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By Adrianna Cuevas. 2020
In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must…use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals. <P><P>All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. <P><P>When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother after his dad’s latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn’t want to anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals. <P><P>But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor's grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen. As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja—a witch who can absorb an animal’s powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner…Now it’s up to Nestor’s extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja—and save a place he might just call home.
By Emiliano González. 2021
«Emiliano González, históricamente, es el primero y único de los autores mencionados aquí [Francisco Tario, José Emilio Pacheco, Elena Garro,…Amparo Dávila, Juan José Arreola, Carlos Fuentes, María Elvira Bermúdez, Juan Rulfo] y de cualquier tiempo, que se ha arrojado de verdad y con entero valor al fondo de la literatura mágica.» Augusto Monterroso fragmento del ensayo “La literatura fantástica en México” Los sueños de la bella durmiente nos llevan del bosque azul de los simbolistas a los callejones tenebrosos del doctor Caligari (pasando por el castillo embrujado del romanticismo “frenético”) donde se desplazan los personajes de Emiliano González, con una lentitud que a veces se vuelve exasperante. Sus gestos de sonámbulo y sus ojos nublados por el opio nos trasmiten ese escalofrío gozoso que nuestra literatura creyó relegar para siempre a los tiempos del modernismo. Las fantasías en verso que acompañan a los relatos quieren reproducir estados de ánimo específicamente literarios, y la literatura que nutre a estos engendros malsanos es la misma que envenenó a nuestros abuelos cuando, a fines del siglo antepasado, exploraban los infiernos de una biblioteca.
By María Inés Falconi. 2021
La leyenda urbana de Felicitas Guerrero reversionada como una novela juvenil en la que el presente y el pasado se…entretejen en una trama llena de misterio y también de amor. Buenos Aires, año 1871. Amelia está a punto de cumplir 15 años. Los preparativos de su fiesta no paran de complicarse, en parte por los estragos que la epidemia de fiebre amarilla está causando en la ciudad. Por suerte, logra distraerse un poco gracias a las piruetas que Giusseppe, un inmigrante italiano muy encantador que vive en el conventillo de la vuelta, le regala todas las tardes cuando pasa por la vereda de su casa. Buenos Aires, actualidad. Pablo y Ema se preparan para ir a la fiesta de 15 de una compañera del colegio. Pablo está decidido a seducir a Antonia, pero en la fiesta conoce a otra chica que parece mucho más interesante... Con el ingenio, el sentido del humor y la sensibilidad que la caracterizan, María Inés Falconi se inspira en la leyenda de Felicitas Guerrero y narra una historia (o varias historias contenidas en una) de encuentros y desencuentros, de amores fallidos y de amores inmortales.
Nicholas Flamel appeared in J. K. Rowling&’s Harry Potter series—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be…alive today! Discover the truth behind Michael Scott&’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with &“Virginia Dare and the Rat Catcher,&” an ebook original short story. Long before she ever met Josh and Sophie Newman, the immortal human Virginia Dare faced down an ancient evil on the soil of the New World colonies. And without her strength, the Twins of Legend might never have had a world to save at all. Now, that lost story is told. . . . The infamous Rattenfnager, the Pied Piper of Hamlin, has come to the East Coast of the Americas. But while in Europe he earned his living as a ratcatcher, he now carries with him an ancient and incredibly powerful flute—one that he plans to use to seize control of the new colonies, and eventually the entire continent. Only, Virginia Dare stands in his way, and she has a flute of her own. &“Fans of adventure fantasies like Rick Riordan&’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will eat this one up.&” —VOYA Read the whole series! The Alchemyst The Magician The Sorceress The Necromancer The Warlock The Enchantress
By Frederic S. Durbin. 2012
Cymbril feels like a bird in a cage. Her task is to sing, to draw crowds to the markets offered…by Master Rombol, lord of the Thunder Rake, the only home Cymbril has known. The Rake is a city on wheels, a vast wagon that rolls over the land, its interior a labyrinth of stairways, corridors, chambers, and secret doors.When Cymbril befriends a fellow slave, a boy named Loric, one of the mysterious Fey, she dreams of a life beyond the Rake, and the two begin to plan their escape. But dangers haunt the shadows—the ominous Eye women, the perilous Night Market, the terrors of the Groag Swamp, and something that stalks the night’s dark byways, hunting . . . Survival will depend upon courage, loyalty, and perhaps upon a gift from Cymbril’s long-departed parents—the glowing and magical fragment of a star.
