Roxy Sourdough: The Secret of the Fourth Floor
Roxy Sauerteig: Das 4. Obergeheimnis links

roxy sauerteig das 4 obergeheminis links katharina reschke
November 2012 / 221pp
Children’s & Young Adults’

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Katharina Reschke is already well-known for her screenwriting of children’s TV series and films, and this engaging new story for 8-12 year-olds puts her firmly on the map as a successful author. Roxy Sourdough – The Secret of the Fourth Floor is full of colour and vibrancy. Characters and situations are imbued with cartoonstyle energy and the winning storyline captures the reader’s imagination.

Roxy Sourdough is an 8¼-year-old would-be detective. She has a wild shock of red hair and is inseparable from her bright green diving mask. When she marches into a neighbour’s flat in search of adventure she finds a mysterious map, and soon discovers that plans are afoot to steal a valuable painting from the local art museum. Roxy manages to solve the crime with the aid of a host of appealing characters: a lonely neighbour, a spoilt best friend, the tramp from the park who happens to have been a world-class biologist, and a tax collector who fulfils his spiderman ambitions at night.

Roxy is a tremendously likeable heroine and readers can only hope that there will be more instalments in her promising detective career soon.

about the author

Katharina Reschke studied German and Romance philology in Cologne and screenwriting at the New York Film Academy. She has worked as a freelance author since 1999, writing TV and movie screenplays, and has received several awards. Roxy Sauerteig is her debut novel.

rights information

Baumhaus Verlag in der Bastei Luebbe
Tel: +49 221 8200 2706
Contact: Susanne Schneider 

Baumhaus Verlag is a successful, renowned and internationally active publisher of high quality children’s book for children of age 3-16, operating under the motto: ‘The best for Kids’. The publisher was founded in 1986 and has been an imprint of Bastei Lübbe since 2008. Publishing 60-70 new titles per year, Baumhaus offers a diverse programme that includes audio and multimedia products and a broad range of merchandise.

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