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A highly original and acclaimed fantasy novel with eccentric characters, striking illustrations and a propulsive plot“[A] spellbinder”The Daily Beast“A sweeping tale. . . gorgeous illustrations”PopSugarIdentical twins Sonja and Charlotte, twelve-year-old musical prodigies, learned to play before they learned to talk. They were born on All-Hallows-Eve and found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady, in a pail on her doorstep with only a short note and a heart-shaped locket. They have been with her ever since, roaming the Outskirts with the circus company in a convoy of caravans, moving from place to place.Lately, mysterious things have begun to happen when the girls pick up their instruments. Movements, vibrations, changes in the weather. They begin to discover that they possess extraordinary powers. During one of their performances, they unintentionally levitate the entire audience—and word gets out. Soon, a troop of Enforcers from the city comes after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past.Juman Malouf, born in Lebanon, grew up in London. She has an MFA in set and costume design and has worked on a number of films including Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Trilogy of Two is her first novel.
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The classic story of seven children with a longing to be on stage: the inspiration for actors from Maggie Smith to Eileen Atkins'An enchanting book. A must for any child who wants to become an actor' --Eileen Atkins'And now,' said Nigel, 'the big event. The play, which has got to be exciting.''And serious,' added Vicky.'And colourful,' put in Sandra.'And emotional,' said Lyn.'But not sloppy,' urged Bulldog.What starts as a game during the holidays soon transforms the four girls — Lyn, Sandra, Vicky and Maddy — and three boys — Bulldog, Nigel and Jeremy — into the Blue Door Theatre Company, producing everything from scripts and sets to music and costumes. They are also learning that the show must go on, even in the face of their arch-enemy, Mrs Potter-Smith, a disapproving local institution.But what a show it will be for them all…Pamela Brown (1924–1989) was a British writer, actor and television producer. She was just fourteen when she started writing her first book, and the town of Fenchester in the book is inspired by her home town of Colchester. During the Second World War, she went to live in Wales, so The Swish of the Curtain was not published until 1941, when she was sixteen. She used the earnings from the books to train at RADA, and became an actor and a producer of children's television programmes.
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A kid named Kid, a dog named Cat, and a goat on a roofA blind skateboarding writer, an old man who can't speak (and his wife), a smartly dressed non-hamster-owner, plus Kid and her parents, are all apparently sharing their Manhattan apartment building with a mountain goat.But in all the wonders and marvels of New York City, who has time to see this impossible goat? How did the goat even get there? And is the goat really capable of something a little like magic?In this tender and hilarious tale of a misplaced animal, a road trip, and a Broadway show, neighbours who were previously strangers may find the goat is just what they needed…ANNE FLEMING is the author of Pool-Hopping and Other Stories (shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and the Governor General’s Award), Anomaly and Gay Dwarves of America. She is a long-time and highly regarded teacher of creative writing who has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Douglas College, Kwantlen University College and the Banff Centre for the Arts. The Goat is her first full-length work for young readers. Anne lives in Vancouver.
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One girl links beasts with humankind. She has the power to save them both. Or to destroy them.Erin's family have an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome serpents that form the core of their kingdom's army. So when some of the beasts mysteriously die, Erin's mother is sentenced to death as punishment. With her last breath she manages to send her daughter to safety.Alone, far from home, Erin soon discovers that she can talk to both the terrifying water serpents and the majestic flying beasts that guard her queen. This skill gives her great powers, but it also involves her in deadly plots that could cost her life. Can she save herself and prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war? Or must she face the terrible battles to come?Nahoko Uehashi is a writer of fantasy titles, whose books have sold more than a million copies in her native Japan. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, which she received for her contribution to children's literature throughout her life. She has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and has studied indigenous peoples in Australia. She lives near Tokyo, Japan.
