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A wonderful tale from a master storyteller, giving us, just as Lyra’s Oxford did, more extraordinary insight into the world of Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials’. This one tells the story of the very first meeting in the far frozen Arctic of two legends and friends from the trilogy, Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear. It’s a mesmerising episode with wonderfully page-turning qualities and written in just 100 pages and beautifully packaged too complete with a thrilling board game. This title is also availble on CD audio.
A welcome addition to a spooky series in which all kinds of nasty and unlikely things may happen! The Darkling Family are back for more. Do they have a claim on Stanley Buggles’ home? And, do the twins really have a two-headed snake for a pet? Dare to find out more! See the other book in the series The Wooden Mile.
Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: "Superb wit and vigorous invention." As whimsical as The Wizard of Oz, but with the allegorical wisdom of Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth is a book for adults and children to share. Milo is bored with everything until a mysterious tollbooth appears in his room. He hops into his electric car and goes exploring, finding himself in a strange land. Learning that the Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing he sets off with Tock the watchdog to the Mountains of Ignorance to save them, passing through the Doldrums and the city of Dictionopolis along the way, and meeting some very strange characters. On his return, Milo is a changed boy, and everything seems worth trying. Juster turns abstract ideas into unforgettable images, at the very least children will be slow to jump to Conclusions after reading this! ~ Andrea Reece
A new thrilling Dark World fantasy adventure series. As one of the Chosen in the Castle of Seven Towers, Tal is a keeper of the magical sunstones. But he is swept into a new adventures when he is thrown off into an unknown world where he soon finds himself fighting for his life.
This book follows the story of a girl named Joanna and her best friend who happens to be a dragon called Flying Excelsior. Joanna’s normal mundane life of household chores and doing her homework gets turned on its head when, she becomes the youngest dragon flyer in the country. Along with the glamour and the glory, comes envy from her competitors eager to see her fail. Terrible danger ensues and she will need all of her skills and a great deal of help from her best friend to survive. An out of this world-exciting story about friendship and loyalty. If you enjoyed Salamanda Drake's debut Dragonsdale, then you'll love this.
This is a hilarious and swashbuckling adventure featuring the half human, half elf Sebastian Darke, a wannabe court jester, who discovers heâ€™s not great at telling jokes!! Fans of Shrek and Terry Pratchett will love it for its wonderful humour and madcap fantastical adventure. This is the authorâ€™s first foray into writing for children and what a hit it is; however it has crossover appeal too we feel sure. The second Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates is just out in hardcover.
The first in the Fairie Wars quartet is a wonderful, gripping, page-turning read full of the kind of detail that will ensure that readers of any age will be left holding their breath as the story unfolds. The story continues with The Purple Emperor, Ruler of the Realm, and then finally Faerie Lord.
Winner of the 1958 CILIP Carnegie Medal A classic time slip story in which Tom, staying in big house now divided into flats, manages to get into the garden at night and make friends with a little girl. But who is the girl? Can she really be the old woman in Tom’s waking life? This is one of the most touching and magical children’s books I’ve ever read and it’s one that’s stayed as fresh in my mind as if I’d just read it yesterday. Tom’s imaginary garden is beautifully portrayed and the characters and situations within are richly satisfying and the poignancy of the moments are cherished. Children will love the story and it is as relevant now as it was some 20 years ago when it was first published. (9-11 key age range)
Winner of the overall Blue Peter Book of the Year 2009 and category winner of ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. A dramatic adventure story set in an enchanted magical world. Samuel Blink’s life changes forever when a giant log crashes out of the sky and kills his parents. As a result, he and his sister Martha are forced to move to Norway where Martha disappears into the Shadow Forest, a mysterious world ruled over by the evil Changemaker. It’s a world full of deadly truth pixies, one-eyed trolls and a witch who steals shadows. People who enter, never return. How will Samuel get Martha back? From the author Matt Haig: “I am absolutely over-the-moon that Shadow Forest won, not only as a lifelong Blue Peter fan but also because this is one of the few national awards still left where children help decide the winner.” Matt was awarded the prize when Blue Peter presenter Helen ambushed one of his school events in Staines! Matt says “To say I was shocked is an understatement. I was halfway through a book event at a school when suddenly I turned around and saw a Blue Peter camera crew burst in to hand me the award. I nearly hyperventilated! I was up against some very stiff competition so I couldn’t believe I’d won my category let alone the overall prize, although I’m very pleased I did!” Lovereading comment: Be warned! Don’t go for a walk in the shadow forest lest you might not return. Poor Samuel Blink must go into the dreaded woods to somehow find his sister and bring her back alive somehow. With fast-flowing action and encounters with fantastical creatures throughout, the author skilfully manages to maintain a strong sense of foreboding and suspense right up until the dramatic conclusion of this creepy tale. Winner of the 9-11 Nestle Gold Award 2007.
At last a sequel to one of the most endearing classics of all time. The author chosen to undertake this literary feat is not a household name but she is, a supremely talented storyteller and a winner of virtually every book award. The quality of her writing is breath-taking and she quickly transports you into the world of Neverland that you will remember from Peter Pan, whilst at the same time introduces you to some wonderful new characters, who together with Pan, with Wendy and the lost boys undertake some joyous, magical and fantastical adventures. Parent and child will enjoy it with equal enthusiasm but if you haven’t read Peter Pan for a while then why not read that first. We’re offering free copies of Peter Pan to everyone who orders Peter Pan in Scarlet.
This is the complete and unabridged original text from J M Barrie, complete with a stunning new cover and black and white chapter heads, the perfect companion to its sequel by Geraldine McCaughrean, Peter Pan in Scarlet. Together, they are books to treasure forever. Also available in Hardback.
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