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Justin Richards - Author

About the Author

Justin Richards is the author of over a dozen genre and sf novels, as well as non-fiction books, audio and television scripts. He has edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, founded and edited a media journal, and contributed articles to many mainstream magazines. Before all that he worked for a multinational computer company. At present, Justin is best known for acting as Creative Consultant to the BBC Books range of Doctor Who novels, and his own novels for the series are consistently popular. Justin is married with two sons - neither of whom is even slightly invisible.

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Project X CODE Extra: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Castle Kingdom: The Feast

Project X CODE Extra: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Castle Kingdom: The Feast

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2016

Project X CODE Extra introduces more exciting adventure stories and stimulating non-fiction texts into the Project X CODE series. In this adventure in the Castle Kingdom zone, Team X and Mini find themselves in the middle of a feast with the Knight-BITE! Who will win? In line with the phonic, vocabulary and comprehension progression in Project X CODE, this book is ideal for additional practice outside of the core intervention sessions and for children who simply want to read more of the CODE adventure!

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: The Path Through the Woods

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: The Path Through the Woods

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Tiger is keen to explore the new dimension, but his enthusiasm quickly turns to fear when he is kidnapped by some scary, thorny creatures the thistlers. Max, Cat and Ant set out to rescue Tiger and help their new friend Malenki. Will they make it out of the woods alive? Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: Operation Holotanium

Project X Alien Adventures: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: Operation Holotanium

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new robot micro-friend, Eight. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. The Excelsa is running low on holotanium. Without it, the micro-friends might not make it back to Earth. They take a detour to Planet Ashriss to try and find some more. On landing, Tiger's watch malfunctions and he ends up growing to giant size! Max, Cat and Ant meet some insect-like Ashrians, who tell the children that their holotanium source has been blocked. Giant Tiger manages to fix the problem ... but is then captured by Badlaw and his Krools. Together, the Ashrians and the children have to face Badlaw and carry out a daring rescue attempt. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.

Doctor Who: 50: The Essential Guide

Doctor Who: 50: The Essential Guide

Author: Justin Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2013

* This essential guide to fifty years of Doctor Who includes all eleven incarnations of the Doctor and fascinating facts on his adventures in space and time, as well as his helpful companions and fearsome foes. Find out all about the Doctor's TARDIS, his regenerations, and much, much more!

The Parliament of Blood

The Parliament of Blood

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2009

A tale not for the faint-hearted! Prepare yourself for the horrors that lie within - some may be based on legend, but many are documented fact. You will read of secret societies and hidden mysteries, of evil plans long made and villainy about to be dispatched. Of the legends of the Book of the Undead and the lord of that hellish region. Of vampires and their Parliament of Blood. It is 1886, and Eddie, George, Liz and Sir William must separate the terrifying truth from the lies and fiction. Or else we shall all be doomed as they return to do battle with their greatest foe yet . . .

Sorted!

Sorted!

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

A hilarious new series for younger readers, following the misadventures of an ordinary boy at an extraordinary school for young spies... Alfie and his friends are preparing for their SATS exams - because everyone knows that if you don't have your Special Agent Training Standards you can't go on to do your GCSEs. And if you didn't have your General Cerftificate in Surveillance and Espionage then where would you be? The thing is, SATS are hard enough as it is. But when the test papers go missing in the post and are replaced by competitions to win sets of matching saucepans, it just gets ridiculous! Can Alfie and his friends solve the mystery of the missing post? One thing's for sure: SPUD just have to be behind it, somehow...

The Parliament of Blood

The Parliament of Blood

Author: Justin Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2008

A tale not for the faint-hearted! Prepare yourself for the horrors that lie within - some may be based on legend, but many are documented fact. You will read of secret societies and hidden mysteries, of evil plans long made and villainy about to be dispatched. Of the legends of the Book of the Undead and the lord of that hellish region. Of vampires and their Parliament of Blood. It is 1886, and Eddie, George, Liz and Sir William must separate the terrifying truth from the lies and fiction. Or else we shall all be doomed as they return to do battle with their greatest foe yet . . .

