Is it an April Fool’s joke like the grown-ups think?
9-year old best friends and detectives-in-the-making, Amy and Charlie, decide to have a go at solving their first mystery. Every house in their village of Newton wakes up to find a present on their doorstep – a cream-coloured bag with two baby giant African land snails and a tank inside it, with instructions on how to keep the snails. The girls quickly single out Mr. Brown as the number one suspect – a man who never shaves and whose car is often heard chugging up the hill late at night.
But then snail posters are found nailed to trees. A schoolboy goes missing and the girls’ mums start to behave suspiciously.
The girls stumble from one wrong lead to another, until a secret spilt on the playground sends them snail-hunting high up on Zig-Zag Common. They follow a snail trail and make the most amazing discovery. But that’s not the end of it.
In the story that began the whole madaboutsnailbook series, Snail Trail dips into the dreaded world of the grown-ups. When the girls finally discover the secret behind the snail drop, it will take all their courage to stand up to the real culprits. Can they and still hope for a happy ending?
Suitable for parents, teachers, grandparents and carers to read to children of five and over and for older children to read for themselves.