Tales From the Land of Forever
Have you ever just wanted to disappear and escape from all your troubles and woes?
10 year-old Sarah George certainly did after the shocking death of her beloved father. And then to make matters worse (if that was at all possible), her shattered family were forced to move to the middle of nowhere with her revolting Aunt Maude .
But, when Sarah accidentally stumbles across an ancient book in the Manor library and is somehow magically transported to a far-off and enchanted land, she soon begins to regret that wish when she finds herself stuck in the In-between.
In her epic and desperate quest to find a way to return home again Sarah enlists the help of a rag-tag but fiercely loyal group of friends she is fortunate enough to meet during her time in the fantastical Land of Forever: a wise old badger; a feisty red-headed leprechaun; a mean-spirited curmudgeon of a weasel; and a mighty but sweet-natured fire dragon.
Together, they must battle the dark and sinister forces of the Silent Forest, just waiting to snatch them into its horrifying bowels, on their terrifying journey to locate the Bookkeeper.
But will the Bookkeeper be able to help our weary travelers? Or must they continue to the Middle Lands and the Tournament of the Four Kingdoms, where the most powerful sorcerer in the land holds Sarah's fate entirely in his hands.
A thrilling page-turning adventure that will be sure to delight young readers for years to come.
The Academy - First Year
Being accepted into the English Ballet Theater’s Academy of Dance was 11 year-old Molly Plum’s dream. But will that dream turn into a nightmare that threatens to ruin her chances of ever becoming a ballerina?
Enter the hallowed halls of the Academy: A prestigious ballet school steeped in history and tradition, and peek behind the stage door into a world filled with pointe shoes, friendships, tutus, and rivalries.
When Molly arrives for her first term at the English Ballet Theater's Junior School (with a little help from her ballet teacher and a full scholarship), she is so excited to begin her training she could almost burst.
But that excitement soon disappears when the hard work really begins in both the ballet studio and the academic classrooms of the Academy. The competition is fierce, and Molly rapidly begins to feel like a very puny fish in an enormously talented pond. Especially when she is picked on and bullied by one of the most promising students at the school.
But with hard work and the support of her friends Molly does her best to ignore the cruel taunts from Pandora Pemberton and her gaggle of mean friends, concentrating instead on the upcoming auditions for a part in the Ballet Theaters production of 'The Nutcracker'. But will all of that hard work pay off? Or will Molly be left alone in the wings?
A rich, enchanting story reminiscent of Noel Streatfield’s ‘Ballet Shoes’ and one that young readers and dance enthusiasts will enjoy for many years to come.
The Wood at the Bottom of the Garden Gate
11-year-old Catherine (Cat) Whiteoak thought she was in for the worst summer on record, what with the unpleasant arrival of her father’s horrible new girlfriend, her best (and only) friend going away for the entire school holidays, not to mention finding herself grounded for her troubles.
But when Cat stumbles across a real, live, but badly injured flower fairy in her back yard, this leads to the discovery of an secret magical Wood located at the bottom of her very own garden gate.
The Guardian of the Wood, Serrabella Moon, grateful to Cat for her kindness towards the fairy, grants her unprecedented access to the enchanted Wood, where she spends a wonderful summer swimming with water sprites, reading with bookworms, and picnicking with pixies. Although, sadly, not all the Wood’s magical residents are quite so keen on this human intruder invading their home, and they plan to put an immediate stop to it; there are secrets that must be protected at all costs.
But when the ancient Wood’s very existence is threatened by the human world with extinction, will Cat be able to save her new friends and their home from being wiped out forever?
A magical must-read eco-adventure filled with hidden dangers, unexpected friendships, and a cast of lovable, unforgettable characters you will want to make lifelong friends with.
The Last Pirate
11-year-old Finn Dooley is an orphan with an intense fear of water. So when he is suddenly uprooted from the drafty, old orphanage in London he’s been living in for the past six months and sent to live by the coast with a lost-long relative, Finn’s nightmare truly begins.
Despised by his aunt Beatrix and viciously tormented by the local bully’s, life is looking decidedly grim for Finn. But after a chance encounter, one terrifying night, with a cursed, 350-year-old pirate named Jacob Barlow, forced to live in secret for centuries now in a remote cave along the Cornish coastline, Finn’s life will never be the same again.
With the old pirate’s help Finn is finally able to overcome his lifelong fear of the ocean, and even manages to learn how to swim. Armed with his new-found confidence, this quiet, stoic young boy finds the strength to confront the bully’s that have made his life a misery since his move to the Cove. But will Finn ever be able to repay Jacob Barlow for his kindness and help to free his friend from this curse?
Accompany Finn and Jacob on the summer adventure of a lifetime in this powerful and deeply touching story about loss, bravery, and the ever-enduring bonds of friendship.