Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.
This is their Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it…almost. They certainly never gave Napoleon a fire-breathing porcelain rooster instead of a horse. And their soldiers can die; wars are fought over the potion that raises the dead, a potion Anne would very much like to bring back to England. But when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings. Can two English girls stand against Napoleon’s armies, especially now that he has a new weapon from the real world? And if he escapes Glass Town, will England ever be safe again?
Together the Brontë siblings must battle with a world of their own creation if they are to make it back to England alive in this magical celebration of authorship, creativity, and classic literature from award-winning author Catherynne M. Valente.
Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him — after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?
C. S. Lewis - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was published in 1950, and it was the book that first introduced readers to the World of Narnia. Years later, in 1955, Lewis wrote a prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, entitled The Magician's Nephew. While The Magician's Nephew was the sixth Narnia book to be written, many readers prefer to begin the series with The Magician's Nephew. From the Publisher Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventure in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changes forever. Gale Research In this opening volume, Lewis "presents a world corrupted with powerful evil, full of dangerous temptations; humanity is seen as often weak and prone to erring ways," David L. Russell explained, "but with the capacity for devotion and even heroism if guided by the unconditional love of the godhead." New York Times The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is, in turn, beautiful, frightening, wise. Children's Literature Published nearly five decades ago, Lewis' fantasy (which is part of The Chronicles of Narnia) has recently been reissued with new full color plates by the original illustrator. The deluxe edition with its large type on cream color pages will introduce kids to the captivating story of Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund who step through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. There, they battle against the evil White Witch and her minions and free Narnia from everlasting winter. The world with its talking creatures is entirely believable, as are the siblings who must overcome their own failings to become the heroes and heroines of Narnia. The color plates in muted tones, along with inset black and white illustrations throughout the text, make this book a real keepsake.
Angie Sage - Flyte
It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As Apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess and enjoying the freedom of the Castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering? Bringing fantasy to new heights, Angie Sage continues the journey of Septimus Heap with her trademark humor and all of the clever details readers have come to love.
Angie Sage - Syren
In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus - can he escape the persistent call? Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold. Charismatic storyteller Angie Sage continues Septimus Heap's Magykal journey with more laugh-out-loud adventures, more enchanting charms and spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero.
Gail Carson Levine - Ella Enchanted
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read. Gail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor.
Neil Gaiman - Coraline (angol)
Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house--a house so huge that other people live in it, too... round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers ("We trod the boards, luvvy") and the mustachioed old man under the roof ("'The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,' said the man upstairs, 'is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'") Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored--so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that--sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks--opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. Now, if you're thinking fondly of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you're on the wrong track. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is far darker, far stranger, playing on our deepest fears. And, like Roald Dahl's work, it is delicious.
Catherynne M. Valente - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, _Fairyland_ lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of _Alice in Wonderland_ and the soul of _The Golden Compass_, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
Enid Blyton - The Enchanted Wood
The Enchanted Wood is the first magical story in the Faraway Tree series by the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? Come on an amazing adventure - there'll be adventures waiting whatever happens. The Faraway Tree stories have been delighting readers for over 75 years. Look out for the other titles in the Faraway Tree series: The Faraway Tree, Folk of the Faraway Tree, and Up the Faraway Tree. Also available in beautiful deluxe editions. Also look out for the Blyton Colour Reads series. Chock full of vibrant colour illustrations from Alex Paterson, these are the perfect way to introduce the Faraway Tree adventures to children aged five and up. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Faraway Tree, The Mysteries, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Enid takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. "Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were." (Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse).
Katherine Paterson - John Paterson - The Flint Heart
An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.
