Truly Tan

Truly Tan | junior fiction |Claire Robertson – Illustrator | HarperCollins | November 2012

Meet Tan.

She’s funny. She’s lively.

She has the mind of a Great Detective …

Dear Diary

It’s official. Our whole family has moved to the country. the pets are disturbed and restless. My sisters are disturbed and restless – although that’s normal. What is not normal is a cursed fox and a haunted clubhouse. That is definitely unnormal. At least the country people now have an expert in their midst. Someone with a cool head and a sharp eye. Someone who can solve intriguing mysteries and knows how to keep detailed Secret Spy Files.

Really, it’s lucky I came along when I did.

Truly Tan


Shortlisted: Sisters in Crime Australia, Davitt Awards (Children’s category) 2013


Praise for Truly Tan

This is a thoroughly modern, funny and Australian version of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven. The plot has enough flesh on it for the upper end of the age group, a dash of peril to keep them on the edge of their seats and even a dog called Awesome.

Great fun for ages 8 to 12.

Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time. Her other title is ‘Mum’, or more accurately ‘Muuuuuuuuum!’


ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK – “A really delightful story with a sassy, good-hearted character. Highly recommended for ages 8-11.”