The second book in the Tales of the Otori trilogy continues the epic story of Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede, the young lovers whose fate is played out in an ancient Oriental world, where ritualised codes of high honour counter the cruelty of savage bloodfeuds. Takeo has pledged his life to the Tribe, a secret clan of spies and assassins who claim his legendary supernatural skills for their own ruthless purposes, in doing so he must deny his birthright as an Otori lord and his love for Kaede. If he does not serve them, the Tribe will kill him. Kaede, separated from Takeo, must use her intelligence, beauty and cunning to assert her place in a world of allpowerful men who must never know that she is carrying Takeo's child. In growing from boy to man, Takeo must make a choice and the dangerous path he undertakes is a journey of high adventure, treachery and passion that establishes this extraordinary trilogy as one of the most brilliant and enduring works of modern fiction. GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, the sequel to ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, is one of the most eagerlyawaited novels of 2003. Lian Hearn has created a brilliantly imagined culture. Here is epic storytelling whose appeal crosses genres, genders and generations.
Riley Bloom died, aged twelve, in a car crash with her parents and her beloved dog Buttercup. Her sister Ever survived – but that’s another story. Riley must let go of Ever and all the things that tied her to life – and discover what she’s meant to be in the afterlife. Riley is a soul catcher. That means helping the unhappy lost souls who stick around in the human realm to move on – and find their own place, over the bridge, in the great hereafter. With her spirit guide, Bodhi, and Buttercup by her side, Riley embarks on an adventure that will take her around the world – sending ghosts back where they belong, until she can finally make it there herself.
The third book in Gwyneth Rees’s bestselling ‘Mum’ series Esmie has always longed for a new mum, since her real mother died when she was a baby. So when Lizzie moves in, Esmie is delighted. Surely it can only be a matter of time before Dad proposes and Lizzie becomes an official mum. So why does Matty, Esmie’s brother, suddenly have cold feet about the whole thing? But Esmie has even more pressing problems: like the discovery of her mother’s old jewellery box that leads to a mystery about her past. And then there’s Esmie’s friendship with a new girl in the street who claims to have psychic powers…. Esmie has always loved mysteries – but never before have her detective skills been so thoroughly put to the test! Biographies Gwyneth Rees is half Welsh and half English and was brought up in Scotland. She is a qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist and has worked in various places, including Birmingham and London. The author of MERMAIDS, FAIRY DUST, FAIRY TREASURE, FAIRY DREAMS, FAIRY GOLD, COSMO AND THE MAGIC SNEEZE, COSMO AND THE GREAT WITCH ESCAPE, THE MUM HUNT (winner of the Younger Novel category at the Red House Children's Book Awards 2004), THE MUM DETECTIVE, THE MUM SURPRISE (WBD 2006), MY MUM'S FROM PLANET PLUTO and THE MAKING OF MAY, Gwyneth is now writing fulltime. She lives in London with her two cats.
When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car – and it wants to be back on the road again . . . fast! The Tootings can haul on the steering wheel and pull the handbrake as hard as they like, but their camper van now has a mind of her own. It’s not long before they’re hurtling along on a turbocharged chase as Chitty tracks down her long-lost bodywork. But there are sinister forces at work too. When it comes to a car as special as Chitty, everybody wants a piece of her . . .
I'm gonna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching. Ain't nothing moving down there. The valley look pretty bare in the snow. Just the house grey and lonely down by the river all frozen. I got to think what I'm gonna do now that everyone gone. But I got my dog head on. The dog gonna tell me what to do. The dog gonna help me. The house look proper empty - don't it dog? You just sit quiet in these rocks Willo. Set in the haunting and barren landscape of a new ice age, AFTER THE SNOW is the story of fifteen-year-old Willo, a 'straggler' kid who loses his family in the opening pages. Completely alone, he is immediately flung into an icy journey of survival, adventure, friendship and self-discovery - with only the dog spirit inside his head to guide him. Meanwhile, across Britain, outlawed followers of survivalist John Blovyn are planning an escape to the fabled Islands talked of in a revolutionary book . . .
