Ned and the Chocolate Cheats.
Canine crime capers and sweet revenge: Mark Jarvis presents his comical confection of a debut.
With a debut that promises laughs and thrills aplenty, Mark Jarvis introduces a world where many animals can talk, and where an exuberant Jack Russell and his person must conquer foes and race across the world in an adventure of a lifetime!
When Gizzmo, the technologically talented cat from next door, tells Ned about a robbery at the local shop, he immediately gets his person to take him for a walk to investigate. Although he and Jeff mean well, in attempting to solve this mystery, they become embroiled in the mysterious world of MI5 and the battle against organised crime.
From the West Country, to London, and beyond, our reluctant heroes race across the world, to thwart a dastardly chocolate related plot. Can they foil their enemie's plans - and will their foes receive their just desserts?
Ned, our canine hero, is based on Mark's real-life companion and was the inspiration for the thrilling tale.
"My dog Ned has accompanied me on most of my travels, and we have had many shared experiences. I began to wonder one day what if Ned could travel with me to other countries and what if Ned could talk, and tell me about our experiences? That would be the dream. So I started writing..."
Besides writing an adventure story 9 - 11 year olds will love, Mark, a primary school teacher for 26 years has also addressed some current issues he believes children should learn about early:
"My many years of experience teaching primary aged children, has taught
me that children have opinions and burning questions about a remarkable number
of subjects. It's our duty as adults, to steer them in the right direction."
RELEASE DATE: 28 January 2020
An excellent read for imaginative young people.
by Clair walker
It’s a funny and exciting adventure, that kept the kids on the edge of their seats.
Great characters that everyone will love!
by Bernie Cooper
An outstanding read!
I read this book with my 9-year-old nephew – we both absolutely loved it! The beginning of the story has you hooked immediately, and you just want to keep on reading. We couldn't put this down until we were so tired that we physically couldn't carry on!
The storyline is lively, fast-paced, and provides many twists and turns along the way. We kept speculating on what could happen next, and we were often surprised (in a good way).
My nephew was gutted when we finished the book – it didn't take long – and was left wondering what else could live up to this story. With any luck this isn't a one-off and that Mark Jarvis has a sequel in the pipeline. We live in hope!
by Matthew Bower
Mark Jarvis has been a primary school teacher in Plymouth, Devon for the last 26 years. He has taught the skills of writing stories, enabled children to express their ideas through greater understanding of language, and promoted the appreciation and enjoyment that comes from a story shared.
Mark is married with a grown up daughter.