The Animal in Amy

@ Joseph Richardson

‘The Animal in Amy’ is a hilarious adventure, following our resident animal expert Amy Cupples, 11, as she attempts to solve the mystery of missing children, all the while coming to grips with her own set of newly emerging ‘super’ powers.

Did you know that a cheetah can run over 65 miles per hour?
And dung beetles can move objects one thousand times their own body weight?
How about the fact that a crocodile icefish is virtually invisible?

Well, Amy knows these facts. Not only that but recently she has found herself possessing the same abilities!
What would you do with such powers? Impress your friends? Teach bullies a lesson? Or try to solve the mystery of missing schoolchildren? How about all three?


‘A well-crafted, fast-paced adventure story. Superheroes, science and mystery collide in this exhilarating school story that will captivate readers of all ages.’

(Kidliomag- kids literary magazine)


Beta Readers:
***** ‘That scene in Jamie’s garden! I couldn’t breathe for laughing.’ (Patrick, 11)
***** ‘Lots of the story reminded me of a David Baddell book. I loved it. (Maya, 10)
***** ‘I loved how all the animal facts were woven into the story.’ (Charlie, 12)
***** ‘The funniest book I’ve read in ages. And it has got action, mystery, animal facts!’ (Lily, 9)
***** ‘The pranks Amy plays are genius. Especially when she pretends to be a ghost.’ (Brody,8)

26 chapters
176 pages

Book 1 in the series


ISBN: 978-1-7391429-0-2

Seller Bio

Sold by: Joe Richardson

Hello everyone, I’m Joe Richardson. I live just outside Belfast with my wife, baby son and miniature schnauzer.

I’ve been teaching in primary schools now for over a decade.  It has been the children who have inspired and motivated me to write my novels. I love the enthusiasm the children display when a book sparks their imagination and grabs their interest. I am forever chatting with my pupils about their current reads, and I was eager that someday it would be my own book we’d be discussing. And so here we are.

It has taken over four years, countless rewrites and endless edits before I was happy to push for publishing. The reviews from the readers have made it all worthwhile.  I hope you enjoy it too!

​The best writing advice I have received:‘To become a great writer, begin by becoming a great reader.’

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