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By Geraldine McCaughrean. 2018
Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal! New from Michael L. Printz Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean comes an extraordinary story of…eight boys stranded on a rock in the middle of the sea, left to fight for their survival.Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is.Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned—cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.
By Jan Nash. 2020
Draped in themes of first love and family, secrets and malevolence, and swirling through an exhilarating dream world full of…danger, violence, and love, Jan Nash's exciting debut is a high-stakes adventure full of suspense, romance, and magic. Finn Driscoll is counting down the days until she can leave for college. With her beloved brother, Noah, in a coma and her high school social life sinking every day, she’s ready for a fresh start. Until the night she sees Noah in a dream. He begs for her help. At first, she shakes it off as just a nightmare. Then it happens again. And again. Frightened, Finn confides in her grandmother, only to learn the shocking truth about her family. They’re Dreamwalkers--heroes who step into the River of Dreams and fight the monsters in other people’s nightmares, freeing them to face the problems in their real lives.Awake or asleep, Finn has never thought of herself as any kind of hero, and walking through other people’s dreams seems much worse than just hiding at school. But as hard as facing this challenge might be, Finn knows she has no choice: she will do anything she can to save her brother.
A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The third book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of…Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver.Torak has survived the summer and his heartstopping adventure in the Seal Islands. He and Wolf are together once more. But their reunion is short-lived.As mid winter approaches, Torak learns that Wolf has been snatched. In a desperate bid to rescue him, Torak and Renn must brave the frozen wilderness of the Far North and step into a world of deceit, treachery and lies, coming face to face with a terrifying evil. Another step is taken on his quest to destroy the Soul-Eaters, but with it comes the burden of an utterly chilling secret of his own ...Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.
A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The fifth book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of…Ancient Darkness) series by the renowned author Michelle Paver.When he was outcast, Torak was the hunted one. The following spring, he becomes the hunter when he swears to avenge the killing of one of his closest friends. To fulfil his oath he must brave the hidden valleys of the Deep Forest, where the clans have reverted to the savagery of an earlier time. Here, Torak finally learns why he is the Sprit Walker and discovers the true cost of revenge. Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.
A boy. A wolf. A legend of all time. The second book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of…Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver. Thousands of years ago an orphan boy and his wolf cub challenge a demon bear that threatens to destroy their world for ever. With the help of the World Spirit, Torak destroys the bear, but his beloved Wolf is lost in the process. Yet Torak's quest is far from over. A strange sickness is threatening the Raven Clan and only the Seal Clan have the cure. Torak must face a lonely journey to the Seal Islands to find it, but what he stumbles upon there is far from what he was expecting. And all is not as it seems ... Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.
By Michelle Paver. 2004
A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The first book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of…Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver.Thousands of years ago, a powerful and malevolent force conjured a demon: a demon so evil that it could only be contained in the body of a ferocious bear, a demon determined to destroy the world. Only one boy can stop it ... Twelve-year-old Torak sees his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, he asks his son to make him a promise. Alone, wounded, terrified and on the run, Torak must now lead the bear to the Mountain of the World Spirit - a mountain that no one has ever found before. But can Torak keep his promise? A terrifying quest commences in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.Latest sequels Oath Taker and Viper's Daughter published in 2020-21.
By Michelle Paver. 2007
A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The fourth book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of…Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver.Cast out from the clans and hunted by all, Torak is on the run. Cut off even from Wolf and Renn, he takes refuge in unknown territory - the haunted reedbeds of Lake Axehead, where he is menaced by the Hidden People. But other threats lurk nearby and his battle with the Soul-Eaters is far from over ...As he fights for his life, Torak uncovers a deception too awful to contemplate, one that shakes him to the core and shatters the world as he knows it.Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.
