Last Thursday we travelled up to Edinburgh to celebrate the publication of Justin Davies’ brilliant middle-grade debut Help! I Smell a Monster at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh’s oldest independent bookshop. We ate slug and spider-shaped sweets, played monster trumps and dressed up as werewolves! Help! I Smell A Monster is out now from Orchards Books.

Justin and his monsters will be at Borders Book Festival on 16th June to answer all your important questions about Scotland’s only job agency for monsters!

When Alice is sent to stay with her Uncle Magnus, she soon realises that his job agency isn’t quite … normal. It helps monsters find work that makes the most of their unique talons – er, talents. Alice is shocked to discover that monsters are EVERYWHERE. There’s even a Cyclops working in the castle as a pastry chef! But when he suddenly disappears, Alice smells something fishy. Can she and her uncle sniff out the missing monster before it’s too late?