Thunder Raker

Thunder Raker

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2008

A hilarious new series for younger readers, following the misadventures of an ordinary boy at an extraordinary school for young spies... Jake's dad is head of the Secret Service. Alice's dad is a double agent. Harry's dad has infiltrated SPUD - the Secret Partners for Undertaking Destruction. And Alfie's dad... is a postman. Thunder Raker Manor is a very exclusive school. All the pupils are there because their parents or guardians are agents and spies. All except one. Because eight-year-old Alfie's dad isn't anything to do with the secret services. He's the local postman who just reckoned that Thunder Raker Manor was a great school. So when the Head Teacher receives a letter from the Prime Minister saying that Alfie has been given a special place and will start immediately, he isn't to know that Alfie's dad wrote it and slipped it in with the 'special' post... Now Alfie has to get to grips with Thunder Raker's unusual curriculum and some even stranger new friends. He's got classes in camouflage (if anyone can ever find Mr Trick) and Assassination (only kids keep going missing from Miss Fortune's class). And he's now in permanent danger from SPUD agents. But to his surprise, Alfie finds that he might just be quite good at this spying game...

Chaos Code

Chaos Code

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

Deep within the Peruvian jungle, an astounding secret lies hidden...Matt's dad has disappeared. An eminent archaeologist, he's left Matt only a coded message with a bizarre set of instructions. Clues that lead Matt to the enigmatic Julius Venture and on to a world-wide treasure hunt. With the help of Venture's daughter Robin, and the sponsorship of an enthusiastic billionaire, Matt is soon crossing continents, deciphering codes and exploring ancient ruins in an exhausting bid to stay one step ahead of his enemies. The race is on to find a lost treasure so powerful that it could change the world.

The Shadow Beast

The Shadow Beast

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

London, Today: Arthur Drake is only just beginning to understand how he is linked the Invisible Detective's casebook written over eighty years ago. But there's no time to investigate further - a monster is loose in the city, and Arthur must get help from the past... London, 1936: Whatever your problem, the Invisible Detective can find the answer. He is a mystery, an enigma. In fact, the truth about the Invisible Detective is known by only four children - the ones who created him. How can a daring bank robbery be linked to a missing cat? And why are the local rats overrunning houses and attacking people? Only the Invisible Detective can discover the answers as the kids hunt the robbers - and track down a monster...

The Chaos Code

The Chaos Code

Author: Justin Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Matt's dad has disappeared. An eminent archaeologist, he's left Matt only a coded message with a bizarre set of instructions. Clues that lead Matt to the enigmatic Julius Venture and on to a world-wide treasure hunt. The race is on to find a lost treasure so powerful that it could change the world. Desperate to rescue his father, Matt knows he must get to the treasure first. With the help of Venture's daughter Robin, and the sponsorship of an enthusiastic billionaire, Matt is soon crossing continents, deciphering codes and exploring ancient ruins in an exhausting bid to stay one step ahead of his enemies. But ancient powers are stirring, and all paths seem to lead to the same place - a magnificent pyramid hidden in the Peruvian jungle. The world isn't ready for what Matt's about to discover. An ancient secret that could re-write history books. A secret that could blow open the greatest mystery of all: Atlantis.

The Paranormal Puppet Show

The Paranormal Puppet Show

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

London, today: When fourteen-year-old Arthur Drake shelters from the rain in a dusty shop, the last thing he expects to find is the antique casebook of The Invisible Detective. It may have been written in the 1930s, but it's in his handwriting... London, 1936: Whatever your problem, the Invisible Detective can find the answer. He is a mystery, an enigma. In fact, the truth about the Invisible Detective is known by only four children with their own special talents. Together the children use their special skills to solve crimes and mysteries. But who'd listen to a bunch of kids? Now the gang is about to take on their most sinister case so far. When an incredible touring exhibition takes over their den, the Invisible Detective must deal with disappearing people, faceless bodies, and some deadly puppets...

Ghost Soldiers

Ghost Soldiers

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

London, Today: Arthur Drake is haunted. He is haunted by memories from 1936 that are not his own. He is haunted by a girl from school who turns up where and when he least expects it. He is haunted by the ghosts in a deserted and derelict old house... London, 1936: Whatever your problem, the Invisible Detective can find the answer. Only four children know the truth about this mysterious private investigator... because they created him. Now they solve crimes and mysteries in his name. Investigating a strange death and a haunted house, Art and his friends are drawn into a mysterious world where nothing is what it seems, and nobody can be trusted. There are monsters on the streets of London, dressed as soldiers and trained to kill. As a terrifying plan is put into action, only the Invisible Detective can stop the Ghost Soldiers...

