Lucy Brandt is a mum of two young kids and lives and works in Brighton. She graduated from the University of York with a degree in English and since then she has worked for nearly twenty years in a variety of traditional and digital marketing roles, largely specialising in technology. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves dragging her reluctant family on walks up big hills and swimming in the sea.
Her debut middle grade novel, Leonora Bolt: Secret Inventor, was published by Puffin in January 2022. Her second novel, Leonora Bolt: Deep Sea Calamity, was published later the same year.
Leonora isn’t supposed to be building a submarine in a tree. Or turning the local wildlife luminous. In fact, she is supposed to be keeping her head down and drawing no attention – because Leonora Bolt is an inventor in secret.
But she can’t stop thinking of the clues she found to her missing parents’ location. So, deep in hiding in Snorebury, desperately trying to avoid being discovered by her evil uncle, Leonora is hatching a plan.
So what if involves launching a homemade submarine into the middle of the ocean, accompanied only by a couple of friends and an otter with particularly sensitive whiskers? For when disaster strikes, Leonora’s wackiest plan might just be her most brilliant yet..
Orphaned Leonora lives on a remote island, spending her days making brilliantly cool inventions. When a strange boy called Jack washes up on an inflatable lobster and reveals that her evil Uncle Luther has been stealing her inventions and selling them on the mainland, a laugh-out-loud adventure begins – complete with furry otters, confused pirates, and a very secret society…