Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire. She studied English at Bristol University and in 2005 she was highly commended in Vogue magazine’s annual Talent Competition for young writers. As well as writing an award-winning blog at followtheyellow.co.uk, she started a children’s radio book show in 2014 called ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’, reviews children’s books for ‘The Week Junior’ and chairs events everywhere from the London Book Fair to Hay Festival and YALC. She lives in London and previously worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she was a children’s book specialist and project manager of the Children’s Laureate, working with leading children’s authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.
Peril in Paris – ALL ABOARD THE TRAIN TO PARIS! It’s 1911, and the young detectives of Taylor & Rose are turning their talents to espionage. On a case for the mysterious Secret Service Bureau, the daring Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris. But danger lurks beneath the bright lights of the city – and intrigue and murder lie in store. As aeroplanes soar in the skies overhead, our heroines will need to put all their spy skills to the test to face the peril that awaits them…
Rose’s Dress of Dreams – Young Rose dreams of sewing stunning dresses for the women of Paris. But when a chance encounter with royalty changes her life, Rose must draw on all her skills to create the most breathtaking dress of them all. Inspired by the life of Rose Bertin, the woman credited with inventing haute-couture, this is a story to inspire bold girls and boys everywhere. Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst, and published by Barrington Stoke as part of the super-readable Little Gems series.
‘Woodfine is on great form; she’s a brilliantly engaging storyteller and her meticulous attention to detail creates a keen sense of time and place.’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
‘If your child has enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson or Enid Blyton, then this book is a must’ – Kate Hilpern, The Independent
‘A lovely slice of historical detective fiction… a good-hearted adventure, with two charming heroines’ – Toby Clements, The Telegraph
‘Katherine Woodfine has created a beguiling, silky, beautiful tale… Perfect for any young fashion fans, the story is a lovely read for children just moving away from picture books, and is resplendent with historical and dressmaking detail.’ BookTrust