Thoughtful, brave and sassy, Ugenia Lavender is one amazing kid. With loads of energy, tons of attitude and brainwaves like thunderbolts of lightning, Ugenia leaps into adventures that are as packed with personality as their creator, Geri Halliwell. Each book in the series contains three stories plus Ugenia’s Big News, Top Tips and extra Brain Squeezer puzzle pages. Book 1 How will Ugenia Lavender fit in as the new girl at school? Does she ever discover the meaning of the 'lovely illness'? And can she rescue celebrity chef, Uncle Harry, from a big mixup?
Thoughtful, brave and sassy, Ugenia Lavender is one amazing kid. With bags of energy, heaps of attitude and brainwaves like thunderbolts of lightning, Ugenia leaps into adventures that are not only full of fun, but which also contain a great message: that every child is special and capable of great things! With three stories, plus Ugenia’s Big News, Top Tips and extra puzzle pages in each book, UGENIA LAVENDER will delight children and adults alike. In Book 2, Ugenia battles a rival for the role of leading lady in the class play, rescues a fearsome tiger from the circus, and discovers that popularity isn’t always quite what it’s cracked up to be!
Two bothers, Damian and Anthony, are unwittingly caught up in a train robbery during Britain's countdown to join the Euro. Suddenly finding themselves with a vast amount of cash, the boys have just one glorious, appalling dilemma – how to spend it in the few days before it becomes worthless. Torn between the vices of buying a million pizzas and the virtues of ending world poverty, the boys soon discover that being rich is a mug's game. For not only is the clock ticking – the bungling bank robbers are closing in. Pizzas or World Peace, what would you choose?
Avalon High, Ellie's new school, is pretty much what she'd expected. There's Lance, the hunky footballer. Jennifer, the cute cheerleader. Marco, the troublemaker. And then there's Will - the most gorgeous guy Ellie's ever met. She can hardly believe he likes HER. When Will says he thinks he's met Ellie before, things start getting a little weird. A feeling that grows as Ellie discovers the strange bonds that entwine Will, Lance, Jen, Marco - and herself. As darkness turns to danger, can Ellie stop the horrific chain of events that is about to engulf them all . . .
A third delightful and exciting novel in Gwyneth Rees's best-selling Fairy series. Evie gets a wonderful surprise when she goes to stay at her grandma's house. Fairies appear in the night. They are dream fairies and they live at the bottom of Evie's bed. Even better, Evie can go and have magical adventures with them in fairyland! Soon Evie discovers that Grandma can see the fairies too. But will they still be there when Grandma returns from hospital - and how can Evie make sure that their special brand of fairy magic will stay with Grandma forever?
The fifth exciting, fairy-filled title in Gwyneth Rees’s bestselling series After a bad asthma attack Maddie spends the summer holidays at her grandparents’ house. As usual, her mother is very overprotective, so Maddie is thrilled to meet Poppy, a flower fairy, out in the woods. Poppy only has one wing so she can’t fly, but soon she and Maddie are having lots of fun together. When Poppy’s best fairy friends Primrose and Daisy disappear, Maddie and Poppy set off into the woods to track them down. But book fairies, dream fairies and tooth fairies have mysteriously vanished too – and Maddy soon finds herself on an exciting and daring rescue mission! Biographies Gwyneth Rees is half Welsh and half English and grew up in Scotland. She went to Glasgow University and qualified as a doctor in 1990. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist but has now stopped practising so that she can write full-time. She is the author of MERMAID MAGIC, FAIRY DUST, FAIRY TREASURE, COSMO AND THE MAGIC SNEEZE and, for older readers, THE MUM HUNT, THE MUM DETECTIVE and MY MUM’S FROM PLANET PLUTO. She lives in London with her two cats.
