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Pet Defenders: Beards from Outer Space

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In the Pet Defenders’ second outing, Biskit and Mitzy are investigating a mysterious new bearded mayor of Nothington-on-Sea when they discover that he is under the influence of the evil Beard King. This small hairy alien and his beard associates have plans to take over our chins then take over our world! Beardageddon is coming. Beware the beards.

Note: All beards featured in this book are fictitious and any resemblance to real beards is purely coincidental.

Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung

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Did you know that the earth is regularly under alien attack? Of course you didn’t know that. A secret organization of domestic animals is making sure you need never know the danger you’re in. In the quiet seaside town of Nothington-on-Sea, Biskit is the top agent but he is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat. Everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix.

But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and a cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink…It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and save the world!

The Thornthwaite Betrayal

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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.

Death or Ice Cream?

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Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It’s a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death. There are sharks in the sewers, controversial medical experimentation on children and something in the attic of the waxwork museum. Thirteen interconnected tales from this strange town fit together like a jigsaw puzzle to reveal a very strange truth at the heart of this strange place… and at the heart of everything.

The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates:
The Leaky Battery Sets Sail

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Wanted: Dead or Alive! (Or smashed into little bits and delivered in boxes.) Causing chaos wherever they sail, the robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas, hunting for gold! But the evil Iron Duke has other ideas…He’s determined to capture the pirates in return for a handsome reward from the King. Can these mechanical marauders stay one wave ahead of their enemy?

Attack of the Giant Sea Spiders

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It’s a three-way battle in the Slurring Mariner pub. On the one hand, the four Steampunk Pirates. On another, the Dread Captain Inkybeard, who is married to a squid who lives on his head and keeps his facial hair dark. On the third, a ridiculously rich, ridiculously French and ridiculously successful recruiter – but to just what is he taking so many seamen? Whatever it is, it’s enough to get the Pirates and Inkybeard working together (ish) to solve the problem – but someone else might just be controlling the whole farrago…

Clash of the Rival Robots

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The Steampunk Pirates are lured back to England by the promise of gold. But the appearance of their inventor, Mr Richmond Swift, signals big trouble. He has a new army of robots and it’s not long before sparks begin to fly. Have the pirates finally met their match? This hilarious new series from Gareth P. Jones, author of Ninja Meerkats, is sure to delight young readers with its madcap humour and larger-than-life robot pirate crew.

Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster

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The Steampunk Pirates get a taste of their own medicine when the Leaky Battery is raided by a sea monster that’s greedy for gold. But when the rusty robots race to get their treasure back, they sail straight into a trap…Can they dodge the creature’s twisting tentacles or will they be squished to smithereens? With old squid-loving loon, Captain Inkybeard back and a dashing young cabin boy by the name of Kidd involved things are bound to get complicated for the crew of The Leaky Battery in this the fourth adventure of The Steampunk Pirates.

No True Echo buy book

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.

Are You the Pirate Captain?

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First mate Hugh has got the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can’t set sail until they find a captain! Come on this salty adventure as Hugh and his scurvy seadogs try to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out what their captain needs is the brains to lead! Illustrated by the fabulous Garry Parsons.

The Dinosaurs are Having a Parrty

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You’ve hired the clown, there appears to be enough food and goodie bags for everyone, but have you made one fatal mistake? Is the venue big enough, this is after all a party for dinosaurs. ‘The Dinosaurs are Having a Party!’ by Gareth P Jones and illustrated by Garry Parsons tells of one such party fully populated by our extinct friends; apart from one small boy and his dog. Everything at the party appears to be fine, but where is the food?

The Society of Thirteen buy book

1891, London. Lord Ringmore has devoted his life to unearthing the roots of magic. Tormented by the thought of death, he knows that only real magic can overcome mortality. He has in his possession a book that contains the secret of true magic, but he cannot unlock its meaning alone. The Society of Thirteen is formed to investigate this mysterious object, but when thieving orphans Tom and Esther steal the book, they realise that it holds the key to a frightening, awesome and terrifying power known as Conjury. When a mysterious mangey magpie and a black cat with an agenda also show interest in the book, Tom and Esther learn that Conjury has a much darker side.

