What people have said about  The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard:

LoveReading4Kids Book of the Month August 2014 : ‘Rich in atmosphere and with a great cast of The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard by Julia Lee (Oxford University Press)characters, this is an exciting Victorian adventure in which the unexpected can always happen! Julia Lee creates a vivid world and weaves a gripping story through it.’  Julia Eccleshare

‘Unusual and fun! A funny and exciting story filled with original character. Perfect for 9 – 12 year olds looking for something a little different.’ Waterstones Booksellers

‘Another incredible romp from Julia Lee. I’m in total awe of how she writes. This book has everything!’ Emma Carroll, award-winning author of Frost Hollow Hall and The Girl Who Walked On Air

‘Written with Lee’s trademark style, wit, colourful characterisation and seductive sense of place, this is a brilliant story for both boys and girls.’ Beverley Guardian

‘Delightful and energetic story… filled with mystery, dark humour and skulduggery, likely to appeal to any young people who enjoy reading about courageous young heroes and the sinister villains who try (and, of course, fail) to defeat them… As in many books by Dickens and others, there is a vivid sense of atmosphere too. Gully belongs to a family which has close ties to the theatre and music halls – there are dancers, at least one budding actress, and a landlady who once wore tights and spangles in a touring magic act. Indeed, some of these skills are needed to save Gully and his friends from their troubles, and even to save the life of a young maiden who ends up, in true Victorian fashion, in deadly and apparently hopeless peril.’ more The Book Bag

‘A fabulous story, bursting with exciting and original characters AND a cracking plot – well worth a read.’ more Moontrug: Mad About Children’s Books blog aka children’s author Abi Elphinstone

‘The cast list is positively Dickensian, from larger-than-life theatre people, not unlike the Crummles in Nicholas Nickleby, to seedy criminals living on the margins of society, to more vicious characters’….’The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard is certainly not a book you can easily put down. Filled with clever coincidences, startling suspense and non-stop cliff-hangers. I like the way tension is built up the whole way through with emotional and heart-stopping moments as Gully finds himself caught up in bizarre situations. However, it is not just the edgy twists and turns and sudden changes of plot that makes this such a good read; the author also manages to show the importance of friendship and kindness towards others. I really recommend this book as a very good read.’ more The Historical Novel Society

‘This is Julia Lee’s second book, and once again features the wonderfully chaotic Marvel family…Moves at such a pace the reader cannot help but be swept up and swept along in the action. The twist and turns are labyrinthine – but it all ends well. A lively style presenting lively characters all a bit larger than life makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read for confident readers in KS2 moving to KS3. I look forward to more.’ More  Books For Keeps, the Online Children’s Books Magazine

‘This story is beautifully written, extremely descriptive … I would recommend this book to readers who have enjoyed The Secret Garden and The Little Princess.’ more Kat Winter, Guardian Children’s Books


What people have said about my first book, The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth:

The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee Oxford University Press‘There’s skulduggery, dark secrets and derring-do ahoy in this Victorian mystery adventure with a dash of dark humour.’ The Bookseller

‘With an ensemble of offbeat characters, plenty of jaunty dialogue and a plucky heroine who will appeal to both boys and girls, The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth hits the mark.’ Annabel Pitcher, The Guardian

‘Thrilling adventure story with a really strong and diverse cast of characters. A glorious mix of the essences of The Secret Garden, the Lemony Snicket books and a large dollop of inventiveness. It really is a wonderful read.’  Waterstones Booksellers

‘This colourful Victorian adventure story takes its inspiration from the tradition of classic children’s literature like A Little Princess and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, in which brave children triumph over unpleasant adults. With a lively cast of characters and an exciting plot, this is a pacy and enjoyable adventure tale with an engaging young heroine.’ Booktrust

‘The story zips along, and the twists and turns of the plot had me on the edge of my seat. There’s more than a touch of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s put-upon heroines who fight back in Clemency, which gives the book an authentic period flavour. Most enjoyable.’ The Historical Novel Society

‘Dahl meets Dickens in this rollicking tale.’ Teach Primary

‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Julia Eccleshare,  lovereading4kids

‘A gutsy orphan, outrageous villainy, a delicious hint of danger, and a whole lot of heart. What more could you want?’ Sara Starbuck, author of The Dread Pirate Fleur books

‘Fun, mystery and lashings of good old-fashioned melodrama …Lee uses all her wit and imagination in this thrilling adventure mystery which comes with a big-hearted heroine, an exciting brand of Victorian villainy and large dollops of skulduggery, magic and dark family secrets. A gloriously addictive story.’   Lancashire Evening Post

‘Lemony Snicket fans will love the Clemency Wrigglesworth adventure. Clemency is a gutsy and likeable girl, who can survive on her wits, and the book is packed with oddball, larger-than-life characters.’ Children’s Book of the Week Newcastle Evening Chronicle

‘An exciting mystery adventure with an elaborate plot and fabulously eccentric characters.’

‘Fast-paced, good mystery/adventure read that both boys and girls will love. Highly recommended for readers aged 9+’

‘A thrilling, adventurous tale of mystery and audacity.’ Nomad Books, Fulham

‘A very enjoyable adventure with an appealing heroine, villains that are just scary enough and humour too. Keeps the reader’s attention right up to the last page. This would be an excellent read for young readers moving on to slightly longer books.’ Anne Thompson,

‘Although the main character is a girl, there are plenty of boys in this tale to make it a suitable read for either sex!! My 8 year old son loved it.’ Amazon 5* review

‘I give this a big thumbs up. It is rare for me to finish a book so quickly (the last that I finished so quickly was a Harry Potter) but I was carried along and couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for our heroine and her friends next. I imagine this will be one that will be looked forward to for stories at bedtime or for independent reading.’ Amazon 5* review


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