At 13, Emily is tall, restless and impatient - ladylike she certainly isn't! Emily despises such things as needlework, but she has a vivid imagination and is a keen artist and, along with her talented sister, Charlotte, loves to write. But Emily stumbles upon a real-life story, when she encounters the vagabond Heslington while out walking her beloved dog, Captain, on the Yorkshire Moors. Heslington is hiding out in an abandoned cottage, on the run from someone, but claims he is guilty of nothing. All he can tell Emily is that he is passionately in love with a Miss Martha Holmes, but has been forbidden from seeing her. Martha's family believe Heslington is only after her money, but he is prepared to live like a pauper, he says, if he can only be with the girl he loves. Touched by his story, Emily finds herself drawn into the whole sorry mess, acting as a reluctant go-between for Martha and Heslington, but convinced she is doing the right thing. But when Heslington reveals his dark side, Emily finds herself doubting him, not knowing what to believe. Is Heslington the love-torn romantic hero of her imaginings or he is mad...?
It's their very first adventure and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of a mystery! The gang are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house in the snow...
Erica, Megan, Jen and Serena are on the brink of their adult lives, hoping for fun together before the serious future sets in. So when Jennifer wins a competition and the prize is a long weekend in New York for all four of them, it couldn't have come at a better time. Erica will finally get to meet her online friend Dan...Serena can't wait to hit Manhattan's cultural hotspots....Jen's going to stalk as many celebs as possible...and shopaholic Megan plans to give her credit card a serious work-out! But things don't always to run to plan, as each of the four girls discover. The weekend is full of surprises and some unexpected romance...By the time the plan touches back down in London, some big decisions will have been made...A funny, enagaging and glamorous page turner!
Jessye's tumultuous life flits between her grandmother and her mother. As she tries to make sense of her family past, she discovers secrets that lurk beneath the surface of all of their lives... A beautifully told story set in New Zealand.
No ordinary fairy tale... Linden is a feisty faery with a lot on her mind. She her fellow faeries are under threat: their magic is fading, and if they do not act fast, they will die... When Linden meets Timothy, a human staying in the house opposite her Oak, she knows he can help. Together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek more magic Â and discover that there is more to fear from other faeries than they could ever have imagined.
Rhosmari trembled as the Empress walked over to her. 'Oh, do not struggle. There is nowhere for you to escape,' the Empress said, her voice silken and sweet. Then she unsheathed a small dagger from her waist. 'This will only hurt a little...'
Rhosmari has lived her whole life on a sheltered chain of faery islands. But with the Empress's power growing, and her desire to enslave the entire faery race becoming a reality, Rhosmari knows she must fight back...
When journalist Ben Maddox is thrust full-throttle into an investigation for Zephon TV, he worries that he's in over his head. But as he digs deeper, he realises that what's really important is being prepared to fight for what you believe in, and if that means risking his life, then that's exactly what he will have to do...
Magenta Orange is bright, sassy, and massively accident-prone. Her neighbour - and nearest thing to a best friend a boy can be - Daniel, tries hard to dissuade her from some of her more impulsive actions, but it's a tough job ...
Uncle Nigel is determined to get a sun tan. But Tim is sure there is something sinister going on, when his uncle's skin starts to frazzle and his brain begins to fry.
When Bart buys a magical monkey's ear in a market in Marrakesh, he discovers that making wishes is a dangerous game - you might just get what you wish for . . .
And who is the writer of the shortest horror story ever written?
'Hey, I'm Kitty Slade. My life used to be pretty, well, normal. But it turns out seeing dead people is a big deal. I had no idea what I was in for...' When Kitty goes to stay at a friend's house, it's not long before she discovers a ghostly ancient curse is at work. Things are about to get a whole lot more spooky for Kitty Slade...
Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros!
Will life ever get less unfair for Norm?
When Kate disappears without a trace, Mini is devastated. But she's determined to find her sister. An unsuspected secret is her first clue to tracking Kate down...and fixing her broken family.
