The Jasmine Green Series

‘Reminiscent of Dick-King-Smith at his best… a new series that should appeal strongly to animal lovers.’
The Guardian


‘Ideal for children who enjoy Dick-King Smith’s Sophie books, and a great next step for fans of Holly Webb.’
Ones to Watch, The Bookseller


‘Jasmine's sparkling personality, no-nonsense resourcefulness, and fiery commitment to wildlife make her a compelling heroine. The well-paced plot intertwined with unusual facts about animals and farms makes for a page-turning read.’
Kirkus Reviews

A Deer Called Dotty

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself…

A perfect animal story for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

Jasmine’s mother is called to help a pregnant deer who has been hit by a car. She performs an emergency Caesarean and delivers tiny, helpless Dotty, before handing her over to Jasmine to raise…

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

An Owl Called Star

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The eighth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

When Jasmine and Tom discover an injured barn owl in the woods, they race to save his life. But as Star recovers, Jasmine realises that this beautiful bird is also a deadly hunter. Has Jasmine taken on more than she can handle?

An Otter Called Pebble

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The seventh in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

Jasmine and Tom are amazed to spot a baby otter alone on the riverbank. When the little cub is swept downstream, they risk everything to rescue her. But where is her family? Can Jasmine and Tom find Pebble’s home before it’s too late?

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

A Goat Called Willow

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The sixth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

Jasmine has secretly rescued a baby goat. She’s gorgeous but she’s really naughty! Will her amazing antics persuade Jasmine’s parents to let her stay, or will Jasmine have to say goodbye to Willow for ever?

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

A Lamb Called Lucky

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The fifth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

It’s lambing time on the farm and Jasmine has her hands full. She has two orphaned baby birds to care for, as well as a tiny motherless lamb who needs her attention. She’s determined to look after little Lucky and keep him safe. But there are bigger dangers facing the flock, ones that come in the dead of night…

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

A Kitten Called Holly

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The fourth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

When Jasmine and Tom rescue an abandoned kitten, they are desperate to keep her. But Jasmine’s parents insist that Holly must be sold. Jasmine and Tom are determined to give Holly the best ever Christmas present – a good home…

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

A Sheepdog Called Sky

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The third in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

A sick puppy abandoned on Jasmine’s farm urgently needs her help to survive. And though he adores her, Jasmine doesn’t know if Sky will ever trust people again. But it’s not until she gets into terrible danger that she finds out…

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

A Duckling Called Button

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The second title in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

When a nesting duck is killed in a terrible accident, Jasmine and her best friend Tom rescue the eggs and try to hatch them in an incubator. It’s a risky business but soon Button is running around, getting into scrapes. Until the day he gets into a scrape with no escape…

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

A Piglet Called Truffle

By Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon

The first in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself…

When Jasmine sees a tiny, unloved piglet left to fend for itself, she knows it will die without her help. So she smuggles it home to her farm to nurse it back to health. But she can’t keep Truffle forever, and then, one stormy night, disaster strikes…

Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.

 

Books for Older Readers

Anna at War

By Helen Peters

  • Nominated for the 2020 Carnegie Medal

  • The Times Children’s Book of the Week

  • Winner of the Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Awards Schools Award

“Moving and utterly enthralling”

Lissa Evans


‘Poignant and exciting, Anna at War confirms Helen Peters’ place as one of our
finest modern children’s storytellers.’
Waterstones Says


‘A fast-paced adventure, whose elegant prose and clifhanger chapters should
keep even less confident readers gripped to the thrilling end.’
The Daily Telegraph

As life for German Jews becomes increasingly perilous, Anna’s parents put her on a train leaving for England. But the war follows her to Kent, and soon Anna finds herself caught up in a web of betrayal and secrecy. How can she prove whose side she’s on when she can’t tell anyone the truth? But actions speak louder than words, and Anna has a dangerous plan…

A brilliant and moving wartime adventure from the author of Evie‘s Ghost.

