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Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton loves kids’ books – to read, to write or just to stroke fondly. She discovered the power of storytelling as an English teacher when she realised it was the best way to get her students to listen to her.

Rachel left teaching to spend her time eating too much cake, laughing at things that aren’t supposed to be funny, and writing stories for 8-12 year olds. Her first book, The Case of the Exploding Loo was published by Simon and Schuster in May 2014 and The Case of the Exploding Brains will be out in March 2015.

You can follow Rachel on Twitter (@RachelLHamilton) or visit her author website 


Most over-used phrase:

“Let’s Google it”

Favourite book quote:

“One may smile and smile and still be a villain.”

(William Shakespeare, Hamlet)

Top 5 books:

  • Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  • The Player of Games, by Ian M Banks
  • The Northern Lights trilogy, by Philip Pullman
  • Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diane Wynne Jones


Rachel’s reviews:

She is Not Invisible, Marcus Sedgwick

The Witches, Roald Dahl

Russian Roulette, Anthony Horowitz

Spies in Disguise: Boy in Tights, Kate Scott

PK Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse, Caroline Lawrence

Allies & Assassins, Justin Somper

Geek Girl #2: Model Misfit, Holly Smale

Geek Inc: Technoslime Terror, Mark Griffiths

Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men, Derek Landy


  1. Hi Rachel,

    I still haven’t been able to get my book reviewd, even though it’s stocked in the British Museum and the Museum of Childhood, as well as several London bookshops. There is a London walk connected to the story and a certificate awarded to those who complete it – details found on my website. If you are interested, I would gladly send you a copy.

    Best regards,

    Richard Smith

  2. Hi Richard,
    We have a lovely big pile of books awaiting review at the moment, so we are only reviewing the books we have requested for the next month or so. However, things may change in the new year. Please let us know your website address so we can find out more.

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