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Josh Lacey was born in London. He worked as a journalist before he wrote his first book for children, A Dog Called Grk, which was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. There are now eight books in the Grk series, each set in a different country around the world.

Josh has written several other books for children including The Island of Thieves, The Sultan’s Tigers, Bearkeeper and the Dragonsitter series. He has also written one book for adults, God is Brazilian, a biography of the man who introduced football to Brazil.

Josh regularly visits schools, libraries and literary festivals to talk about his books. He teaches creative writing to both children and adults. He lives in London with his wife and daughters.


‘Dear Uncle Morton. You’d better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima.’

It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton’s unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path.


Buried treasure. Ruthless gangsters. An ancient clue . . .

Our Captayne took the pinnace ashore and I went with hym and six men also, who were sworne by God to be secret in al they saw. Here we buried five chests filled with gold.

Tom Trelawney was looking for excitement. Now he’s found it. With his eccentric uncle Harvey, he’s travelling to South America on a quest for hidden gold. But Harvey has some dangerous enemies and they want the treasure too. Who will be the first to uncover the secrets of the mysterious island?


The tiger is yours and you must come to take him. His jaw and chest are covered with fine jewels, rubies and emeralds . . . You must bring yourself to India and find this tiger.

Tom Trelawney discovers an incredible family secret. While serving as a soldier in India one of his ancestors stole and then hid a precious, jewel-encrusted tiger. The tiger is one of eight – all identical – that once surrounded the throne of a legendary sultan. Now a ruthless Indian billionaire is attempting to collect the full set – and only one is still missing . . .

With his roguish Uncle Harvey in tow, Tom sets off to find this family treasure. But they’re not the only people looking for it . . .

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