A Sweet Secret


Emma’s naughty little sister Sophie accidentally falls on top of her favourite princess storybook, disappearing without a trace. A terrified Emma decides she has no choice but to follow her. She soon finds herself inside the story, crash landing in the magical kingdom of Choclandia, where nothing is quite as it seems. Emma, now a princess, quickly realises that her sister is under suspicion of having stolen King Caramelo’s gold chocolate coins. With the help of Gerald, her now life size cuddly giraffe, Emma embarks on an exciting journey to find her sister. When Sophie is proved innocent, the two girls work together to expose the real thief – Finley Fartwhistle – and in doing so, Emma discovers just how brave she can be. The girls return home from their adventures with Sophie keen to tell their mum all about it but Emma persuades her to keep it a secret.

Beautifully illustrated with colour illustrations by Jake Tynan this is a first chapter book for young readers. It tells the story about the relationship between two young sisters and about never giving up.

About the Author

Sarah McDermott

Sarah worked for twelve years as a highly successful teacher of modern languages and Head of Department, also gaining an MA in Education, before taking a career break to start a family. She has since taken the opportunity to develop her passion for writing which began when, aged 6, she came second in a primary school writing competition.  As well as being a busy mum, Sarah is also an avid reader, a reluctant runner and an eternally optimistic baker!

Sarah lives near Sheffield, on the edge of the Peak District, with her husband Andrew and their two beautiful daughters Emma and Sophie – the inspiration behind her debut children’s book, ‘A Sweet Secret’.

About the Illustrator

Jake Tynan

Jake has recently graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in graphic design. Although used to a more traditional form of design, he has begun experimenting with the illustration and crafting side, and is having great success. Jake prefers to illustrate digitally. However, his illustrations still have the free hand look and feel to them and this allows him to create a wide range of styles.

Jake has worked closely with Sarah McDermott on ‘A Sweet Secret’  to bring the book to life with his beautiful illustrations.


What a wonderful book. I could have given it more stars. So unexpected to find colour all the way through. It is so difficult to find a good adventure story for the very young. Not very many around. We thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am already looking forward to the next one – Susan Pam – Amazon Verified Purchase – 5 stars

A really sweet story written in chapters just long enough for parents to read at bedtime. The author clearly has a good understanding of the relationship between young sisters. We loved it – especially the lithping king! - Jane Carr – Amazon Verified Purchase – 5 stars


Title:                           A Sweet Secret
ISBN:                          978-0-9928689-5-6
Author:                      Sarah McDermott
Illustrator:                 Jake Tynan
Size:                           198x129mm
Pages:                        72
Binding:                     Paperback
Age:                            Children Ages 5-8
Publication date:      18th May, 2015
Illustrations:              Colour illustrated first chapter book
RRP:                            £5.99                                       


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