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Three squabbling siblings. One all too perfect next-door neighbour. A missing mum, a bumbling dad, a kooky cockroach mystery and an eccentric country town. What could possibly go wrong?

Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong.

Along with Loretta, their stunningly beautiful yet sociopathic next-door neighbour, and Pumpkin, the world’s worst trained dog, they set out to catch the culprit. Together they are The Peski Kids.


The author's droll. understated writing style, clothed in mild sarcasm and gentle absurdity, treats her youthful readers as switched-on, intelligent individuals who do not need every plot deviation or subtext to be explained or 'dumbed down'.

Russ Merrin, Magpies magazine

Without a nano-second’s hesitation, highly recommended for your readers aged from around ten years upwards.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories blog

The mystery of the squashed cockroach captures the reader from the prologue . . . R. A. Spratt's witty writing style and fast-paced plot make this an exciting new series. An exciting class novel for middle primary students.

Rhyllis Bignell, Read Plus

The book is divided into 27 chapters, including some really short ones, making it perfect as a family read aloud where you can easily give in to requests to read “just one more chapter!”. I reckon it’s a book equally right for boys and girls too. I can’t wait to see how this new series unfolds.

Carissa Mason, CBCA Reading Time

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 30, 2018


    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • Fishpond
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.co.nz

  • EBook


    July 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle NZ
    • iBooks NZ
    • Google Play EBook NZ
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia NZ

Awards and Recognition

  • Sisters in Crime Davitt Award
    Best Children's Crime Novel
  • Sisters in Crime Davitt Award
    Best Children's Crime Novel