Chapter Books

Sophie and the Albino Camel

albino camel‘Never mess with the Sahara desert!’ That’s what Sophie’s dad is always telling her. But when Sophie meets Gidaado the Fourth and his fine albino camel, the offer of a camel ride is just too good to resist. It turns out that the Sahara is more dangerous than Sophie could ever have imagined. There are snakes. There are djinns. There are sandstorms. And most terrifying of all there is Moussa ag Litni – a murderous Tuareg bandit intent on stealing camels.

Pure adventure story…an exceptional short novel – Michael Thorn, Times Educational Supplement

They don’t come much more exciting than this – Northern Echo

I really enjoyed it. I found it hard to put down. – Mariella Frostrup, Open Book

Winner of the Glen Dimplex Children’s Book award 2006…Stephen Davies has a real talent for inspiring young children. – Lovereading4kids.co.uk

A terrific read – David McKee (author of Elmer the Elephant), speaking on the radio 4 programme ‘Open Book’

On any afternoon of rain this is a book that you could give to any child, secure in the knowledge that he or she would enjoy it – Carlo Gebler, Glen Dimplex Prizegiving 2006

This book is absolutely delightful. Sophie is a great heroine – clever, and kind and brave; and the story, despite containing a real, page-turning adventure, is as gentle and charming as the albino camel who grins at you comfortably from the front cover – Booktrusted.co.uk

Sophie and the Locust Curse

Sophie_and_the_Locust_Curse_new_cover‘Watch out! The Locusts are coming!’
A terrifying army of locusts is making its way along the edge of the Sahara desert, devastating the crops in one village after another. Gidaado’s village is next. When the locusts arrive Gidaado will need all his wits about him in order to survive. He will also need his friend Sophie, his three-stringed guitar and an albino camel as fast as the harmattan wind.

A sequel to the excellent Sophie and the Albino Camel…This classy tale is as much a snapshot of West Africa as an adventure. It has a thrilling camel race and a surprising denouement. – Judith Woods, The Telegraph

“A really exciting adventure story set in Africa that will grip you from first page to last.” – Love Reading 4 Kids

“This, the second in the series about Sophie’s life in Africa, is really quite enchanting – sometimes moving, often funny, and constantly entertaining.” – Booktrusted

Sophie and the Locust Curse is now available for download from the Amazon Kindle Store. Choose from UK or USA.

Sophie and the Pancake Plot

pancakeplot‘Never mess with power-hungry people!’ Or so Sophie’s Dad is always telling her. But when her friend Gidaado the Fourth starts working for a corrupt General, Sophie finds herself mixed up in some very dirty business. To expose the villain before he becomes President, Sophie and Gidaado will need all their wits about them. They will also need a dog whistle, a carnivorous plant and an albino camel as fast as the harmattan wind.

Sophie and the Pancake Plot is a very entertaining read. Sophie is a loveable character and she amuses the reader with her wit and equally with her defiance. She gets herself into some tricky situations but uses the lessons that she has learned throughout the novel to save her. – Writeaway

An exciting new story about a dodgy election in the African desert, setting up a new chase for Sophie, the tough and spirited little girl and her erstwhile friend, the albino camel. Terrific adventure, almost Kiplingesque in its humour and writing style, children from 6+ will love the wonderful story and the surprising ending. – Love Reading 4 Kids

Sophie and the Pancake Plot is now available for download from the Amazon Kindle Store. Choose from UK or USA.

All three Sophie books are available as audio downloads from Amazon, narrated by the actress Jilly Bond. Perfect for listening to with children on long car journeys.

Download Sophie and the Albino Camel mp3
Download Sophie and the Locust Curse mp3
Download Sophie and the Pancake Plot mp3
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