Jennifer Bell’s MG novel Wonderscape was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. Her bestselling The Uncommoners series sold translation rights in 15 countries and was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. Inspired by her career as a former children’s bookseller at Foyles, Jennifer is widely known for the magical story worlds she creates. Jennifer lives in Surrey.
Co-creator Alice Lickens is an illustrator, author and designer based in London. Winner of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship for illustration, Alice is also Designer at London’s House of Illustration. She has worked as Quentin Blake’s designer and her picture books include Can You Dance to the Boogaloo? and How To Be A Cowboy, and the Explorer activity books series with the National Trust.
When 8-year-old Agnes is signed up for SPEARS (the Society for the Protection of Endangered and Awesomely Rare Species), she has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead with her elephant-shrew mentor Attie (short for “Attenborough”). Operation Honeyhunt sends them to the Brazilian rainforest, Operation Icebeak sends them to a marine outpost in Antarctica, and Operation Sandwhiskers sends them to the Sahara desert.
‘Agnes and Attie are awesome and their missions for SPEARS are bursting with humour and heart.’ – Sibeal Pounder
‘Fast-paced and funny, this entertaining eco-chapter book with attractive, two-tone illustrations is ideal for young new readers with an interest in nature.’ – Booktrust
‘A fun, adventure-filled book following a young environmentalist […] helping to protect and save endangered species.’ – ReadPlus
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