A gently entertaining and charming fairy story that also deals cleverly with a young child's real problems and emotions. Connie is not a child who likes books. So she's not too pleased when she's sent to stay with her eccentric author aunt. But then Connie meets Ruby –– a book-fairy –– in the dusty old library. Ruby is in trouble: she has broken fairy-law by trying to take something –– a piece of jewellery –– back to fairyland through the 'gateway' of a fairy-dust-sprinkled book. And now the jewellery has disappeared and Ruby can't get back home! Can Connie help Ruby find the missing jewellery before the doorway to fairyland is closed forever? Biographies Gwyneth Rees is half Welsh and half English and was brought up in Scotland. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and has worked in various places, including Birmingham and London. The author of MERMAIDS, THE MUM HUNT, MY MUM'S FROM PLANET PLUTO and FAIRY DUST, Gwyneth is now writing full-time. She lives in London with two cats.
Daniel knows that his mum was very ill once mentally ill. She's fine now, and she's even landed a big new job as a head teacher. The problem is, she's head of his new school! It's so embarrassing everyone is going to tease him. But then things get even tougher for Daniel. With his father abroad, his mum stops taking the medication that prevents her illness coming back. As she starts behaving more and more weirdly, Daniel realizes that something is terribly wrong. And that he is the only person who can help her. . . Biographies Gwyneth Rees is half Welsh and half English and was brought up in Scotland. She is a child and adolescent psychologist and has worked in various places, including Birmingham and London. The author of MERMAID MAGIC, FAIRY DUST, FAIRY TREASURE, COSMO AND THE MAGIC SNEEZE and THE MUM HUNT, Gwyneth is now writing full time. She lives in London with her two cats
Molly is living in Briersville Park with her mother, Lucy Logan, after the revelations following their adventures in Hollywood. But Molly and her dog Petula are mysteriously abducted and whisked back in time to nineteenthcentury India, where Molly must focus her attention and test her hypnotic powers to the limit yet again! A superrich and cruel maharaja is enraged that Molly ruined his plans by stopping time and preventing Primo Cell from becoming the President of America. Now the maharaja has mastered the art of TimeTravel Hypnosis and plans to kidnap Molly at an early age so that she can never find the book of hypnotism which taught her how to use her amazing skills. Molly, Rocky and Petula find themselves in a strange time and place with their childhood selves in desperate danger, in a fantastic new adventure from an exciting writer whose popularity grows with every book.
Somewhere between France and England there is an island that no one has ever bothered to discover. On it lives Wilma Tenderfoot, a determined tenyear old girl who dreams of one day becoming a WorldFamous Detective. So she can't help thinking it's destiny when, dispatched from the Institute for Woeful Children to her new home as a livein skivvy, she discovers that the genius gentleman detective Theodore P. Goodman lives next door. A tenyearold girl of great determination (and her pet beagle, Pickle) and a WorldFamous Detective of great repute might not be the most obvious crimesolving duo – but Wilma Tenderfoot is not about to let that put either of them off! And it looks like their first dastardly case is about to begin . . . Feisty but funny, cheeky but charming – Wilma Tenderfoot and her unique mysterysolving methodology is hard to resist!
The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . . The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.
When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton sees Lucas Delos for the first time she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands. With an ancient curse making them loathe one another, Lucas and Helen have to keep their distance. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen . . .
A funpacked spinoff to Gwyneth Rees's bestselling FAIRY series. Gwyneth Rees's FAIRY novels sell in everincreasing numbers. Now all the fun of the fairies is translated into a spinoff, companion nonfiction book that will entertain Gwyneth's young fans for hours. Packed with fairy quizzes, crosswords, jokes, puzzles of every kind and much, much more THE MAGICAL BOOK OF FAIRY FUN brings together all Gwyneth's favourite fairy characters from the four novels in a completely new and entertaining way. Biographies Gwyneth Rees is half Welsh and half English and grew up in Scotland. She is the author of the bestselling FAIRY series, comprising FAIRY DUST, FAIRY TREASURE, FAIRY DREAMS and FAIRY GOLD, as well as THE MUM HUNT (which won the Young Novel Category of the Red House Children's Book Award 2004) and its sequel THE MUM DETECTIVE. THE MUM SURPRISE was selected as a 2006 World Book Day title. Her other books include MERMAID MAGIC, MY MUM'S FROM PLANET PLUTO and THE MAKING OF MAY. She lives in West London (with her two cats).
