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The Princess who Hid in a Tree An Anglo-Saxon Story

The Princess who Hid in a Tree An Anglo-Saxon Story

Author: Jackie Holderness Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2019

This story is about a brave and kind Anglo-Saxon princess called Frideswide who lived in Oxford a long time ago and just happened to be brilliant at climbing very tall trees. Her talent came in useful one day when a wicked king tried to kidnap her. How did she and her friends escape, and what happened to the king and his soldiers? With stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Alan Marks, Saint Frideswide's legend is retold for young children as a tale of adventure, courage in the face of danger, friendship, and kindness, with a few surprises along the way. The church Frideswide founded in Oxford was on the site of what is now Christ Church, and her medieval shrine can still be seen inside the Cathedral. This beautiful picture book is sure to be treasured by any child who loves tales of adventure. It will appeal to children learning about the Anglo-Saxons, to readers who like feisty heroines and to visitors to Oxford, as a meaningful souvenir of their visit.

Carrie's War

Carrie's War

Author: Nina Bawden, Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2017

One of the most loved and enduring wartime novels, Carrie's War is a modern classic. WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY MICHAEL MORPURGO AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALAN MARKS 'A touching, utterly convincing book' Jacqueline Wilson 'Poignant and realistic . . . Carrie's War captures the true reality of war for a child, and it doesn't sentimentalise war' Shirley Hughes, Guardian 'I did a dreadful thing, the worst thing of my life, when I was twelve and a half years old, and nothing can change it' It is wartime and Carrie and her little brother Nick have been evacuated from their London home to the Welsh hills. In an unfamiliar place, among strangers, the children feel alone and find little comfort with the family they are billeted with: Mr Evans, a bullying shopkeeper and Auntie Lou, his kind but timid sister. When Carrie and Nick visit Albert, another evacuee, they are welcomed into Hepzibah Green's warm kitchen. Hepzibah is rumoured to be a witch, but her cooking is delicious, her stories are enthralling and the children cannot keep away. With Albert, Hepzibah and Mister Johnny, they begin to settle into their new surroundings. But before long, their loyalties are tested: will they be persuaded to betray their new friends? This collection of the best children's literature, curated by Virago, will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.

The Peppermint Pig

The Peppermint Pig

Author: Nina Bawden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2017

'Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE 'What a consummate storymaker Nina Bawden is' MICHAEL MORPURGO WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S FICTION 'D'ya want a peppermint pig, Mrs Greengrass?' Poll looked at the milkman, thinking of sweets, but there was a real pig poking its snout out of the milkman's coat pocket. It was the tiniest pig she had ever seen. 'What's a peppermint pig?' 'Runt of the litter. Too small for the sow to raise. He'd only get trampled in in the rush.' Mother took the pig from him and held it firmly while it kicked and squealed. 'Well, he seems strong enough. And even runts grow.' 'Oh,' Poll said. 'Oh, Mother.' She stroked the small, wriggling body. 'Theo,' she shouted, 'Look what we've got!' It is a difficult year for the Greengrasses. Poll's father has lost his job and gone overseas, the family are living off the charity of two aunts, and Poll and her brother Theo just can't seem to keep out of trouble. It takes a tiny, mischievous pig to bring laughter back into their lives. This is a collection of the best children's literature, curated by Virago, and will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2017

Keeping Henry

Keeping Henry

Author: Nina Bawden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

'The hay stirred. There was a small nibbling sound. A furry head poked out. I saw its dark, beady eyes, its sharp, pointed ears ... his eyes seemed alert and inquisitive, as if he were as interested in us as we were in him' Henry is only three inches long when naughty Charlie catapults him out of his nest - a poor baby red squirrel, all ragged and skinny. He is too young to survive being released into the wild, but can a squirrel be a pet? Henry's new human family has also had to adapt to a different way of life. Evacuated from London during the Blitz, to a farm in Wales, they were upturned from their old life just as Henry was 'tipped out' of his nest. Can this mischievous little creature, who makes nests out of their clothes and runs up the children like they are trees, help them to settle into their new life? A collection that will be coveted by children and adults alike, this list is the best in children's literature, curated by Virago. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), L. M. Montgomery (The Anne of Green Gables series) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.

Rickie & Henri A True Story

Rickie & Henri A True Story

Author: Jane, PhD Goodall Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2017

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help out on the farm, so when red-headed 'Anne-with-an-e' arrives at Green Gables, she is not quite what they expected. But Anne sets out to win them over, determined to make a life for herself. This is the classic story by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery, retold for younger readers.