Josie Green and her sister just don't get on - in fact, sometimes she thinks they can't even be related, they're so different. Then, Josie declares herself 'Josie Green, Family Detective' for a school project, and she can't wait to get started. But, when she comes across secrets she wasn't meant to discover, things start getting out of hand...
Zac lives with his grandfather, Pops. When Pops is killed by muggers, Zac is devastated. Dumped with foster parents, then in an orphanage, Zac stumbles from trouble to trouble, but the one thing he hangs on to is Pops' obsession with their family history and his ambition to go to Ghana in search of a ransom paid by a descendant 200 years earlier, to keep his son from slavery - a ransom stolen by British government agents at the time, which then disappeared. At least, Zac thinks, he can keep faith with Pops by continuingÂ¬- his quest. SoÂ¬- Zac wangles his own way to Ghana. Alone and far from home, he discovers that Pops' death and everything since is part of a wider plan by some shadowy others, also connected to the lost ransom.Â¬- In a web of intrigue, deception, betrayal, skulduggery and murder that reaches out of the past to entrap everyone in the present,Â¬- Zac's quest culminates in a perilous voyage to the Door of No Return in the walls of the ancient slave fort - through which the slaves were once herded to the boats that would take them across the ocean, on a journey many of them would never survive.
It's a snowy evening, South London. From a bus, Max Wolf and his brother Angelo see a gang ominously tracking a well-known rapper, Mogul King, through the dark streets. Minutes later, Mogul King boards the bus, presses a parcel into Max's hands, exacts an incomprehensible promise, and jumps off again - to his death.Â¬- The parcel contains an extraordinary ancient bronze dagger, and within hours Max is running for his own life through London, his brother, Angelo, is dead, apparently the victim of a gang drive-by shooting, and his friend, Sapphire, is next on the hit list. But everything is not as it seems. Everything leads the British Museum. Everything began with the ill-fated British Punitive Expedition of 1897 and theÂ¬- looting of the fabulous Benin Bronzes from Nigeria over a hundred years ago.Â¬- In an intriguingÂ¬- dual storyline, Max's racing first person narrative story is offset by a scrap book of letters, memoirs, drawings, photos and journal entries, by one Hugh Hardy, Gunner aboard the Theseus, and foot soldier on that ruinous expedition over a century ago.
In a world where magic is outlawed, Lily runs wild and neglected. Once rich and powerful magicians, now Lily's family hide away in their crumbling house, while her older sister, Georgie, is trained secretly in magic. But when Lily discovers her parents' dark plan to use Georgie in a terrible plot to restore the country to its magical glory, she knows she must rescue her sister - and flee...
Natalie's super skinny sister Plum is getting married and the pressure is on for Nat to lose weight so that she 'fits in' as a bridesmaid on the day. Natalie's slim, but curvier than either of sisters, and taller too. No way is she a size zero, and her friends are determined that she doesn't diet down to nothing. But once Nat gets into the polystyrene rice cakes and cottage cheese AND starts losing weight, she can't help feeling a bit pleased with the new skinnier her. Lexie, Billie, Ella and Oliver (who has had a crush on Nat since forever) are all worried, determined to make her see sense. But having an Alpha boy like Ewan Hendricks interested her is just too tempting for Natalie Bonneville St John. Can her BFFs convince her she's going too far?
'Deep in the City something had been woken, so old that people had been walking past it for centuries without giving it a second look...'
When George breaks the dragon's head outside the Natural History Museum he awakes an ancient power. This prehistoric beast, sentry-still for centuries, hunts him down with a terrifying wrath. And this is just the beginning... The taints and spits - statues with opposing natures - are warring forces; wreaking deadly havoc on the city landscape. The World War One gunner offers protection of sorts; and the wisdom of the Sphinx is legendary. But George and his companion Edie are trapped in a world of danger. And worse - they are quite alone. The rest of London is oblivious to their plight.
This epic adventure exposes forces long-layered in the fabric of London. After entering its richly original and breathtaking world, the city streets and skyline will never again seem the same!
