The Secret Adventures of Rolo – 4 books

covers and photo Debi Evans and Rolo

Debi and Rolo and covers of the 4 books

If you are wondering why Rolo and I have been awfully quiet on the blogging front lately it’s because we have been working hard on our latest book. There are now 4 books in The Secret Adventures of Rolo series and book 1 is entitled Athelstan and the Time Tunnel. Book 2 The Chilvester Passage was published in October 2014 and the third book entitled ‘The Dragon’s Pram’ came out on 3rd October 2015. Currently at the printers is Book 4 ‘Jewel Dog and the Dragons’ and we are very excited about it!

The books are written as if rescue dog Rolo has penned these himself and they have three strands running through them – Rolo’s time travelling adventures where he pops up during historic events and sometimes influences their outcome; his nature notes in a handwritten font and also his blog is written in a contemporary style (hashtags in book 4.)

Rolo is a very special rescue Jack Russell. He finds a secret trapdoor under the sink when he is shut in the kitchen at night and this facilitates his use of a time tunnel in an old oak tree, guarded by a wise dragon called Athelstan. This explains why he is so tired in the morning! There is an educational element to the fun adventure stories; nature and history are explored and creative writing will be encouraged during my primary school visits. To find out more about Rolo or my primary school visits please click to go to my website.

Adventures chapters in book 3 include Rolo’s first hand account of Magna Carta, the Iron Age, Gunpowder Plot, attempted theft of the Crown Jewels as well as the challenges of coping with a dragon egg!

Latest adventures include more mythical creatures and plenty of dragons in book 4, as well as the Bronze Age, King Alfred of Wessex and the Saxons, Christmas truce in the trenches during WW1, Greek Mythology and the founding of the United Arab Emirates. ‘Jewel Dog and the Dragons’ will be available from September 2017.

The books have been beautifully illustrated by  Chantal Bourgonje  and are available via my website here as well as in local bookshops – The White Horse Book Shop and also St Peter’s Church gift shop (Marlborough), Hungerford Bookshop, Devizes Books and  Digger & Mojo (restored furniture and gifts at Woodborough Garden Centre).

 

 

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  • 1. keirra and jess  |  March 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    i think for your next book you could put in about rolo making a potion that can make humans understand animal launguage and they can understand us.

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    • 2. chubcub man  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I have the second book and why don’t you try the dragon books there good. The ROLO book 2 IS AWSOM!!!!!!!!

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  • 3. keirra and jess  |  March 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    i think for book 2 there could be 2 time tunnels and one day he goes to the tunnel. He does not know the way. He goes in the wrong tunnel and meets 2 girls called keirra and jessica . They take him on an adventure to buckingham palace to meet the queen…

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  • 4. Ruth Fitz-Gerald  |  March 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Whatever happens to Rolo in his next book will be amazing I am sure! What a lucky thing he is being able to time travel. Wow!

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    • 5. chubcub man  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      the next book has Rolo in space, Anceint Egyipt and lots more!!!!!!

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  • 6. Saskia  |  March 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I think he could go back in time to the Olympics! He also could have a girlfriend called Lola. My dog Lola is a black small sossage dog who is very lively and a bit cheeky

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  • 7. ned callis nicholls  |  April 18, 2014 at 12:07 am

    it is very nice to meet debi evans i love her book like the secret society of dragon protectors i really love this one xxxxx

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  • 8. Leah Bettis  |  June 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Hi this is Leah Bettis from Abbeymead primary school, you came there before and im just wondering how many books you made!

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    • 9. debievans  |  June 27, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Hi Leah, It was really good fun coming into your school today! It’s a shame you didn’t get to meet Rolo! There are 5 books that I co-wrote about dragons, and the Rolo book is the first of a new series. Have a great weekend!

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      • 10. Brianna Harrison  |  October 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        Hi Debi,I have an idea for Rolo’s third book.The time machine could go wrong and send Rolo into a movie eg:Frozen or Pirates Of the Carribean.I hope you consider my idea.Briannaxxx

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      • 11. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:34 am

        great idea Brianna – I like the way you’re thinking!

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      • 12. Charlie Mills 6P  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        Hi Debi,Im Charlie Mills From Banstead Community Junior School Year 6. I loved the visit, mostly the dog! I hope you could make more books,including Rolo. Thank you so much! See ya!

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      • 13. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

        thanks Charlie – Rolo’s dreaming up his next adventure already!

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      • 14. ROLO POLO  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:04 pm

        Hey I really appreciated you coming to our school.I think an idea for the 3rd book should be him going to ancient Rome or ancient Eygpt .P.S. ROLO IS SO CUTE!!!

