The Secret Lake
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A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake. A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. Now enjoyed by over 100,000 young readers!

When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through?

Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound, and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake.

Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods?

Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.

A modern children's classic

The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a modern Tom's Midnight Garden and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden and the Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew mystery adventure stories. Its page-turning plot, with its many twists and turns, makes it a firm favourite with both boys and girls.

Karen Inglis describes it as, 'a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of story that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date'.


Karen Inglis is an Amazon UK/US bestselling children's author living in London in the UK. Karen writes picture books, chapter books and short middle grade novels for ages 3-11.

Her time travel adventure 'The Secret Lake' topped the UK children's bestseller Amazon lists during 2018, and the UK and US children's bestseller lists in print and for Kindle in several categories during 2019. It continues to do so at the time of writing in January 2020.

Teachers, librarians, reading charities and parents have praised Karen for her natural writing style and fun and fast-paced plots, which get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. He humorous illustrated chapter book 'Eeek! The Runaway Alien' (about an alien who runs away to Earth for the World Cup) was used in the 'Get London Reading' campaign aimed a reluctant readers.

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1 - The Gardener
2 - Beneath the Mound
3 - Dawn Escape
4 – The Secret Lake
5 -The Children in the Garden
6 – The Boy Thief
7 – The Time Tunnelers
8 – A Moonlight Raid
9 – The Dance of the Moles
10 – About Turn
11 – Rescue
12 – Guilty
13 – An Unexpected Welcome
14 – The Forgotten Clue
15 – Afternoon Tea
16 – The Return Visit
17 – Unmasked
18 – Journey’s End


"This is an excellent read for anyone intrigued by secret gardens and time travel. And because of the strong mix of characters it succeeds in being that most unusual of books - a book that can be appreciated by both boys and girls alike. However what I particularly liked about this book is that, unlike many of the lengthy tomes published for 8 - 12 year-olds these days, the page count is extremely manageable with short, gripping chapters that lead you swiftly on through an absorbing tale of mystery and suspense. I run an advice service for children's writers and I would be more than happy if I had been responsible for taking this book to market."

Louise Jordan - ex Head Reader for Puffin UK and founder of The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books (London, UK)

At the time of writing (January 2020) The Secret Lake had over 200 reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon US (mostly five stars).