Twitch with M G Leonard 

From the internationally bestselling author of Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series, comes the first book in The Twitchers, a brand new mystery adventure series from M G Leonard celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, starring a birdwatching detective called Twitch!

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In this event M G will take you on her journey of birding discovery, with some tips on how to spot birds where you live that might even inspire you to get up super early and listen to the Dawn Chorus, and she will definitely get you to take THE TWITCHER’S OATH!


  • Author: M G Leonard 
  • School Years: YRS 4, 5 & 6
  • Date: 15/06/22
  • Time: 10.45-11.30am 
  • Venue: Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
  • Cost: £2 per child. FREE places for pupil premium children and staff 
  • Books: Available to pre-order for dedicating and signing after the event
  • Contact: Please email [email protected] for enquiries and bookings

Can a birdwatcher outwit an escaped convict? Twitch has three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom and a passion for birdwatching. On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret hide to find police everywhere: a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood. Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching to hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?

  • “Leonard knows her audience and the jeopardy comes in flocks ... find your nest, curl up and enjoy.” The Times
  • "A twist-laden, thriller-like tale of a bird-mad boy, some bullies and an escaped convict hiding in the nearby woods." Observer
  • "A twisty crime drama as well as a persuasive story about friendship and nature." Sunday Times
  • “Adventure, friendship and the pure unassuming beauty of nature … a book that could have been a collaboration between David Attenborough and Roald Dahl.” Dr Jess French
  • “One of those really, really good books … recommended for readers around 8 to 12 years old, and grown-ups like me who still enjoy the delight of a great adventure story!” The Bookbag
  • "Twitch is a good old-fashioned adventure story that feels like a modern-day Secret Seven." BBC Wildlife Magazine

M G Leonard has made up stories ever since she was a girl, but, back then, adults called them lies or tall tales and she didn’t write them down. As a grown-up, her favourite things to create stories about are beetles, birds, and trains. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and won many awards. She is the vice president of the insect charity Buglife, and a founding author of Authors4Oceans. She lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons, a fat cat called Kasper, a dog called Nell, and a variety of exotic beetles.

"An original voice in children's literature." The Times
"Truly great storytelling." Michael Mopurgo
"Superstar." Guardian
"Wonderful." Sunday Telegraph