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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

Lark Has the Shivers

by (author) Natasha Deen

illustrated by Marcus Cutler

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Humorous Stories, Pets, Chapter Books
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


The summer is for sleuthing, and Lark and Connor have been served a double helping!

It's time for the annual pet fair and the twins have been hard at work teaching their dog, Max, some new tricks. But on their way to the fairgrounds, they're offered not one, but two intriguing cases.

Pets from the pet show have gone missing and their guardians are blaming each other for the disappearances. Meanwhile, Lark and Connor's frenemy, Sophie, thinks her house might be haunted and refuses to go inside. The twins split up to solve the mysteries, but can they find the vanished pets and the source of the spooky noises before the show has to start?

Lark Has the Shivers is the fifth title in the Lark Ba Detective series, following Lark and the Desert Disaster, Lark Takes a Bow, Lark and the Diamond Caper and Lark Holds the Key.

About the authors

Natasha Deen's profile page

Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator from Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more and he has worked with a variety of clients including chickaDEE Magazine, OWL Magazine, Macmillan Publishers and Parks Canada. He is the illustrator of the Lark Ba Detective series, The Owl and the Two Rabbits and The Walrus and the Caribou. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.


Marcus Cutler's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“The book is well organized with short chapters, well-paced for good mystery development, and includes fun, evenly spaced sketch drawings…Realistic and relatable for children.”

Children's Literature

“Deen continues to frankly depict Lark’s struggles with dyslexia, and the twins’ ­Korean-Kenyan heritage shines throughout the story. Cutler’s grayscale ­illustrations reflect diversity in the supporting characters.”

School Library Journal

“Deen once again provides an exciting and amusing story for her readers...Emergent readers will enjoy this engaging early chapter book. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Other titles by Natasha Deen

Other titles by Marcus Cutler