The Strange Encounter of Sally Shakespeare and Toby Tinker

Sally Shakespeare is smart and popular whilst Toby Tinker is the class fool, yet it is Sally who foolishly believes that her stories come true. And perhaps they do. When Toby disappears, Sally blames herself and decides to take action, even if it means defying everyone who cares for her.

An intriguing and engaging story for readers aged 10 and over.

WINNER of the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award 2014.

Age Range: 10+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: ‘B’ paperback
Pages: 208
Word Count: 42,000
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-908577-40-5
RRP: £6.99



A stillness surrounded them which made their troubles seem distant, and all that counted and all that was true was the reading, the story and the gentle glow of the lamp.

  • Extract: Bad Girl

    Extract: Bad Girl

    Sally arrived at school around 7.45, an unearthly hour even for the keenest pupils. There were no other children around and she went unobserved straight to the entrance of the boiler room and down the stairs. She slid open the lock, pushed the door ajar and slipped inside.

    Whether or not it was the results of her preparation, Sally was for some reason less scared than she

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    Winner of the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award 2014

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  • The Artist

    The Artist

    The cover artist is Sarah Hughes. Sarah won a competition to design the cover for Strange Encounter at the University of Lincoln in 2014. She has various sites demonstrating her work. Here are a few:



  • Award Photo

    Award Photo