Cover illustration by Daniela Terrazzini.

Evie's Ghost

By Helen Peters

  • Winner of the East Sussex Children’s Book Award


‘Beautifully written and brimming with drama, fascinating characters and eye-
opening history, this is a gripping and fun adventure story set amidst the harsh
realities of life for women of all classes in the early nineteenth century.’
Lancashire Evening Post

‘This tautly-written timeslip novel… is an exciting drama with an engaging
heroine.’
The Daily Mail

Evie couldn’t be angrier with her mother. She’s only gone and got married again and has flown off on honeymoon, sending Evie to stay with a godmother she’s never even met in an old, creaky house in the middle of nowhere. It is all monumentally unfair.

But on the first night, Evie sees a strange, ghostly figure at the window. Spooked, she flees from the room, feeling oddly disembodied as she does so.

Out in the corridor, it’s 1814 and Evie finds herself dressed as a housemaid. She’s certain she’s gone back in time for a reason. A terrible injustice needs to be fixed. But there’s a housekeeper barking orders, a bad-tempered master to avoid, and the chamber pots won’t empty themselves. It’s going to take all Evie’s cunning to fix things in the past so that nothing will break apart in the future…

Absorbing, brilliant storytelling from the author of The Secret Hen House Theatre, The Farm Beneath the Water, Anna at War and The Jasmine Green Series for younger readers.

The Secret Hen House Theatre

By Helen Peters

  • Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

‘Full of action, with a happy ending, this is a story I didn’t want to end.’
Michael Morpurgo

‘There’s something timeless about Helen Peters’ accomplished and hugely
engaging debut… Drawn with humour and affection, Hannah’s world is utterly
convincing.’
The Guardian

‘The sort of story you want to melt into. The trials and charms of farm life create
a world where characters start to feel like friends.’
The Independent’s 50 Best Summer Reads


‘One of my favourite summer reads: a contemporary adventure with secrets,
wonderful characters and lots of heart.’
The Bookseller

‘A hugely enjoyable story of family, friendship and country life’
Booktrust

Since the death of her mother, Hannah’s family life has been somewhat chaotic. Her father is absorbed by running their dilapidated farm, and the four children are increasingly left to their own devices. These include “farming” each room of the house, looking after an enormous pet sheep called Jasper, and writing and directing plays in a disused hen house. But when the farm is threatened with demolition, Hannah determines to save it and realize her dreams at the same time.

The Farm Beneath the Water

By Helen Peters

  • Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award


‘Its depictions of friendship and family are so authentic and full of life that the
story feels both compelling and current. And, let’s face it, there’s nothing more
satisfying in a children’s book than seeing a bunch of kids sticking it to The Man.’
The Independent on Sunday


‘I am very excited about this one… Peters draws this world with great affection,
and I love the dynamics of the relationships between family and friends –
particularly the spirited children who, naturally, save the day.’
Editor’s Choice, The Bookseller Children’s Previews

Helen Peters’ sequel to The Secret Hen House Theatre has all the same hallmarks: great writing and an emotionally engaging, entertaining story. It’s good to be back with Hannah and the other characters – they’ve been much missed! The novel finds Hannah’s farm facing a new threat – a water company wants to flood the land to make a reservoir. How can Hannah stand by and watch as her home, the land her family has farmed for generations, the wildlife, the ancient trees all disappear under a deluge of water? She isn’t going to go down without a fight, and the school play might just be the answer. When the going gets tough, the tough take to the stage!

 

Helen Peters grew up on an old-fashioned farm in Sussex, surrounded by family, animals and mud. She spent most of her childhood reading stories and putting on plays in a tumbledown shed that she and her friends turned into a theatre.

 

After university, she became an English and Drama teacher. Helen lives with her husband and children in Brighton, and she teaches in a secondary school when she isn’t writing books.

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All black-and-white illustrations are by Ellie Snowdon, taken from the Jasmine Green books. www.elliesnowdon.co.uk

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