Gareth P Jones,
Attack of the Alien Dung!
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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.
Before becoming a published author, Gareth worked in TV, on shows such as The Big Breakfast and Richard & Judy. He spent some time making television programmes about crime authors such as Ian Rankin, P D James, Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid and Colin Dexter.
Gareth now divides his time between writing books, visiting schools, performing at festivals and sometimes he works on TV programmes. When he’s not doing these things he can be found hanging out with his wife Lisa and children, Herbie and Autumn, or playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room
Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference. It's up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions - just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it! Secret agent Biskit 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 the planet is under attack! 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.
Fact 1: The second and third books in the series are already out for you to read. They are called Beards from Outer Space and Escape from Planet Bogey. Check out the awesome Pet Defenders theme tune on his website.
Fact 2: His parents are called Leslie and Lesley.
Fact 3: He won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 with his book The Considine Curse.
Fact 4: He has also written a Ninja series "Ninja Meerkats".
Find out more on his website www.garethwrites.co.uk/home
Find out about the illustrator Steve May: www.stevemay.biz/home/
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