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Josh Lacey - Author

About the Author

Josh Lacey is the author of many books for children including The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper, The Dragonsitter and the Grk series. He has worked as a journalist and written one book for adults, God is Brazilian. His first book for children, A Dog Called Grk, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and is written under the pseudonym Joshua Doder.

Josh lives in London with his wife and daughters.

 

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The Dragonsitter in the Land of the Dragons

The Dragonsitter in the Land of the Dragons

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Eddie has travelled with his uncle Morton to Mongolia, in hope of being one of the few to watch the Great Dragon Battle Ceremony. But wild dragons are not nearly so friendly as pet ones, and the inhospitable mountains are a dangerous place to be stuck with nothing but a pile of chocolate bars. Meanwhile, back at home, Mum can't quite believe her son has really run off to Mongolia, and now she has been left with the tricky task of dragonsitting . . . Told in emails between Eddie and his mum, The Dragonsitter in the Land of the Dragons is an extra actionpacked tale of misunderstandings, monsters and Mars bars.

The Dragonsitter's Surprise

The Dragonsitter's Surprise

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Eddie was given a dragon's egg by his uncle for his last birthday, and one day he notices a crack in the egg. Soon the egg breaks open and out comes a very unusual creature. Just as Eddie and Emily are trying to cope with this new arrival, their mum announces that she has a surprise of her own... In their ninth adventure Eddie and Emily get the biggest surprise of their lives!

A Dog Called Grk

A Dog Called Grk

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

When Tim finds an abandoned little dog outside his house, he can't just leave him there, even though his parents hate the idea of pets in their house. But it turns out that this is no mere homeless pooch - he's Grk, the missing pet of the ambassador of Stanislavia. Tim wants to reunite them, but it means that he will become embroiled in the dangerous politics of a secretive Eastern European country. It's not long before Tim finds himself breaking into a high-security prison, flying a helicopter, and making a nail-biting race for the border - all for the love of a very special dog. Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.

The Dragonsitter Detective

The Dragonsitter Detective

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Dear Uncle Morton Are you sitting down? If you're not, you probably should. Because I have some very bad news. Someone has stolen one of your dragons. Eddie's mum is getting remarried, to Uncle Morton's Scottish neighbour Gordon. But then Ziggy is stolen. It's not long before Arthur is taken too. Eddie must track the thief down, rescue Uncle Morton's dragons and get to the church on time. . .

The Dragonsitter: Trick or Treat?

The Dragonsitter: Trick or Treat?

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

On Halloween the night is full of strange creatures: witches, vampires, ghosts - and dragons. In their seventh adventure Eddie and Emily take their uncle's pet dragons trick or treating. But the dragons have quite the sweet tooth, and it's not long before things go ghoulishly wrong...

The Dragonsitter to the Rescue

The Dragonsitter to the Rescue

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Dear Uncle Morton I have to tell you some bad news. We have lost Arthur. He's somewhere in London, but I don't know where. Eddie takes the dragons with him on his half-term trip to London, but it's not long before disaster strikes and both dragons go missing. From the Natural History Museum to the London Eye, through tube stations, hotels and London Zoo, Eddie chases his dragons, hoping to avert disaster. But there's no smoke without a fire...

Dragonsitter Trouble 2 books in 1

Dragonsitter Trouble 2 books in 1

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Two books in one means double the fun! Dear Uncle Morton, The McDougalls are here. Mr McDougall won't stop shouting. He has lost three sheep in a week. Now he wants to take your dragons away. Eddie has yet more trials by fire in this latest collection of fab Dragonsitter books. This time, he's dragonsitting on his uncle's remote Scottish island home, and getting some unexpected birthday party guests. What can possibly go wrong?

The Dragonsitter's Party

The Dragonsitter's Party

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

It's Eddie's birthday and he's looking forward to a birthday party filled with fun, games and . . . dragons? Ziggy and Arthur are the unexpected guests, but their idea of a good time involves eating everything in sight and ruining the party magician's tricks. Is Eddie in for the wrong kind of birthday surprise?

The Dragonsitter Disasters 3 Books in 1

The Dragonsitter Disasters 3 Books in 1

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Three books in one means triple the fun! The Dragonsitter Eddie is looking after his uncle Morton's dragon Ziggy whilst he is on holiday - but it's not long before disaster strikes! Soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path. The Dragonsitter Takes Off Eddie thought he'd got the hang of dragonsitting - until Ziggy disappears, only to be found guarding a big secret in the linen cupboard. It's not long before a very unexpected guest flies in! The Dragonsitter's Castle Dragonsitting isn't getting any easier for Eddie. A castle, a sneezing dragon and a big box of fireworks: looks like the new year is going to start with a bang!

The Dragonsitter's Island

The Dragonsitter's Island

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Eddie is dragonsitting again, but this time he's looking after Uncle Morton's Scottish island too. And there are some strange goings on: the local sheep are disappearing, and Eddie swears he sees a mysterious creature in the loch. Could there be more than just dragons living there? It seems Eddie is in for a beastly surprise! Written as a series of emails between Eddie and Uncle Morton, this quirky, original series has a growing legion of fans and offers something different to young readers.

Sultan's Tigers

Sultan's Tigers

Author: Josh Lacey Format: eBook Release Date: 05/11/2013

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.