Moon Crossing (Bridge Reader) The Fellhounds of Thesk

Moon Crossing (Bridge Reader) The Fellhounds of Thesk

Author: Cathy Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2016

Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth

Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare, Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2016

The story of Macbeth, whose burning ambition to be king overcomes all the good in his soul, is beautifully retold by Martin Waddell with stunning colour and black and white illustrations by Alan Marks.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Shakespeare Stories

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Shakespeare Stories

Author: Chris Powling, William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Sebastian and Viola cause all sorts of trouble when they switch places in the romantic comedy Twelfth Night. Learn the history of the most famous Roman emperor of all when you enter Julius Caesar's world of treachery and murder. Leontes' jealousy loses him his family and his mind. Can he find his way out of the darkness in The Winter's Tale? Shakespeare Stories allows children to discover the delights of the Bard in these three prose retellings. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Storm

Storm

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A beautiful, gripping story, perfect for children learning to read. Winner of the Carnegie Medal. Every day Annie walks by the lonely marsh from her remote cottage to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. But who is this horseman? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.

With Love

With Love

Author: Jane, PhD Goodall Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2014

With Love

With Love

Author: Jane Goodall Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Moon Chase Bridge Reader

Moon Chase Bridge Reader

Author: Cathy Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

Robin Hood [Book with CD]

Robin Hood [Book with CD]

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2012

An exciting story from the legend of Robin Hood, retold for English Language Learners. When Much Middleton's father is arrested by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Much seeks the help of the mysterious outlaw, Robin Hood. Comes with a CD, which contains full readings of the text by native speakers in both British English and American English.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

A dramatic adaptation of the much-loved classic by Charlotte Bronte, with atmospheric illustrations by Alan Marks. It is the compelling story of Jane Eyre and the mysterious Mr. Rochester, sensitively retold for younger readers. It is part of Usborne's popular Young Reading series, developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Principal Lecturer at the University of Roehampton. This book is in Series Three , for confident readers.

The Shepherd Girl of Bethlehem A Nativity story

The Shepherd Girl of Bethlehem A Nativity story

Author: Carey Morning Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2011

Weaving the Nativity story into an original tale, this evocative Christmas book exudes a heartwarming message about love and peace. A little shepherd girl loves her father greatly, and adores spending time with him on the hillside, tending his flocks. But one night, he is called away and she can't find him. She anxiously searches high and low, eventually finding him at a stable in Bethlehem, where her journey ends with a most glorious discovery. Alan Marks' illustrations - crafted in detailed ink and deep watercolour washes - flow through the pages, taking the story towards its colourful and evocative end.

Storm Red Banana

Storm Red Banana

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2010

A gripping story from Kevin Crossley-Holland for Egmont's red banana series. Every day Annie walks by the lonely marsh from her remote cottage to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. But who is this horseman? Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Shakespeare Retold: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare Retold: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare, Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

The enchanting story of A Midsummer Night's Dream is brought to life beautifully in this simple retelling. Experience the magic of the woods, the confusion of the lovers and all the fun of the fairy folk.

Gripping Tales: Thomas and the Tinners

Gripping Tales: Thomas and the Tinners

Author: Jill Paton Walsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2008

The miner's work is hard-they need pasties to keep them going. When Thomas shares his pasty with a small miner, he is rewarded with a wish. But soon, more miners appear and Thomas regrets his kindness-until he faces an even bigger problem...

Flint

Flint

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2008

Captain Flint is a cruel, greedy pirate. You're still alive now because he needs you to help hide his treasure. Then he'll kill you to hide the secret. Can you escape? Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens, Lesley Sims Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/09/2007

The classic Dickens story retold for children growing in reading confidence. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever. Part of Young Reading Series 2. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Betrayal

Betrayal

Author: Ann Jungman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2007

It's 1930s Germany. Hannah is Jewish. Inge's family are Nazis. Can they keep their promise to be best friends forever - or will Inge betray Hannah? This title is powerful and moving. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: Mary Sebag-Montefiore, Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

A brand new addition to Usborne Young Reading Series 2 , aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, building confidence and ability. The Railway Children is a re-telling of the beloved E. Nesbitt story following the story of three children growing up after their father is wrongly accused of spying. It is evocatively illustrated by Alan Marks. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2005

4u2read.ok CinderAlf

4u2read.ok CinderAlf

Author: Lynne Markham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2004

A poignant and captivating story, narrated by a grandfather to his grandson. He travels back in time to his 1930's childhood to tell the tale of how, as a lonely 11-year-old, he was determined to change his life for the better.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2004

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about the wicked Snow Queen's attempt to kidnap a boy in the frozen north. Designed for young children who are just beginning to read alone and are looking for lively stories to tackle. Colurful pictures combine with narrative text written to encourage reading skills for developing and emergent readers.

Cinderalf

Cinderalf

Author: Lynne Markham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2002

Do you wish you were an only child? Sam hates his brother Joe. He would love to be an only child - then everyone would like him best! But when Sam's grandfather tells him about his childhood, he reveals a tragic secret which changes Sam's outlook on life forever.

Storm

Storm

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2001

Annie lives with her elderly parents in a remote cottage. She is used to being alone. Every day she walks by the lonely marsh to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. Before she can protest, Annie finds herself lifted on to his saddle and off they set on an intense, dream-like journey. Only once he has deposited her safely on the doctor's doorstep, does the horseman reveal that he is the ghost she fears.

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