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Emma Kennedy
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5 Nov 2010 Wilma Tenderfoot
A stolen jewel. Some frozen hearts. And a fish scale. Sounds like a case for Wilma Tenderfoot! Wilma Tenderfoot dreams of one day becoming assistant to the world-famous and very serious detective Theodore P. Goodman. But the last thing Mr Goodman wants is a small and slightly accident-prone sidekick -- especially one with an over-friendly beagle called Pickle who keeps eating all the clues. Still, be warned - Wilma Tenderfoot may be small, but she is very determined!


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (5 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330469517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330469517
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Kennedy studied English at Oxford, but it was there that she fell into Comedy - writing and performing in university sketches and taking a disastrous show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Emma then started work in television, appearing on programmes such as The Big Squeeze with Mel & Sue and Loose Women, and writing for things like Late Lunch, and Radio 4 and 5. Her awards are too numerous to count (the Comedy Lounge Best Actress Award; Sony Awards for her Radio writing), and she's been in an Utterly Butterly advert. Since then her writing and acting highlights have been: My Family, Big Brother's Little Brother, Goodness Gracious Me, Tracy Beaker and Katy Brand's Big Ass Show. Emma's hilarious holiday memoir (for adults), The Tent the Bucket and Me was published with great success. Emma's extensive comedy training, however, has all been building to this pinnacle -- the writing of children's books!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Adventure Story for Eight's and Up 9 July 2009
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Wilma Tenderfoot is an orphaned girl who lives on Cooper Island in the Lowside Institute for Woeful Children. She dreams of escape and of becoming the apprentice of the detective Theodore P. Goodman, whose every case she slavishly follows in the newspaper.

Her chance comes when she is sent to skivvy for an eccentric old woman who happens to live next door to Theodore P. Goodman himself. In her enthusiasm to help him solve the mystery of the Frozen Hearts she becomes mixed up in all kinds of off the wall and highly dangerous escapades.

Wilma is an appealing heroine and the book is an amusing cross between Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' series, in which terrible things happen in a witty manner to resourceful children, complete with dictionary definitions of complex ideas and words, and Sherlock Holmes.

There is a lot of very daft humour in this book, such as people with intensely smelly feet, people who wish to name jewels after pickled onions and size obsessed evil villains, which means it will appeal to children hugely and make them laugh out loud. And enough gruesome moments with autopsies, death by poisoned blow pipes and buckets of brains to make them shiver deliciously. I look forward to the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one! 28 Nov 2009
By F. Proctor VINE VOICE
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I read this book with my 9 year old daughter. We both enjoyed it and she tells me she can't wait for the next one, so brownie points for me with this choice. Personally I found it fun to read, as other reviewers have said - a tad reminiscent of Lemony Snickets' 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' but still its' own book. I haven't anything else by the author but on the strength of this book I'll be getting more from her to read with my youngest. Good Fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 6 Aug 2009
By Champak VINE VOICE
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Wonderfully written, well paced and full of excitement.Despite being a destitute Wilma manages to tag along with famous detective. It's her determination and troublesome nature which ultimately helps her assist in the solving of mystery. My daughter aged 12 enjoyed it much more than me and is eagely looking forward to another in the series
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By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Ten year old orphan Wilma Tenderfoot wants to be a detective, and she has all the right traits, being funny, feisty, cheeky, charming and, above all, determined. Wilma lives in the Lowside Institute for Woeful Children, supposedly being looked after by the unpleasant Mrs. Waldock of Howling Hall. Wilma discovers that her new next-door neighbor is the renowned detective Theodore P. Goodman, and he has a new case. Wilma wants to become Mr. Goodman's apprentice, and with the help of her beagle, Pickle, she makes deductions, follows leads, and scouts out suspects. She's sure she'll win the famous detective over and crack the case, as soon as Pickle stops eating the clues. There's murder, mystery and missing jewels, giving the book the air of a Poirot TV episode. My daughter, aged 16, enjoyed Frozen Hearts, although being older she did prefer the 'Young Sherlock Holmes' series of books. She thought the book would would suit 9 to 12 year olds, and that it was particularly girl friendly.

There's now a few books in the Wilma Tenderfoot series: Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts (published 2009), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison (2010), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal Phantom (November 2010), and Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Rascal's Revenge (2011). They are aimed at kids aged 9+. Author Emma Kennedy is an actress and writer who has appeared in many award-winning comedy shows including Goodness Gracious Me and The Smoking Room, and she has written for 'Tracey Beaker' and 'Kerching' on CBBC.
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By Hawk VINE VOICE
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Great book for adults and children alike. I got into the story straight away and loved it from the first page. Emma Kennedy has a great way of sucking there reader in and keeping then entertained. I look forward to her next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 11 Dec 2009
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Wilam Tenderfoot is an unlikely detective's apprentice, being an orphan who is farmed out to the other side of the island where she lives to become the skivvy of a grumpy old woman, Mrs Waldock. Wilma manages to get under the skin of a famous detective and helps to solve the mystery of the stolen Katzin Stone, with the help of her trusty beagle.

The characters are quite good but the style falls midway between adult humour and children's language. It never quite convinced me and I am not sure that children would be particularly engaged by it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for kids (and big kids too!). 18 Nov 2009
By UK Couple VINE VOICE
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My initial thoughts upon starting this book was, oh no, not another story about an orphan child whose lift at a gloomy run-down orphanage is one of hardship and loneliness and who dreams of one day finding the parents who abandoned her in a cardboard box - what a cliché! However, as I read further into the book, I found myself thoroughly caught up in Wilma's enthusiasm - Wilma, more than anything, wants to be an apprentice to the Island's greatest detective and sets out with great gusto to prove her worth by solving the theft of a precious gemstone. Clichés aside, this book is a funny and exciting read which I recommend to anyone who seeks a bit of light-hearted adventure. A good children's book but also great for the big kid in adults (I'm 39 years old!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wilma Tenderfoot
I really warmed to Emma Kennedy's central figure in this easy-to-read story. Wilma is a delightful little girl, trying her hardest and not always getting things right. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Francis G
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!
One of the best books I have ever read!!!
I recommend this book for ages eight and over.
If you like detective stories, this book is for you.
Published 12 months ago by Isabelle Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen year old couldn't put it down!
Thirteen year old girl laughed all the way through it and couldn't put it down. She devoured the entire series and loved them all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read for dad and daughter
Heard the author on Danny Baker show and the book sounded a good choice for bedtime story. It is both my daughter and I are enjoying Wilma's exploits.
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Daz
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Being 23 I was dubious as to whether I'd enjoy reading a book aimed at children. However, having followed Emma on twitter for a while and upon enjoying her tweets I thought I'd... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by Rebecca Dearnley
3.0 out of 5 stars Should appeal to many 9 to 12 year old girls with an adventurous...
Although it took me a while to get into this book, it was actually quite enjoyable, and I'm sure it will appeal to a great many children - particularly gorls who like adventure and... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by E. Heckingbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy with a plate of corn crumbles
Read this with my nine year old daughter, She did the voices of the characters I did the bits inbetween (her Barbu D'Anvers is excellent). Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "The best book EVER"
I read this to my daughter who is 8. She absolutely loved it. It made her laugh and she related massively to Wilma through the whole story. I thought Wilma was really endearing. Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by bobcat's mama
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, strong characters, lively setting and well...
Written presumably for older children, my wife and I also both really enjoyed this one.

It follows Wilma, an endearingly curious and cheerful orphan, her dog, and her... Read more
Published on 29 April 2010 by Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stonking good fun
If you're after a young adult quirky detective novel then this is perhaps one of the ones to keep an eye on. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2009 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
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