Judi Curtin
Leave it to Eva

Fun, feisty Eva Gordon always tries to help her friends, but this time she might have a problem that’s too big even for her …




Irish Book Awards: Best Children's Book (Senior) - 2012


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196x130 mm

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Fun, feisty Eva Gordon's never been one to shy away from helping her friends - whether they want her help or not! - but this time she might have found a problem that's too big even for her …

When Eva and her family head to Seacove for their summer holidays, she's looking forward to seeing Kate again, but it turns out things have gone very wrong for Kate. Her granny's in the hospital, and with no else to look after her, Kate's hiding out at home by herself, afraid she's going to be taken into care. Eva tries to be a good friend and help her out, but how long can a twelve-year-old manage by herself?

It's not just Kate who needs Eva's help, though helping Ruby turns out to be a LOT more fun! Ruby needs Eva to keep her company on a trip to London where she's trying out for a scholarship.

Is there any way the trip away with Ruby can help everyone sort things out? It seems impossible, but if you have a problem that needs solving, just leave it to Eva!

Eva’s third book from bestselling author Judi Curtin.

Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series, the 'Eva' series. several other books. Judi's new series, beginning with Time After Time, is about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends. Judi Curtin won the Irish Book Award Senior 2017 for Stand By Me.

'warm-hearted but gutsy young heroine ... a gentle story about family, friends, loyalty and responsibility'

Books Ireland

'this is her (Curtin) at her best'

Irish Independent

'by the end of the book the reader will wish they had a best friend just like Eva'

Irish Independent

'Eva is a beautifully drawn character'

Irish Independent

'a thoughtful examination of friendship and loyalty'

Irish Independent

'I love Eva to pieces ... 10/10'

Nayu’s Reading Corner

'the pace of the action ... keeps young readers hungry for more'

Evening Echo

'a great series about friendship which girls will love'


'I particularly like the snappy and realistic dialogue'


'a surefire winner'

Sunday Business Post

'Curtin writes fantastically for girls of nine and over and still deserves to be known as Ireland’s answer to Jacqueline Wilson'

Sunday Business Post

'I love Judi Curtin’s books ... they are like a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s morning'

Sunday Business Post

'Eva is a beautifully drawn, realistic character'

Irish Independent

'readers of eight plus will lap up Leave it to Eva'

Irish Independent

'an enjoyable summer read, no matter what the weather'

Inis Magazine

'the young teenage characters are warm and genuinely likeable'

Inis Magazine

'readers young and old will savour this latest instalment'

Sunday Independent Living

'hugely enjoyable'


'the story flows beautifully and Judi Curtin’s writing style is easy to read'


'would heartily recommend both this book and the author'

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