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Fire Girl author Matt Ralphs has always been fascinated by witches, ghosts and anything that sent a shiver down his spine - and as a child was convinced that his Suffolk home was haunted. His favourite childhood book was Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood, as it was magical, mysterious and a little bit weird - and his goal as an author is to create books that make children feel just as happy, scared and thrilled as he did when reading as a kid. If he had to choose between being a witch or being a demon he would plump for the latter, as he believes it might be fun to be evil for a while - but Shhh - don't tell anyone!
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: young witch works magic! Young witch Hazel, accompanied by her feisty little familiar Bramley the dormouse, is back for a second lively adventure. Her mother is being held captive in the underworld and her only hope of rescue lies in the hands of wicked Nicolas Murrell who, to make things harder for Hazel, is a prisoner of the Witch-Finder General himself, Matthew Hopkins. This adventure story is full of exciting scenes and dramatic moments, and its demons are genuinely scary; but Hazel is a resourceful as well as an appealing heroine and despite the dark setting of the witch trials – closely based on historical events - there is lots of humour too. A third adventure is promised and will be worth waiting for. Jane Hardstaff’s Executioner’s Daughter series mixes magic and history in equally nail-biting, enticing adventures. ~ Andrea Reece
August 2015 Debut of the Month Hazel Hooper is a Fire Witch but she doesn’t know it until a demon snatches away her mother. To save Hecate, Hazel must leave the enchanted glade that’s been her home and go into a world where people like her are persecuted by witch hunters. At least she’s got her familiar to help, a dormouse called Bramley! It’s a lively, exciting story and Hazel and Bramley are an appealing partnership. Hazel forms another alliance too – with a handsome young witch hunter apprentice, though by the suitably thrilling climax, they’ll each feel betrayed by the other. It’s a strength of the book that things are not just black and white, and this is rewarding as well as entertaining reading. ~ Andrea Reece
Jump on a wild ride across the cosmos in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, a story-driven action-adventure with a fresh take on everyone's favorite ragtag group of legendary heroes. When the Guardians accidentally set off a chain reaction of catastrophic events, Star-Lord must live up to his skills, resolve, and swagger to hold this combustible band of misfits together. With half the galaxy after them and some of the most powerful entities in the universe on the loose, what could go wrong? Embark on the epic journey behind the scenes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in this beautiful hardback book. Accompanied by fascinating insights from the talented artists and developers behind the game, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Game features exclusive concept artwork and final designs of the characters, costumes, gear, ships, creatures, planets, and environments that make up its vast universe.
Exciting stories, extraordinary creatures, and compelling gods, goddesses, and heroes come together in this compendium of Norse myths - first told long ago by the Vikings. Read about Thor, the god of thunder and how he once disguised himself as a bride to seek revenge on a giant and retrieve his powerful hammer -Mjoelnir, and how Sif, the goddess of fertility had her long golden hair cut off by Loki, the trickster god. Each myth is told with thrilling immediacy, in language that is easy for children to understand, while retaining the awe, majesty and intrigue of the original tales. Stunning illustrations by multi-award winning artist Katie Ponder breathe new life into each story.
Be greater, be yourself as Miles Morales swings onto the scene in his own video game for the first time. Learning the ropes as Spider-Man in Peter Parker's absence, Miles must find the balance between keeping his new home, Harlem, safe and rising up to take on new challenges and enemies that test his abilities and loyalties to the limit. The creative process of this much-anticipated game is captured in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - The Art of the Game. This lush, hardback book showcases the remarkable concept art and in-game renderings created by the talented development team creating the game in collaboration with Marvel. Characters, locations, tech, gadgets, Spider suits and much more are presented in all their incredible detail, accompanied by unique insights from the artists and developers behind the game.
Fall under the spell of witches throughout the ages in this magical illustrated guide. Magic and witchcraft have fascinated people for thousands of years. From their black cats to their flying broomsticks, they are both powerful and mysterious. But were witches evil or kind? And could they really cast a spell on you? From Ancient Mesopotamian priests to modern day Wiccans, find out the truth about witches throughout history and across the globe, in this spellbinding book filled with myths, legends and magic.
Making new friends is hard, especially at a new school in a new town. Instead of sitting alone at break time, Jake wishes he could be up in the sky, in the cockpit of one of the old planes he loves. Then he meets someone who actually knows what that's like - who has actually flown a Spitfire - and suddenly Jake's days don't seem quite so empty. Is there blue sky up ahead? Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.
Die Feuerhexe Hazel Hooper steht vor einer groen Herausforderung. Ihre Mutter Hecate opferte sich dem Damon Baal, um eine Invasion boser Machte zu verhindern, und nun ist Hazel fest entschlossen, ihre Mutter in die ihrige Welt zuruckzuholen. Koste es, was es wolle! Doch nur der unberechenbare Nicolas Murrell, der schuld an Hecates Schicksal ist, kann ihr dabei helfen. Er wurde von den blutdurstigen Hexenjagern in das sicherste Gefangnis Londons gesperrt, das sich auf Cromwell Island befindet. Als Junge verkleidet, schleicht sich Hazel unbemerkt in die Reihen der Hexenjager ein, um Murell personlich zu befragen. Aber kann sie ihm trauen? Oder werden die Hexenjager auch ohne seine Hilfe ihre wahre Identitat herausfinden? Hazel spielt ein brandgefahrliches Spiel. Wird sie Hecate von ihrem Schicksal erlosen konnen?
Hazel Hooper hat die ersten zwolf Jahre ihres Lebens auf einer Waldlichtung verbracht, die von ihrer Mutter Hecate durch einen Zauberbannkreis von der Auenwelt abgeriegelt wurde. Hazel sehnt sich danach, die Welt drauen kennenzulernen. Aber am allermeisten wnscht sie sich, endlich selbst magische Fhigkeiten zu entwickeln. Als ihre Mutter von einem gefhrlichen Dmon entfhrt wird, erwachen Hazels Zauberkrfte - dennoch gelingt es ihr nicht, ihre Mutter zu retten. Nun ist sie ganz auf sich allein gestellt - vielleicht nicht ganz allein, denn Hazel hat irrtmlich eine kleine Haselmaus verzaubert, die ihr nun als verlsslich missgelaunter Gefhrte zur Seite steht. Gemeinsam machen sich das Mdchen und die Maus auf, um den Dmon zu verfolgen und Hecate zu befreien. Doch schnell muss Hazel feststellen, dass das Leben auerhalb der Lichtung weitaus gefhrlicher ist, als sie angenommen hatte. Gnadenlose Hexenjger bevlkern die Landstriche - und die wenigen verbliebenen Hexen schrecken nicht davor zurck, sich die Macht der gefhrlichen Dmonen zunutze zu machen, um sich zu verteidigen. Als Hazel den jungen David trifft, den Gehilfen des genialen - doch unglcklicherweise meist betrunkenen - Dmonenjgers Titus schpft sie Hoffnung; doch sie ahnt noch nicht, dass der Junge und sein Meister auch berhmt dafr sind, Hexen aufzuspren
Find out about Felix Baumgartner's daredevil life of skydiving and BASE jumping in this thrilling biography. Detailing his attempt at the highest ever skydive, this incredible book includes photographs taken by Felix as he jumped to earth from the edge of space. Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. Text type: A biography Curriculum links: