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Karen Wallace - Author

About the Author

I was born in Canada and grew up in a log cabin in Quebec. My childhood was spent playing in the forests and messing about on the Gatineau River. It was a wonderful wild time and in many ways is the source of all of my writing. Children's writers are an eccentric bunch. Someone once said they never grow up and in many ways, this is probably true in my case.
I write books for children from five to fifteen years old. The ability to recall how you felt and what your world was like at a particular point in your childhood is something that all children's writers share. It's like pushing a rewind switch and going back in time. Many of my natural history books for children, like THINK OF AN EEL, which won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, IMAGINE YOU ARE A TIGER, or I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS REX all reflect my own sense of wonder exploring the woods and the river around me when I was a child. Years later, I wrote about this childhood in my first novel RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize.

 

 

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Reading Champion: Cat on the Magic Mat Pink 1B

Reading Champion: Cat on the Magic Mat Pink 1B

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2019

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons. In this story, Cat sits on a mat, and goes on a big adventure!

Alice Goes to Hollywood: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Alice Goes to Hollywood: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Alice the anteater has a dream - she's going to be a film star! So she finds herself a pair of high-heeled sandals, a frilly satin dress and some film-star sunglasses and sets off for Hollywood. Soon Alice is the talk of the town, but there's just one problem - will she ever get to star in a film? This dreamy and glamorous tale from award-winning author Karen Wallace is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations from Katy Halford, and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. Book band: Gold Quizzed for Accelerated Reader Ideal for ages:5+

Alfie Takes Action: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Alfie Takes Action: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Alfie the meerkat is fed up of doing what he's told. Life should be more than about digging holes and standing on guard duty. He wants adventure and excitement, not babysitting duty! So when a film crew for a nature programme arrives in the desert, Alfie decides to take action. Is this his chance to become a star? This show-stopping adventure from award-winning author Karen Wallace (author of the Alice the Anteater series) is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. Features engaging illustrations by Ellie O'Shea and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. Book band: White Quizzed for Accelerated Reader Ideal for ages: 6+

Reading Champion: Hop and Run Independent Reading Yellow 3

Reading Champion: Hop and Run Independent Reading Yellow 3

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons. In this story, Rabbit and Mouse start showing off - but Rabbit cannot hop quite as high as he would like!

Reading Champion: Hop and Run Independent Reading Yellow 3

Reading Champion: Hop and Run Independent Reading Yellow 3

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons. In this story, Rabbit and Mouse start showing off - but Rabbit cannot hop quite as high as he would like!

Froglets: The Magic Pyjamas

Froglets: The Magic Pyjamas

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

The Magic Pyjamas is an exciting story for all adventure fans who are beginning to read independently. Jack cannot get to sleep. It is just too boring! Then Granny sends him some magic pyjamas and the adventure really begins! The Froglets series is perfect for children aged 5-7 who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words. A reading game at the end of each book encourages retelling the story and boosting vocabulary.

Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2016

The Sleepy Dinosaur is a fun story for young dinosaur fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band pink 1B. This sleepy dinosaur just cannot find the perfect place to sleep - until he's snuggled up in bed! The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

Froglets: Animal Olympics: Ana Anteater Goes for Gold

Froglets: Animal Olympics: Ana Anteater Goes for Gold

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2016

Ana Anteater has a special skill: synchronized swimming! Along with her friends she whirls and twirls around the water - so when the Olympics comes to town she has to enter! The Froglets series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words. They are suitable for 5 year olds or those reading book band 5.

Speedy Siham and the Missing Ostrich Eggs Level 16

Speedy Siham and the Missing Ostrich Eggs Level 16

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 16 books offer more complex, underlying themes that give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. A wide range of language structures is used to reflect progression in the teaching of Arabic grammar, while still retaining the core aim of encouraging a love of reading through Arabic stories and texts. Samira has a problem. The ostrich eggs at a nearby farm are being stolen. Without them her father can't do his famous musical performance, and the farm will have to be sold. Who's stealing the eggs, and why do they want them?