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      • 15. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:30 am

        Ancient Rome! that’s a great idea! and I loved coming into Banstead today – what a lovely school!

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    • 16. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Hi Leah – 5 dragon books and 2 Rolo books – book 2 came out today!

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  • 17. Lana D  |  October 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I think that your book is amazing Debi! I think that Rolo should go to the future in the next book because that would be really cool.

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  • 19. Lana D  |  October 1, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I am from BCJS, by the way. Debi visited our school today. 1st of October.

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  • 20. Eve  |  October 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Debi you’re amazing! You recently came to our school, (Banstead Juniors) with your dog Rolo and wowed us all with your first chapter of Rolo’s story! You were so inspirational and I can’t wait to read all of your books.

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    • 21. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

      thank you so much Eve – I hope I can quote your message on my website!

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  • 22. Leah Little  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Your visit was sooooo fun! My favourite book of yours are the dragon books! By the way, your dog is really cute!

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  • 23. Nathan Forsyth 6j oooooooo  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Debi, thanks for coming to our school today, I was the helpful year 6 boy on the computer in assembly. I love your books.

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    • 24. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:32 am

      thank you so much for your technical help Nathan. I’ll let you into a secret – The Boy With Floppy Hair is also called Nathan! Glad you enjoy the books!

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  • 25. Amelia  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Debi! Im not sure which book to buy!!! They all sound really interesting!!! Do you think i should start with the 1st story, or what one do you think is the best??? Amelia x

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    • 26. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Definitely start with book one Amelia…it makes sense to start at the beginning!

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  • 27. Trinity 6J  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Debi, thank you for coming into our school today! I hope Rolo has much more adventures. I hopefully will get one of your dragon books and have fun reading it.

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  • 28. Lucy  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Debi thankyou for the visit at BCJS, your books are amazing!

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    • 29. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:30 am

      thank you Lucy – Rolo and I really enjoyed our visit!

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  • 30. DebiEvansFan  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Hi heloo this is a child from BCJS school that you came to today.
    I have a question to ask you:
    Can you tame dragons an actually care for them?

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    • 31. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:29 am

      you can certainly try to befriend one…first you need to find a dragon shaped object and see if there is a dragon hiding within. Then you need to be very polite and try to get the dragon to trust you. If it’s shy, then you can just pretend and make a story up about the dragon anyway. Good luck!

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  • 32. Lucy  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Hi Debi
    How long have you been writing your books for?
    How is Rolo?

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    • 33. debievans  |  October 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

      Hi Lucy, I’ve been writing for about 7 years….and Rolo is exhausted from his two school visits today and pretending to sleep in his basket. I expect he’ll be out adventuring later!

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  • 34. malachy is the best!!!!!!  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Debi I think your books look really good and rolo is cute
    I have a jack russel!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 35. BOOM BOOM MAN  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I liked you coming to our school very much. An idea for the 3rd book is ancient Rome or Eygpt.P.S. ROLO IS SO CUTE!!!

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  • 36. Ben  |  October 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    you should write a book where there’s a zombie acyoplapse and rolo go’s back in time to stop it somehow

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  • 37. Elise  |  October 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Hi debi your books make me laughe out loud;.] and rolo is really cute thanks for coming to our school..

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  • 38. amelia51  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I loved you coming to our school (BCJS)! Write a book on ancient Greece.

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  • 39. laila  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I love your books.

    For your next book rolo could go to ancient Eygpt.

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  • 40. CheukNam  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I loved hearing you read your books!

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  • 41. anna  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Rolo is so cute! Mabey Rolo could go to Tudor times.

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  • 42. The Wigleys  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I’m sad because I wasn’t at school so I didnt get to see Rolo!!!!!

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  • 43. Lily  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I am a big fan of the Rolo books and I am in the middle of the first one! I really enjoyed when you vistited our school

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  • 44. Izzy  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Rolo
    I love your books and I think there so creative but in your next book you can go to tudor times.

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  • 45. sea monster  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I think Rolo could go to back to the ICC Champions trophy last year.

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  • 46. Lily  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I have a question

    how long does it take to write a book?

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    • 47. debievans  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      About 3 months Lily… Once Rolo and I have agreed the plot!

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  • 48. james  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I haven’t read any yet but I cannot wait to read one.

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  • 49. Rock Head  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    For your next book Rolo could go to Scotland to the lock ness and meet the lock ness monster.

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  • 50. Cadence12321  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    In your next book you could do to the future?Or you could do stone age?

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  • 51. Emma the first  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I think Rolo cold go to mars and meet a alien

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  • 52. Jazzy music  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Debi
    I love your books thank you for coming to our school
    Rolo is so cute
    your books are so fascinating and amazing !!!