The Dragonsitter's Castle

The Dragonsitter's Castle

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Dear Uncle Morton Your dragons are still here. They have eaten the entire contents of the fridge and most of the tins in the cupboard too. Arthur also swallowed three spoons and the remote control. Mum says they will probably come out the other end, but I'm not really looking forward to that. When Eddie has to take Uncle Morton's dragons away with him in the Christmas holidays - it's not long before they're causing all sorts of mischief again! Dragonsitting isn't getting any easier for Eddie. A castle, a sneezing dragon and a big box of fireworks. Looks like the new year is going to start with a bang!

The Dragonsitter Takes Off

The Dragonsitter Takes Off

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Dear Uncle Morton, Ziggy won't move from the linen cupboard. He still hasn't eaten a thing. Not even a Malteser. I'm really quite worried about him. Eddie had thought that this time dragonsitting would be easy - until Ziggy disappears, only to be found in the linen cupboard, refusing to budge. But moving Ziggy is the last thing on Eddie's mind when he learns that his uncle's dragon has been keeping a big secret . . .

The Sultan's Tigers

The Sultan's Tigers

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

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 . . .

The Dragonsitter

The Dragonsitter

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

'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. 'Short, sharp and funny' - Telegraph

Grk and the Phoney Macaroni

Grk and the Phoney Macaroni

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Dognapped! Grk is walking happily through the park, sniffing trees and chasing squirrels, when he's suddenly snatched by two men in black suits. Where are they taking him? And how can Tim get him back? Tim and Grk's eighth amazing adventure takes them to the home of pizza, pasta and the leaning tower of Pisa. There they meet the Duke of Macaroni, a man with a terrible secret which he will do anything to hide.

The Island of Thieves

The Island of Thieves

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

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?

Grk Down Under

Grk Down Under

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

When Grk sniffs some succulent sausages, he can't resist following his nose - and ends up on the other side of the world. He's in Australia, the land of surfing, sharks and the Red Jelly Gang, a ruthless band of crooks who have taken over the Sydney Opera House. Somehow, Tim will have to travel halfway around the planet, rescue his beloved dog and outwit the most wicked villains in the Southern Hemisphere.

Grk Takes Revenge

Grk Takes Revenge

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Tim and Natascha realise to their horror that Max has gone to Paris to confront their first adversary, Colonel Zinfandel, the dictator of Stanislavia. They rush after him, with their intrepid dog Grk. Will Max overstep the mark and do something dangerous? Will Colonel Zinfandel be a ruthless and violent as he is has been before? And how can two children and a dog do any good? All will be revealed when they reach Paris!

Grk Smells a Rat

Grk Smells a Rat

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

India. The country of curry, chutney, tigers, the Taj Mahal... and the blue rat gang. In Delhi, hundreds of children have been enslaved. Will no one help them? Does no one care? One person does. And one dog too. On trains and rickshaws, travelling from slums to palaces, Tim and Grk plunge into the heart of India for the most exciting adventure of their lives.

Bearkeeper

Bearkeeper

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

A fearless boy with a fierce friend Pip is a blacksmith's apprentice - but he longs to be a famous knife-fighter like his dead father. Alone in London, he meets great danger...and two odd allies. One is hairy and hungry. The other is William Shakespeare. Pip's extraordinary adventures have begun. This story is by the author of the best-selling GRK stories.

Grk Operation Tortoise

Grk Operation Tortoise

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

When Tim discovers a man badly hurt on a beach, his sun-kissed relaxing holiday in the Seychelles takes on a more dangerous twist. He and Grk are the only ones, it seems, who want to know what happened. They find themselves speeding towards a well-guarded private island, and single-handedly foiling a dastardly plot threatening the local endangered giant tortoises.

Grk and the Hot Dog Trail

Grk and the Hot Dog Trail

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

New York might be the Big Apple, but for Tim it's sausage city! A priceless golden statue has been stolen and Tim has a vital clue. He follows the trail of hot dogs in a sizzling chase from sleepy Central Park to boisterous Brooklyn - helped by the hottest dog of all, Grk!

Grk and the Pelotti Gang

Grk and the Pelotti Gang

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2006

A trip to Brazil should be fun, right? Well, it's certainly exciting, as Tim and his dog Grk zip through the streets of Rio at high speed after the notorious Pelotti gang. Then their plane crashes in the jungle, and they find themselves having to fight to the death on the world's biggest waterfall. Will it be enough to stop the most dangerous criminals in South America? You'll just have to read to find out!

A Dog Called Grk

A Dog Called Grk

Author: Josh Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2005

When Tim finds an abandoned and bedraggled little dog outside his house, he can't just leave him there, even though his parents hate the idea of pets in their house. And then the endearing animal turns out to be Grk, the much loved pet of the recently replaced ambassador of Stanislavia, left behind when they made a rushed (and enforced) exit. Tim innocently wants to reunite them, but it means that he will become embroiled in the violent and dangerous politics of this little known East European country. To find them, he will have to break into a high security prison (and out again!) and escape from the consequent hue and cry. This will involve the hair-raising piloting of a helicopter, and a nail-biting race for the border. Could this be the new 007? A Dog Called Grk is Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.

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