Detective Derek

Detective Derek

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2014

Wonderwise: Hiding: A book about animal disguises

Wonderwise: Hiding: A book about animal disguises

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

For many animals Hiding is the only way of staying alive: sometimes it's to fool hungry enemies and sometimes it's to creep unseen upon luckless prey. The world of animal disguise is rich and colourful - a hunting tiger's coat can cleverly blend into long grass, a harmless fly will pretend to be a fierce hornet and an opossum will play dead. The Wonderwise series presents facts in a way that will inspire young children's imaginations about the world around them.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 13 More Pack B: The Quest for the Golden See-Saw

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 13 More Pack B: The Quest for the Golden See-Saw

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Quest for the Golden See-Saw King Codger wants to retire to the seaside. But how can he leave his kingdom to his daughters Goldie-Ox and Wolverina when they argue all the time and can't share anything. Can Spangle, the magician, find a solution? TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Raspberries On The Yangtze

Raspberries On The Yangtze

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

It all began the day my brother and I decided to poison our mother. This is Nancy's story. Naturally inquisitive, she's always getting into trouble, along with her dreamer, pain-in-the-butt older brother Andrew, best friends Clare and Amy who live in the back of an old car, and weird sisters Sandra and Tracy, with their magazines full of boys. The children have known each other and their families for ever, but everything they thought they knew, is about to change. Filled with sparkling ideas and vivid dialogue, this is the story of a summer when old dreams are shattered and new dreams are born. For Nancy and her friends, things will never be the same...

Flash Harriet and the Missing Ostrich Eggs Band 14/Ruby

Flash Harriet and the Missing Ostrich Eggs Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Flash Harriet has a problem. The ostrich eggs at a nearby farm are being stolen. Without them her father can't do his famous musical performance, and the farm will have to be sold. Who's stealing the eggs, and why do they want them? * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: A mystery story * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Fairies at Bedtime

Fairies at Bedtime

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2012

Fairies, devas, spirits and sprites - every culture around the world has recognised that nature is alive with positive and powerful energies. From mischievous leprechauns to mysterious elf kings and queens, and from will o' the wisps to mermaids and mermen, there are forces at work ready to help us connect with our environment and enrich our experience. This book presents a delightful collection of stories to enchant and inspire every child. While each tale is rich with magic, featuring creatures such as a moonbeam fairy and a friendly Cherokee fairy, there are also helpful messages at work. Here, your child will learn, for example, that change doesn't need to be frightening, that we all have valuable talents and abilities, and that patience and faith are often rewarded. There are also messages to help children better understand the natural world, including the importance of wilderness, why we should respect natural cycles and the need to conserve what is precious and irreplaceable. Affirmations at the end of each story help to highlight its positive message. Designed to be read either by parents with their children or by children on their own, these compelling narratives focus the child's mind and provide a soothing transition into sleep or give food for thought during daytime reading.

Angels at Bedtime

Angels at Bedtime

Author: Karen Wallace, Lou Kuenzler, Katy Moran Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2011

Angels embody the principles of compassion, kindness and love and remind us of the healing power of positive energy. This book is designed to help children share with you these loving and generous qualities through a collection of 20 inspiring stories of angelic intervention and assistance based on situations with which children can readily identify. Some of the stories describe angels taking the traditional form of a winged quasi-human presence; other stories explore more surprising angelic visitations, including a helpful bird and a kindly cowboy. Children are encouraged to look at the world with wonder, open to the ways in which positive energy can be found in unlikely places. Each story focuses on themes important for a child's personal development and growth to maturity, such as dispensing forgiveness, developing confidence and coping with uncertainty. Children will also find stories here to help them deal with common problems such as bullying and anxiety. Designed to be read either by parents working with children or by children on their own, these charming tales provide a gentle transition into sleep or make enjoyable daytime reading.

