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The Highland Falcon Thief Reviews

The Highland Falcon Thief by M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli

The Highland Falcon Thief

M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli

4.36 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 30 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781529013061

Climb aboard the Highland Falcon and join Harrison Beck as he solves the case of a jewel thief in an addictive series, Adventures on Trains, from mystery-writing duo M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman.

1 Prize for The Highland Falcon Thief

The British Book Awards
2021 Winner: Children's Fiction Book of the Year

Gleaming with a “glamorous, escapist holiday feel”, the first book in M G Leonard and Sam Sedgman’s Adventures on Trains series, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli, was well on track to be loved by middlegrade readers—and the judges for this category agreed, awarding it the Nibbie for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year.


3 stars out of 5
Fiona Noble
1 Mar 2020

"a good, old-fashioned mystery"

This is the first book in the exciting Adventures on Trains series, ideal for independent readers who enjoy a good, old-fashioned mystery. The compelling tale is complemented throughout by wonderful black-and-white drawings, which bring the characters and vintage steam train to life.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
18 Jan 2020

"don’t let excuses stop you from getting stuck into this thrilling new detective series"

Leonard and Sedgman’s characterisations of the motley passengers are ingenious (I love Nat’s “crumpet-coloured raincoat”) and the steam-train nerdery fascinating (you don’t have to be a train lover to love this, but if you are you are in for a treat).

Fans of Agatha Christie, or, more recently, Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine’s detective stories, should adore this mystery, which, while doffing its guard’s cap to Murder on the Orient Express, makes a steam trail all of its own. The next tale arrives in September.

  • The BooksellerBook of the Month
5 stars out of 5
Fiona Noble
13 Dec 2019

"A fabulous, fast-paced ride packed with clues, illustrations and intrigue"

The Branford Boase Award-winning author of the Beetle Boy trilogy launches her new venture, teaming up with novelist and playwright Sam Sedgman for Adventures on Trains, a major new series where each mystery takes place aboard a different train. In the first adventure, Harrison Beck reluctantly joins his travel-writer uncle aboard the last journey of a royal locomotive, travelling from King's Cross up the east coast to Balmoral. When a priceless brooch goes missing, suspicions and accusations run high and Harrison is soon embroiled in the hunt for a jewel thief. It's all enormous fun with an air of old-school adventure. A fabulous, fast-paced ride packed with clues, illustrations and intrigue; Paganelli's illustrations and chapter headers are peppered through the text. Leonard first conceived the idea when her train-loving children were unable to find older fiction with the realism and detail they yearned for. Sedgman, a lifelong train enthusiast, proved to be the ideal writing partner. Acquired by Macmillan in a six-way auction, the title is its biggest Middle Grade launch of 2020, with a marketing plan to match.