Journey to Jumbalot

A glowing doorway. A lost friend. Will one loyal pet turn out to be the hero of the hour?

Alby the housecat has no desire for adventure. Rescued from the street by the kindly Professor Wizoom, he’s grateful to be safe and lazy. But when his master vanishes through a magical door, the scaredy cat summons what little courage he has and races in after him.

Stuck in a strange land of mixed-together animals, Alby teams up with an irritating froguar to locate his missing owner. But when he’s mistaken for a spy, the lonely feline finds himself caught in a war between wolvaraptor pirates and noble tigeroon knights!

Can the timid feline conquer his worries in time to save the day?

Journey to Jumbalot is an award-winning, action-packed middle grade fantasy novel. If you like talking animals, daring deeds, and enchanted worlds, then you’ll love Ryan Wakefield’s illustrated quest.

Buy Journey to Jumbalot to learn to be brave today!


Meet Ryan Wakefield

Ryan Wakefield has worked primarily as a graphic artist for the last 20 years, but he always dreamt about creating a fantasy world young readers can escape to. Since grade school, he was fascinated with animal hybrids. He loved the idea of blending two or three animals together to create a magnificent new species. This fascination and his love for fantasy inspired him to fulfill his lifelong dream to breathe life into a new world middle grade readers can explore – Jumbalot.

He’s also the proud co-parent of a silly pug named Lily, and a sometimes difficult feline named Rocky. The book’s protagonist, Alby, is based on Ryan’s first pet: an oversized black and white housecat named Albert. The only thing larger than Albert’s appetite was his heart and he is sorely missed. Also, the character of Queen Lola was based on his wife’s first pug named Lola. Sadly, Lola recently succumbed to poor health and will also be deeply missed.

Ryan and his wife encourage everyone to open their hearts and their homes to adoptable pets.

The Case of the Ugly Bug Virus

The Case of the Ugly Bug Virus

Book One of the Dirk Beetle Detective Agency series

Talking Insects. Webmaster spiders. Dragonfly Airways. The Dirk Beetle Detective Agency has to uncover the secret of the Ugly Bug Virus. Like, where it came from! And, how to stop it!

It’s Snail Mail, but not as we know it!

This hilarious children’s fantasy book draws on the tradition of talking animals, comedy fantasy/sci-fi and a child’s simple love for spiders and wierd insects. The characters have real personalities, to the extent that as you read, you can end up forgetting they are even insects, they seem so human-like!

There’s a tug of war going on between the snails and the spiders, and it’s all about communication systems…

A castle…secret passages…and maybe even a ghost!

You will never look at a spider’s web in the same way again!

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Meet Julian Barritt

I have always loved writing, even as a child, and I was given a wonderful variety of children’s books to read by my family during my formative years.
So it was that in the ’80s, I wrote two children’s adventure books of my own: “The Secret of the Mermaid’s Treasure” and “Sea, Snow and Spies”. These were set in Cornwall – my favourite part of the world! Later in the ’90s I wrote “The Case of the Ugly Bug Virus” (about spiders’ webs!) and its sequel, “The Invasion of the Ants.” Currently I’m in the middle of writing a science fiction book, this time for grown-ups, called “Perchance to Dream”.

Olive Arin: The Night Phantom

A summer camp for magical beings? Sign me up! The Night Phantom is Book 1 in the Olive Arin series, and the perfect choice for those in search of magic, a feel-good adventure, loveable characters, and high-stakes action. 

Summertime for Olive Arin usually involves bodega snacks and attempts to avoid her bullies. But Olive’s dad has other plans when he sends her to a camp for People of Magic, just like her. Adventures are aplenty for the new faces among the wizards, vampires, and shape-shifters called nocturners — but then campers disappear. Pranks and hexes may be the least of Olive’s worries, especially at night.

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Monster Problems

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Sixth-grader Brad makes the mistake of drawing instead of paying attention in class. When Brad’s parents ground him from drawing, his bratty little brother Daley rubs it in. Later that night, Brad is surprised when a mysterious crow delivers a pen to his bedroom window. Missing his beloved drawing and frustrated with his brother, Brad uses the pen to draw a Daley-Destroyer, a giant slimy green creature that he envisions “getting” Daley. To Brad’s surprise, the pen is a magic pen, and the Daley-Destroyer comes to life, just as he imagined it, slime and all, and starts going after Daley! To makes things worse, only he and Daley can see it! Can Brad erase his monster problem before it’s too late?