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Cosima Unfortunate Steals A Star

Book 1

Laura Noakes


An exciting  debut children’s novel from Carlisle author Laura Noakes!

Funny, moving, exciting – and featuring joyous and authentic disabled representation – Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star is the middle-grade debut of 2023. Cosima Unfortunate has spent all her life at the Home for Unfortunate Girls – a school where any disabled children,or children deemed different, are sent, whether their familieswant it or not. It is there that she meets her friends – Pearl,Mary and Diya – and they start to practise mini heistsinvolving the theft of cakes, biscuits and other sweet goodies.

But when Cos finds out that Lord Francis Fitzroy, the explorerbehind the Empire Exhibition, is planning to adopt them, sheand her friends plot the biggest heist of their life. Instead offondant fancies, they’re going to steal Fitzroy’s prized tiara,containing the legendary Star Diamond of India! But, as theystart preparing for the day, Cosima finds herself drawing evercloser to discovering the one secret she’s always wanted toknow – the truth about her parents . .


Harper Collins



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130mm x 198mm paperback




10 black & white line drawings

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