Amazon UK/US bestseller 2018-19. Over 70,000 print copies sold. A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. A time travel mystery adventure for children age 8-11 years.
When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?
Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound – and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake.
Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?
Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.
A modern children's classic
The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a 'modern Tom's Midnight Garden' and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden.
Karen Inglis describes it as '"a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of adventure that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date!"
ALBANIAN RIGHTS SOLD (2019). RUSSIAN RIGHTS SOLD (2019)
The author owns and manages all rights (text and cover illustration).
Amazon UK bestseller 2018-19 - ranking between 85 and 750 in the whole UK store for most of 2018 and 300-1500 in the whole UK store during 2019.
Amazon US bestseller 2019, ranking 350-1500 in the whole of Amazon.com (not just children's books) during the second half of 2019.
Stocked by Gardners UK and in stock at several branches of Waterstones UK
High numbers sold at signings in six branches of Waterstones in south-west London.
Numerous successful readings/sales/signings at school events in the UK.
Has strong popularity in the USA as well as the UK – our children still love a mystery adventure!
5 Stars from Louise Jordan, ex-Head Reader for Puffin UK and founder of The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books
Louise Jordan (ex-Head Reader for Puffin UK and found of The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books)
“… an excellent read…because of the strong mix of characters it succeeds in being that most unusual of books – a book that can be appreciated by both boys and girls alike. However what I particularly liked about this book is that, unlike many of the lengthy tomes published for 8 - 12 year-olds these days, the page count is extremely manageable with short, gripping chapters that lead you swiftly on through an absorbing tale of mystery and suspense. I run an advice service for children's writers and I would be more than happy if I had been responsible for taking this book to market.”
Karen Inglis is an Amazon UK/US bestselling children's author living in London in the UK.
Karen is a big dreamer and thinker and loves taking young readers into worlds where literally anything can happen... like magical time tunnels that take you to meet children in the past, or soccer-mad aliens zooming down from space to hide in your bedroom and watch the World Cup, or library books that suck you down into the story, or magic hats and talking cats! She also loves going into schools and meeting her fans.
Karen is also Children's Advisor at the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Copyright (text and images) owned by Karen Inglis and Well Said Press.