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A YA novel about a teen who finds hope and a fresh start after a terrible loss, and learns that being strong means letting goFollowing the death of his mother, Max Friedman comes to believe that he is sharing his brain with a tumour; one that possesses a dark sense of humour and a relentless ability to tease. As Max becomes focused on controlling the malignant tenant, he starts to lose touch with his friends and family, and with reality itself -— so Max's father sends him off to the artsy Baldwin School to regain his footing.Soon, Max has joined a group of theatre misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet. He befriends Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, a boy who refuses to let go of the things he loves. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But the tumour is always lurking in the wings — until one night it knocks him down, and Max is forced to face the truth.Ready to Fall is a funny, touching story of grief, love — and the courage it takes to start afresh.'Grief becomes something oddly beautiful — and beautifully odd' Kirkus (starred review)'Rewarding and touching' Publishers Weekly (starred review)Marcella Pixley is a teacher and the author of two previous books for teens, Freak, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Without Tess. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
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A worldwide classic of children's literature – a moving, life-affirming childhood story, finally available in English againMeet Zezé – Brazil’s naughtiest and most loveable boy, his talent for mischief matched only by his great kindness. When he grows up he wants to be a ‘poet with a bow-tie’ but for now he entertains himself playing pranks on the residents of his family’s poor Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood and inventing friends to play with. That is, until he meets a real friend, and his life begins to change…My Sweet Orange Tree is a worldwide classic of children’s literature – never out of print in Brazil since it was first published in 1968, it has also been translated into an astonishing number of languages and won the hearts of millions of young readers from Korea to turkey, Poland to Thailand and in many other countries too.José Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920–84) was a Brazilian writer who worked as a sparring partner for boxers, a labourer on a banana farm, and a fisherman before he started writing at the age of 22. He is most famous for his autobiographical novel My Sweet Orange Tree, which tells the story of his own childhood in Rio de Janeiro.
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The charming story of a loyal and wrongly-accused goose, with delightful illustrations by the authorGawain is a kind, honest goose. He loves King Basil very much, and while he does sometimes long for his pond and his prize cabbages, he carries out his duties as Chief guard of the Royal treasury with utmost diligence.But then, one day, the treasure starts to disappear. As only Gawain and King Basil have the keys, and the king is beyond reproach, all eyes turn to the miserable goose. Much as Gawain protests, much as he professes his innocence, it is not to be: he is found guilty.While Gawain languishes in self-imposed exile, the real thief realises that he has done an awful wrong. But does he have what it takes to confess? Can he clear the poor goose's name and restore harmony to a kingdom?William Steig (1907–2003) was an American author and illustrator of award-winning books for children. His work started appearing in the New Yorker in 1930, and he continued to draw cartoons and illustrations for them for the next seven decades. His books include Shrek!, on which the films of the same name are based, Abel's Island and Domninic, both published by Pushkin Children's. He twice received the Newbery Honor, was awarded the Caldecott Medal, and was the US nominee for both of the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.
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A new book from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction PrizeWhen Tom meets Spider, he thinks he has found a friend for life. But their friendship doesn't run smoothly; Spider can't help being a naughty puppy, while Tom has to deal with his parents' separation, the pressure of a new school and a bully's unwanted attention.But when Tom and Spider become separated, they learn that they are far braver and more determined than anyone cold have imagined. And in losing each other, they discover an unbreakable bond of love.Andy Mulligan was brought up in south London. He has taught in the Philippines, India, Brazil, Vietnam and the UK. His first novel, Ribblestrop, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Books Prize, and his second won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Trash was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, has been translated into 31 languages and was filmed by Stephen Daldry.
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The third in a series of irresistibly charming, beautifully illustrated children's classics – the adventures of Detective Nosegoode and his talking dog, CodyAshworth has been hit by a crime wave: a gang of robbers are plotting to pinch a painting by the celebrated Bonaventure Splotch, the local chess club has been burgled and, as if that wasn’t enough, notorious pickpocket The Elusive Hand is in town too! Luckily, Ashworth can count on its most famous resident for help: the brilliant Detective Ambrosius Nosegoode.Aided by his faithful (and often very peckish) hound, Cody, Nosegoode is on the case. But can he draw the art thieves into a trap, slap a pair of cuffs on The Elusive Hand and checkmate the chess club culprits, or will all these crimes be too much, even for the greatest detective in the land?This charmingly illustrated classic of children’s literature is part of the Detective Nosegoode series.Marian Orłoń (1932–1990) worked as a teacher, and then a librarian while pursuing an extremely successful career as a children’s writer. His subtle sense of humour and exciting plots made the stories in his Detective Nosegoode series bestsellers in Poland. His books have now been translated into six languages. In 1981 he was given Poland’s highest literary honour, the Council of Ministers Award, for his life’s work.
