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Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star OUT NOW!

Kensington, 1899.

Cosima Unfortunate has spent all her life at the Home for Unfortunate Girls – a school where any disabled children, or children deemed different, are sent, whether their families want it or not. It is there that she meets her friends – Pearl, Mary and Diya – and they start to practise mini-heists involving the theft of cakes, biscuits and other sweet goodies.


But when Cos finds out that Lord Francis Fitzroy, the explorer behind the Empire Exhibition, is planning to adopt them, she and her friends plot the biggest heist of their life. Instead of fondant fancies, they’re going to steal the legendary Star Diamond of India. As they start preparing for the day, Cosima finds herself drawing ever closer to discovering the one secret she’s always wanted to know – the truth about her parents…

Read Chapter One of Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star here!

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Cos has been in some brilliant places this year. Here are a few highlights for 2023:

@thebookseller called it ‘a real treat.’
Named as one of the 20 best children’s books for Christmas 2023 by @theipaper:  
Mentioned as a ‘chapter book of the month’ in @theobserver
✨Included in @booktrust’s Great Books Guide 2023
✨Mentioned in @theweekjunior’s ‘five thrilling adventures’ section
✨One of @waterstones best children's books of 2023 

Amazon Editor's Choice for Diversifying Children's Reading

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‘I adored this book – an utterly brilliant, page-turning read. Gorgeous and powerfully inclusive, with a supremely loveable cast of characters, you’ll be rooting for Cosima from her very first heist. Expect to have your heart stolen!’ 

Aisling Fowler, author of The Fireborn Trilogy


Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star OUT JUNE 6th 2024



Cosima has finally found her happy ending but unfortunately, trouble isn't far behind. Cosima Unfortunate returns for a new adventure! A warm, funny, exciting and empowering tale of friendship, family and mystery, with joyous and authentic disabled representation, from the author of Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star.


Cosima lives at the Star Diamond Home for Children with her best friends Diya, Mary and Pearl. Since uncovering a dastardly plot and escaping their cruel captors, life has been one of peace and contentment – and particularly so for Cos. For alongside her friendships, Cos finally has a real family, too – and every day spent with her long-lost father is more magical than the last. But where Cos goes, adventure is sure to follow – and when a world-famous painting is stolen, Cos’s father is arrested for the crime.


Cos and her friends know he has been framed – and they are sure that notorious thief, the Spectre, is responsible. Cos is determined that she won’t lose her father again – and the girls must use spirit, wit, bravery and ingenuity to solve the crime and bring him safely home.

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