Sixteen year-old Anya's parents have been murdered because her father was the head of a notorious underworld gang. Now she is determined to keep herself and her siblings away from that world. But her father’s relatives aren't so keen to let them go. When Anya’s violent ex-boyfriend is poisoned with contaminated chocolate - chocolate that is produced illegally by Anya’s criminal family - she is arrested for attempted murder. Disconcertingly, it is the new D.A. in town who releases her from jail, but her freedom comes with conditions. The D.A. is the father of Win, a boy at school to whom Anya feels irresistibly drawn. Win’s father won’t risk having his political ambitions jeopardised by his son seeing a member of a crime family. She is to stay away with him. Anya knows she risks her freedom and the safety of her brother and sister by seeing Win again. Neither the D.A. nor the underworld will allow it. But the feeling between them is so strong that she may be unable to resist him . . .
Anna, a young countess, has lived in the glittering city of St Petersburg all her life in an iceblue palace overlooking the River Neva. But when revolution tears Russia apart, her nowpenniless family is forced to flee to England. Armed with an outofdate book on housekeeping, Anna determines to become a housemaid and she finds work at the Earl of Westerholme’s crumbling but magnificent mansion. The staff and the family are sure there is something not quite right about their new maid – but she soon wins them over with her warmth and dedication. Then the young Earl returns home from the war – and Anna falls hopelessly in love. But they can never be together: Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel – and anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks . . .
‘You’re not Mia Thermopolis any more, honey,’ Dad said. ‘You’re Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo. Princess of Genovia.’ A PRINCESS?? ME??? Yeah. Right. One minute Mia’s a totally normal Manhattan 14yearold. Next minute she’s heir to the throne of Genovia, being trailed by a triggerhappy bodyguard, taking princess lessons with her bonkers old grandmere, and having a makeover with someone called Paolo. Well, her dad can lecture her till he’s royalblue in the face, but no way is Mia going to turn herself into a stylequeen. And they think she’s moving to Genovia? Er, hello?
Suze should be on cloud nine. She's going out with Jesse, the most gorgeous ghost of all time. But her fellow mediator, Paul Slater, wants Suze all to himself, and he’s hellbent on making the happy couple ancient history. When creepy Paul threatens to travel back in time and stop Jesse from dying, Suze is seriously spooked. Her boyfriend has a ghost of a chance to live again – but it would be without her. So what will Jesse choose? Life – or love?
12yearold Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing. Karim longs to play football with his mates – being stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents is driving him crazy. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that’s the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed buildings makes a brilliant den. But in this city there’s constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew it seems impossible that he will survive . . . A LITTLE PIECE OF GROUND is an exciting, enlightening and important story that brings to life the reality of events reported daily in the news, and will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts affecting our world today. 'A fine book, and a daring book' Michael Morpurgo 'This book must go down as a brave, serious and successful attempt to reach out and have this story heard' Michael Rosen, Books for Keeps 'A Little Piece of Ground has the same rights as any other book to be on the shelves of shops and libraries. I also think that by reading books like this, and acknowledging other points of view, it will be easier for both sides to understand each other' Jewish Chronicle (14yearold reader.)
When a Hag, an orphan boy and a troll called Ulf get sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they expect it to be a fairly standard magical mission. But the ogre is depressed, the princess doesn’t want to be rescued – and the ogre’s dead wife is turning in her grave. The Norns who rule their fates decide to take things in hand – will the Ogre meet a bloody end, or will he get a happy ending?