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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
An exciting new stand-alone adventure by the author of The Letter for the King'WE HAVE SECRETS TO UNRAVEL AND MYSTERIES TO SOLVE…'Deep in the woods, in a crooked house full of stairs, a young boy is kept prisoner by his uncle. He cannot meet other children, or have any friends. He holds the key to a secret.Meanwhile, in a quiet village, Frans the schoolteacher invents incredible stories of perilous deeds, shipwrecks, desert islands, and haunted castles to entertain his pupils in which he is the hero. Then one stormy evening, a mysterious letter blows onto his doormat, summoning him to a meeting.Suddenly, Frans is on a real-life mission, one in which he will encounter magicians, secret passages, conspiracies, hidden treasures, a black cat with green eyes and a sealed parchment which predicts the future.Tonke Dragt was born in 1930 in Indonesia. When she was twelve, she was imprisoned in a Japanese camp during the war, where she wrote her very first book using begged and borrowed paper. After the war, she and her family moved to the Netherlands, where she became an art teacher. In 1962 she published her most famous story, The Letter for the King, which won the Children's Book of the Year Award and has been translated into sixteen languages; its sequel, The Secrets of the Wild Wood, followed in 1965, and both are published by Pushkin Press. Dragt was awarded the State Prize for Youth Literature in 1976 and was knighted in 2001.
A fresh translation of the classic fairy tale of courage and a sister's loveA king has eleven sons and one daughter—Elisa. When he marries an evil woman, she turns the princes into swans and banishes the princess from the palace.After years of loneliness and sorrow, Elisa finds her beloved brothers again. But the spell that has been cast on them is powerful, and the price of returning her brothers to human form might be too much for her to bear.The Wild Swans is the story of a sister’s love for her brothers— and her fight to save them, whatever it may cost.This volume also includes The Nightingale, Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale of song and salvation.Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) is one of the best-loved tellers of fairy tales. He was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker. The king helped to pay for his education, enabling him to become a short-story writer, novelist and playwright. Hans Christian Andersen remains best known for his fairy tales, which include The Red Shoes, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
Dare you follow your dreams?A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVEThe Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air – just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace.A BABY NO ONE WANTED>/p>Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings.A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURETo find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods. A realm of magic and terror, life and death.But can he bear the truth – or will it destroy him?>/p>A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLDGreater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods…Malcolm McNeill was born in England in 1976 and grew up in Scotland. Since then he has travelled widely in the world, but recently decided it would be best to return to his roots. The Beginning Woods is his first book.
A hilarious adventure with an elephant, written by 'Argentina's Lewis Carroll'What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a huge and lonely elephant at your door? An elephant with a letter hanging from its ear, saying: “My name is Dailan Kifki, and I beg you not to be alarmed at the fact that I'm an elephant…”? Well, you would probably adopt him too, wouldn't you?But when Dailan Kifki falls ill and ends up at the top of a tree, only the fire brigade can get him down. Unfortunately, the fireman who arrives seems more interested in flying away with the elephant than bringing him back to earth…And so a charming, surreal and very funny adventure begins, complete with fold-up forests, a grumpy dwarf, an unhelpful brother and a highly suspicious umbrella.María Elena Walsh (1930 – 2011) was an Argentinian poet, novelist, musician, playwright, writer and composer, mainly known for her songs and books for children. She was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, and one of the songs she wrote became a civil rights anthem during the military dictatorship in Argentina. She wrote more than 40 children's books over her lifetime, and was considered a 'living legend, cultural hero [and] crest of nearly every childhood'.
A full-blooded feline action-adventure, set amidst the crumbling ruins of Delhi's old Nizamuddin quarter A small band of cats lives in the labyrinthine alleys and ruins of Nizamuddin, an old neighbourhood in Delhi. Miao, the clan elder, a wise, grave Siamese, Katar, a cat loved by his followers and feared by his enemies, Hulo, the great warrior tom, Beraal, the beautiful queen, swift and deadly when challenged, Southpaw, the kitten whose curiosity can always be counted on to get him into trouble… Unfettered and wild, these and the other members of the tribe fear no one, go where they will, and do as they please. Until, one day, a terrified orange-coloured kitten with monsoon green eyes and remarkable powers lands in their midst – setting off a series of extraordinary events that will change their world for ever. Nilanjana Roy spent most of her adult life writing about humans before realizing that animals were much more fun, The Wildingsis her first novel. She writes a regular column for theBusiness Standardand theInternational Herald Tribune, and some of her stories for children have been published in Scholastic's Spooky Stories,Science Fiction Stories and Be Witched. She lives in Delhi with two cats and her husband.
Clara sees the world through animal eyes, as she is drawn further into the Wildwitch universe, and towards a battle with a new, powerful enemyA sparrow flitting under the forest canopy, a snake slithering on its belly across a carpet of leaves, a hawk swooping down on a squirrel: Clara finds herself drawn into a variety of animal minds and caught up in a deadly dance of predator and prey.The dramatic and mysterious third part in the Wildwitch story sees Clara discover more about her magical powers and about herself, as an unexpected and frightening new danger emerges from the shadows.Award-winning and highly acclaimed writer of fantasy, Lene Kaaberbøl was born in 1960, grew up in the Danish countryside and had her first book published at the age of 15. Since then she has written more than 30 books for children and young adults. Lene's huge international breakthrough came with The Shamer Chronicles, which is published in more than 25 countries selling over a million copies worldwide.
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