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Nick Garlick is a translator and copywriter, who first had a science fiction novel published many years ago. Aunt Severe and the Dragons, his first children's book, was published in 2010. It is soon to be followed by Aunt Severe and the Toy Thieves. He has lived in the Netherlands since 1990.
There’s an unusual setting for this moving story – a small island off the Dutch coast. When Flip’s father dies he is sent to live there with his stern uncle and his family. Flip has grown up in Amsterdam and island life is very different to what he has known. The island’s remote beauty soon begins to win him over, and things really change when he rescues a horse, washed up onto its coast during a storm. There are lots of different strands to the book: Flip’s growing love of the island; his run-ins with a group of local bullies; his friendship with a mysterious girl; and of course his relationship with Storm – and it makes for an enthralling read, with a distinctive tone. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher I love wild places and animal stories – so when I read this exciting tale of boy, horse, remote island and unexpected friends, I was nearly carried away into the surf and dangerous seas myself. But I had no worries, because Nick Garlick is a clever and conscientious storyteller – although watch out, he’s got a bit of a wild side too!
March 2013 Book of the Month This delightful and original madcap adventure takes Daniel on his second visit to his Aunt Severe – or Great- Aunt Emily as she should be known. On his previous visit he saw both sides of his unusual relative’s behaviour; this year, he is sure he will get the better one. But, Daniel is in for a shock. It is Aunt Severe who he has come to stay along with a strange menagerie of unexpected animals…The sooner he can get to the bottom of the mystery of why the Colonel has gone missing again and get him back, the happier Aunt Severe will be. But, where will Daniel begin?
The Colonel is missing, and Aunt Emily is sad and severe again. But what does the Colonel's disappearance have to do with two notorious toy thieves? Daniel sets to work to find out. With the help of some escaped zoo animals, can Aunt Severe and Daniel track down the toy thieves and bring the Colonel home again?
When Daniel's explorer parents vanish, he is forced to live with his strict and rather strange Aunt Severe. And his problems only increase when Daniel finds four lost dragons hiding in her garden. But before he can help, three of them are captured by evil Gotcha Grabber and thrown into a zoo. And so, with the help of Dud - the shy and clumsy fourth dragon - Daniel sets out to rescue them.