It’s my book birthday in the USA! First Class Murder (the US edition of Daisy and Hazel’s third adventure) is finally out in hardback, and Poison is Not Polite (the US edition of Arsenic for Tea, Daisy and Hazel’s second adventure) is now out in paperback. I’m so pleased and happy – I know American fans have been waiting for this, and I’m really glad the wait is finally over.
My American book family just got a lot bigger!
Today’s the publication date of both the paperback of Murder is Bad Manners (the American edition of Murder Most Unladylike) and the gorgeous new hardback of Poison is Not Polite (Arsenic for Tea in the UK). I’m totally delighted that Daisy and Hazel’s second adventure is now available to US readers.
I’ve had more great news about my American books: the US edition of Murder Most Unladylike, Murder is Bad Manners, has been chosen as an ALA Notable Book for 2016!
According to the website, ‘Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.’
This is a huge vote of confidence in my book, and it’s in formidable company.
“Wells and Wong solve the case and leave readers eager to read more of their appealing tales.” – Shelf Awareness
‘Set in England in 1934, this book takes readers on a delightful romp through the halls of a girls’ boarding school . . . Stevens deftly uses familiar stereotypes to create individuals who are engaging and likeable. Beneath the mystery and adventure, the author explores themes of friendship, independence, and personal identity that concern pre-adolescent girls. This book, the first in a series, is a “jolly good read” . . . Recommended’ – Marney Welmers, School Library Connection
‘Stevens’ story, narrated by Hazel, is a first-rate homage to English boarding school adventure and period murder-mystery tales’ – Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
‘Hong Kong transplant Hazel Wong serves as Watson to Daisy Wells’ Sherlock Holmes in this debut middle-grade mystery series set in 1934 at Deepdean School for Girls. After Hazel finds the body of Miss Bell, the science teacher, it suddenly disappears, setting the Wells and Wong Detective Society on the case. Hazel narrates the story through her casebook, revealing that she is the more analytical of the pair. There are plenty of red herrings and wrong turns, but in the end Wells and Wong solve the case and leave readers eager to read more of their appealing tales.’ – Cathy Berner, Indie Next List Summer 2015
‘Here’s a mystery import, set in the 1930s, that does justice to its British roots . . . This is a delightfully designed book, from the throwback cover to the school map inside . . . Nancy Drew, meet Wells and Wong.’ – Booklist
The time has come at last! No longer will my grandmother have to single-handedly keep our friends and relations in America supplied with copies of Murder Most Unladylike by ferrying them over in her luggage: from today, my first book will be available in stores the length and breadth of the USA and Canada.
‘part murder mystery, part diary, and a pitch-perfect snapshot of adolescent friendship . . . [Daisy and Hazel’s] yin-yang friendship, like the camaraderie of Sherlock and Watson, is as integral to the story as the revelation of the murderer. A sharp-witted debut for Stevens, one that will leave readers eagerly awaiting subsequent instalments’ – Publishers Weekly