Welcome to the world of award winning author, story-teller & musician Gareth P. Jones: a world of Ninja Meerkats, Steampunk Pirates, dragon detectives, murderous twins, dark family secrets, bureaucratic ghosts, Victorian illusionists, dinosaur parties, time travel mysteries, funky ukuleles, sinister accordions, alien-fighting pets, death and ice cream.
The first in a brand new series about a secret organisation of pets dedicated to keeping Earth safe from alien invasion. Biskit, the dog is teamed up with Mitzy the cat and charged with preventing a giant dung beetle from devouring the planet.
Look out for more books this year (Beards from Outer Space, Escape from Planet Bogey), all illustrated by illustrious illustrator, Steve May.
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The Thornthwaite Betrayal
Everyone’s favourite murderous twins return in The Thornthwaite Betrayal (Piccadilly Books). After a lifetime of mutual mistrust and devilish plots to take each other’s lives, orphaned twins Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have finally called an end to their ongoing civil war. An uncomfortable peace has fallen over their home. They are trying to live normal lives, going to school, making friends, not plotting each other’s demise – that kind of thing. Then long lost Uncle Harry comes to stay and danger returns to Thornthwaite Manor. A chandelier falls while they are under it … a fire starts in Lorelli’s room… nowhere is safe. Who could be behind the attacks? Uncle Harry? His French Chef, Beaufort Nouveau? Tom the gardener? Nurse Griddle? Hazel? Or perhaps Ovid is finding it hard to kick his old habits? As fresh mysteries emerge from within the grounds of the Thornthwaite estate, no one is above suspicion because everyone has a secret in this much anticipated sequel to The Thornthwaite Inheritance.
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2016 also saw the publication of two new books: Death or Ice Cream? (published by Hotkey, cover artwork by Adam Stower) and the fourth in the Steampunk Pirates series, Rise of the Slippery Sea Serpent (published by Stripes).
Are You The Pirate Captain?
Gareth P Jones & Garry Parsons
We need A PIRATE CAPTAN
Before we can depart
Who will strike fear
Into every sailor’s heart.
Gareth and Garry’s second picture book follows the recruitment of a new a pirate captain, after the previous captain falls foul of an unfortunate squid-related incident.
Gareth & Garry’s first collaboration, The Dinosaurs are Having a Party is now out in glorious paperback with a brand new cover.
The Dinosaurs are having a party
It starts precisely at three
But I’m a boy not a dinosaur
So I’m pleased they’ve invited me.
Both books are published by Andersen Press.
No True Echo
The Wellcome Valley is the kind of place people go to get away from it all. But how can you get away from everything unless the place you’re visiting is nowhere?
As far as Eddie is concerned, it’s even worse than that. The valley is the middle of nowhere. That’s how Eddie feels too. Empty. Nothingy. His life is defined by the absence of family members and all the things he doesn’t do.
But when a mysterious redheaded girl called Scarlett arrives, Eddie learns how the middle of nowhere can also be the centre of the universe.