends. They're The Gumshoes, a paranormal investigation club. Will Bug ditch his skateboarding ways to become a Gumshoe?
Join Mr Tripp and Room Five for three great stories about wheels day and an embarrassing fall.
Sandy McKay is a New Zealand born author who began writing stories when her children were little to encourage them to read. Her first novel Recycled (Longacre Press) won the New Zealand Post Childrenâ€™s Book Award for Junior Fiction in 2002. She has since had three other titles appear on the Notable list for the same award: My Dad, the All Black, 2002; Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, 2005; Losing It, 2008. Mr Tripp Smells a Rat is Sandyâ€™s first title with Walker Books. Sandy lives in Dunedin with her husband and her three children.
About the Illustrator
Ruth Paul is an award-winning author and illustrator from New Zealand. She draws on everyday life for inspiration and ideas, and is particularly interested in how people get on together. Ruth calls herself and â€œold-fashionedâ€ illustrator, working in hands-on media such as acrylic, pastels and pencils, using Photoshop to do last-minute work on scans where required. Her title The Kingâ€™s Bubbles won the Childrenâ€™s Choice Award, New Zealand Post Childrenâ€™s Book Awards, 2008; and the Childrenâ€™s Book Design Award, Book Publishers Association of New Zealand Design Awards, 2008. Ruth lives in the country in a straw-bale house powered by its own remote electricity system, with her husband and two young sons.
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