Constable & Toop

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Constable & Toop is a comic Victorian ghost story set in London 1884. Sam Toop is the son of a funeral director with the unfortunate ability to see and hear ghosts. But London’s dead are the least of his worries when murderous Uncle Jack comes to stay, seeking sanctuary from the law. Trouble is afoot on the ‘other side’ too when a ghost clerk called Lapsewood, working in the Bureau discovers that ghosts are mysteriously going missing. His investigations soon reveal a terrible disease known as the Black Rot, eating away at the haunted houses of London.

 

The Considine Curse buy book

The Considine CurseFourteen-year-old Mariel returns to England for her grandmother’s funeral. It is the first time she has been back since she emigrated with her mother as a baby, and it is the beginning of the uncovering of some really extraordinary truths about the Considine family. Why did Mariel’s mum argue with Grandma all those years ago? Why does Amelia wear so much perfume? Why are the walls of Louvre House covered in scratches? Why does Gerald seem scared of his brother’s appetite? Did Grandma Considine really break her neck falling down the stairs? And most importantly, what is the dark secret that lies at the heart of the family?

 

The Thornthwaite Inheritance buy book

The Thornthwaite InheritanceOvid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first.

But whoever struck first, trying to take each other’s lives is simply what they do. Until one day a lawyer arrives at their house to take stock of its contents, and his accompanying son attracts their attention.
Soon a new battle evolves – one in which the twins have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths.
Can Lorelli and Ovid overcome their old animosities, and will they ever get to finish that game of chess

 

Ninja Meerkats Series

Hidden in the remotest reaches of the Red Desert, legend tells of an elite fighting force of meerkats – The Clan of the Scorpion. Under the guidance of their mentor, the wise (and cryptic) Grandmaster One-Eye, and armed with ninja-know-how, these four warriors are sworn to protect the world from the evil plans of their enemy, the Ringmaster…

The Clan of the Scorpion buy book

A tiger is missing from Hong Kong zoo, but she’s no ordinary big cat – and she won’t be found by sticking lost posters on lamp posts. When the meerkats find a clown-shaped clue in the poo at the zoo it can only mean one thing. The Ringmaster and his circus goons are in town. It’s time for the ninja meerkats to leap into action!

 

 

The Eye of the Monkey  buy book

An Indian emerald with mystical powers has been stolen from under the noses of the monkeys who guard it. The meerkats team up with kung fu supremo the Delhi Llama to investigate. Some monkey business is afoot and there’s no prizes for guessing who’s behind it… The meerkats smell a rat in a top hat. It’s time for the ninja meerkats to leap into action!

 

Escape from Ice Mountainbuy book

The Clan of the Scorpion are escorting their mentor, Grandmaster One Eye, to a Kung Fu Grandmaster meeting deep in the mountains of Chile, when they are ambushed by a horde of enormous spiders – the Trained Tarantulas of Santiago! But the eight-legged creeps are a cunning diversion, and the Clan soon realise that Grandmaster One Eye has been katnapped! The Clan sets out to follow the attackers south, all the way to a colossal mountain fortress in icy Antarctica – but will they reach One Eye before the trail runs …cold?

Hollywood Showdownbuy book

The meerkats are in Hollywood. They are hot on the heals of their old enemy, The Ringmaster. But what is he up to this time? Featuring action hero, Vin Pain, celebrity dog-trainer Honor Longlead and a brutish force of dobermans, the meerkats have their work cut out if they are to save the world from the Ringmaster’s most devlish scheme yet.

 

 

The Tomb of Doom buy book

The Ringmaster is planning to steal a legendary Gold Mask from a Burial Chamber hidden deep beneath an Egyptian pyramid. The meerkats are summoned by Chuck’s brother, Lob to protect the treasure. Can they unravel the tomb’s deadly secrets or is their mission doomed from the start?

 

 

Big City Bust-Up buy book

The Clan of the Scorpion are in London, having been called there by the head of the secret secret service. There has been a break in at the tower and someone has made off with the Royal Sceptre. But as they investigate this mystery they soon learn that there is more to the missing artefact than meets the eye… Soon enough the statues of London start coming to life and causing havoc across the city. Only the Ninja Meerkats can save the day!