Funky Phantoms

Funky Phantoms

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Star Spooks

Star Spooks

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

Ghouls Rule

Ghouls Rule

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Miranda to the Rescue

Miranda to the Rescue

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

Miranda has no time for sitting around and brushing her hair - she's looking for adventure! But when adventure comes, it's not the kind she was hoping for. A nasty-looking man with a motorboat is planning to sell the rock the mermaids live on! It's time to take action, and fast. So when the man comes back with his buyers, Miranda and her underwater friends are ready for them... Book band: White Ideal for ages: 5+

Start Reading: Detective Dog: Treasure Trail

Start Reading: Detective Dog: Treasure Trail

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2010

The animals on the farm have all got a present, but who is it from? Detective Dog finds a trail of treasure and sets off to follow it... Detective Dog is a series of four books a green band 5 of the Start Reading programme.

My Hen Is Dancing

My Hen Is Dancing

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

One of a new series of books, Read and Discover, designed to encourage children to learn about the world as they learn to read. Hens lay beautiful eggs, sunbathe when it's warm, play in the dust and roost in the henhouse - and they dance too!

The Princess and the He

The Princess and the He

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Princess Jules is beautiful, intelligent and rich. What more could she want? The perfect prince, of course. And Princess Jules won't settle for just any prince, so finding the right one is not that easy. Then a scruffy young man appears at the castle door in the middle of the night - surely he is not the answer? Luckily Queen Glitter has a special way of finding out who he really is...The Princess and the He is a fairy tale with a twist.

Start Reading: Princess PJ: A Royal Robber

Start Reading: Princess PJ: A Royal Robber

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2009

A royal robber wants to steal Princess PJ's money but she persuades him otherwise!

The Princess and the He

The Princess and the He

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Princess Jules is beautiful, intelligent and rich. What more could she want? The perfect prince, of course. And Princess Jules won't settle for just any prince, so finding the right one is not that easy. Then a scruffy young man appears at the castle door in the middle of the night - surely he is not the answer? Luckily Queen Glitter has a special way of finding out who he really is...The Princess and the He is a fairy tale with a twist.

Alice Knows Best

Alice Knows Best

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2009

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the jungle ...Alice, our favourite anteater, is back for a third outing! When Alice discovers that Cornelius, the crocodile, is lonely she takes it upon herself to find a friend for him. Alice sets off on her raft, with her trusty pink handbag through the jungle but soon discovers the difficulty of the task at hand due to Cornelius's bad manners and ferocious hunger! Will Alice ever succeed in finding a suitable companion for Cornelius and prove that she really does know best?

Bears in the Forest

Bears in the Forest

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/02/2009

Welcome to the wonderful world of bears, told through story and song with Stephen Tompkinson. Deep in a forest cave, a mother bear gives birth to two tiny cubs. As they grow, she teaches them how to climb and fish, and all the things they need to know to survive in the wild. For one day, during the second summer, they will leave her to find homes of their own. In the accompanying CD (approx.15 minutes), actor Stephen Tompkinson explores the wonderful world of bears through information, music and story.

Chief Thunderstruck and the Big Bad Bear

Chief Thunderstruck and the Big Bad Bear

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2008

Set in the Viking world of long boats, looting and grand adventure, The Goose Pimple Bay Sagas relate the hilarious tales of a noble family with a difference. In the final book of the quartet, a message reaches Goose Pimple Bay that Chief Thunderstruck is in trouble. He's been trapped in a cave on an ice flow by a fierce polar bear, who has a nasty glint in his eye when he looks at Chief Thunderstruck's bearskin coat. Together Whiff Erik, Spike Carbuncle and Fangtrude sail off to the rescue. But it's up to Fangtrude, being part wolverine, to save the day.

