Agnes and the Birdman


When Agnes, a twelve-year-old runaway, encounters a white-bearded stranger and his young apprentice, her life changes forever. Follow her incredible journey as she helps the Birdman realise his dream of building a flying machine that will fill the universe with wonder and bring glory to all of France.



8 years plus.
272 pages
25 black and white illustrations.

Praise for Agnes and the Birdman

Lilly Maryland, USA – 8 Years old

I really loved this book. I loved this book because it made me love reading even more than I did before I started reading it and I used to love reading a lot! I read this book every night until I was so tired that I could not keep my eyes open. When I was done reading this book I was very sad that it was over.

Barry Cunningham OBE – Publisher of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

It’s rare that imaginative historical fiction for children can take off with such power and passion as this – Agnes is a wonderful character and I was deeply engaged in her story.

Ruby Overhill-Cossu – York

Thrilling and exciting, you never know what’s going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone. Personally I think it is the best book I have read. I think it is a great way to mark 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci came to his death. He must have been a wonderful person.


This book was bought for my 10 year old granddaughter at Christmas. She absolutely loved it, it has a fantastic story line. A great book.


I’m in the middle of reading Agnes and the Birdman. So far It’s amazing. I can tell already that I will be needing a sequel.

Faith Abell-Weck

I really enjoyed the book. It is very detailed and realistic. While I was reading this book I could picture the entire thing in my head. I love this book. It is now one of my favourites. I loved the part when Agnes rebuilt the flying machine and it flew! I hope you make more of these amazing books.


I loved this book! What a great story!

Elaine – Nottingham

I’ve finished Agnes and absolutely loved it. It made me cry at the end. (Always the sign of a great book for me) It is a wonderful story of courage, friendship, heartbreak, resilience, and survival against all odds. I fell in love with the character of Agnes right from the start of the novel, and was rooting for her throughout. I am hoping she goes on to have many more amazing adventures.

Ken Berbert

Loved this historical fiction novel – my grandchildren did too! A fun and educational journey to another place and time. No generation gaps here as we learn how both young and old can help each other, learn from each other and find success together.

Gervase Phinn – Author and Educator

I very much enjoyed the story. It was a captivating tale, well-researched, full of interesting characters and entertaining incidents. There was real pace to the story.

Trollope (my favourite writer) said all good novels should have an angel and a devil. I warmed to little Agnes and found the dark and brooding Marshal Lupus a wonderful villain. It is a cracking good read.

Liv –  Having the author in to read his own work was inspiring and really interesting to listen to how he told his story. The first chapter of the book is really gripping, I couldn’t wait to read the rest of it!