Caleb Krisp


Anyone But Ivy Pocket is the first in a series of darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tales of a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts and murder.


Ivy Pocket is a walking disaster – enraging and appalling the aristocrats she works for at every turn. But our protagonist doesn’t see herself that way at all.  In fact, she’s convinced she’s rather wonderful. When Ivy finds herself abandoned and penniless in Paris (after a disastrous mishap with Countess Carbunkle involving a bowl of turtle soup), she has no idea how she will get back to England.  Fate intervenes when Ivy is called to the sick bed of a dying duchess and is charged with delivering a mystical (and possibly cursed) necklace to the utterly revolting Matilda Butterfield for her twelfth birthday. From that moment on, Ivy is propelled towards her remarkable destiny in a rollicking adventure full of intrigue, villains, mayhem, and misunderstanding.


Ivy’s monstrously unreliable narration and her wonderfully eccentric way of seeing the world tempers the darkness of this fairly grisly mystery-adventure, which shares a similar sensibility with the works of Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman.


Exuberantly told with apt and wildly witty caricatures from John Kelly, it has a fun, original voice

The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times

It would be difficult to find a more unreliable narrator than Ivy Pocket, a twelve-year-old orphan with a wildly inflated opinion of herself...a one-of-a-kind protagonist

Booklist US
Booklist US

Fans of the irony, mild violence, and conspiracies found in Lemony Snickett's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" will love Ivy Pocket's zany adventures

School Library Journal Review
School Library Journal Review

A wonderfully entertaining heroine.

Financial Times
Financial Times

Part Jane Eyre, part Lemony Snicket and a lot of fun, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is a must-read.

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

An irresistible narrator . . . Ivy is feisty, suffers from grand self-delusions and is completely without irony or self-awareness. At times there are glimmers of the abandoned child, making her at once insufferable and endearing . . . Readers looking for a narrator to capture their imaginations with tall tales and unlikely escapades will find her in Ivy Pocket.

Junior Bookseller & Publisher magazine
Junior Bookseller & Publisher magazine


Children's 8-12yrs

UK Publication

HarperCollins / Greenwillow, April 2015

US Publication

Bloomsbury, April 2015

Rights Sales

Film & TV: Paramount
UK & Commonwealth: Bloomsbury Publishing
North American: HarperCollins US / Greenwillow
Chinese (simplified): Yuanliu Classic Culture
Croat: Profil Knjiga
Czech: Fragment
Estonian: Varrak
French: Hachette Livre
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