The Death Collector

The Death Collector

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

When Eddie 'Dipper' Hopkins steals George Archer's wallet he has no idea that he is about to enter a dark world of grave-robbing, assassins and zombies. For George Archer is no ordinary citizen. He has just been offered a job in the top secret Department of Unclassified Artefacts at the British Museum - a department that investigates the bizarre and the unexplained. And in George's wallet is a clue to one of the biggest mysteries of all. A secret that has remained hidden for millions of years. A secret that people would kill to discover. On the run for their lives, Eddie and George must join forces to escape the clutches of a depraved genius - a man who needs the secret for a terrifying plan. Helped by the redoubtable Sir William Protheroe and actress Elizabeth Oldfield, they find themselves in a heart-stopping race against time. A race to unravel the secret before London is overrun by creatures from the dead . . .

Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies

Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2006

The Cybermen are back to terrorise time and space but luckily the Doctor and Rose are back to stop them. Picking up where Monsters and Villains left off, this fully illustrated guide documents the return of these metal menaces, as well as the Sycorax and other foes from the series, plus first series terrors like the Gelth and the Reapers. More classic baddies such as the dreaded Zarbi, Sutekh and the Robots of Death also make a welcome appearance. Featuring the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit Doctor Who BBC Television series.

The Death Collector

The Death Collector

Author: Justin Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2006

When Eddie 'Dipper' Hopkins steals George Archer's wallet he has no idea that he is about to enter a dark world of grave-robbing, assassins and zombies. For George Archer is no ordinary citizen. He has just been offered a job in the top secret Department of Unclassified Artefacts at the British Museum - a department that investigates the bizarre and the unexplained. And in George's wallet is a clue to one of the biggest mysteries of all. A secret that has remained hidden for millions of years. A secret that people would kill to discover. On the run for their lives, Eddie and George must join forces to escape the clutches of a depraved genius - a man who needs the secret for a terrifying plan. Helped by the redoubtable Sir William Protheroe and actress Elizabeth Oldfield, they find themselves in a heart-stopping race against time. A race to unravel the secret before London is overrun by creatures from the dead . . .

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2005

London, 1937: The Invisible Detective can solve any mystery, great or small - but no one's ever seen his face. Truth is, the detective is the creation of four extraordinary kids who combat crime in his name... London, today: Arthur Drake is intrigued to discover that the haunted Castle Theatre is to open again. But when he and his friend Sarah explore the old theatre, Arthur starts behaving oddly. Somehow, he just isn't quite himself... A haunted theatre is the latest case brought to the Invisible Detective. But how is the theatre linked to the strange behaviour of a top civil servant? Art and his friends find themselves caught up in a world of intrigue where no one is what they seem and even their best friends can't be trusted. Can they solve the mystery before the final curtain?

The Faces of Evil

The Faces of Evil

Author: Justin Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2005

London, 1937: The Invisible Detective can solve any mystery, great or small - but no one's ever seen his face. Truth is, the detective is the creation of four extraordinary kids who combat crime in his name... Who is the misshapen figure stalking the streets after dark? When people start to die, the Invisible Detective is called in. But can Art and his friends find the inhuman killer before the killer finds them? The past is far from dead, as Arthur finds out when he wins the chance to spend a weekend at a country house. He may have won a competition, but he is in danger of losing everything - including his own life...

Killing Time

Killing Time

Author: Justin Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2004

A Mysterious Shipwreck Cornwall, today: Arthur Drake at last has some time to think about the Invisible Detective and a past life that seems somehow linked to his own. But then he meets the ghosts of sailors shipwrecked over a century ago... An Extraordinary Watch London, 1937: Whatever your problem, the Invisible Detective can find the answer. But no one suspects that he(1)s just a front for four children who solve crimes and mysteries in his name. A pocket watch that seems to rewind time itself leads the children to investigate a strange clock shop. What is wrong with the shop's customers? How are events linked to a shipwreck in Cornwall? Where has Meg vanished to? It is up to the Invisible Detective to find out.

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