The name's Martinelli, Angelo Martinelli. Most people call me Angel. I'm a crime fighter. One place I didn't expect to find it was backstage at the Junior Popstar Quest. Yeah, I know showbiz is full of backstabbers, but these were nine and ten year olds! 'Funny things can happen at auditions,' Emma told me. She never said a truer word. No kidding. Sabotage and dirty dealings in a national popstar quest sends Angel and the CASE-Breakers backstage and under cover.


Ruth Starke

Ruth Starke has worked in public relations and travel marketing, and at a great variety of other jobs - of which the most interesting, she says, were selling French perfume in Harrods, cooking on the radio, taking tourists to Kashmir, and interviewing Grand Prix drivers. She turned to fiction writing in 1992, and since then has written over a dozen novels for young people, including the best-selling NIPS XI which was recently named Honour Book (Younger Readers) in the 2001 CBC Awards, The Twist in the Tale, winner of an Aurealis award, and Coming Out, a CBC Notable Book (1998). For a complete list of titles visit the Books section of this website. Ruth lives in Adelaide where she teaches English at Flinders University and creative writing at TAFE. She reviews for Viewpoint and Australian Book Review magazines, has been a judge for the National Festival Awards for Children's Literature since 1995, and is deputy chair of the South Australian Writers' Centre.

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Series: Mammoth Mystery

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