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The second in a series of irresistibly charming, beautifully illustrated children's classics – the adventures of Detective Nosegoode and his talking dog, CodyDetective Nosegoode is very proud that his faithful hound Cody makes an appearance in the new book Portraits of Extraordinary Dogs.But with Cody’s newfound fame as ‘the world’s most extraordinary dog’ comes danger… A mysterious letter arrives, inviting Detective Nosegoode to a meeting at the secluded Birch Grove, and when he returns his canine companion is nowhere to be found!Detective Nosegoode immediately sets to work, determined to use his legendary sleuthing skills to track down the culprits and save his friend. But the puzzle is a tricky one. Who are the mysterious letter- writers? Why have they taken Cody? And, most importantly of all, where are they hiding him?This charmingly illustrated classic of children’s literature is part of the Detective Nosegoode series.Marian Orłoń (1932–1990) worked as a teacher, and then a librarian while pursuing an extremely successful career as a children’s writer. His subtle sense of humour and exciting plots made the stories in his Detective Nosegoode series bestsellers in Poland. His books have now been translated into six languages. In 1981 he was given Poland’s highest literary honour, the Council of Ministers Award, for his life’s work.
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A captivating mystery adventure story, with gorgeously detailed black-and-white illustrations throughoutSally Jones is an extraordinary ape and a loyal friend. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder.For Sally Jones this is the start of a quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their own secrets.Jakob Wegelius is a Swedish writer and illustrator. The Murderer's Ape was a bestseller in Sweden and Germany, won the August Prize for Best Children's Book, the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and is an International Youth Library White Raven selection.
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The delightful tale of a wandering good samaritan dog, by the author of Shrek!Dominic has decided it is time for a change. So he packs up his hats and his piccolo, and sets off into the unknown. But no sooner does he feel the air on his snout and the grass beneath his paws, than disaster strikes: he encounters the dreaded Doomsday Gang.But Dominic is not one to complain – and nor is he one to lose a fight. As legend of his victory over the villains spreads, more and more creatures turn to him for help: a 158-year-old turtle, a heartbroken wild boar, and a family of grateful geese all encounter Dominic's heroism and generosity.But his trials are far from over: the Doomsday Gang is alive and kicking, and how can one young dog face a mob of hooligans alone?William Steig (1907–2003) was an American author and illustrator of award-winning books for children. His work started appearing in the New Yorker in 1930, and he continued to draw cartoons and illustrations for them for the next seven decades. His books include Shrek!, on which the films of the same name are based, Abel's Island and The Real Thief, both published by Pushkin Children's. He twice received the Newbery Honor, was awarded the Caldecott Medal, and was the US nominee for both of the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.
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The first in a series of irresistibly charming, beautifully illustrated children's classics – the adventures of Detective Nosegoode and his talking dog, CodyThe famous detective Ambrosius Nosegoode is enjoying a quiet retirement in his cottage in the lazy town of Lower Limewood, along with his faithful dog Cody, who is remarkable in many ways – not least that he can talk!But soon the peace is disturbed by a mysterious crime – Mr Swallowtail’s music box has been stolen from Ignatius Blossom’s workshop. Detective Nosegoode is called in to investigate, and Cody is determined to help him sniff out the solution to this puzzle. What is the secret of the music box, and who stole it? Could it be the mysterious stranger, Blackbeard? And, most importantly, when will Cody get his dinner?This charmingly illustrated classic of children’s literature is the first in the Detective Nosegoode series.Marian Orłoń (1932–1990) worked as a teacher, and then a librarian while pursuing an extremely successful career as a children’s writer. His subtle sense of humour and exciting plots made the stories in his Detective Nosegoode series bestsellers in Poland. His books have now been translated into six languages. In 1981 he was given Poland’s highest literary honour, the Council of Ministers Award, for his life’s work.
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How do you know what you are missing if you can't remember having it?Every seven years something disappears in the remote town of Sterling: people's reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realises that her mother may be to blame for the curse. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden – and one young woman's desire to uncover the truth may not be enough to save Sterling from the past.A beautifully told story of love, loss and finding the truth – no matter how difficult that may be.Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She loves books, macarons, Japanese karaoke and exploring new cities, and is a long-time volunteer with Love146, a non-profit that fights child trafficking. Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family, where you can find her working on her second YA novel – somewhere between the bakery and the beach.
