Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green Peligan City is a dark, bleak and sinister place, where crime and corruption is rife, yet Lil Potkin in her bright yellow raincoat presents a beacon of hope as a young crusading reporter eager to right wrongs, and solve mysteries. When Lil finds Nedly Stubbs, a boy who has been missing for a year, she thinks this could be the scoop which might make her name. She enlists the help of the once-famous detective Abe Mandrel to piece together the sequence of events leading up to Nedly's disappearance, but she soon realises that no-one can see Nedly except her! It’s a funny, quirky, spooky book, a ‘detective-ghost-story-comedy’ that’s been illustrated by the award-winning Karl Mountford. Aimed at children aged nine and above, this is the first of a series telling the adventures of Potkin and Stubbs. ‘The first book is of Lil and Ned meeting and solving the crime, and the subsequent books are their journey together,’ says the author, Sophie Green. ‘I always saw it as a trilogy – when you create a world with characters that you love, it’s difficult to leave them.’ Sophie will be familiar to many of us, as she worked as the assistant manager of Woodbridge Library for a number of years. Her love of ‘film noir’, comic books, ghost stories and myths inspired Potkin and Stubbs and means that the books have a wide appeal. ‘I think it’s a funny story – I want it to be entertaining, but I’ve put in a lot of things I’m passionate about regarding freedom of the press, and the importance of persistence. The setting is quite bleak, but ultimately it’s about how people can change things through very small acts of kindness and not accepting things that are wrong.’ Catherine Larner Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green is £6.99 and available from Browsers Bookshop, 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge.