Agent Pangolin

The Mystery of the Shiny Moon

A new middle grade novel by AC Bradburn

Sunda is a pangolin on a mission…

Her family has been taken by poachers, she’s been ripped away from her beloved Sumatran rainforest and now the beautiful nature reserve that she calls home in London is about to be destroyed by humans.

But there’s no way she’s going to let that happen.

Sunda becomes an animal secret agent for the mysterious ‘Web of Light’ and discovers an ancient legend that could help save her home. Can she solve the mystery of the shiny moon before it’s too late?

With beautiful illustrations by Julia Vasileva, this is a magical story of courage, friendship and justice for the natural world.

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A ginormous paw bashed Sunda’s back. She was drenched with fear.


And again, THUD!

She recited the pangolin mantra: curl up, hold firm, don’t relax for one second. That was the pangolin way – at the first sign of danger, roll into a protective ball and wait for the threat to pass. Wincing as the paw struck yet again, she kept her long tail firmly clasped around her head. Her tough, chestnut brown scales gave her the perfect suit of armour. Then the snuffling began – probing, teasing, searching for a way in, first with claws, then with teeth. She held her breath. Eventually a slobbery tongue wrapped around her scales and propelled her across the forest floor. She came to rest at the foot of a giant meranti tree, perched on one of its roots like a stranded soursop…

About the Author

AC Bradburn writes short and long stories, sometimes with music, that strive to engage with the natural world in new and ancient ways. Agent Pangolin: The Mystery of the Shiny Moon is the first in a series of Agent Pangolin novels. Other works by AC Bradburn include the enchanting collection of short stories, Dancing with Cara: The Rainbow Stories.

About the Illustrator

Julia Vasileva is a freelance illustrator based in Vancouver, Canada. Whilst her degree was in literature, she has since found herself creating books rather than studying them. Her style combines traditional and digital techniques to create imaginative worlds for children to dive into. She loves being out in nature as much as she loves drawing and you’ll often see elements of the natural world in her illustrations. Explore more of Julia’s work at

What the critics say:

"Agent Pangolin - The Mystery of the Shiny Moon is perfect for ages 7-10 but can also be enjoyed by adults like me! Highly recommended!" - The Cambridge Kids Bookshelf

"A thrilling animal adventure with a strong environmental message. A RED RIBBON WINNER and highly recommended!" - The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

"The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful, and the story is super fun to read and full of adventure, as well as talking about serious topics and moments in history. I give Agent Pangolin: The Mystery of the Shiny Moon a 5 star rating!" - ForBooksSake

"An epic adventure across continents with a charming pangolin protagonist." - Readers' Choice Book Awards

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