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Whether he is besting Brer Fox or sneaking into Mr. Man's garden, Brer Rabbit is always teaching a valuable lesson. These classic tales are full of wit, humor, and creativity, and Julius Lester brings an added contemporary sense to these forty-eight timeless stories.
Strange things are happening in the magical world of Troll Fell and the security that Peer has grown to know and love begins to look very shaky. Who has broken into Bjorn and Kersten’s house and caused such chaos and why is the mill wheel turning? Trolls are on the loose and there may be no stopping them. Rich and imaginative story telling.
Christopher Paolini can only be described as a precocious find. He began his debut novel, Eragon, the first in The Inheritance trilogy, at 15 and now at only 21, Eldest, the second in the trilogy has been published and with it he has also won the prestigious Quiller Book Prize. Eldest is sweeping epic fantasy at its best, beautiful writing coupled with an extraordinary storyline with immensely memorable and powerful characters. Fantasy aficionados, both teenage and adult will devour this writing and be eager for more. With filmic quality I’m not surprised to hear that a film version was made starring Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich and Jeremy Irons among others. The fourth title, Inheritance, is coming in time for Christmas 2011. 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.
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates books, reading and stories. But one day, his mother forces him into the library and everything changes. Tomas hears the magical story of the unicorn and is soon spell bound by its power. Soon, reading and the wonderful stories that unfold before him become central to his life. But things are changing around Tomas too as the distant rumble of war is suddenly brought close to home. When his village suffers a direct hit, he realises what really matters to him. Morpurgo keeps on the right side of sentimentality and creates a sensitive boy hero.
Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny, the Scourge and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army, but he hasn't bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends.
Silver and Gabriel must save the Timekeeper from the evil Abel Darkwater and Regalia Mason if the passing of time is to be kept predictable and safe and if the Time Tornadoes are to be kept out. How can they do it? Itâ€™s a hectic and exciting race against time itself. A terrific fantasy, Tamglewreck is full of atmosphere and engaging characters.
This is a worthy second novel in the CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS trilogy, the first was Wolf Brother that we praised so highly earlier this year. Non-stop action on every page dovetails beautifully with heart-stopping narrative and sharp attention to detail. When you read about Torak eating fish eyes, remember that the author did too for the sake of realism! Titles in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series: 1. Wolf Brother 2. Spirit Walker 3. Soul-eater 4. Outcast 5. Oathbreaker 6. Ghost Hunter
An exciting adventure where Charlie's true friends come to the fore at a time when he most needs them. Utterly gripping and by turns funny as well. Nimmo successfully weaves a wonderfully magical mystery that only Charlie Bone can solve. Other titles in the Charlie bone series include Midnight for Charlie Bone, Charlie Bone and The Hidden King and Charlie Bone and The Wilderness Wolf.
A fantastic, magical adventure in which 12 year old Meggie finds out the perils of reading as the imaginary becomes real. A sequel to Inkheart, Meggie’s first adventure with characters who came out of a book, here Dustfinger the fire-eater is desperately in search of someone who will read him back into the safe world of story. But a crooked story teller is not the right person to do that. In the charmed Inkworld nothing is as it seems and Meggie has a wonderful new adventure to deal with. Finish the exciting trilogy with 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/
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone and her scary sisters soon find out. Other titles in the Charlie bone series include Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, Charlie Bone and The Hidden King and Charlie Bone and The Wilderness Wolf.
An ancient school in the middle of nowhere for magical children – you might think Harry Potter – well yes and no. There are similarities but this series by jenny Nimmo is very different but will be very much enjoyed by fans of Harry Potter, particularly the 9-11 year olds. There are 8 in all and in each one the plots twist and turn unpredictably and the stories are truly magical, fun and very enjoyable. Ten year old Charlie King is a descendent of The Red King and like many of the descendents including Charlie’s father they’ve inherited some of the Red King’s magical powers. Charlie must continue to use his powers against the evil Bloors - werewolves, hypnotists, mind-readers, sorcerers and witches - to try and find his father. He has many loyal friends to help him do so but on his quest evil threatens him at every turn but Charlie’s indomitable spirit keeps him going. Alongside Olivia, Fidelio, Benjamin and Emma battles are won and their small victories are interwoven with Charlie's long and dangerous quest to find his father. Their struggles to find Charlie’s father all take place at Bloor's Academy, an ancient school where the endowed descendents of the Red King can be watched and controlled. But it’s not just the evil Bloors that Charlie has to contend with; he must also beware his sinister grandmother and her three grim sisters. Here the eternal conflict within families, the battles of siblings divided by jealousy and by their perceptions of good and evil, right and wrong.
This is the second in the series of 8 in all featuring Charlie Bone, a boy endowed with magical powers. The plots twist and turn unpredictably and the stories are truly magical, fun and very enjoyable. Charlie must continue to use his powers against the evil Bloors - werewolves, hypnotists, mind-readers, sorcerers and witches - to try and find his father. He has many loyal friends to help him do so but on his quest evil threatens him at every turn but Charlie’s indomitable spirit keeps him going. Will good triumph over evil and right over wrong in the end?
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