The Curio Collectors
Lily and Tom travel the county with Ma Hawker, enthralling crowds with their amazing collection of curios. Always on the lookout for new wonders, Lily is tricked into buying a worthless bag of rubbish. But hidden within is a special piece of scrimshaw. A young woman called Flora Meriweather is desperate to buy the scrimshaw, hoping it can help her solve a mystery surrounding her late mother. But someone else also wants to get his hands on the scrimshaw and ensure that secrets stay hidden in the past. Can the Curio Collectors help the truth come to light?
Cover design by Anna Shepeta
We have recently been learning about Mary Anning so my children are familiar with the idea of curios being found and sold to others. I can’t wait to share this with them as it will make a super whole class read out loud story.” — NetGalley Review
“A sprinkling of adventure, a dash of mystery, a dastardly crime and the magic of collecting and trading curios combine in a story that is as spectacular as Ma Hawker’s cabinet of curiosities … a beautifully written historical tale from the fabulous Eloise Williams … Suspense, mystery and shady goings-on enthral, whilst messages of doing the right thing and helping those who need it most are welcomed.” — NetGalley Review
“Points to the author for shattering the gender stereotype of girls/women in historical children’s fiction … All in all, this is a quick, interesting and fun story that would appeal to young readers who love tales of adventure and mystery.” — NetGalley Review
“An adventurous and imaginative tale … Lil’s voice felt very authentic and I loved the small but vibrant cast … a perfect blend of magic, mystery and mayhem that will appeal to young readers!” — NetGalley Review
“What a brilliant historical mystery adventure with great illustrations by Anna Shepeta.” – Jo Bowers, Just Imagine