Flash Harriet and the Mystery of the Fiendish Footprints Band 14/Ruby

Flash Harriet and the Mystery of the Fiendish Footprints Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Undefined Release Date: 20/01/2008

Flash Harriet, together with Gus, her pet tarantula, is back and on the trail of a new crime. Huge footprints have smashed up the local vegetable garden. Is it something to do with Marmaduke Mildew and the Giant Vegetable Competition? Or does the clue lie in the footprints themselves? Find out how our favouite detective solves the mystery. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: A humorous story. * The step-by-step review of the clues that helped Flash Harriet solve the case on pages 46-47 enable children to recap the significant events of the story. * Curriculum links: Science: Helping plants grow well; Citizenship: People who help us - the local police. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Spike Carbuncle and the Truly Enormous Egg

Spike Carbuncle and the Truly Enormous Egg

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2008

Set in the Viking world of long boats, looting and grand adventure, The Goose Pimple Bay Sagas relate the hilarious tales of a noble family with a difference. Spike Carbuncle is sick of being second in command to his weedy brother. So, when Spike's wife, Fangtrude, comes across a dragon's egg, together they formulate a plan to get rid of Whiff Erik, once and for all. There's just one hitch - dragon training isn't as easy as it sounds. What do you do when your dragon is terrible at breathing fire and prefers eating onions to live goats?

Think Of An Eel Library Edition

Think Of An Eel Library Edition

Author: Karen Wallace, Mike Bostock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

Dive deep down, through the warm waters to the bed of the Sargasso Sea, as a newborn eel starts to swim towards the rivers he will soon call home. Curious young minds will love learning about the waterbed antics of the eel in this picture book which combines story with information. Previously part of the acclaimed Read and Wonder series, Think of an Eel has been re-launched in the new Nature Storybooks series with a brand new look and accompanying CD with fun facts, songs, sound effects and a story reading by TV actor Stephen Tompkinson.

Li Fu's Great Aim The Inside Story of the Terracotta Archer

Li Fu's Great Aim The Inside Story of the Terracotta Archer

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2007

Li Fu is a servant to the First Emperor - not an easy job, as the emperor is known for his fierce temper and unusual punishments. The boy dreams of one day joining his army, like his brother; however, his master won't let him go because he likes the soothing music that he plays with his harp. When Li Fu discovers that there is a plot against the emperor's life, his role becomes more important than he could've imagined - as he must uncover the assassin, before it's too late...

Ma Moosejaw Means Business

Ma Moosejaw Means Business

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2007

Set in the Viking world of long boats, looting and grand adventure, The Goose Pimple Bay Sagas relate the hilarious tales of a ruling family with a difference. Book one introduces the two sons of Chief Thunderstruck and Ma Moosejaw, Spike Carbuncle and Whiff Eric. Ma Moosejaw wants to leave Goose Pimple Bay with her husband and travel north to see a white bear. But both sons are useless. Who will look after things when they are gone? There's only one thing for it: the sons must each find a bride. Whoever returns with the best one will rule Goose Pimple Bay. The other will be banished to the forest for ever...

Whiff Eric and the Great Green Thing

Whiff Eric and the Great Green Thing

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2007

Set in the Viking world of long boats, looting and grand adventure, The Goose Pimple Bay Sagas relate the hilarious tales of a ruling family with a difference. In book two, Whiff Erik, now ruler of Goose Pimple Bay discovers his brother, Spike Carbuncle at sea. He's escaped from his wife's island and he's taken a rare seed with him. Back at home, Whiff Erik plants the seed, but it's not long before a gigantic plan blots out the sky and a great green thing appears in the leaves. Oh dear, Whiff Erik knows they're in big, big trouble...

Spooky Beasts Snapper Bites Back AND Thunder and Lightning

Spooky Beasts Snapper Bites Back AND Thunder and Lightning

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Flash Harriet and the Loch Ness Monster Band 13/Topaz

Flash Harriet and the Loch Ness Monster Band 13/Topaz

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Flash Harriet , the famous girl detective, is on the trail of a crime... and it has led her to the shores of Loch Ness. Find out what happens in this comic detective story. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - A humorous story. * There are chapters, which give the book an adult feel. * There is a reader response page, which gives important clues to the 'Mystery at Swag Hall'. These help young readers review the plot and know the importance of clues in their own adventure writing. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Respect for property; DT: Moving monsters. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Alice Goes North

Alice Goes North

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2006

Our favourite anteater is back for another adventure. When Alice reads about Christmas she realises that she and her fellow anteaters have been missing out...Why don't anteaters get Christmas presents? To find the answer, she sets off on a hazardous journey to the icy North - in search of Father Christmas!

