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A magical and mighty read befitting a story set in the world of the gods. A clash between the worlds of gods and humans seems inevitable in this richly imagined adventure that blends myth and reality into a story of heroics and heroism. Pegasus, the mighty winged horse whose home is on Mount Olympus, is unique. Or is he? News of a new horse on earth leads Pegasus and Emily off on a mission to find out just who the imposter can be. Uncovering a conspiracy, Emily finds she must choose wisely if she is to prevent the destruction of all that she cares about.
Award-winning illustrator Alan Marks brings alive the classic stories in this handsomely produced collection. Taken from around the world, this collection includes the familiar stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Magic Tinderbox among others as well as less familiar ones such as Long, Broad and Sharpsight and The Fairy at the Well. The result is a vibrant collection of stories from many traditions.
Sara’s fantastical journey begins during a school trip to the Beijing Palace Museum when she’s shot back in time from present-day Beijing and finds herself inside the thousand-year-old Qingming scroll. In this time zone Sara meets an old man who warns her that the Gang of the White Fawn will kill them both if she doesn’t do as he says, namely deliver his saddlebag to a silk merchant called Wan Yi. While encountering famous fortune-tellers, storytellers and Imperial doctors, Sara draws on the wisdom of her grandmother’s stories to navigate her way through the gathering forces of ancient magic as she’s tasked by the Immortals to find the second and third hares to add to the first they present her with. The evocation of the ancient world is vibrant throughout, with a cinematic depiction of natural landscape and legend, and a strong sense of tension and peril intensifying as the novel progresses. The authors’ passion for ancient Chinese culture and love of fantasy is abundantly apparent.
Maud Montague loves her new school, Rotwood. But she'll only be allowed to stay if she can convince her terrifying teacher she's a real monster. Will she prove she's top of fright class or will she get sent back to her boring old normal school, Primrose Towers? Big Fright is the first in the scarily sensational Monstrous Maud series. Fans of Horrid Henry will love these frighteningly good books, perfect for engaging young readers.Click here to see the other books in the series!
A jungle of man-eating plants has spread across the playing fields of Rotwood, forcing the school to hold its sports day at Primrose Towers instead. With the monsters of Rotwood and the girls of Primrose Towers going head to head, who will triumph? The second in the scarily sensational Monstrous Maud series. Fans of Horrid Henry will love these frighteningly good books, perfect for engaging young readers.Click here to see the other books in the series!
The sixth book in A. B. Saddlewick's terrifyingly terrific Monstrous Maud series. Fans of Horrid Henry will love these frighteningly good books, perfect for engaging young readers. If Maud canÊ¼t find a talent for the show, everyone will find out she isnÊ¼t a monster and is really a human girl. Will her cover be blown and will she have to leave Rotwood? Find out what happens to Maud and Quentin at the talent show in this monstrously good adventure!
Emily Knight is back in all her brilliant, brave glory! She’s a fabulously inspirational heroine of colour, a girl who’s not afraid to take on even the most perilous of missions. Even though she’d “lost count of the nightmares she’d had since her encounter with Neci, the deadliest warrior to exist”, Emily steps-up to the mark when Neci returns, set on war and destruction, with Emily a main target. An action-packed race against time soon kicks-off, with lively, engaging dialogue peppering the pacey plot, and some heart-warming moments of love and friendship running alongside the drama.
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children’s lives. Amanda and her imaginary friend Rudger have the best of times playing together. While Amanda’s mother accepts the existence of Rudger she can’t actually see him. He is only visible to Amanda until the sinister Mr Bunting and the pale girl who travels with him turn up on the doorstep. Mr Bunting is searching out imaginaries with sinister intentions. When Amanda is hit by a car Rudger goes on the run and learns the rules of being an imaginary. Emily Gravett’s illustrations capture the hazy world of the imaginaries brilliantly. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour from the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult. Bullied at school and unsupported at home, Frank makes an unusual friendship with Nick, the weird boy in her class who everyone else shuns. After Nick rescues Frank from the bullies, she goes round to his house where she discovers something very unusual. What should Frank believe about what she sees? And should she keep Nick’s secret? Levi Penfold’s illustrations add to the illusory feel of this story that tests imagination and belief and leaves the reader wondering. J
Fizzlebert Stump’s Circus is back for a second riotous show during which everything can – and does – go terribly wrong. The new act features the very, very hairy Barboozul family which includes Wystan, the bearded son. Fizzlebert - his mum is a clown and dad is a strongman - is used to oddities but he has never come across a bearded boy. Will the two become friends? Many strange things happen at the Circus before anything as obvious as that happens in a delightfully chaotic and imaginative romp. This is Fizzlebert Stump’s second adventure - which began with Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library).