Petra James was born in a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, and came to Australia via London. She has written several fiction and nonfiction titles for children and, most recently, is the author of the seven books in the Arkie Sparkle series. Like Arkie, she wanted to be an archaeologist when she grew up (she had planned to work her way through the career alphabet but didn't get past "A"), but instead sold chocolate chip cookies and eventually found her way into publishing. When she is not sending fictional characters (often named after streets) on adventures, she works in children's publishing in Sydney. The House of Heroes series are her first books with Walker.
A. Yi's nible illustrations channel both the intensely English,
archaic sensibility that pervades the House of Melchior and the
ebullience of Henrie, James's spunky girl hero. Henrie is sure to
appeal not only to girls. * Magpies *
Petra James has hit a sweet spot that will attract young readers - a funny and self-deprecating narrator, lots of jokes, an appealing sidekick, and a fast moving mystery. But she has topped all this with an intelligent story told in appropriately sophisticated language. * CBCA: Reading Time *
This is a thrilling, action-packed adventure with so many twists and turns you can barely draw breath before each situation is off in a new direction... Full of fun and cleverness * Kids' Book Review *
Henrie is a fabulous character who is bound to have many fabulous adventures and take readers on a spectacular journey through the world of spies and heroes... I loved this book and would like to seek out more in this series when they come out. * The Book Muse *