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Solve Your Own Mystery

4 Books illustrated by Louise Forshaw

Welcome to Haventry. You now work for Klaus Solstaag, a yeti detective who works on the shady side of town, populated by werewolves, witches, vampires, zombie clowns& all kinds of unusual folk. In each book, you accept a new case & it is down to you to solve it, with 3 possible solutions too each mystery and no deadends. 

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Fairytales for the Fearless

Rabunzel, CinderGorilla, Snowy White (illustrated by Loretta Schaeur)

Classic fairytales retold with animal protagonists & messages of empowerment. Rabunzel has extremely long ears so gets locked away in a high hutch. CinderGorilla wants to go to the Disco Ball but her mean aunt & cousins won't allow it. Snowy White arrives on Purry Tale lane, where cats love parading up & down the catwalk, with little thought about the consequences of their actions.  In each case, the female heroes learn to turn their weaknesses intio strengths & solve their own problems. 

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The Thornthwaite Twins

The Thornthwaite Inheritance & The Thornthwaite Betrayal
A twisty mystery about devious twins.

Cover artwork by Adam Stower

"Lorelli & Ovid Thornthwaite had been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin could remember which act of attempted murder came first."

 

So begins the story of this pair of deliciously murderous & suspicious children who reside in Thornthwaite Manor.   

The Thornthwaite Inheritance is a multi-award winning cult classic. The Thornthwaite Betrayal is its little known sequel.  

Death or Ice Cream?

A novel in short stories set in the fictional town of Larkin Mills

Cover artwork: Adam Stower

“Death or ice cream? Which one, my friend?”

I said to the waiter, “Which do you recommend?”

The waiter replied, “Now, I’m sure I can’t say

But I’ll give you my thoughts about that anyway.”

 “Ice cream’s refreshing and melts on your tongue

It’s sweeter than death but it won’t last as long.

Ice cream is perfect for ending a meal

But if you want endings, death’s the real deal.

The thing is with ice cream, you don’t have to eat it

But you can’t deny death. You can fight but not beat it

It won't come with sprinkles or strawberry sauce
Death's not a pudding. It's your final course.

I looked at the waiter and then understood

When I noticed the scythe, the cloak and the hood.

“Your time is up,” said his calming voice

And I knew death or ice cream wasn’t a choice.

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Dragon Detective

4 Noirish detective stories for dragon fans.

Catnapped!

Schools Out! Sky High!

That's a Wrap

 

Cover artwork by Scott Brown

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Dirk Dilly is a red-backed, green bellied urban based mountain dragon who works in London as a detective. He keeps himself to himself for obvious reasons, but when he gets a call from a girl called Holly whose cat has gone missing his life changes forever.   

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The Considine Curse

Cover artwork: Adam Stower

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?

Constable & Toop

Cover artwork: Sam Hearn

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 Lion on the Bus

A sing along picture book, illlustrated by Jeff Harter

We all know that the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round. Round and round. We know that the wheels on the bus go round and round all day long. But what about the lion? What does he do on the bus? What of the crocodile, the panther and wolves? Why are all these scary animals getting on the bus anyway?  What's going on?

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Ninja Meerkats

Perfect for reluctant readers, 10 books following the adventures of Ninja Meerkats as they battle the evil... Ringmaster. 

The Clan of the Scorpion

The Eye of the Monkey

Escape from Ice Mountain

Hollywood Showdown

The Tomb of Doom 
Big City Bust Up

The Ultimate Dragon Warrior

Outback Attack!

The Forbidden Palace

The Hammer of Thor

No True Echo

A mind bending novel about time travel

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.

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Pet Defenders

6 books about alien-fighting pets illustrated by Steve May

Ever wondered what your pets get up to when you’re not watching them? It turns out that they are working for a secret organisation charged with keeping earth safe from alien attack.

 

Follow the adventures of mismatched partners Biskit the dog and Mitzy the cat as they battle alien dung, invading beards, giant nits and super alien stinky cheese.

Attack of the Alien Dun

Beards from Outer Space

Escape from Planet Bogey

Revenge of the Atomtic Burps

Cheese from the Dimension Pong

Invasion of the Giant Nits

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Are You the Pirate Captain?

Rhyming picture books illustrated by Garry Parsons

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The Dinosaurs are Having a Party

Whether you want to join first mate Hugh in his search to find a new captain or attend the dinosaurs' party, these books are full of Arrs, laughs and amazing pictures.

If you wish to buy a copy of either of these beautiful, you can look below or email garethwrites@hotmail.com

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Steampunk Pirates

4 books about metallic pirates in search of gold & freedom.

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?

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The Daily Joker

By Gareth P Jones & Rachel Delahaye, illustrated by Nigel Parkinson

Yes, someone let us write a joke book. Arguably the greatest joke book ever written.  Some would argue. You'll just have to see if you can find a copy, read it front to back to see if you agree or not. It contains for a joke for every day of the year.

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Society of Thirteen

Cover artwork: Sam Hearn

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.

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Educational Titles

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I love writing books for educational publishers and I don't approach them any differently to anything else I write. I'm really proud of all these books. 

If you are an educational publisher and you'd like to get in contact, please go through my agent Jodie Hodges at United Agent.

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