Truly Tan: Hoodwinked!

Truly Tan: Hoodwinked! |  junior fiction | Claire Robertson – Illustrator | HarperCollins | April 2016


Verity Crisp’s cousin has come to Peppercorn Valley. Her name is Ophelia Crisp, she is nearly ten and she has messy hair. She is also sullen, secretive and shrouded in mystery.

Before long Tan has reasons to suspect that Ophelia is a thief. But a Secret Spy should never jump to conclusions, so Tan sets out to build Ophelia’s profile – and discover once and for all if she is a criminal.

Tan’s investigations lead her deeper into the secret life of Ophelia Crisp and, when Ophelia disappears, it is up to Tan to piece the clues together and find her before it is too late.



CBCA Book of the Year: Notable Book 2017 (Younger Readers)

Short-listed Davitt Awards 2016 (Best Children’s Novel)

W.A. Young Readers Book Award (WAYRBA)
Short-listed 2017 (Younger Readers)


Praise for Truly Tan: Hoodwinked!

This is great reading for children from early to middle primary school. It is exciting, varied in presentation, has colourful characters and extending language. We need more of Tan.

CBCA Reading Time

Reviewed by Stella Lees