Pet Defenders: Beards from Outer Space
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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.
Fourteen-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?