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Alana Oakley Series

Authors: Poppy Inkwell

Alana Oakley Mystery & Adventure Series – Books 1 to 3 

Alana is your typical ‘girl-next-door’ … with a twist. Loyal, lippy and level-headed, she’s the best person to have around in a crisis.

About The Series: 

Alana Oakley is a fresh and upbeat Australian mystery series written especially for 10 to 13 year old girls. The series features a gutsy and bold teen sleuth, Alana Oakley, who along with her un que gang of friends deftly wrangle misdeeds, mysteries and her slightly absurd mother. The series is fast-paced with just the right balance of comedy, crazy antics and serious messages for girls.

Mystery & Mayhem: he mysterious disappearance of a friend’s precious charm sets the sassy sleuth, Alana Oakley, on the warpath. But Alana quickly realises that having Attitude with a capital ‘A’ isn’t enough to solve the case – not when her first year at Gibson High has her duelling with the military inspired Coach Kusmuk, dodging the over-exuberant Nurse Cathy or deciphering dubious algebraic equations. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, her impulsive and accident-prone mother is one click away from Internet-dating a mass murderer! Or a magician! Or worse!

Torment & Trickery: There’s more madness in Book 2 of the series. There’s school newbie Flynn, and the Teen Expert, Dr Gray, who’s dating her mum, to investigate. But as Alana starts probing she gets more than she bargains for. Is Bad-Boy Flynn the serial arsonist settling schools alight? Is Gray a modern Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Can Alana solve both mysteries before her birthday? And will her birthday be another Epic Fail? All will be revealed in another chaotic adventure Alana calls Life.

Bloodlust and Blunders: Hard to know what Alana is dreading more this year: the kiss of immortality from a vampire or her mother throwing her a birthday party, but don’t bother asking the woman in Alana’s living room – she’s already dead…


Alana is ready for high School. She has everything organised, which is a good thing because her mother isn’t reliable with mundane tasks like paying bills or remembering important dates. Ever since Alana’s dad died, her mother has buried herself in her work and it has been Alana’s job to be the practical one. On the first day at her new school Alana makes a new friend, is confused and confronted by the physical education teacher, and is given a mystery to solve. Someone has stolen Sofia’s charm bracelet. Alana is on the case. It would be nice to say that all went smoothly but it wouldn’t be true. The mayhem in Alana’s life is caused by her good intentions to right a wrong. The mayhem in her mother’s life is caused by well-intentioned friends. Getting things wrong because a person means well isn’t the prerogative of the young. This funny, quirky romp will delight and entertain.– Good Reading Review

The eccentric characters and exuberant story create a charming and entertaining atmosphere that female readers in the 13 to 16 year age range in particular will find engaging. – Reading Time

Alana and her friends are great role models – supporting each other, playing to their skills and working hard to achieve their best – but they still enjoy plenty of laughs. – Buzz Words

Alana Oakley is out for blood in this sassy sleuth’s latest adventure. Get ready to scream!

Poppy Inkwell

Poppy Inkwell

Poppy Inkwell was born in the Philippines in 1970 and immigrated to Australia as a toddler. She grew up in Campbelltown, in Western Sydney, the youngest of three girls. She spent a year as an exchange student in Japan, graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA in Asian Studies and has worked in […]

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