And when it opens, four mysterious figures step into the streets of London. A wizard, an ogre, a fey and a young hag have come to find the prince of their kingdom, stolen as a baby nine years before. But the prince has become a horrible rich boy called Raymond Trottle, who doesn't understand magic and is determined not to be rescued.
The Secret of Platform 13 is an exciting magical adventure from Eva Ibbotson, the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, in a special edition illustrated by Beatriz Castro. A special 15th anniversary edition of this award-winning classic adventure from Eva Ibbotson in which orphaned Maia travels from England to the Amazon with her governess.
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Reading the three stories in this excellent collection reminds one again of what an extremely fine author Eva Ibbotson was, how beautifully she wrote, and how bold she was in her storytelling. All three stories are set in Vienna, where Ibbotson grew up, as preparations for Christmas take place. Christmas in Vienna sounds wonderful, but these preparations are not without tension and even trauma for the principal characters involved. Fortunately, each Christmas, when it finally arrives, is happy and joyful, if in a totally unexpected way. Funny, surprising, and serious too, these are very special stories indeed.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize A Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection - Fluent Readers Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. Every year at the Summer Meeting of Unusual Creatures the annual task is set.
This year, the task is formidable! Ivo, an un-magical boy, a hag, a troll and a wizard all set about it with the greatest misgivings. The question is, once they have got their courage up, will they succeed? Oppressed by her mean-spirited father and aunt, teenager Harriet is finally driven to rebel and runs away with a troupe of Russian ballerinas, all the way to the city of Manaus. There she falls in love with another runaway, the handsome Rom. Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is missing.
Meanwhile, the heiress herself is enjoying a secret life working backstage at the Viennese opera. Can the two lives be kept separate forever? Evocative descriptions of the contrasts between the two worlds provide a vivid background for a romp of a read. Set in the s Tessa is a beautiful young girl who takes on a new identity.
Her secret safely hidden until one day her life collides with a handsome man. In escaping her inheritance with this man she finds her destiny. To escape the Nazis she marries a family friend, paleontologist Quinton Somerville.
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When divorce proves harder to get than either of them imagined, fate throws them together and gives them time to fall in love. Ruth and Quint are delightful characters, as are the supporting cast of relations — passionate Viennese and reserved British. This is a beguiling story of a young Russian countess who loses everything in her homeland but finds sanctuary in England as a house maid in an aristocratic household.
The trappings of her childhood of privilege are a distant memory but then she falls in love forbidden of course for she is a servant girl with the young Earl of the family who is already spoken for, Anna must decide whether to risk losing everything or reveal her true identity in the hope of ensnaring the love of her life. As with all Eva's novels, the writing and characterisation is sublime. Eva Ibbotson is so clever at capturing moments in history and weaving a story around them and her characters too are so real you feel you can reach out and touch them.
Here in A Song for Summer is absolutely no exception.
A growing friendship leads to romance but at what price. Eva Ibbotson is one of those rare authors that really delivers believable and utterly captivating characters. Her setting is a castle that is quite fantastical, with some incredibly funny ghosts. A rollercoaster of a read. Eva Ibbotson is the author of numerous award winning novels for children including this, a new cover edition of one of her spookiest and most fantastical adventures in which three kidnapped children must save themselves and their new friends they meet on the bizarre island they are taken to.
As with all Eva Ibbotson's novels for children, she draws the reader in through the strength of her storytelling and superb characterisation. A wonderful, magical adventure spins out of a school story with a difference. But Delderton Hall is a very special school with interesting staff and pupils and loads of scope for imagination and creativity.
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Tally organises a trip to the Kingdom of Bergania where she befriends the prince and soon finds herself swept up in a thrilling and dangerous adventure. Meet Tally, who is sent away because of the war to the depths of Devon to an anything but ordinary boarding school. In fact way more than she bargained for — survival and friendship are tested to the absolute limit and beyond.
This is a modern classic in the making with all the hallmarks of prize winner written all over it. Journey to the River Sea is about orphaned London schoolgirl, Maia, who, accompanied by her strict but kind governess, is sent to live with her ghastly relatives in South America.
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Unlike her nature-phobic relatives, Maia loves her exotic, colourful new world. This is a journey of the spirit as well as the globe and the way Maia unfurls like a flower with each new adventure and encounter is one of the many reasons Journey to the River Sea is a classic. A warm, joyous book to be enjoyed by any generation. A beautiful new cover edition of this enthralling adventure set in turn-of-the-century Vienna.
From the author of the bestselling Journey to the River Sea. A new cover edition of this award-winning classic adventure from Eva Ibbotson in which orphaned Maia travels from England to the Amazon with her governess. It also carries a strong message about the need for humans to leave nature alone and especially to protect the survival of all kinds of endangered species — real and imaginary! This early novel, never submitted for publication, contains all the trademark qualities that made Eva's subsequent books so successful; comedy, loveable and eccentric characters, perfectly-crafted plotting, and inspiring themes of tolerance, kindness to animals, and the defeat of cruelty.
July Book of the Month. The manuscript of The Abominables was discovered among Eva Ibbotson's papers by her son after her death aged 85 in It's an early novel written well over 10 years ago that was never submitted for publication. However, it contains all the trademark qualities that made Eva's subsequent books including Journey to the River Sea and One Dog and his Boy so successful; comedy, loveable and eccentric characters, perfectly-crafted plotting, and inspiring themes of tolerance, kindness to animals, and the defeat of cruelty. Sharon Rentta, who drew the superb dog characters for One Dog and his Boy has illustrated it.
It's a wonderful story and a classic in the making.
Other titles from Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Books for include All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house and disturb their busy routine. When they discover East Pets, they hire Hal a dog for a weekend thinking that will do the trick. Hal takes matters into his own hands. Soon Hal and all the dogs he has released from Easy Pets are out on the road — with a price on their head.
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How Hal makes his escape is both thrilling and moving as it marks his growth from sadness to great happiness. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed selection. Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. Click here to view other novels by the wonderfully talented Eva Ibbotson. Chosen by Anne Fine. A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
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