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Wizards in the classroom turn the everyday details of the school day into something with more pizzaz. Joe’s first days at school are made pretty special when he realises that his best friend is not just a boy with an over active imagination, but a wizard. Some nifty magic moments follow within the framework of a sharply observed school environment in a story that is well structured and paced for beginning readers.
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. What the judges said: A satisfying, quality production with a wealth of detail, which cleverly employs a variety of artistic styles and media to make it appear like the work of more than one artist. A beautifully accomplished, treasure of a book which makes its subject matter seem completely real, even though it is drawn wholly from imagination.
Rich in detail which brings the past to life and makes the forest background vivid to all readers, Wolf Brother tells how orphaned Torak must set out on a terrible mission. Tricked, trapped and betrayed at almost every turn, it’s a lonely quest but Torak finds comfort in the support of a wolf cub. Relying on their quick wits, the two journey through danger until Torak must make the final sacrifice. Titles in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series: 1. Wolf Brother 2. Spirit Walker 3. Soul-eater 4. Outcast 5. Oathbreaker 6. Ghost Hunter
This is the stunning conclusion to The Book of Dead Days, a sweeping gothic fantasy that is packed with mystery and intrigue and the loose ends from the earlier book are brought together brilliantly into a story that is both mesmerizing, deeply thought-provoking and it definitely doesn’t have the ending you think it might. Very original.
A deservedly prize-winning title, Fergus Crane is a delightful, fantastical romp with a nautical theme. Young Fergus Crane receives a mysterious invitation to join the School Ship Betty-Jeanne. What he finds on board from the sinister headmaster Captain Claw through to his unlikely band of teachers does not inspire confidence. But Fergus is a brave boy and a bold one who has a great destiny marked out for him. When he discovers the School Ship Betty -Jeanne has sailed away to Fire Isle without him but with his timid school mates, he sets off in hot pursuit on the back of a flying horse. Wonderful illustrations embellish the fanciful details beautifully. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2006. Century is a haunting story with a wonderfully gothic feel. Mercy and her sister Charity live in huge house full of dusty corners. Outside it is always winter and the two girls never see the sunshine as they go to bed just as the sun rises – and have done for hundreds of years. By why? Can Mercy discover the truth about their lives without destroying her home and family?
Eragon is the first in Paolini’s Inheritance trilogy. For those teenagers and adults alike who’ve enjoyed The Lord of the Rings or indeed The Dark Materials trilogy we think you’ll really enjoy the magic, the power and the storytelling of the Eragon series. The characters and the plot will get so under your skin that you’ll feel you’re in that world. A 'piece of passion' from the publisher: On 7th July we were delighted to reissue the first three books in Christopher Paolini's compelling fantasy Inheritance Sequence: Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr with special coloured edges. The novels have been international publishing sensations, featuring dragons, death defying battles and epic conquests, with 49 foreign language editions for Eragon alone, and sales of 25 million copies worldwide. The countdown has now begun to the publication of Inheritance, the fourth and final novel in Christopher's sequence, which will be released on 8th November.
Impeccably written, this is a real treasure trove of imagination, nail-biting drama and characters so cleverly drawn that you feel you know every one of them personally. Inkworld is a marvellous place of magical realism, full of adventure, passion and excitement and you’ll feel utterly compelled to read this one and its sequels Inkspell and Inkdeath. Inkheart the movie, released on 12th December 2008, stars among others Helen Mirren, Eliza Bennett and Jim Broadbent and has been made by the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass.Click here to see the trailer http://www.inkheartmovie.com/
An intriguing, action-packed, highly readable story that has a twist in it that you’ll never guess. The characters are beautifully drawn and the storyline very original. If you’re not into fantasy this is the author to get you into it for he merges fantasy and the real world so brilliantly. Having read this one we guarantee you’ll want to read the sequel, Dark Flight Down.
First published in 2003, The Wee Free Men is the second story in the Discworld series for young readers. The Queen of the Elves has another attempt at invading the Discworld, by stealing children and infesting dreams. However 9-year-old Tiffany Aching plans to stop them and after finding out she is descended from a witch she sets out with the help of the Wee Free Men to steal her baby brother back. This book is the best sort of Terry Pratchett fantasy.
Jonathan Stroud, November 2010 Guest Editor, celebrates a favourite children's author: "A generation before the arrival of a certain boy wizard, Diana Wynne Jones had already perfected the art of comic fantasies: stories in which ordinary children must contend with sudden incursions of magic into their everyday world. The Ogre Downstairs is one of her greatest books and blew me away when I first read it, aged about 10. Three children, Casper, Johnny and Gwinny, live miserably with their mother, their new stepfather (the ‘ogre’) and their two stepbrothers. One day the ogre brings home two strange chemistry sets as gifts for the warring siblings – and it isn’t long before magical chaos erupts. The brilliance of the book lies in the way it mixes the family’s very ordinary domestic problems with the anarchy of magic. Some of the set-pieces are extraordinary: no one who’s read about the plague of living toffee bars is ever likely to forget it!"
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