Cheryl Bentley

Cheryl Bentley is from an English county town. She spent many a happy hour of her childhood reading and sucking sweets by the banks of the river or in the home of her carer Marian.
She has a degree in English from the University of London.
By day she works, by night she writes.

A great gift for reluctant readers!

E-book £4.99  €5.99  $6.99

E-book ISBN: 978-1-907230-58-5

Print: £9.99  €11.75  $14.95

Print ISBN: 978-1-907230-60-8

Published by Sparkling Books

Printed book



Petronella and the Janjilons

Cheryl Bentley

The story

The Janjilons are not what they seem. They look like a type of monkey but they are really children. How did they turn into Janjilons? And could it happen to anyone?

Behind this mystery is someone evil, Judge Ormerod who wants to be the next Duke of Westshire. With the help of three weird sisters, he has to rid the land of clever children from being an obstacle to him. The Janjilons work for him as the three sisters mete out punishment and keep them locked up.

Petronella starts to look into these strange happenings. But time is running out because when the Judge no longer needs the Janjilons, they will be destroyed.


"Loved this book - engaged with it straight away - especially liked Betty. Delightful book. Well recommended."

Lorraine Baker, Bookseller, Wales

"... a great book for reluctant readers ... A good fantasy read with good vs. evil"

Ann Klausing, Books-a-Million

"There are three witches, a hidden school and a lot of evil in this story.  You'll meet characters that will surprise you and the ending is great.

Ms. Bentley does not write boring books.  I can see a young one reading this book more than once.  Maybe they can even write a story of their own..."

Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie

"You'll have to jump on this fast moving fairy tale thriller to find out what happens..."

Bill Baker, Teacher



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Petronella & the Trogot was the first book in this series.


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Print ISBN: 9781907230608

Ebook ISBN: 9781907230585