Spark M. G. Leonard


Paperback published by Walker Books 1st September 2022

ISBN 9781046389388

A new mystery for the Twitchers!

When Jack rescues a wounded cat, he quickly suspects foul play. Could there be a wildlife criminal on the loose in Briddvale?

Jack rushes to investigate, determined to catch the culprit, only to stumble into a deepening mystery and a sinister criminal plot, can Jack and the Twitchers stop the villains before it’s too late?


I read book one, Twitch and thoroughly enjoyed it, about a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood. The series is great for young kids, who like reading about children investigating as young detectives. I found book two Spark another exciting bird watching detective adventure.

In book two while Jack is in Aves Wood, he finds an injured cat named Colonel Mustard that has been shot in the leg. With Jack’s love for all animals he takes it to the vet.

In book one, The Twitchers are bird watching detectives, that caught a bank robber and found the missing money.

Now in book two Jack is about to take on another mission as the Twitchers detective.

The Twitchers were in Aves Wood planning what to do over the half term. Jack has the idea, that he and the other members of the Twitchers will help solve the mystery of the evil cat killer.

Jack starts investigating. He recorded the time and target of the shot that was fired at the pigeons in the fir tree. Jack writes down a list of things he needs to investigate.

1) Ask Jess the vet about the other shootings.

2) Find out more about Flatcap. Who is he?

3) interview Veron Boon about the shootings.

4) The murder weapon. What kind of gun is it?

5) Motive?

Why is someone shooting cats? It was the motive that puzzled Jack the most.

I’m enjoying this Twitchers series so much as it’s breath of fresh air with young boys who are bird watches becoming detectives.

I can see many opportunities for the bird watchers detectives to become more books so I do hope there will book three.

I would like to thank Walker books for sending me copy to read and review.

About author M. G. Leonard

M. G. Leonard is an award winning, bestselling writer of children’s books, as well as a member of Authors4Oceans. Her books are sold in 40 countries, and there is a currently a TV series in development based on her Beetle Boy series. Her first picture book, The Tales of a Toothbrush, is out now. She is also co author of the critically acclaimed Adventures on Trains series, and the author of The Twitchers, a mystery adventure series starring a group of birdwatching detectives. Before becoming a writer, M. G. Leonard worked as a digital media producer for the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons and pet Beetles.


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