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Winner of the Newbery Medal and Honor: a heartwarming tale of one mouse's struggle to go home, with delightful illustrations by the authorAbel has been happily married to Amanda for over a year. He has a comfortable home, an allowance from his mother, and no reason to worry. But one summer afternoon, a sudden storm blows away Amanda's scarf. Abel rushes after it – and is swept away by the wind.When he finally comes to rest, he finds himself marooned on an uninhabited island. Ever resourceful, he is sure he will escape. He tries everything – bridges, boats, catapults, stepping stones – but gradually comes to realise that there is no way out…As the winter draws in, the canny mouse must endure hunger, danger, and the ever-present threat of an owl with nasty intentions. And will he ever get home? Will he see his beloved Amanda once more?William Steig (1907–2003) was an American author and illustrator of award-winning books for children. His books include Shrek!, on which the films of the same name are based, Dominic and The Real Thief, both published by Pushkin Children's. He twice received the Newbery Honor, was awarded the Caldecott Medal, and was the US nominee for both of the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.
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A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story – winner of France's biggest prize for teen and YA fictionMireille, Astrid and Hakima have just been voted the three ugliest girls in school by their classmates on Facebook. But does that mean they're going to sit around crying about it?…Well, maybe a little, but not for long! Climbing onto their bikes, the friends set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris. The girls will find fame, friendship and happiness on their journey, and still have time to eat a mountain of food (and drink the odd glass of wine) along the way. But will they really be able to leave all their troubles behind?Piglettes is a hilarious, beautiful and uplifting story of three girls who are determined not to let online bullying get them down.Clémentine Beauvais (born 1989) is a French author living in the UK. She writes books in both French and English, for a variety of ages, and is a lecturer at the University of York. Piglettes won four prizes in France, including the biggest book prize for young adult fiction, the Prix Sorcières. Film and stage versions are also in production. Now Clémentinee has translated her book into English!
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The founding story of the Red Abbey Chronicles, Naondel is a spellbinding tale of finding strength in friendship and never giving up hope, even in the darkest of timesIn the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey.Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power.But the women have powers too. One is a healer. One can control dreams. One is a warrior. One can see everything that is coming.In their golden prison, the women wait. They plan. They write down their stories. They dream of a refuge, a safe place where girls can be free.And, finally, when the moon glows red, they will have their revenge.Maria Turtschaninoff was born in 1977 and has been writing fairy tales since she was five. She is the author of many books about magical worlds, has been awarded the Swedish YLE Literature Prize and has twice won the Society of Swedish Literature Prize. She has also been nominated for the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Naondel is part of the Red Abbey Chronicles which began with Maresi.
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The Nizamuddin cats' first great battle is over, but now their home is under threat in this pulsating sequel to Nilanjana Roy's brilliant debutThe Nizamuddin cat clan are licking their wounds, recovering after their terrible battle with the ferals from The Shuttered House. But soon they find their beloved Delhi neighbourhood changing around them, and they encounter new enemies – vicious dogs, snakes and humans. Unless Mara, a young ginger kitten, can use her powers as a Sender to help the clan find a safe haven, the small band of cats will be wiped out for good.Led by the plucky Southpaw, the cats set out on a perilous journey through India's urban jungle in search of a new home, meeting new loyal friends, and deadly foes, along the way.The Hundred Names of Darkness concludes the thrilling story that began with The Wildings.Nilanjana Roy spent most of her adult life writing about humans before realising that animals were much more fun. She writes a regular column for the Business Standard and the International Herald Tribune, and some of her stories for children have been published in Scholastic's Spooky Stories, Science Fiction Stories and Be Witched. She also writes for The New York Times, Granta, Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post and the BBC. She has worked extensively on free speech, censorship and feminist issues in India. The Girl Who Ate Books: Adventures in Reading, a collection of Nilanjana's essays, will be published by 4thEstate. She lives in Delhi with her husband where they are jointly owned by two cats.
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First publication of the third book in Cornelia Funke's internationally bestselling Reckless seriesTHE WORLDS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR ARE ABOUT TO COLLIDE. AND THERE'S NOTHING JACOB CAN DO TO STOP THEM.After a perilous encounter with an Alder Elf – an immortal, trickturning creature to whom he owes a great debt – Jacob must journey back into the enchanted Mirrorworld once again. Together with Fox, his beautiful shapeshifting friend, Jacob has no choice but to follow his brother on the trail of the Dark Fairy, who has fled deep into the East: to a land of folklore, Cossacks, spies, time-eating witches and flying carpets. But what exactly is the Dark One running from? Could it be the same danger that threatens Jacob and Fox?The third book in the series, The Golden Yarn is a thrilling tale of courage and fear, jealousy and forbidden desire; in which love has the power both to save a life – and to destroy it.Cornelia Funke is the highly acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord and numerous other children's novels and picture books. Born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten, she worked as a social worker for a few years before turning first to illustration and then to writing. Her books have now sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 37 languages.
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