Review: Rory Branagan (Detective): The Big Cash Robbery

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Book Title: Rory Branagan (Detective): The Big Cash Robbery (available here)

Author: Andrew Clover

Illustrator: Ralph Lazar

Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens

Publication Date: September 2018

Most Suitable for: KS2 (especially reluctant readers)

Reviewed By: Leanne Woolcock - Year 6 Teacher and English Coordinator


Rory Branagan (Detective): The Big Cash Robbery is the third in a seven part crime-fighting series based on a school kid called Rory Branagan.


The book begins with the school putting on THE BIGGEST, BEST school fete the world has ever seen in order to raise funds for a school adventure playground. Things get even better when a gangster called Michael Mulligan offers the school a further 5 million pounds to really go to town on the plans.


However, shortly after the TV crew are invited to report on it, the money goes missing. Now it’s up to Rory and his unlikely comrades to solve the crime and get the money back.


Along the way they meet a rather large komodo dragon, a head teacher who looks like a turkey and her husband, who could house a whole family of sparrows up his nostrils (they are that big!).

This is an easy to read chapter book which would be suited to children who are just beginning to dip into books to read independently and it has a illustration on every page which also makes it appealing. The plot was silly to me personally, but I have my fingers crossed that it is exactly its comical shenanigans that might just entice some of the more reluctant readers.



You can order Rory Branagan (Detective): The Big Cash Robbery online or from your local bookshop or library.



Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Leanne Woolcock for reviewing the book.

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