Author(s): Johanna Knox
' ...these screams were different ...' When Spencer Fogle hears blood curdling screams on his way home from school, he doesn't realise he is about to become embroiled in a dark plot involving carnivorous plants, genetically modified flies, and a mysterious hidden file. This is the first book in The Fly Papers, a fast-paced mystery-adventure series set in the movie industry town of Filmington.
Finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012
Finalist - LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal
"Love the pacing and humour. Brilliant!" - Fleur Beale, the award-winning author of Juno of Taris, Fierce September and I Am Not Esther.
Johanna Knox has published many short stories for children and adults. She also reviews books, writes magazine articles (often about plants or food), helps develop museum exhibitions, and has had a regular slot on Radio New Zealand's This Way Up, chatting about foraging for wild food. She and her family have collected carnivorous plants for eight years, although their collection is small compared to those of many carnivorous plant enthusiasts they know! Sabrina Malcolm had an early interest in drawing and the natural world that led to a Bachelor of Science, then a Diploma in Visual Communication. Following a stint as an illustrator and graphic designer, she completed a Master of Design majoring in illustration in 2009. Her work for children includes the illustrations for the picture book Koro's Medicine (a finalist in the 2005 NZ Post Children's Book Awards) and a wordless picture book which won a Gold Award at the 2010 BeST Design Awards. She has an enduring fascination with carnivorous plants.
Transcript: Showbiz Today podcast -- Chapter 1: Screams -- Chapter 2: Sardines and sulks -- Chapter 3:$25.00 exactly -- Chapter 4: Snatched -- Chapter 5: Dangerous -- Chapter 6: Into the fire -- Chapter 7: Into the toilet -- Chapter 8: BodySlam -- Chapter 9: Gone! -- Chapter 10: Terrible tangles -- Chapter 11: Who owns who? -- Chapter 12: Bye bye, Spencer -- Chapter 13: A dark night -- How to look after your Venus flytrap.