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Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs. Also available in PRINT



This delightfully illustrated animal detective story will leave children spellbound. Join Private Investigator Leon Chameleon and the Pigeon Valley Police as they race to track down the missing canary eggs and attempt a daring rescue. Fun to read and packed with fascinating animal details it makes a perfect class reader.

Leon Chameleon, super sleuth Private Investigator teams up with bumptious Police Sergeant Loerie (a bird in charge of the flying squad) and bumbling Constable Mole (in charge of underground operations) to combine their natural animal abilities and knowledge of nature to solve the case of the missing canary eggs.

A humorous, animal detective story for 7-12 year-olds that is both fun and educational (without the children realising  ;)).

This is Leon's first case. His second case is also available: 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse.



Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs


When Mrs Canary's eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Mole's hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon PI, who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services,  after all, isn't he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owl's Court, where Leon springs his final surprise.
Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuire's illustrations capture the story's humour, while portraying the animals as they really are.

The book is peppered with humour and the courtroom scene is particularly appealing.
Lindsay Ord , The Daily News.

Admirably, all the animal details (of food, habits, lifestyle) are true to nature, apart from Mole's dark glasses! Children reading this will absorb much knowledge of our local small wildlife.
Jay Heale - Bookchat.

What I like about this book is that all the small creatures involved are part of our South African animal world, and the author has gone to great pains making sure that all details of their lifestyle are correct.
Jay Heale - Soundbox Radio South Africa.

While reading this amusing, well-written book you will meet all kinds of interesting animal-people. A good, recommended read.
Brenda Thomson,The Sunday Tribune.

Plenty of illustrations add to the appeal of this clever, amusing story and will particularly suit children aged between 8 and 10 years.
Joy Cameron Dow, Radio South Africa Talking of Books.



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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 07:53:27 am »
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    Re: FREE Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 09:37:21 am »
    Thanks for the reminder. Hope I don't transgress  ::)
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    Re: FREE Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012, 06:31:14 am »
    Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs is the first of the series of Leon books. It will be FREE from 30th December until 2nd January. Hope you can take advantage of this offer  ;D.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013, 07:14:38 am »
    Leon is now at an introductory offer of only 99c  :)

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    Leon is anxiously waiting for young readers to help with his next story  :).

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs - 7-12 yrs
    « Reply #6 on: December 30, 2013, 11:18:48 am »
    As this is Leon's first case he's encouraging you to read it by selling it for only 99c  ;D

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs - 7-12 yrs
    « Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014, 08:54:38 am »
    Leon has lots more stories he'd like to share with you. Try his first one and see if you can solve it  ;).

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    Meet the sleuthing team:

    Constable Mole - in charge of underground operations.

    Sergeant Loerie (a bird) - in charge of the flying squad.

    Lieutenant Crow - supervising police operations.

    Mole Rat - in charge of the neighbourhood watch.



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    Re: Meet Constable Mole - in charge of underground operations - 7-12 yrs (99c)
    « Reply #9 on: February 01, 2014, 11:43:56 am »
    You can meet all the sleuthing team In the Leon Chameleon PI series. Your children will also learn lots of interesting things about the small creatures that inhabit Pigeon Valley (a real place)  ;)

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    Re: Real animal crimes solved by real animals - (for 7-12 yrs. Only 99c)
    « Reply #10 on: February 09, 2014, 11:37:47 am »
    Leon is looking forward to having some new readers  :)

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    Re: Real animal crimes solved by real animals - (for 7-12 yrs. Only 99c)
    « Reply #11 on: February 19, 2014, 03:30:03 am »
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    Leon is the Sherlock Holmes of Pigeon Valley. His camouflage allows him to conceal himself, and his eyes, which enable him to look backwards and forwards at the same time, make him the best PI in the valley. He is thoughtful and ponderous and quite intelligent. He follows in the footsteps of his Great Uncle Leonardo who was also a PI. He spots the clues well before the police, but his problem is trying to persuade the police to take his advice, especially Sergeant Loerie with whom he is always squabbling. But once he gains their confidence he feels under pressure to come up with the answers that will solve the crimes. He has to live up to the expectations of Constable Mole who is always assuring everyone how clever Leon is. Leons constant references to his Great Uncle Leonardo drive everyone to distraction.  ::)
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    Read more adventures of Leon in the case of the kidnapped mouse  ;D

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    Leon sharing a joke with a reader

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    Hope you get a chance to 'look inside'  :)

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    Leon is busy solving more cases and will share them once he has the pictures drawn  :)

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    Still a bargain at 99c

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    First of a series.

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    Re: Animal detective story for ages 7-12 yrs. (Only 99c)
    « Reply #18 on: May 11, 2014, 12:09:01 pm »
    Although this is now out of print and only available second-hand or as an e-book, I'm hoping to make print copies available again through CreateSpace  :)

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    Re: Animal detective story for ages 7-12 yrs. (Only 99c)
    « Reply #19 on: May 11, 2014, 12:26:29 pm »
    This looks like such a sweet children's book - just bought it so I'll let you know what my kids think!  Only it is no longer .99 - it is 2.99, so maybe you have to change the title of the thread...

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    Re: Animal detective story for ages 7-12 yrs. (Only 99c)
    « Reply #20 on: May 12, 2014, 03:19:03 am »
    This looks like such a sweet children's book - just bought it so I'll let you know what my kids think!  Only it is no longer .99 - it is 2.99, so maybe you have to change the title of the thread...

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    Hi Melody,
    Thanks so much. Hope the children like the story - it's the first in a series.

    Regarding the price. It is listed as 99c for Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs, but Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse is $2.99. However, depending on where you live you might be charged an extra $2.00 for the Whispernet charge. In South Africa all my 99c books show up as $2.99. Hope that explains the discrepancy.
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    Hope you enjoy Leon's sleuthing methods  :)

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    I still have print copies of 'the case of the kidnapped mouse' but 'the case of the missing canary eggs' is now out of print. Hoping to re-print through CreateSpace  :)

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    Hope you'll take a look at how Leon operates .

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    Hope you'll take a look at how Leon operates .

    We are reading your Leon the Chameleon PI book at the moment.  My 11-year old declared he prefers reading about human characters, but my 6-year old (turning almost 7) absolutely loves it!  I think it is ideal for a 6 - 7 year old. All the different animals are totally fascinating to him.  He asks many questions...I think it is a great book - educational but not boring-educational.  He is learning numerous new words or gaining insight to words he has heard but never really thought about, and we stop every now and then to discuss meanings of words like "nocturnal," "ransom note" or "leguaan," or the real reason for a chameleon's changing colour.  I'll put up a review on Amazon when we've finished.  Thank you!

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