These three books from the original children&’s fantasy seriesfeature new characters and adventures in the marvelous land of Oz. The…Patchwork Girl of Oz: When his uncle is accidentally transformed into a statue, a young Munchkin named Ojo the Unlucky must find the magic ingredients that will bring him back to life. Joining Ojo on his adventure to the Emerald City are an arrogant Glass Cat, a four-legged Woozy, the resourceful Shaggy Man, and a living patchwork doll. Tik-Tok of Oz: When the Shaggy Man goes searching for his brother, Tik-Tok, he encounters a girl from Oklahoma named Betsy Bobbin, and the Rainbow&’s daughter, Polychrome. But when the warlike Queen Ann takes Tik-Tok into her ranks, the Shaggy Man&’s adventures have only just begun. Rinkitink in Oz: With his talking goat, Bilbil, by his side, jolly King Rinkitink of Gilgad sails to the island of Pingaree, where he charms the royal family with merriment and song. But when the festive holiday is cut short by a surprise attack, only King Rinkitink, Bilbil, and young Prince Inga manage to escape capture. And they&’ll need the help of Dorothy and the Wizard to set things right.
By Margaret Rogerson. 2019
<P><P> From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice…at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.All sorcerers are evil. <P><P>Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. <P><P> Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. <P><P>With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. <P><P>Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Kristin Cashore. 2009
A must-read title for all fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Trudi Canavan, FIRE is an exceptional fantasy novel. From the…deft characterisation to the gripping story, the fast-paced action to the evocative prose, this is one of the strongest fantasy novels of the year. Set in a world of stunningly beautiful, exceptionally dangerous monsters, Fire is one of the most dangerous monsters of all - a human one. Marked out by her vivid red hair, she's more than attractive. Fire is mesmerising.But with this extraordinary beauty comes influence and power. People who are susceptible to her appeal will do anything for her attention, and for her affection. They will turn away from their families, their work, and their duties for her. They will forget their responsibilities to please her ... and worse, crush nations, neglect kingdoms and abuse their power.Aware of her power, and afraid of it, Fire lives in a corner of the world away from people, and away from temptation. Until the day comes when she is needed - a day when, for her king, she has to take a stand not only against his enemies, but also against herself ...
By Lili St. Crow. 2009
Dru Anderson: Night Hunter. Knife Wielder. Heart Breaker.Dru can sense evil, which helps when she and her Dad are tracking…down ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional reanimated corpse. It's a dangerous life, but it's the only one she knows. Then Dru's dad turns up dead and she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a deadly game where every move she makes could be her last. Dru is more special than she realizes - and whatever killed her dad could be coming for her next. Can Dru stay alive long enough to fall for one - or both - of the guys hungry for her affections? Find out in the heart-stopping first book in a thrilling series.
A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The sixth book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of…Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver.As winter approaches and Souls' Night draws near, the Eagle Owl Mage holds the clans in a grip of terror. To fulfill his destiny, Torak seeks his lair in the Mountain of Ghosts. Accompanied by Renn and Wolf, Torak must defy demons and tokoroths, and find his way through the Gorge of the Hidden People. Wolf must overcome terrible grief and Renn must make an agonizing decision. And in the final battle against the Soul-Eater, Torak will face the most heart-rending choice of all ...Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.
By Vicki Myron. 2009
How many lives can one abandoned kitten touch?This is the heart-warming and unforgettable story of a truly idiosyncratic cat with…a strong sense of loyalty and love, and a taste for fast-food.When he was just a few weeks old, Dewey Readmore Books was shoved through the book returns slot of his local library in a sleepy town. Starving, terrified and bruised after being battered by falling books, Dewey curled up into the arms of the library director Vicky. Vicky was a single mother who had escaped a violent husband and was struggling to bring up her little girl Jodi alone. Vicky fell in love with the little bundle of fur in her arms and campaigned to allow Dewey to stay and become the library cat.She didnt know what she was letting herself in for. Deweys arrival transformed Vicky and Jodis lives, as well as the staff at the library and eventually the fortunes of an entire town. Dewey was an instant hit with the library regulars and had an amazing instinct to cuddle up close to visitors that were going through a tough time. Vicky tells the incredible story of one severely disabled, wheelchair bound girl that Dewey took a shine to and how he would climb inside her jacket as she giggled hysterically and her eyes, usually almost catatonic, burst into life. He supervised childrens reading groups and ensured no child felt left out by snuggling into the laps of any outsiders. He was a ball of mischievous energy and relished in turning the hitherto quiet and predictable routines of the library upside down.Dewey became the towns number one attraction and he began regularly appearing in the national and international media. Fans from all over the world visited the small town to pay homage to the world's most beloved cat.
