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The Spybrarian

Written by Jon Mayhew

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Crime / Mystery Funny

LoveReading View on The Spybrarian

Pacey action adventure alive with bookish comic capers and a bonkers baddie with FART on his brain

Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids

From award-winning Jon Mayhew comes this book-themed blast of bedlam, replete with puns aplenty and breakneck pace.


Despite his name, reluctant hero (and reluctant reader) Kian Reader is not a fan of reading. In fact, “I hate reading. It’s boring,” he declares. “Book are really rubbish…Only losers read books”. Annoyingly for Kian, his mum’s new boyfriend Anthony is campaigning to keep the local library open, jiggling a placard while dressed in a Gruffalo costume in the presence of the mayor and Kian’s super-strict new English teacher. Talking of whom, when Kian is forced to visit the library to do his English homework, he becomes embroiled in a perilous plot after inadvertently ingesting the world’s sole sample of Reader Serum, a powerful potion that gives him super reading powers. What’s more, he’s now wanted by F.A.R.T. (the Fellowship Against Reading Texts), an organisation that’s already hypnotised famous local children’s author Martin Marvello.


Alongside Kian’s crazy encounters with dastardly Doctor Badd, I loved the details of family life, and the friendship between Kian and his mates Asif and Prissy. Being such a riotous read, The Spybrarian is a sure-fire way to convince self-professed “Books are boring!” claimants that reading is anything but boring. And, once they’ve enjoyed the outlandish adventures, young readers should head here to download an awesome activity pack.

Joanne Owen

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The Spybrarian Synopsis

Believe me, Kian Reader without librarians, the world is doomed! He said. Doomed to be ruled by me! Mwaahahahahahahaha!

Evil genius, and a bit too bonkers, Doctor Badd is determined to create a bigger more powerful F.A.R.T. than the world has ever seen - Fellowship Against Reading Texts. With Martin Marvello, the famous local, best-selling, award-winning children's author on side, will he be able to overthrow the powerful Secret Library Service, or will Kian Reader, ably assisted by his friends Asif and Prissy, be able to thwart their plans?

The Spybrarian Press Reviews

“Fast and funny with more twists and turns than a corkscrew on a helter skelter. I loved it!”   Philip Ardagh

"File under laughs, thrills and adventure!" Mark Powers


Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979356
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: Jon Mayhew
Publisher: UClan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 322 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Crime / Mystery, Funny

About Jon Mayhew

Jon Mayhew is the author of the multi-award winning Mortlock, and, Monster Odyssey series published by Bloomsbury.  His books have won the Warwick, Sefton, Wirral, Leeds and Calderdale Prizes and were shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. He lives with his family by the misty marshes of the Dee estuary on the Wirral and spent most of his childhood playing in the ruins of a Victorian zoo. Jon certainly is not a spy but he loves libraries and wouldn’t have become an author without them.

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