By Alexander Cordell. 1979
The Isle of Man is a Fairy place. If you know where to look, you may still find the little…people, as they are called. On the Island lived a Chinese boy, Hu, with his father and his dog Kau Kau. One day Hu's father said that he was going to Liverpool to bring home a new wife, and a new mother for Hu. But Hu did not want a new mother. So he too his father's dinghy and sailed away with Kau Kau to the tiny island called the Calf of Man.Nobody knew where he had gone. But the birds and animals came to his aid. With Basking Shark speeding though the waves, the prow rope of the dinghy in his jaws, and with Don Dolphin racing alongside, while the birds flew in clouds overhead, Hu was taken to the Little People. Surely they would help him...SEA URCHIN is a wonderful fable for younger readers from the bestselling author of the Mortymer Trilogy.
By Soman Chainani. 2021
You think you know these stories, don’t you? You are wrong. You don’t know them at all. Twelve tales, twelve…dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death. A prince has a surprising awakening . . . A beauty fights like a beast . . . A boy refuses to become prey . . . A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again. New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.
By Tracey West. 2021
Zeus and his fellow gods-in-training attempt to capture the king of hell&’s hound in this latest Heroes in Training chapter…book!Zeus and his fellow gods-in-training face a new challenge in the underworld when they attempt to capture Cerberus—the three-headed guardian and cherished pet of Zeus&’s brother Hades. But they find themselves up against even more than they anticipated when they have to face off against Melinoe and her skeletal minions.
By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams. 2021
Join little Artemis on a sweet adventure in this eighth Little Goddess Girls story—part of the Aladdin QUIX line!The Goddess…Girls are on their way to the Sparkle City Pet Show when they discover a cute, pink kitten on the Hello Brick Road. Two boys, Prince Paris and Odysseus, both claim the kitten is theirs. Can Artemis figure out which boy is telling the truth and get the sweet kitty back home?
By Robyn Schneider. 2021
"Simultaneously heart-pounding and hilarious, Robyn Schneider gives us a veritable romp through Camelot fueled by adventure and romance." —Kerri Maniscalco #1…NYT bestselling author of The Kingdom of the Wicked and Stalking Jack the RipperChanneling the modern humor of The Gentleman&’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, bestselling author Robyn Schneider creates a Camelot that becomes the ultimate teen rom-com hotspot in this ultra-fresh take on the Arthurian legend. Welcome to the great kingdom of Camelot! Prince Arthur&’s a depressed botanist who would rather marry a library than a princess, Lancelot&’s been demoted to castle guard after a terrible lie, and Emry Merlin has arrived at the castle disguised as her twin brother since girls can&’t practice magic. Life at court is full of scandals, lies, and backstabbing courtiers, so what&’s a casually bisexual teen wizard masquerading as a boy to do? Other than fall for the handsome prince, stir up trouble with the foppish Lord Gawain, and offend the prissy Princess Guinevere. When the truth comes out with disastrous consequences, Emry has to decide whether she'll risk everything for the boy she loves, or give up her potential to become the greatest wizard Camelot has ever known.
By Rena Barron. 2021
In this highly anticipated sequel, Maya and the godlings must return to the sinister world of The Dark to retrieve…the one thing keeping the veil between the worlds from crumbling: her father&’s soul. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky and Willa of the Wood. The threat from The Dark is far from over. Twelve-year-old Maya knows this. After crossing the veil between the two worlds, saving her father, and narrowly escaping the sinister clutches of the Lord of Shadows, tensions between the human world and The Dark are higher than ever. And even worse, Maya&’s orisha powers as a godling are out of control. Now a guardian in training, Maya spends her days patching up veils with her father and cleaning up near-disasters like baby wormholes that her erratic powers create. But when Maya and her friends discover that something went terribly wrong during their journey to bring her father back to the human world, they are forced to return to The Dark and restore what they left behind, the one thing keeping the veil from falling: her father&’s soul. The Lord of Shadows is mobilizing his forces for an all-out war against the human world. And this time, Maya and her friends will need all the help they can get. Even if that means teaming up with their greatest enemies, the darkbringers.
By Laurence Anholt. 1998
Once upon a time there were seven aliens, some giant knickers and a beastly bride - but did they all…live happily ever after? Open up to find out what happens next in these brain-ticklingly brilliant Seriously Silly Stories! They're scarily silly!Includes the Smarties Award-winning Snow White and the Seven Aliens, The Emperor's Underwear and Billy Beast.
By Jostein Gaarder. 1999
The magical adventures of a small boy who helps a frog turn back into a prince, and is rewarded with…a visit to the Frog Castle. Here, in an Alice-in-Wonderland story where dreams and reality are intertwined and time is turned on its head, he meets a little princess called Aurora, a wicked lord chamberlain, a bold queen and a kind king whose heart is stolen away. In THE FROG CASTLE nothing is quite what it seems. As in all Gaarder stories, there is more to this than meets the eye: the subtext is a gentle exploration of birth and death, and a child learning to comprehend the loss of his beloved grandfather. Characterized by the charm and innocence that so many readers loved in HELLO? IS ANYBODY THERE?, THE FROG CASTLE confirms Jostein Gaarder as a wonderful storyteller whose special gift is to open children's eyes to the great mysteries.
