Children’s Books

Miss Lionheart

Warning: TOP SECRET!
Keep out!
No Spies allowed
May contain traces of mad science

A mad romp into the dangerous world of evil genius, super spies, and dangerous designer animals.

Lilly’s bundled into Mr Big’s underground laboratory to create designer creatures – or die. She finds herself heading a team of misfits in charge of designing dreadbeasts – deadly giant snake spider hybrids. Can she make her squirrel-snake hybrid, and escape – before Mr Big kills them all?

Wizard’s Guide to Wellington is urban fantasy in the tradition of Diana Wynne Jones, Jill Murphy, JK Rowling and Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13.

Alec’s father and cousin are missing.

Wellington city no longer seems as safe as it once was. Not with magical creatures, wizards, ghosts and even a restless taniwha threatening to waken.

Can Alec find his way through this strange new world? Or will he never see his father again?

Attack of the Giant Bugs

Love adventure? Love Pick a Path or Choose Your Own Adventure books?

Frankie’s back with her dangerous inventions. When the Bugman steals Frankie’s shrink ray everyone at the Museum is in a world of trouble.

Can you rescue yourself? The whole class? Maybe even the world? From the Bugman and his bugs?

The Frankie Files

The Frankie Files

Are you ready for fun? Are you ready for monsters and mayhem (and a little science)?

Then you’ll love this story about Frankie, a young inventor whose inventions always get her into monster trouble.

It’s brilliant. I love every single thing about it. The science, the educational aspect, the humour, the sweetness… So easy to read and so fun… This is like the best thing I’ve read for kids since Dahl.” Michelle Child.

Suitable for all ages, The Frankie Files is the perfect read for aspiring inventors, and scientists, aged 6-11 as the story follows the young dyslexic genius from primary school to intermediate. With fun monster invention notes, and more, it’s a book imaginative young minds should not miss.


New adventure from A.J. Ponder- in the tradition of The Princess Bride and Terry Pratchett!

★★★★★ “A humorous epic fantasy… I was glued to the screenKevin Berry of

★★★★★ “epic…dramatic escape scenes, devious plots, and a final show-down of David and Goliath proportions”  Lee Murray of SpecFic NZ

★★★★★ “Amazing! I can’t wait for the next book.” Eileen Mueller of

Science is crazy fun, and whenever Lilly notices something interesting, she posts it to Miss Lionheart’s blog.

Of course she’s rather busy at the moment -creating a dragon apparently, so she barely gets any time to write and show everyone just how fun science can be.

PS…want to find out more about me? I was recently interviewed by RC Bean, the interview is here at

happy reading… A.J.
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