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Jennifer Gray is a lawyer and writer. Jennifer's other work includes the Guinea Pigs Online series for younger readers, and a new series for 7+, Chicken Mission. Her Atticus Claw books have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and received numerous great reviews - especially from children! She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and four children, and of course Henry, a friendly but enigmatic cat.
Ermine is a stoat-ally adorable heroine – smart, independent but child-like, she enjoys nothing more than exploring new cities and making new friends. Fresh from a sojourn in New York, she arrives in Sydney to stay with the city’s star opera singer, though she’s mostly in the company of the diva’s granddaughter Butterfly. The two have great fun together – though only Ermine’s quick thinking and quicker fingers save them from falling from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! A run in with a ruthless rival in the finals of Australia’s Most Awesome Animal Show allows for more excitement and comedy too. Jennifer Gray’s sprightly storytelling packs a huge amount into the short extent, and there’s lots readers will relish. Elisa Paganelli’s illustrations give Ermine the look of Audrey Hepburn, and this is a thoroughly stylish, well turned-out series.
In a nutshell: stoat-ally wonderful story; friendship, fun, upsets Young readers will love Ermine, star of this new series by Atticus Claw author Jennifer Gray. Ermine is a stoat which, in fictional terms, gives her carte blanche to behave as both adult and child: she’s independent enough to travel around solo but, like a child, ignorant of how the adult world works. As guest of Michael S Megabucks and his young son, Ermine is looking forward to exploring New York but a mix up at the airport means that she accidentally leaves with a priceless stolen diamond. Crooks Harry and Barry Spudd are no match for Ermine and the lively, fast-moving adventure that follows is full of slapstick humour, while giving readers a real sense of New York too. At the end Ermine is packing her bags for Sydney and it will be well worth tagging along for more fun and adventure. Highly illustrated by Elisa Paganelli this is great for newly independent readers, who will also enjoy the equally cosmopolitan Violet stories by Harriet Whitehorn and Alex T. Smith’s new series Mr Penguin. ~ Andrea Reece
Fans will be delighted to find this new adventure for Atticus Claw, the deservedly popular cat burglar turned crime solver. And what an adventure it is! Helping tidy out the attic at the Littleton-on-Sea home for abandoned cats, Atticus finds a mysterious box. It apparently belonged to a real life explorer and could be the clue to lost Mayan treasure. Of course there’s nothing our Atticus likes more than a mystery – and the cats’ home could certainly do with a boost of funds – so in less than two shakes of a cat’s tail he’s on the case! Clever detective he may be, but Atticus is cat through and through; Gray skilfully maintains the balance between animal and mystery story and keeps the story believable no matter how exotic the plot gets. Great fun, another cat-tastic adventure! ~ Andrea Reece
Atticus Claw, hugely popular cat-burglar turned good guy, is back for another adventure, with a decidedly seasonal flavour. The Cheddar family have been invited to spend Hogmanay in a castle in Scotland, and Atticus is going with them. What’s more, his friends Bones and Mimi are going too. It sounds like the purr-fect way to welcome in the New Year, but strange things are going on at Biggnaherry Castle, and Atticus is going to need all his detective skills to work it out. Atticus is a skilful detective and, as ever, there’s a satisfying mystery at the heart of the story. There’s lots of humour too, and an appealing cast of characters, human and animal – in fact, it’s the cat’s whiskers! ~ Andrea Reece
November 2014 Book of the Month A cat with a difference! Atticus Claw may look like any other tabby cat but, when some famous works of art go missing, Atticus Claw – once a cat burglar but now a police cat – is on the case. In a fast-paced adventure, Atticus Claw not only indentifies the prime suspect but also gets caught up in the equally pressing disaster that is about to befall Inspector Cheddar of Tate Modern. Atticus Claw does some serious sleuth work in the heart of the art world.
