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Alan MacDonaldAlan MacDonald was born in Watford and now lives a stone’s throw from the River Trent in Nottingham.  He is married with three children. After several years acting and directing in a travelling theatre company, he turned full time to writing in 1990 since when he has published over seventy books for children and the scripts of many popular children's television series like Horrid Henry and The Tweenies.

Alan is best known for the Dirty Bertie series he writes with illustrator David Roberts for the 6-8 age group, which has over 30 titles under contract, and is translated into 27 languages.  He is also author of a spin off series, Angela Nicely, a series with Egmont about a talking dog called Oscar, and is writer of the picture book Prince of Pants, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre, which was shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud (Lollies) Awards 2017 and the Sheffield Book Award.

Illustrated by Sarah Horne

Alan MacDonald Sam had a very ordinary life, until Oscar the dog arrived on his doorstep. Because Oscar has a big secret – he can talk!

Oscar usually has a lot to say on any subject, but in this book something makes him speechless . . . a CAT has moved in next door! And Carmen the pampered feline is almost as much of a nightmare neighbour as her owner, Mrs Bentley-Wallop.

But Sam and Oscar have bigger things to worry about. When a jewel thief strikes, it's time for the daring duo to turn detective . . . Can they sniff out the culprit before it's too late?

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Alan MacDonald has written more than seventy books for children, the most recent of which are: Oscar and The Catastrophe, Egmont, 2018; Oscar and the Dognappers, Egmont, 2018; Ask Oscar, Egmont, 2018; Dirty Bertie Mascot!, Stripes, 2017; Dirty Bertie Disco!, Stripes, 2017; Angela Nicely Starstruck!, Stripes, 2017; The Prince of Pants, Scholastic, 2016; 2016, Dirty Bertie Monster!, Stripes, 2016; Superhero School – Thunderbot’s Day of Doom, Bloomsbury, 2016; Dirty Bertie Fame, Stripes, 2016; Superhero School – Curse of the Evil Custard, Bloomsbury 2015; Superhero School Alien Attack!, Bloomsbury, 2015; Dirty Bertie Fame, Stripes, 2016; Dirty Bertie Jackpot, Stripes, 2015; Dirty Bertie Aliens! Stripes, 2015; Angela Nicely Cupcake Wars, Stripes, 2016; Angela Nicely Puppy Love, Stripes, 2015; Angela Nicely Superstar, Stripes, 2014; Superhero School - Revenge of the Green Meanie, Bloomsbury, 2014; Dirty Bertie Rats!, Stripes, 2014; Dirty Bertie Smash!, Stripes, 2014; Angela Nicely Queen Bee, Stripes, 2014; Angela Nicely, Stripes, 2013; Dirty Bertie Zombie!, Stripes, 2013; Dirty Bertie Dinosaur!, Stripes, 2013; Dirty Bertie Toothy!, Stripes 2013; Dirty Bertie Scream!, Stripes, 2012; Dirty Bertie Pirate!, Stripes, 2012; Dirty Bertie Pong!, Stripes, 2012.