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About the Author

Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in the USA with his wife and three children. Founder of the New Jersey Authors' Network (http://www.njauthorsnetwork.com) and FindAWritingGroup.com, he can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on. To find out more about Snowy, and Jon's other writing, visit www.acatofninetales.com or drop by Jon's online-journal. An Englishman in New Jersey is at http://jongibbs.livejournal.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Echelon Press Publishing (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590806891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590806890
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in America, where he lectures on creative writing at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. His humorous talk, GETTING PUBLISHED: 10 Things Every Writer Should Know, was broadcast on local television in 2012.

Jon is the founder of The New Jersey Authors' Network, (www.njauthorsnetwork.com) and FindAWritingGroup.com. His middle grade fantasy, Fur-Face (Echelon Press), was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award. The sequel, Barnum's Revenge (also from Echelon Press), came out in March, 2013.

When he's not chasing around after his children, Jon can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on.

Jon's website: www.acatofninetales.com
Jon's blog: http://jongibbs.livejournal.com
Jon's email: jon@acatofninetales.com
Jon's upcoming events: http://bitly.com/Jontalks
Jon's School Program: http://bitly.com/funwithfiction

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KMButler on November 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am thrilled to add my name to the list of adults that have enjoyed this book.

I went to one of Mr. Gibbs NJ Authors network events and thoroughly enjoyed listening to him speak. His sense of humor and enjoyment of what he was doing led me to examine his book and helped me decide to buy it 'for my children'. After pre-reading it myself I was happy I did.

I was quickly drawn into the book and after chapter one I put down the other book I was reading to focus on Fur Face. I loved the characters in this story and could easily see my own cats leaving messes for my kids to be fall guys as Snowy does to Billy. The quirks of Snowy the cat and his perspective on the world had me smiling and chuckling throughout the book. I also loved Billy's attempts at looking normal to his parents while being swept up in an adventure with a talking cat. I must add a quick word on Mr. Tinkles the sensitive gorilla who makes an appearance, I loved him and wish there had been a bit more of him in the book.

I have started reading this to my eight and ten year old girls and they are becoming fans as well. I will be on the look out for the sequel that was hinted at by Mr. Gibbs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blood_of_winter on November 4, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start off by saying that I loved this book. I don't read a lot of middle-grade or YA fiction so I'm straying into territory I haven't explored since I was a youngster but I was hooked pretty much halfway through Chapter 1.

The story centers around a black cat named Snowy (or Roland, depending on who did the naming) and his budding relationship with a 13-year-old human boy named Billy Euston, who has recently moved from London to a small English Village that I want to live in too. Snowy can speak Human but only Billy can understand him. Snowy also has a thing for cola, chips and bendy straws. However, this is no normal boy-meets-cat story.

Snowy convinces Billy to help him find out what happened to the family of a local fox. Razor, the patriarch of the fox family, wears a metal helmet courtesy of two scientists who kidnapped him and his family and began experimenting on them for purposes of mind control. Razor escaped but needs help finding his family.

Soon we are drawn into a plot of animal-napping, experimentation and exploitation. Billy, with help from his new friend Carmen, the niece of "Daft Aggie" - a former adventuress and owner of Safari Adventure amusement park, seek to solve the mystery of Razor's family and find out the secrets of the Safari Adventure.

The story is engaging and the characters, human and non-human alike, sympathetic. Several times I found myself laughing aloud and I also adored Snowy's Indiana Jones references. In addition, although the ending answers our questions, not everything is wrapped up in a nice, neat, homey package and I thought this added depth and realism to the story. All in all, this is no run-of-the-mill talking cat story but was definitely a fun (and funny) fantasy adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary on June 21, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really hope Mr. Gibbs will get this book published in - well, book form. Why do I say this? It's not just because I find it tough to read on a screen; it's because I'm a librarian, and this would be such fun for reluctant boy readers - an underserved group, generally. I would buy this for my library, if it existed as a book. As it is, I cannot lend it to kids who would love it, and that makes me sad.

Why would they love it? Snowy (a black cat, in case you're wondering) is funny and has lots of charm. There is menace, a couple of chilling villains, and a likeable boy protagonist with a smart and pretty girl his age plunging right into danger with him. I also liked that Billy's parents and Carmen's grandma are not fools, and are concerned for the children in their care. As to the plot, I don't want to give too much away, but there is an evil industrialist as well as a really nasty scientist who's experimenting on controlling animals' minds. Luckily, Snowy the cat and his friend (or is it enemy?) Razor are quite smart. What's more, Billy is able to understand the cat when he speaks. Can this trio, with Carmen's help and that of a few other characters, defeat the evil fur-face? You'll have fun finding out.

The book isn't perfect; there are a few typos and errors in grammar and the characters (with the exception of the charming Snowy) could have been fleshed out a bit more. Minor editing would fix these problems and make the book ready for library shelves, where librarians like me could hand it to children. Please, Mr. Gibbs, get this ready to go in paperback, or even hardcover! Young boys of 7 or 8 to about 13 who are looking for a quick, easy read will thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia J. Esposito on January 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes juvenile literature charms adult readers as well, and from the start Fur-Face by Jon Gibbs had me reading with delight. The novel begins with suspense, not only in the set up of the story, but in the author's ability to create small scenes of near-misses and near-catches, depicting how a cat tries to sneak into a house unseen, to its destination. Snowy's plight leaves us sympathetic immediately, but then as he begins to talk to the boy of the house, Billy, we get a taste of his sarcasm and humor, accusing the boy of stereotyping upon his first words. Suddenly, the cat seems well able to take care of himself, and it seems the boy is going to be taken on this journey at the cat's command.

The chapters have charming, evocative subtitles that pique our interest, and endings that propel the reader forward, with many laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled throughout. Gibbs manages to pick just enough select details to create vivid settings that place us immediately in the story and develop a variety of atmospheres from the comfort and safety of home, to the mystique of an old house full of relics, to the mystery and terror of an animal research center.

Billy, Snowy, Aggie and friends are characters we quickly become fond of as we follow them in their investigation of cruel animal experiments perpetrated, they believe, by the evil Fur-Face. Full of puns and sarcasm and sincere affection, Fur-Face keeps you reading and believing.
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