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  • 53. Abby9  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Debi, I really enjoyed your books and I have an other idea for one of Rolo’s books. He can go to The Tudor times to meet Henry Tudor and Henry the VIII.

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  • 54. Aidán  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Debi . I really like your books . Maybe Rolo’s third book could be about him going back in time to D-Day and end up scaring of some Germans!

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  • 55. Aimee  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I cant what to read one of the books

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  • 56. Rachel  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Hello I love your books but I love the Rolo books more and you should make more.

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  • 57. Yazzy O  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Debi I’ve an idea for a new book…. Rolo could go down a drain that secretly lead to Ancient Egypt and have an adventure with the Mummies!!!!!!!

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  • 58. Flower72  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I really like your books they are really good so far.

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  • 59. seed72  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    your book’s are fab! Can’t what for the next one!

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  • 60. Liv  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I love the Rolo’s book it is exciting and cute!!!!

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  • 61. Rylee  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    ROLO IS CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 62. Edward  |  October 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    For a new book you could send him to the cave men

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  • 63. athastan  |  October 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    your book 2 the ‘chillvester’ passage is so cool because, when Rolo finds the stone picture on the wall then a night, when he goes home then 1 minuet before midnight he goes back into the church and finds a passage then finds Yulia.

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  • 64. Demi  |  October 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Debi,
    I loved your visit to our school on October the 1st To BCJS, it was soooo fun.
    When I first heard that you were coming in to our school I thought it was Demi Evans as that is my name I was so excited but meeting you and Rolo was way better!
    My favourite set of books is the Rolo ones but I love the Dragon hall I think it lit up on my way back from school, I hope I can find it and join the Dragon protectors.
    You have really inspired me to write stories and I am starting my first one now. “Razor Rat”. I am not sure how to begin it though and I need some advice. I have a list of Characters, razor rat, Ronnie rat, Ronald Rat, Ruby Rat, Rachel Rat, Caroline Cat, Casey cat, Clumsie the cook and finally Chef Remy. I hope you can help!!

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  • 65. Aimee turner  |  November 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hello it’s Aimee from Banstead juniors I loved your visit on October the 1st, it was great fun. My favourite bit was when you brought rolo into the hall. I also have an idea for another adventure that rolo cold hand, in fact there’s quite a few, an under water adventure with mermaids, go to ancient Egypt no more time, sorry

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  • 66. Lisa Davies (ethan)  |  November 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    hello Debi you came to my school today and i loved your book you showed us.My friend and I was really inspired! We both have Austisum thank you

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    • 67. Lexie robinson  |  November 27, 2014 at 2:49 am

      Lol

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  • 68. Lexie robinson  |  November 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Hello debi you came into my school today and that was amazing even bringing in your dog btw he’s so cute thank you. Barnbrugh primary thank you so much

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  • 69. Lexie robinson  |  November 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    That was absolutely amazing please send me the first book btw first 2 pages amaze balls ankyou

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  • 70. kacie- jo  |  November 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    hi I am kacie-jo from Crookesbroom primary academy today you came to our school and your dog must have millions of adventures. you have inspired me to write my own story about my westie Lilly. excellent story p.s when is your next book coming out

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  • 71. kacie- jo  |  November 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    hi debi loved your visit to my school I think your next book should be ware rolo discovers the cave of wonders and makes new friends. love your books. I think rolo is famous. that was absolutely amazing please send me the one what you send the fan club because I sended a message to join but I don’t know if you got it. I think in the next book rolo should go through a portal witch Leeds him to buckindome palace and to the crowning of queen elizbath the first. but you don’t have to youse my ideas you could youse somebody else’s idea. I loved your visit to our school it was soooo fun.When I first heard that you were coming in to our school I thought it was you debi Evans. I was so excited but meeting you and Rolo was way better!
    My favourite set of books is the Rolo ones but I love the Dragon hall I think it lit up on my way back from school, I hope I can find it and join the Dragon protectors.
    You have really inspired me to write stories and I am starting my first one now. “Razor Rat”. I am not sure how to begin it though and I need some advice. I have a list of Characters, razor rat, Ronnie rat, Ronald Rat, Ruby Rat, Rachel Rat, Caroline Cat, Casey cat, Clumsie the cook and finally Chef Remy. I hope you can help!! your book 2 the ‘chillvester’ passage is so cool because, when Rolo finds the stone picture on the wall then a night, when he goes home then 1 minuet before midnight he goes back into the church and finds a passage then finds Yulia. .Your visit was sooooo fun! My favourite book of yours are the dragon books! By the way, your dog is really cute! whats the name of the boy with floppy hair

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  • 72. George the knight  |  January 29, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for coming to Nutfield can’t wait to read your books.

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