By Ali Cronin. 2010
This novel follows the 8 protagonists of series 3 and the forthcoming series 4 over the course of the college…summer break. Brand new storylines, that don't feature in the series, or the upcoming film. Effy, Freddie, JJ, Cook, Naomi, Pandora, Thomas and Katie are all dealing with the aftermath of the events at the end of series 3. Effy has fled to Italy with her mum, where she tries to put her feelings for Freddie, and the guilt she feels for stealing him from Katie out of her mind. The perfect distraction comes in the form of sophisticated older man, Aldo...Naomi and Emily are struggling with spending time apart when Em goes to France with her parents and battles with her stubborn twin sister, Katie. Back in Bristol, Naomi pines for Emily while wondering about her future education. Thomas and Pandora are sweetly in love, and finding it difficult to consummate their feelings for each other. Freddy and Cook are engaged in a vigorous game of sexual one-upmanship with a frustrated JJ as referee...By the end of the summer, the gang will have resolved some issues and brought up some more, but always in the raw, uncompromising, contradictory and authentic narrative style that makes the series so popular and compelling. WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT. Language and sexual references are graphic.
By Lili St. Crow. 2009
The second novel in the Strange Angels series picks up with Dru neatly tucked away in a Schola that's more…like a prison than a secret training facility. Except for one tiny detail . . . she's the only girl in the place and is totally surrounded by tons of cute boys. But a traitor in the Order wants Dru dead and she can't trust anyone except for Graves. Too bad he's being kept busy with a new crew of wulfen teens and doesn't have time for her. As she learns the truth about who she can and can't trust, Dru's only hope may be to save herself - although the one gift that makes her special is draining away, and she doesn't know how to get it back. Will Dru survive long enough to find out who is really after her? Or is she destined for the same fate as her murdered parents? Lili's characters come alive on the page in a way that's visually stunning and she creates the same terrific pace, danger and teen romance as in Strange Angels.
By John Connolly. 2009
'Delightfully horrific and hilarious' Eoin ColferSamuel Johnson has a number of problems. Samuel's dad cares more about his car than…his family, Samuel's mother is lonely, and only Samuel's dog, Boswell, truly understands him.Oh, and as if things couldn't get any worse, Samuel's neighbours, led by the villainous Mrs Abernathy, are trying to open the gates of hell. It's up to Samuel to stop them, except nobody will believe him, and time is running out . . . Now the fate of humanity lies in the hands of one small boy, an even smaller dog, and a very unlucky demon named Nurd . . .
By Carrie Ryan. 2009
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated…will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
By Thomas Perry. 2007
For ten years Jane Whitefield helped people escape from their enemies and become 'runners', creating new identities for them that…would never be uncovered. Then she married and promised her husband that she would give up her dangerous job.When a bomb explodes in the middle of a reception, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young girl, who's pregnant and has been tracked across the country by a team of hired assassins. That night, regardless of the vow she made, Jane is pulled back into her old life. She has to revisit old skills and old contacts. Saving one last victim is going to send Jane off on a mission that could be a rescue operation - or a chance for revenge. It puts Jane and her protégé in more danger than ever.
By Bruce Coville, Katherine Coville. 2002
Twist it once, you're horned and haired;Twist it twice and fangs are bared;Twist it thrice? No one has dared! Russell…is sure that the ring he gets at Mr. Elives' shop is just a silly magic trick, but he follows the instructions and twists the ring twice anyway--and becomes a monster! Includes an author's note.
By Rachel Anderson. 2000
'Throughout the years that Veritas has spent trying to rear me, there's one essential truth she's always stuck to. 'Love…is stronger than mountains.' My mother's name meant truth. But could any of us trust her to tell the truth about our family?' Can Ruth and her sister Mary discover lasting love for themselves amid the chaos of their large bohemian family? And what about their eccentric mother? Could they find a new love for her too? After the hardships of the 50s, how will any of them experience the new freedoms of the swinging 60s? As Ruth stands at the altar promising love to a young man till the end of life, under her breath she makes a vow: to set down everything of the past, the reality of a girlhood constantly touched by sadness, yet always profoundly secure.