June 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Jennifer Gray launches a new series about chickens with a taste for adventure and some very unusual skills! When young Amy Clutterbuck gets a call to join the Elite Chicken Squad starting with training at the International School of Kung Fu for Poultry in Tibet she is thrilled to go. Life in the farmyard is just too boring for such an adventurous chick but will she and her fellow chicks-in-training Ruth and Poo be able to save the chicks of St Eggbert’s primary school from the hungry marauders at Eat-em College for Foxes?
A message in a bottle is all it takes for super-detective Atticus Claw, a cat with a difference, to be off on a great new adventure. Will he be all at sea? The message is from Fishook Frank who promises a reward of the Casket of Desires which contains the wish-giving sleeping mermaid if he is rescued. Will Atticus be able to get the reward? It needs all his most finely hones skilled to succeed!
One of our Books of the Year 2013 The clever reformed cat-burglar turned detective cat Atticus Grammaticus Cattypus Claw is back for a delightfully witty new adventure. This time, Atticus Claw gets involved in an adventure that takes him on some wild travels to find a very special Egyptian book that has been stolen from the British Museum. Can Atticus keep his cool and stay ahead of the dastardly criminals? Atticus Claws’ adventures are very funny indeed!
Reformed cat burglar Atticus Claw is back with a hilarious new adventure which shows off his remarkable prowess in many fields. The world of cats is as full of good and bad guys as any other – as no one knows better than an ex-con like Atticus. When the fearsome Jimmy Magpie and his gang are sprung from jail by the mysterious Ginger Biscuit, Atticus Claw is the cat to help catch them. Jennifer Gray’s feline world is delightfully entertaining.
Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Awards Best Book for Younger Readers - Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 Atticus Claw is a cat with a background. And not in a good way… Atticus Claw is the world’s leading cat burglar and, when he’s approached by the equally criminal Jimmy Magpie to steal all the sparkling gems in Littleton-on-Sea, the pair looks set for a life of crime. But then Atticus Claw meets Inspector Cheddar and his family and soon he sees there is more to life than crime… Told with a light touch, this is an attractively witty story with great animal characters. Perfect for fans of Humphrey the Hamster and other madcap animal adventues, the hilarious but loveable rogue Atticus will keep readers guessing as he tries to decide whether his cat burglar days are over for good!
In Culinary Diplomacy's Role in the Immigrant Experience: Fiction and Memoirs of Middle Eastern Women, the emergent field of literary food studies engages with international diplomacy studies to establish books with recipes as tools of culinary diplomacy. Foundational to the argument is culinary diplomacy scholar Sam Chapple-Sokol's concept of Citizen Culinary Diplomacy which endorses public events that promote understanding of cultures and people. However, this study challenges that definition and argues that culinary fiction and memoirs are shared interactive experiences between the author, the readers, and the culture written about. Foundational to the study are twentieth century postcolonial literary theories of Homi Bhabha and Edouard Glissant and twenty-first century transnational theory of sociologists Julian Go and Ulrich Beck to recognize culinary diplomacy's vital role in international affairs. Culinary Diplomacy's Role in the Immigrant Experience examines food as metaphorical expression in literature, and the impact of time, space, and place in developing diplomatic relationships between East and West in books by Diana Abu-Jaber, Donia Bijan, Joanne Harris, and Marsha Mehran.
February 2020 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | This little story sparkles with magic and fun. It starts on Hallowe’en when friends Jessie and Ali find something very unexpected in their treat bucket – a little kitten. What’s even more surprising, the kitten is magic and can talk. They take the perfectly named Magicat home and all sorts of adventures follow – sheds are turned into treehouses, pancakes are cooked (almost) and the bully next door is put in his place. It’s all made even more exciting because Magicat isn’t quite as expert at the magic thing as he’d have you believe and some of the spells go delightfully wrong. Purrfect for newly confident readers as well as for those who are reluctant or dyslexic. Let’s hope there are more adventures to come for Magicat and his friends. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
Ermine the Determined has landed in London! She can't wait to see Big Ben, ride on a red bus, and help her new friend Minty uncover her family's stolen Tudor treasure. But someone else is trying to steal the ruby... Can Ermine and Minty find their fortune before the devious villain grabs the gem?