By Kevin Hearne. 2017
'TRULY EPIC FANTASY' James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was LostFrom the east came the Bone Giants. From…the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim.It was an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. Now the kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic - one that will call the wondrous beasts of the world to fight by the side of humankind.In the start of a thrilling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world of warring giants and elemental magic.'This isn't just a breath of fresh air for the genre, it's a damned hurricane' Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author'A rare masterpiece that's both current and timeless . . . merging the fantasy bones of Tolkien and Rothfuss with a wide cast of characters who'll break your heart'Delilah S. Dawson
By Tracy Rees. 2016
'Possibly the most wonderful book I've ever read. A complete joy' Amazon reviewer. Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on…the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content. But when she is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret: she is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own. What readers are saying about Tracy Rees: "Tracy Rees writes from the heart" Kathryn Hughes, bestselling author of The Letter "Tracy Rees is the most outstanding new voice in historical fiction" Lucinda Riley "A beautifully crafted story with added romance" Isabelle Broom "Tracy's writing is so fresh, original and authentic" Rosanna Ley
By Steve Skidmore, Steve Barlow. 2017
You are Beowulf, hero of the Geats - and now their king. In the north, your villages are under attack.…A dark wizardhas arisen, and you must prove your battle skills once more ... This is a choose-your-own-destiny adventure whereYOU are the hero.This is a title in the interactive I HERO Legends series - where the reader plays the part of a legendary hero! In each adventure the reader makes a choice that affects how the story progresses - it really is 'decide-your-own-destiny!Written by the award-winning duo Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (more commonly known as the 2Steves), and illustrated by Andrew "2Hands" Tunney. Age appropriate for 6 to 8 year olds and more sensitive readers. Also suitable for reluctant readers and less confident older readers. Printed using a font approved by the British Dyslexia Association.
Modern fairy tales of magic, outsiders and lost souls.'A gem of a book ... deeply moving' Stylist'A darkly clever, beautifully…written and deliciously twisted collection of modern fairy tales' Red'Campbell writes beautifully' Grazia'These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.That's why I bought her heart online.'Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.A boy is worried his sister has two souls.A couple are rewriting the history of the world. And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls. 'What a book. It's so strange and magical and the writing is just beautiful. I loved it' Louise O'Neill 'Enchanting and illuminating' Carys Bray'Like walking through a mirror' Rachel Joyce'This book is full of character and magic, and I found myself mesmerised' Claire Fuller'These stories are weaved together like silvery fishing nets. Like shimmering, jewel-bright worlds' Helen McClory 'Magical and sinister at the same time' Kirsty LoganFrom the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book.
By Steve Skidmore, Steve Barlow. 2017
YOU are Robin Hood, outlaw of Sherwood Forest. The Sheriff of Nottingham has captured Maid Marian. You'll need all your…skills to rescue her, and stay out of prison ... This is a choose-your-own-destiny adventure where YOU are the hero.This is a title in the interactive I HERO Legends series - where the reader plays the part of a legendary hero! In each adventure the reader makes a choice that affects how the story progresses - it really is 'decide-your-own-destiny!Written by the award-winning duo Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (more commonly known as the 2Steves), and illustrated by Andrew "2Hands" Tunney. Age appropriate for 6 to 8 year olds and more sensitive readers. Also suitable for reluctant readers and less confident older readers. Printed using a font approved by the British Dyslexia Association.
By Adrian Mitchell. 1998
Discover the legend of Robin Hood through eleven action-packed adventure stories.Outlawed and living in hiding in Sherwood Forest, Robin, Marian…and their band of friends have many adventures, keeping one step ahead of the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and his men . . .Robin Hood is the most daring of heroes and tales of his bravery and cunning have been handed down for hundreds of years. In this wonderfully fresh retelling, celebrated writer Adrian Mitchell makes these stories both thrilling and funny for today's children - tracing the life of Robin Hood from mischievous young runaway to legendary hero.Brought vividly to life by Emma Chichester Clark, whose glowing illustrations superbly recreate the green and leafy world of the forest and all the characters who live there. Including Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John and more.Discover more classic story collections from Orchard Books:Orchard Greek MythsOrchard Aesop's FablesThe Greatest Stories Ever Told (featuring King Arthur, Sinbad the Sailor and more)Orchard Ballet Stories
By Sarah Mlynowski. 2015
In this fresh, funny new middle grade series, bestselling YA author Sarah Mlynowski writes for a younger audience for the…first time! In each book, Abby and her younger brother Jonah visit the magic mirror in their basement at night, and the mirror transports them inside a different fairy tale. In the third magical adventure, Abby and Jonah find themselves splashing around with the Little Mermaid. But her story didn't have a happy ending. This time, Abby's determined to change things for the better!