The Ultimate Dragon Warrior buy book

The Clan of the Scorpion are invited to a mysterious island to take part in an elite fighting competition. But everything on the island is not as it seems and the meerkats suspect that the Ringmaster is plotting another of his evil plans. Do the meerkats have what it takes to become champions in the most deadly contest of all – their fight against the Ringmaster?

Outback Attack buy book

The Clan of the Scorpion receive strange reports from the Australian outback. They fly down under to investigate, and discover strange goings-on in the desert and who else could be behind it but that top-hatted menace, the Ringmaster? With boxing kangaroos and killer koalas, not to mention the Ringmaster’s crew of deadly circus goons, this is one deadly desert mission.

 

 

The Forbidden Palace buy book

In the ninth book of The Ninja Meerkats series, the Clan of the Scorpion are hot on the heels of the Ringmaster in the mysterious mountains and jungles of Peru. The Ringmaster has his sights set on a legendary palace with a magical throne, which brings power to anyone who sits on it. The meerkats must stop the Ringmaster in his tracks – but his mysterious new recruit, The Birdman of Cusco has more than a few tricks up his feathered sleeve to stop them.

The Hammer of Thor buy book

In this dramatic conclusion to the series, The Ringmaster has already got his hands on the legendary Hammer of Thor, an electrifying weapon that controls thunder and lightning. All planes are grounded, every major city is under attack, so the Clan of the Scorpion will have to team up some old friends and face up to some brand new enemies as they must once more defeat the Ringmaster and save the world!

Space Crime Conspiracy buy book

Space Crime ConspiracyIn prison, accused of murdering President Vorlugenar, things are not looking good for Stanley. But when he is released, matters get even worse! He discovers that his assumed crime has given him not only notoriety, but value.

How can a boy who lives above a pub in south-east London cope with bounty hunters with beards on their foreheads, lawyers who specialise in Intergalactic Law, Pan-Dimensional Litigation and Criminal Prosecution, and the terrifying bird-headed space pirates, the Marauding Picaroons.

The Dragon Detective Agency Series

The case of the missing catsThe Case of the Missing Cats buy book

When Dirk Dilly gets a call from Holly asking him to help her find her missing cat, he thinks that the case will be very tedious.

However, soon he and the intrepid Holly are engaged in a life or death struggle in which the missing cats play only a small part. This is a case that will seriously test Dilly’s detective skills as he finds himself up against some very dangerous foes!

 

The Case of the Wayward ProfessorThe Case of the Wayward Professor buy book

When Dirk Dilly gets a call from a distraught wife, he does not expect much in the way of exciting crimes to solve, but he sets off to follow the husband anyway.

He couldn’t be more wrong and soon he is up to his scaly neck in stolen government secrets, wicked and treacherous dragons, and a confused Prime Minister’s son.

Of course, nothing is too difficult when you can rely on a good friend like Holly to help you out

 

The case of the vanished sea dragonThe Case of the Vanished Sea Dragon buy book

When Detective Dirk Dilly gets a surprise visit from a Sea Dragon in need of his sleuthing skills, at first he dismisses the case. After all, dragons are extremely high risk and they rarely pay well. But soon Dirk is stuck – from his horny head to the tip of his scaly tail – right in the thick of a dramatic new mystery full of unexpected danger.

His trusty friend Holly has made some startling discoveries too, and it’s not long before Holly and Dirk are together involved in perhaps their slipperiest mystery yet, involving the strange disappearance of a sister, a dodgy billionaire and some very powerful dragons. Not to mention they will make some unlikely friends along the way in this compelling and plot-driven story full of exciting and unusual twists and turns.

The Case of the Stolen FileThe Case of the Stolen Film buy book

When Holly and her friend Archie are in LA (flown out there by the billionaire Brant Buchanan) they bump into a character from Holly’s past. Petal Moses is in the middle of making the film version of her autobiography. While filming in the heart of the Californian desert, the director catches something ‘dragonlike’ on camera. However, before it can be properly examined, the roll of film goes missing.

Realising this is a case for Dirk, Holly immediately calls him up. In no time at all, the dragon detective is up to his neck once more in a dangerous investigation involving some Californian Desert Dragons who spit poison rather than breathe fire.

Perry’s 5

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Five kids, one exam and one crazy plan! Can Perry pull off his scheme to steal the GCSE Maths paper? A heist thriller published by Barrington Stoke who specialise in books for reluctant readers.