Sophie Lee's Blog
  1. Published 1 May 2011
    Children’s Fiction, ages 7+

    A mysterious illness with very strange symptoms is spreading through Runcible, throwing the townsfolk into a panic. Edie Amelia Sparks, nine-year-old detective extraordinaire, sets out to investigate.

    Together with her new best friend Cheesy Chompster and Mr Pants, her French bulldog, Edie begins the hunt for a cure. The adventurers encounter some rather unusual things along the way, including:

    • a flan-eating dog
    • people in colourful jumpsuits
    • a dastardly theft
    • a motorised pram
    • some very distressed alpacas
    • and a solution that’s right before their eyes

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  2. Published 1 November 2009
    Children’s Fiction, ages 7+

    “There was no doubt at all that Edie Amelia Sparks was in possession of a fine talent for keeping things ordered when all around her was in chaos.”

    Edie Amelia Sparks is a neat girl with very messy parents.

    While checking that her party outfit for her ninth birthday is in order, she discovers that one of her most treasured possessions – a red monkey shoe with a crimson tassel on the toe – is missing. With the help of her unusual dog Mr Pants, and her arch nemesis/best friend Cheesy Chompster, Edie Amelia sets out to solve the mystery of the missing shoe.

    What the critics said:

    “With lovely visual descriptions, fun, quirky and amiable characters… this fanciful book has certainly prepped Lee for more Edie Amelia adventures. I, for one, would be keen to see what this delightful and whimsical character gets up to next.” Kids Book Review

    “This is the rare sort of story that kids will adore and adults will genuinely enjoy reading with them.” Family Circle

    “… Sophie Lee has created a tale of daring, courage and endurance. Verdict: The twin plots and unexpected twist at the end form a page-turner and an exciting read.” The Daily Telegraph.

  3. Published 2 April 2007
    Young Adult Fiction

    A series of disasters in her home town causes Australian actress Alice Evans to flee to Hollywood where she finds life is not the glittery stuff of dreams. It’s the Hollywood nightmare. She is forced to navigate her way round the city in a cheap Japanese rental car lurching from one audition to the next. She has no money in the bank, no friends, and her auditions aren’t exactly setting the town on fire. She shares an apartment in the decidedly non-glamorous Miracle Mile district with an out of work swimsuit model and two bellicose cats who have a habit of invading her suitcase when she’s not looking.

    Alice begins to suspect she’s come to the worst place on earth to turn her luck around but she’s hell bent on her mission to succeed. One day she has a chance meeting with an Irishman called Nick who encourages her to think carefully about holding onto long-held dreams when life could open up many new possibilities.

    What the critics said:

    “…the story races to an entirely satisfying denouement, the kind that made the movie The Castle… such a memorable tale.” The Australian