A spooky and darkly comic adventure set in Cornwall – Famous Five with a twist.

Orla thought she was in for a relaxing family holiday, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered an ancient curse. After meeting a coven of old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla's arrival in Poldevel is no longer a coincidence. She's the only one who can solve this mystery, and she’ll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts – Dave the dog.


C. J. Haslam is Chief Travel Writer at The Sunday Times. He lives in Cambridge with his family. This is his first book for children.


Filled with magic, mystery, humour and the thrill of the cashes, Orla and the Serpent’s Curse is a delightful middle grade novel for readers aged ten and over.

The Book Muse

Orla is smart and brave, as is Dave the dog! It will suit a confident reader around 11 years plus, who will hopefully enjoy this tale of witchcraft with a healthy dose of scepticism. It is original in the way it combines so many fantasy elements but in a modern world.


Overall I definitely enjoyed this one and so did my daughter… Definitely worth checking out

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A spooky adventure that will have you quaking in your boots! 4 stars

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I guarantee that fantasy, mystery and adventure fans will certainly love this book.

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