Edie,' said George, 'we're going to do this together. I'll be right there with you. Anything, anyone trying to get you is going to have to come past me first.' But when George makes his promise he is not aware that high on the rooftops an unseen gargoyle is watching them hungrily, quivering with anticipation for the moment when it will unfold its stone wings and pounce. The thing on the roof knows that nothing is over; nothing is finished. Ironhand takes us deeper into the layers of un-London, the place where the good and the bad statues, the spits and the taints, walk and war. George and Edie must repay the debt which they owe the Gunner for his sacrifice. They must face unspeakable danger and doubt if they are to save him. This second title in the Stoneheart sequence by Charlie Fletcher will shake you with its imaginative grasp and vision. It is an epic excitement, not to be missed ...
George and Edie are travelling through unLondon, a world of danger on the city streets, and they are quite alone. Time is standing still, and the rest of London is unaware of their plight, unaware of the hidden world of living statues, of Shackleton and the Queen of Time. In the concluding part of the breathtaking and critically acclaimed Stoneheart trilogy, Edie and George look deeper into Edie's past, and her future.
Tom Lee has always dreamed of going to sea, just like his father. So when he's invited to join Captain Lee's crew aboard the Serota Star to sail from Singapore to Penang, it promises to be the trip of a lifetime. But Tom hadn't reckoned on the murderous pirates that follow them down the Malacca Straits. Vicious crews terrorize these waters, using radars and tracking technology to pinpoint and prey on valuable cargo-carriers. And when a Triad gang discovers what the Serota Star is carrying, the order goes out to seize the ship at all costs. Tom is thrust into a terrifying world where the pirate leader, the sinister Dragon Lady, has the power of life and death over him. With his father's life ind anger, and ruthless pirates cracking the whip, Tom will need to rely on his new friends, and his knowledge of the sea, in order to make a brave escape ...
Two spooky short stories by Anthony Horowitz, a master storyteller and the bestselling author of the Alex Rider series.
All the previous owners of Twist Cottage have died in mysterious circumstances. Just a coincidence, thinks Ben, when he, his father and his unpleasant new stepmother move in. But then he starts to discover the cottage's secret...
Thirteen-year-old schoolboy, Dirk Lloyd, has a dark secret - in fact he is a dark secret. Dirk - according to his own account - is the earthly incarnation of a Dark Lord, supreme ruler of the Darklands and leader of great armies of orcs and warriors, intent on destruction and bloody devastation. Following a colossal final battle between the forces of good and evil, the Dark Lord was defeated and hurled by his arch-foe's spells into the Pit of Uttermost Despair. At the bottom of the Pit lies...a supermarket car park in the municipal town of Whiteshields, somewhere in modern day England. And when he is found, and tries to explain that he is the Dark Lord, people think he means Dirk Lloyd. The fact that he's trapped in the puny body of a schoolboy doesn't help.
And so begins Dirk's battle to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands... Along the way he faces the inconvenience of being fostered by a do-gooding family, the Purejoies; the torture of endless hours of drudgery at the Whiteshields Brainwashing Centre (aka school); a vengeful Headmaster; two interfering Psychotic Persecutors (psychotherapists); and constant laughter and disrespect when he attempts to marshall his lackeys and lickspittles (friends) to do what he wants them to.
Dirk makes friends with the son of his foster family, Christopher, and the local Goth Girl, Sooz, and together they attempt to cast a spell that will transport Dirk back to his homeland. Inevitably, not everything goes to plan... But that's for book 2.
Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, 2012.
How many other boys had a mother prepared to be buried alive - just to get into the record books? Jordan suspected that only he belonged to such a odd family. And the novelty of a bit of fame and freedom had worn off long ago.
It's four months since he's seen his mum and all Jordan gets is pity from the neighbours and wisecracks at school. Even his friends seem to have changed. Plagued by nightmares, everything around Jordan is falling apart: his friends, his family, but most of all himself.