Book: Magpies - All their deadly little treasures (Lily S - Teenage Detective) by Lily Stuartcategories: Book, Teenage, Young Adult, Detective, Thriller, Mystery, British Mystery, School Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult Mystery
Lily Stuartabout this book: Magpies is the second in the Lily S: Teenage Detective series. In this book I wanted to explore self-image, hated or loved - something that will resonate with everyone, no doubt, but particularly with teenagers. Lily is 'different' - she now suffers form infrequent narcolepsy as a result of her head injuries. Si, the new boy is also different - he has Tourette's. What makes you popular, rejected, yourself, and content forms one of the themes of the story with it's variety of 'gangs'.
Of course the biggest and most dangerous of the gangs is the Magpies themselves - the drug pushers that one of Lily's peers has got involved with, and which Lily's detective dad is pursuing. Some of the signs of drug-taking, and the dangers run alongside the theme of 'fitting in' and being yourself, as well as the surprising discovery that you can like someone you'd totally discounted before - if you have an open mind.
Compared to Webs, Magpies took shape quite quickly - about six months in all - but having the characters already living in my head helped a lot. The title had been lurking there with them for ages - and I still salute a single magpie when I see one (to ward off bad luck...).
My research materials are easy to find - my two daughters, one currently sixteen and the other just 21. I know if they get it - and find the funny parts funny - then I've got it too. The primary readers of this series are probably 14+ but I know young adults tend to 'read up' so possibly some will be younger. I hope Lily will continue with her investigations until she gets to university, so there's at least another two years of Lily's world to follow. look out for 'Gone' - the next in the series in 2016...
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