Alice Goes to Hollywood

Alice Goes to Hollywood

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2006

Alice is an anteater who lives in the jungle and eats ants - as anteaters do. But one day Alice decides what she really wants to be is a film star. So she paints her toenails pink, dresses up in a frilly satin dress, and catches the first plane to Hollywood. Soon Alice is the talk of the town and her picture is in all the magazines. There's just one problem - will she ever get to star in a film?

Wendy

Wendy

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2004

Wendy Darling endures the restricted life of a child born to a well-to-do Edwardian family. Confined to the nursery upstairs, she must protect her brothers from the vicious tricks of their cruel nanny. The glamour of her parents' parties downstairs calls to her and, risking punishment, she sneaks out at night to spy on grown-up life through the banisters. What she sees will change her life forever. The world beyond the nursery is haunted by secrets and passions that Wendy just can't fathom. Driven by her precocious imagination, Wendy sets out on a series of adventures to put the world about her to rights. This book is not authorised by or affiliated with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, the owner of the copyright in J M Barrie's Peter Pan.

Climbing A Monkey Puzzle Tree

Climbing A Monkey Puzzle Tree

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2004

The boxy, spiky monkey puzzle tree stands tall and imposing outside the dormitory window of Woodmaston House For Girls, a forbidding guardian to the school's young charges. Nancy Cameron is a new arrival, not just to Woodmaston but to England. She's rolled up from the backwoods of Canada, eager for a new life brimming with adventure. But boarding school isn't the Famous Five fantasy that Nancy had imagined. It is an austere, loveless world where budding relationships are soon put to the test. Nancy wins friends and finds solace by telling stories, but spinning stories for others can't hide the fact that Nancy feels horribly alone inside. And when she leads her dorm in a special fund-raising event that goes tragically wrong, things go from bad to worse. Nancy longs to meet the glamorous brother of her friend, Caroline, and as her troubles build it's an encounter that can't come soon enough - until a shocking revelation comes to light...

Quirky Times at Quagmire Castle

Quirky Times at Quagmire Castle

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2003

Quagmire Castle is the much-loved, but totally dilapidated, home to a motley cast of humans and ghosts. When it comes to saving the Castle from demolition at the hands of the the gruesome bank manager, Gordon Grabbit, Aunt Tabitha's solution is to start knitting. Fortunately, her niece and nephew, Emily and Jack, are determined to preserve their beloved home. Meanwhile, upstairs in the attic, the whist-playing ghosts, Dudley and Delicia (together with their pet monkey, Powderball), can smell trouble, too. Soon, it's all hands to the pump (even if some of those hands are see-through) in an effort to save Quagmire Castle. And nobody could ever have predicted the chaos and hilarity that will ensue! This is a laugh-a-minute action adventure with as madcap a cast of characters as you're ever likely to meet. Another winner from the highly-acclaimed author of Something Slimy on Primrose Drive - which sold out in hardback virtually upon publication.

Raspberries On The Yangtze

Raspberries On The Yangtze

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2002

Can a book be funny, perceptive moving and utterly absorbing at one and the same time? This one can. Brilliant. A 'Swallows and Amazons' for the 21st century. (Michael Morpurgo, October 1999)

My Hen Is Dancing

My Hen Is Dancing

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2001

Relaunch of an award-winning non-fiction series. Read and Wonder is an innovative and highly acclaimed series of non-fiction picture books about the real world. They're written from a very personal viewpoint, mixing facts with feelings, encouraging children to think, feel and imagine as they learn. These six titles include the talents of celebrated authors and illustrators such as Dick King-Smith. Barbara Firth. Anita Jeram and Karen Wallace.

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