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Livi Michael lives near Manchester, with two sons and a dog. She has written seven books for children, including the series of books about Frank the Hamster, which was short listed for the Branford Boase prize, and The Whispering Road, shortlist for the Ottaker's Book Award.
Fun to read, this is a harum-scarum adventure full of nursery rhyme references as Polly (she who â€˜puts the kettle onâ€™) escapes with her brother Pockets from a life of over crowding and drudgery as one of the daughters of the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe. Polly and Pockets look for the perfect home and find one in a pair a seven-league boots. The only problem? They belong to a giantâ€¦..
'She is the best of the modern chroniclers of these mediaeval wars . . . beautifully written, politically astute and full of insight into the moments when great history meets fragile human hearts.' The Times Margaret Beaufort and Margaret of Anjou - two women who have fought to the bitter end to see their sons take the English throne. But with her son Edward killed in battle, and imprisoned herself, what next for Margaret of Anjou? And will Margaret Beaufort live to see Richard III deposed, and her son Henry Tudor finally ascend the throne? In this powerful and dramatic conclusion to Livi Michael's Wars of the Roses trilogy, the stakes are higher than ever, the sides are ever-changing, and all will be decided at the Battle of Bosworth . . .
Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level This hilarious retelling of a traditional Hans Christian Anderson tale tells of mistaken identities as a kind, humble princess swaps places with her grumpy, unpleasant maid, with some very funny consequences! Who'll end up marrying the prince, and who will end up the goose girl, and how will the magic horse help? Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
'Fine, taut writing . . . packs an emotional punch' - The Times Margaret Beaufort and Margaret of Anjou - two women who will stop at nothing to place their sons on the English throne. In exile in France with her young son Prince Edward, Margaret of Anjou at last gives up on promises of aid by King Louis and sets sail for England. There, she will return her husband Henry to the throne - and ensure young Edward will be its heir. Meanwhile, Margaret Beaufort, separated from her son Henry of Richmond when he was an infant, sees the unrest surrounding the Lancastrian defeat as her chance to finally get him back. But the steps she takes to return her son imperil the kingdom and the throne's current occupant - King Edward IV. With rebellions tearing the country apart, how far will each woman go to further the interests of their sons? And who can stand in their way?
'Clever...the narrative has the colour and power of the best of the chronicles she uses.' - Sunday Times Margaret of Anjou is young, beautiful, French and wildly unpopular when she marries England's ill-fated Henry VI. After the English are banished from France, civil war erupts. Margaret becomes a warrior queen, fighting for her husband's right to be king and her son's position as his rightful heir. Meanwhile, heiress Margaret Beaufort is born into a troubled inheritance. Fiercely sought after by courtiers, by the age of thirteen she has married twice and given birth to her only son, who will be the future king of England. But then he is taken from her. . .
'If you light a fire on Mabb's hill, she will come for you...' All Keri has ever wanted is to be part of the Magic. Now her brother Lu is dying. To save him she must bargain with the dangerous Faerie Queen Mabb, who exacts a terrible price. Will the Magic help Keri to save her brother - and herself?
The wolf was enormous. Its ravenous jaws were open wide, its eyes glared fire. When Sam's aunt rescues a lost dog, Sam knows that something incredible is going to happen. Jenny the Jack Russell may be a stray, but she is no ordinary dog. Jenny is more special than Sam could ever imagine... But Jenny is in danger, and now Sam, Jenny and a gang of fellow runaways face an extraordinary journey. The sky wolves are on their trail, and they won't stop until the rest of the world is destroyed. A gorgeously written, mystical adventure that will appeal to fantasy and animal fans alike from 9 years upwards.
A moving and powerful story about brother and sister, Joe and Annie, who flee from a pitiful existence as servants. They embark on a tough and perilous journey to Manchester in search of their mother who was forced to leave them at the workhouse when they were very young. Their future is tainted by the horrors of their past and as Annie is increasingly troubled by spirits, Joe is forced to make a tough decision. Driven by the lust for freedom, he sells Annie to a fair owner who plans to use her as a medium, and sets about creating a new identity for himself on the streets of Manchester. But the voices of the past won't leave Joe alone and ultimately he finds himself gravitating back to Annie and their original quest to discover the whereabouts of their mother.
'Most hamsters are gentle, timid, domesticated creatures. Easily tamed and house-proud, they need little more than a full bowl of food and an exercise wheel to adapt to their small homes. Some hamsters, however, are different...' So begins the epic adventure of Frank, a hamster with a mission and a motto - 'Courage!' Frank dreams of the world outside - about the original wild hamsters of Syria and their leader, the legendary Black Hamster of Narkiz.
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