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Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments Hi, everyone.
Having finally realised that 'waiting' for reviews requires endless patience, a very comfy armchair and a heavy tome to while away the hours/weeks/months/years, I have decided to politely ask for them.

As I have written several books for this age-group, I will give a brief outline of each below, and if any of them appeals, I would be delighted to send an electronic copy in exchange for a much-appreciated review.

Glass Dreams
Glass Dreams by Helen Laycock
Runaway Jake has no idea what adventures are in store when he finds young circus performer Khala hiding in a ramshackle caravan.

Jake sees things – dreams, visions… but should he reveal the contents of the mysterious box he has been warned never to open? Khala has secrets of her own, secrets which could threaten her friendship with Jake.
And she is not the only one of the performers with something to hide.

Jake soon discovers that Fantazi’s Circus is a place of danger, and together, he and Khala begin to uncover the layers of deceit which have an impact on them both.

However, neither one is prepared for the biggest discovery of all.

For readers of 8-12


The Secret of Pooks Wood
The Secret of Pooks Wood by Helen Laycock
When twins Lily and Ollie are stranded at Great Hawkesden Manor over Christmas with their mother Stella, they have no idea what will happen when they find an old glass snow globe.

Inside it not only is there a miniature model of the manor house, but there is magic.

A time-shift adventure for readers of 9-12


Mandrake's Plot
Mandrake's Plot by Helen Laycock
Evie and Mia meet on a train on their way to St. Agatha's Boarding School for Girls. Dropped at a deserted station, with no one to meet them, they trek through the pelting rain and darkness for miles until they find a sign to St. Agatha's which points to an unlikely overgrown track leading up a mountain path.

A foreboding place, St. Agatha's School is surrounded by a sea of mist, and overlooks a loch. Coming face to face with the grotesque caretaker, Mandrake, is not the only thing to unsettle them.
What is the significance of the strange rings worn by Miss Blackthorn, the head teacher - and why does everyone behave so oddly?

The girls stumble across a forgotten burial chamber. Inside, lies the crumbling skeleton of Sister Beatrice, clutching a note which tells of a curse. Locked in the chamber as a punishment, the friends discover an old book within which is the antidote to the curse... but it is hidden in code.


Salt
Salt by Helen Laycock
A holiday at Pirates’ Cove with Great Aunt Win is nothing like Toby expects it to be… He is baffled by the mysterious beach fires and eerie singing he witnesses during the night. He is fascinated, too, by the weird and wonderful tales of the town: not only the legend of the pitiful Mary-Anne, said to row out nightly to the Blue Rock, but also of the peculiar ‘cursed’ gold plate locked in the guesthouse cabinet. Stranger still, why has a dead man been spotted in the town? With the help of intriguing local girl, Hattie, the secrets of Salt Guesthouse are unravelled… but not before the children find themselves in grave danger.


Martha and Mitch
Martha and Mitch by Helen Laycock
Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and stepmother Penelope.
Mitch lives at the boys’ orphanage, a dilapidated mansion run by Ariadne Scattypants.

Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading.

Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha’s wonderful home.

However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn.

Suitable for readers of 8-12


Song of the Moon
Song of the Moon by Helen Laycock
Isadora Wellington, known as Izzy, befriends Titania Moonsong, a wheelchair-bound old lady who lives at 13 Arnison Avenue.

Rumour has it that Mrs Moonsong is a witch, which is hardly surprising: she has a black cat, Macbeth; her favourite piece of music is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; and she makes peculiar concoctions from the herbs she grows in her garden.

When Mrs Moonsong disappears and Dylan, a strange hippy, moves into her house, Izzy and her cousin Joe are concerned. It seems Dylan is the one intent on casting spells, and Mrs Moonsong is not the only one in danger.

Suitable for readers of 7-12


Charlie Chumpkins
Charlie Chumpkins by Helen Laycock
Imagine Sam's shock when he discovers that a tiny, old-fashioned gentleman – Charlie Chumpkins – has been living under his bed for some time – and imagine, too, the problem of keeping his little friend a secret. Enjoy the big adventures of miniature Charlie as he gets himself caught up in calamity after calamity…



If you would like additional information about the books, you may like to browse my website for children's fiction:
https://helenlaycock.wixsite.com/hele...

Thank you,
Helen


message 2: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1492 comments Mod
Lovely to meet you in here at last Helen. I’ve been attracted to several of your books. I really must get round to reading them!


message 3: by Helen (new)

Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments Jemima wrote: "Lovely to meet you in here at last Helen. I’ve been attracted to several of your books. I really must get round to reading them!"

Oh, that's very kind of you to say so, Jemima!

I don't spend a huge amount of time on Goodreads, but it's probably a good place for writers to hang out, especially groups like this one where I am a good fit!

(I think I have joined too many groups; I forget which ones I have visited, and often forget to visit some at all!)


message 4: by Helen (new)

Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments By the way, I am currently running a draw on Twitter to win a paperback copy of The Secret of Pooks Wood.

I will randomly pick a winner on Saturday 23rd June.

All you have to do is RT the promotional tweet. You can find me
@helen_laycock.

And apologies to U.S. readers but the entrants have to be UK based (for postage purposes!).


message 5: by Helen (new)

Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments Oh, and if anyone would like to become a Goodreads friend, I would be delighted!


message 6: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 362 comments Many of these books look right up my alley Helen. Hope most of them are available on Kindle as as much as I love paper books, I am drowning in them and will one day be buried under piles of books.


message 7: by Helen (new)

Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments Manybooks wrote: "Many of these books look right up my alley Helen. Hope most of them are available on Kindle as as much as I love paper books, I am drowning in them and will one day be buried under piles of books."

Yes, indeed, Manybooks! With the exception of Charlie Chumpkins (which I am yet to publish as a Kindle edition, though it's on my To Do list :)), they are all available in both formats as well as being available FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited (whoopee!).

Stay safe! I would hate to be the cause of your demise...


message 8: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 362 comments Helen wrote: "Manybooks wrote: "Many of these books look right up my alley Helen. Hope most of them are available on Kindle as as much as I love paper books, I am drowning in them and will one day be buried unde..."

But it would be a great way to go ...


message 9: by Helen (new)

Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments Manybooks wrote: "Helen wrote: "Manybooks wrote: "Many of these books look right up my alley Helen. Hope most of them are available on Kindle as as much as I love paper books, I am drowning in them and will one day ..."



And once you're flat, we could use you as a bookmark!

There's always a bright side to every situation.


message 10: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 362 comments Helen wrote: "Manybooks wrote: "Helen wrote: "Manybooks wrote: "Many of these books look right up my alley Helen. Hope most of them are available on Kindle as as much as I love paper books, I am drowning in them..."

Oh boy, we have pretty much a similar sense of humour. Yay!!


message 11: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1492 comments Mod
Helen is this post still valid for review copies?

It's been up a long time (I've even reviewed several of them).


message 12: by Helen (new)

Helen Laycock (helenlaycock) | 128 comments Jemima wrote: "Helen is this post still valid for review copies?

It's been up a long time (I've even reviewed several of them)."


Thank you, Jemima. Much appreciated.

Yes, I am still happy to offer electronic copies for reviews, unless you think this thread needs to close now! I haven't had any uptake, to be honest, so perhaps members aren't interested.


message 13: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett | 1492 comments Mod
I've done some house-keeping... so maybe I'll leave it till next year's sweeping up!


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