Kid’s Book Review: Twitch

Kid’s Book Review: Twitch

About the Book and Author

This is the first book in a wonderful new mystery series for readers aged 7-11 years from the internationally bestselling author of Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series, M. G. Leonard.

The Twitchers celebrates friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, starring a birdwatching detective called Twitch, and is published by Walker Books.

Twitch has three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom and a passion for birdwatching making him a bit different from the other children at his school. On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret hide to find police everywhere: a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood. Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching to hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?


Twitch cover
M G Leonard

M. G. Leonard is the bestselling writer of children’s books such as Beetle Boy, the Adventures on Trains series and The Twitchers. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and Beetle Boy is currently in development as a live-action series for TV. You can find out more about her other books on her website.

She burst into bookshops with her quirky debut Beetle Boy in 2016, and the success of her beetle books have led to her becoming a vice president of the insect charity Buglife. She and her beetles have appeared on Blue Peter, Springwatch Unsprung, Countryfile, Meet the Author with James Naughtie, Sky News, and featured in the BBC documentary, The Bug Couple.

Maya  spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before becoming a digital producer for Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and Harry Potter West End.

She is one of the founding authors of #Authors4Oceans, with Lauren St John, campaigning to reduce single-use plastics.

Book Review

I found that I couldn’t bear to put my bookmark in and do something else; it was a real page-turner.

This book begins simply enough with Twitch and his birds, but then twists into a captivating mystery with a robber on the loose. Twitch is an enchanting tale of friendship and suspense by M.G Leonard, who wrote Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series. She is a brilliant author and I loved taking a dive into her wide imagination.

Twitch loves his feathery friends and has pigeons on his roof and chickens in his garden. I loved the fabulous description of all the beautiful places that Twitch visits: his house, Aves Woods, even a house-boat! I particularly enjoyed reading about his bird-watching hide, hidden deep in the forest.

But the robber disrupts his peaceful holiday and Twitch becomes entwined within a thrilling chase, using clever tactics and quick thinking to catch the culprit.

I found that I couldn’t bear to put my bookmark in and do something else; it was a real page-turner. I loved it so much, I finished it in a few hours and then could’ve read it all over again!

The characters and storyline were smooth and well rounded; you could feel the robber prowling in the woods and smell the bird poop splattered on the roof of his house. Twitch himself was a shy boy, but he made new friends and together they solved a mystery. I recommend this to anyone who loves birds or is ready for an adventure!


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Kirsten
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: swimming , netball and writing stories
  • Dislikes: cream (on its own) and unkindness
  • Favourite Book: currently reading Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  • Favourite Song: Get Down from Six (the musical)
  • Favourite Film: The Hobbit