Challenge pupils to write a blurb for a daring detective story! One lucky winner will get £100 worth of books and a signed set of the Murder Most Unladylike series for your school’s reading corner. Plus 10 runners up will get a copy of the latest book in the series, Top Marks for Murder.
How to enter
Entry is open budding blurbists and junior detectives aged 8 – 15. Send in entries by 27 November via email to PuffinSchools@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk with Robin Stevens Competition in the subject line or send via post to Robin Stevens Competition – Puffin Schools, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL. Make sure your entry is no more than 300 words long!
Class Conversation Starters
- Why is a blurb on the back of the book important?
- What do you think makes a blurb exciting? What don’t you think a blurb should include?
- Read this blurb from the back of Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – what do you think the story is about?
- Mystery and detective stories are built around some really key plot points, rather like ingredients. They need a closed-setting, a victim, a crime and clues. Can you find references to each of these in the blurb from the very first Murder Most Unladylike book?
Blurb, Murder Most Unladylike
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)
But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.
Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?