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Abie Longstaff

  • 5 stars across 47 books
    Abie Longstaff Biography
    Abie Longstaff is the eldest of six children and grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and France. She knows all about squabbling and bossing younger sisters around so she began her career as a barrister. She started writing when her children were born. Her books include The Fairytale Hairdresser series, The Magic Potions Shop books and The Trapdoor Mysteries. She has a lifelong love of fairy tales and mythology and her work is greatly influenced by these themes. 

    Abie got the idea for the Trapdoor Mysteries from her parents' house in France. The house is big and old, with lots of rooms and outbuildings. In one of the bedrooms, there is a secret entrance hidden in a fireplace. It leads to a room that was used by the French Resistance during the war. It was the perfect idea for a book! 

    Abie lives with her family by the seaside in Hove.

    Abie Longstaff Facts
    Abe loves writing for children because she has very clear and happy memories of her childhood and loves that feeling of disappearing into a little world of imagination. Many of her story ideas come from the crazy games she plays with her own children.

    Our favourite Abie Longstaff Book Characters
    Tally and Squill - from The Trapdoor Mysteries
    Charlie - from How To Bewitch A Wolf
    Kitty Lacey - from The Fairytale Hairdresser series

    Our favourite Abie Longstaff Book Quotes
    "As quick as she could, Kittie pulled out her hand mirror. She held it up high in the air. The sleeping spell bounced off and whoosh! it hit the wicked fairy" (The Fairytale Hairdresser)

    "Tally is an orphan. She works as a servant and sleeps in the kitchen sink. But all around her there are secret passages, ancient mysteries and magical adventures just waiting to be found." (The Trapdoor Mysteries)
    6th October 2016

    How to Catch a Witch

    Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country village, and everything feels wrong. The co... More

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    8th September 2016

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea

    Princesses from all across the land are flocking to fairyland village for the chance to marry the prince. But one prince... More

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    28th July 2016

    The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation: Book 1

    The first book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her ... More

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    10th March 2016

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast

    The Big Bad Beast's heart is melted by Bella, the most beautiful girl in Fairy Land - but could she ever love someone so... More

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    5th October 2017

    How to Bewitch a Wolf

    Charlie is finally testing her powers as a witch. But when new boy Zack joins the school, everything goes wrong. H... More

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    28th August 2015

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troubl... More

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    7th May 2015

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid

    The little memaid is all in a lather - the Sea Witch has stolen her beautiful singing voice! The Fairytale Hairdresser... More

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    5th June 2014

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Snow White

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troub... More

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    27th September 2012

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troub... More

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    30th October 2010

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Rapunzel

    Join Kitty Lacey, the fairytale hairdresser, as she tames the wildest of locks, deals with the most demanding and unusua... More

    (3 reviews)
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    25th September 2014

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troub... More

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    26th September 2013

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty

    A wicked fairy has cast a spell sending Princess Rose into a deep sleep in this modern retelling of the Sleeping Beauty ... More

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    27th July 2016

    The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation: Book 1

    If you wanted to find Tally you would have to go down the hall...down the spiral staircase... into the kitchens...an... More

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    9th March 2017

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Aladdin

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troubl... More

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    3rd August 2017

    Superhero Hotel

    Welcome to the Superhero Hotel - a top secret hotel where superheroes come to relax after a hard day saving the wo... More

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    5th May 2016

    The Magic Potions Shop: The Blizzard Bear

    In the third magical adventure in the new young fiction series from the creators of the Fairytale Hairdresser series, Ti... More

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    3rd September 2015

    We're Having a Super Baby

    A little boy excitedly awaits the birth of a new sibling. He can't wait to play with the baby. But when his little... More

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    4th August 2016

    The Magic Potions Shop: The Lightning Pup

    In the fourth magical adventure in the new young fiction series from the creators of the Fairytale Hairdresser series, T... More

    (1 review)
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    29th May 2017

    The Trapdoor Mysteries: The Scent of Danger: Book 2

    The second book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her... More

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    14th June 2018

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Frog

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle... More

    (1 review)
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    31st July 2015

    The Magic Potions Shop: The River Horse

    Book 2 in the 6-part Magic Potions Shop series from the creators of the bestselling Fairytale Hairdresser, Abie Longstaf... More

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    2nd September 2013

    The Snow Queen: Band 04 Blue/Band 10 White

    When the wicked Snow Queen puts a spell on Kay, Gerda is worried she will lose him forever. Follow Gerda on her advent... More

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    16th January 2015

    Rumpelstiltskin: Band 09/Gold

    Daisy longs to marry the king, but he wants her to prove herself first. Daisy asks for help from an unlikely friend, b... More

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    2nd July 2015

    The Magic Potions Shop: The Young Apprentice

    Book 1 in the 6-part Magic Potions Shop series, from the creators of the bestselling Fairytale Hairdresser series, Abie ... More

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    1st May 2014

    Just the Job for Dad

    Dad's job is so dull! But what if, instead of going to boring meetings, Dad was out sailing the seven seas, defeat... More

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    4th March 2013

    The Mummy Shop

    Does your mummy tell you off for jumping on your bed? Does she make you eat vegetables when you don't want to? ... More

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    28th August 2014

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Rapunzel: Playbox

    Join Kittie Lacey, the fairytale hairdresser, as she tames the wildest of locks, deals with the most demanding and unusu... More

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    21st September 2015

    The Wizard of Oz: Band 13/Topaz

    Rediscover the wonderful story of Dorothy's adventures in Oz, with new friends the Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman, as they... More

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    5th May 2011

    BC Brown B/3B The Malice Family

    This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme to combine books with an online reading world... More

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    5th January 2017

    The Magic Potions Shop: The Firebird

    In the fifth magical adventure in the new series from the creators of the Fairytale Hairdresser, Tibben, the Potions Mas... More

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    3rd August 2017

    The Magic Potions Shop: The Emerald Dragon

    In the sixth magical adventure in the new young fiction series from the creators of the Fairytale Hairdresser, the time ... More

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    4th September 2017

    Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 3: We Want a Dog!

    Anna and Max want a pet dog so they are delighted when they find Spot in the park. But there's something different about... More

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    4th September 2017

    Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Sometimes Mum is Silly

    Mum is often serious, careful and sensible ... but sometimes Mum is silly! Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotio... More

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    5th May 2011

    Bug Club Brown B/3B The Malice Family 6-pack

    This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme to combine books with an online reading world t... More

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    7th February 2019

    The Trapdoor Mysteries: Thief in the Night: Book 3

    The third book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and ... More

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    7th April 2011

    Pirate House Swap

    Every year the Clark family spent the summer at home in the city. This year they want to do something different with the... More

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    13th June 2019

    The Trapdoor Mysteries: The Lost Treasure

    The final book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving girl and her best... More

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    7th February 2019

    The Mummy Shop

    Packed with fun and silliness, The Mummy Shop is the perfect picture book for every family. Does your mum... More

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    28th September 2018

    Who's Going to Bed?

    Find out who is going to bed in this soothing bedtime tale from the bestselling author of the Fairytale Hairdresser se... More

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