Welcome to the website of Sophie Green, writer of children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Author of the Potkin and Stubbs books.

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Atmospheric, spooky, warm at heart, POTKIN AND STUBBS is the first in a hardboiled detective trilogy for readers aged 9+.

In the corrupt metropolis of Peligan City, Lil Potkin, a determined young reporter, is on the lookout for a scoop. One rainy night she meets Nedly, the ghost of a boy that no one else can see. Nedly has been looking for someone to believe in him ever since the investigation into his disappearance went cold. When they discover that his death is connected to a series of mysterious murders, Lil and Nedly set out to expose those responsible, with the help of a down-on-his luck private investigator, who might hold a clue to Lil’s hidden past.

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Peligan City, late November. Three months have passed since Lil and Nedly - Potkin and Stubbs - solved their first case. And now, at last, something new and unusual turns up: strange things are afoot at the doll hospital. But investigation turns up no more than an odd new owner. More important is the mysterious epidemic of deaths at the notorious Fellgate Prison. And when the Klaxon breaks the news that City Hall is hushing up that ghosts are real and are terrorising the city, mass hysteria reigns in Peligan City. Will Lil and Nedly get to the bottom of the case before any more trouble happens - and will they be the first to the scoop? Time to get to the library for help . . .

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Peligan City is still haunted and City Hall’s initiative to solve the problem is an outfit called Ghostcatcher. Every night they patrol the streets with their high-tech equipment, following reports of spectral activity. But they are only hunting one spook now; the Herald calls it the Final Ghost and it is public enemy number one.

But to Lil Potkin he is Nedly Stubbs, her investigative partner and best friend.

Luckily, Nedly has Lil on his side. Now an apprentice reporter for the Klaxon, she manages to talk her way into a job shadowing intrepid journalist Marsha Quake, who is writing a feature on Ghostcatcher.

With Lil's help, Nedly is able to stay one step ahead of the game, but for how long?

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” - Roald Dahl

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I am a children’s author and a writer of short stories and comedy, with a degree in zoology and an interest in folklore and urban legend. I was born and still live in East Anglia and I work as a librarian for Suffolk Libraries.

My stories have been highly commended for the Bridport Prize 2012 and longlisted for BBC Opening Lines in 2013 and 2015. My novels have been shortlisted for the 2011 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition and the 2016 Bath Children's Novel Award.

Potkin and Stubbs was shortlisted for the 2020 Crime Fest Award for Best Crime Novel for Children and the 2020 Concorde Book Award, and longlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award.

Writers who have inspired me include: Philip Reeve, Annie Proulx, Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones and Dashiell Hammett. My favourite film is Ghostbusters.

I am represented by Jessica Hare at The Agency, contact details are at the bottom of this page.


Suffolk Libraries Meet the Author

Bath Children’s Novel Award

Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times

Suffolk Magazine





Represented by Jessica Hare at The Agency

The Potkin and Stubbs trilogy is published by
Piccadilly Press


Website design and production by Nick Smith

Author photographs by Graham Felce

Text by Sophie Green (unless otherwise stated)

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