Rafferty Ferret: Ratbag

Book Author Sherryl Jordan
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands

Set in medieval times, this tale of misadventures, devious plots, and raw survival, follows the exploits of 11-year-old Rafferty, a foundling who was raised by the monks but cast out by the new Abbot after he damaged a very expensive manuscript. Rafferty has led a cloistered life so finding a way to survive proves perilous. That is until he happens to be mistaken for a rat catcher and a whole new career opens up for him. But there are drawbacks, mishaps and cold winters ahead for the urchin.

A 2019 Storylines Notable book

About the Author
Sherryl Jordan
– writer for children and young adults, specialising in fantasy and historical fiction. She has written a number of children’s and young adult works published in New Zealand and overseas. She is best known for her books Rocco, The Juniper Game and The Raging Quiet. She received the Margaret Mahy Medal for her contribution to children’s literature, publishing and literacy in 2001.

“Books have been my life’s passion since I was a child. I created my first book when I was four years old – a mermaid story told in pictures, on a notebook of blue paper. Between my school days and the age of forty I wrote twelve novels and numerous picture books, though none were accepted for publication. It was my 13th novel – Rocco – that became my first published novel, and the beginning of my career as an author.

My greatest joy is in writing stories set in the ancient world. I have also written several novels set in fantasy worlds. I am drawn to the simplicity of life in Medieval times – the people’s connection with the land and seasons, and the superstitions and beliefs that governed their daily lives. Also, I am intrigued by the tragic ignorance of Medieval justice, and the tension between superstition and rationality. My stories are inspired by ordinary folk trapped within that tension – people who are different, who must struggle against superstition and ignorance, prejudice and injustice, in order to live out their true destiny, and become the people they were born to be.”


OneTree House




Junior Fiction

Age range
8+ years

Publication Date
September 2018

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands

Rights Agents:


Christine Dale, OneTree House

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