Silvana De Mari - Az utolsó tünde
Egy kicsi tünde, egy nemrég született bolyong erejét megfeszítve, magára maradottan a kietlen, széltépte, esőverte vidéken. Eljött a Sötétség Kora. Övéi mind egy szálig odalettek a barátságtalan Tünde Zugokban, ahová száműzték őket. Az emberek gyűlölik a tündéket. Mindenki gyűlöli a tündéket. Egy asszony és egy férfi - noha maguk sem értik, mi okból - mégis pártfogásukba veszik, s Yorsh, a kicsi tünde velük vándorolván döbbenten ismer magára egy ősi prófécia üzenetében: _Mikor a víz elönti a földet, _ _Eltűnik a nap, _ _Elérkezik a sötétség és a fagy. _ _Mikor az utolsó sárkány és az utolsó tünde _ _Megtöri a kört, _ _Találkozik a múlt és a jövő, _ _Egy új nyár napja ragyog fel az égen._ Ő lenne az? Aki helyrehozhatja a múltat és megmentheti a jövőt? Csakhogy ezzel az is együtt jár, hogy ő az utolsó. Utolsónak lenni pedig kegyetlen dolog. Ha csak nem lel visszhangra - s egyúttal vigaszra - feltétlen, önzetlen szeretete igaz barátaiban, legyenek azok muslincák, sárkányok, emberek, egy kutya vagy akár egy hegyi troll. SILVANA DE MARI (1953) Torino közelében él családjával és egy hatalmas kutyával. Sebészorvosként dolgozott hazájában és Etiópiában; jelenleg pszichiáter. Novellái különféle magazinokban jelentek meg. Ez az első regénye, egy páratlan humorral megírt, lenyűgöző fantasy, amelyet megjelenésekor, 2004-ben Andersen-díjjal tüntettek ki, s mára világszerte tizenkét nyelven olvasható. Folytatása: _Az utolsó ork._
Shannon Hale - The Goose Girl
She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste. Her name was Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. And when she was older, she watched as a colt was born, and she heard the first word on his tongue, his name, Falada. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.
Lemony Snicket - The Dark
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Laszlo's room. But one night, it does. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.
E. Nesbit - The Phoenix and the Carpet
It's startling enough to have a phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it talks and reveals that you have a magic carpet on the floor. The vain and ancient bird accompanies the children on a series of adventures through time and space which are rarely straightforward, but always exciting. This book is a sequel to "Five Children and It".
Catherynne M. Valente - The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—TIME Magazine, on the Fairyland series September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers. Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately [layered] book from New York Times-bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente
Tomcsik Nóra - A hercegnő és a sárkányok dala
Vajon meg lehet szelídíteni a sárkányokat? Felix a leleményes, de álmodozó tolvajlány, Edmund a muzsikus apród és Sir Marcus a magának való lovag azt a feladatot kapják, hogy keressék fel a hosszú ideje szunnyadó sárkányokat, így mentve meg az öt király birodalmát Aerion, a Nagykirály zsarnokságától. Az út hosszú a sárkányok lakta Tüzes-szirtig, melynek során Felix, Edmund és Sir Marcus megtanulják a barátság, a lovagiasság és bajtársiasság fontosságát is, hisz ezen erények nélkül sosem ismerhetnék meg a sárkányok titkát, és győzhetnék le a Nagykirályt. Izgalmas, kalandos meseregény főként a 9-14 éves korosztály számára.
G. M. Berrow - Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
Twilight Sparkle is a very special Pony and a loyal apprentice of Princess Celestia. Twilight Sparkle's life has been turned upside down by recent exciting events in Ponyville, so she sets off for the Crystal Empire to get advice from her former foalsitter, Princess Cadance. Join Twilight Sparkle in this original and brand-new adventure! Don't miss the special purple activity pages in the back of the book!
Cornelia Funke - Sárkánylovasok
Csodákkal teli kalandos útra viszi fiatal olvasóit a legnépszerűbb mai német ifjúsági írónő ebben a számos díjat nyert nagyszerű regényében. Valahol a hideg, nyirkos északnyugaton egy barlangban rejtőzködnek a még ma is élő békés sárkányok. Ám a derék, világjáró patkányok egyike rossz hírrel érkezik: feltartóztathatatlanul közelednek az emberek, hogy miként az egész világot, a Sárkányok Völgyét is birtokukba vegyék. Lung, a kedves ezüstsárkány útrakel, hogy társai számára fellelje a Himalája vidékén a legendás Ég peremét, a sárkányok ősi otthonát. Csatlakozik hozzá Hajnalpír Bundácska, a csípős nyelvű, okos koboldleányka, majd Ben, a bátor, igazságszerető embergyerek. Városok, hegyek, tengerek, sivatagok felett repülve Lung hátán, meg kell küzdeniük a békés sárkányok legszörnyűbb ellenségével, a gonosz, óriási aranysárkánnyal és ezernyi más veszedelemmel. Ebben a kalandos meseregényben napjaink autós, repülős, számítógépes világának valósága keveredik a legnagyobb természetességgel a dzsinnek, tündérek, homunkuluszok mesevilágával.
Francesca Simon - Horrid Henry's Bedtime
How did you guess - Horrid Henry hates going to bed and will do anything to put off the awful moment. This specially written new story is put together with the diary he had to write for his homework, and the story that explains just what he's got against Perfect Peter. The diary and Don't Be Horrid, Henry have previously been published in other formats but Francesca Simon has written hilarious new introductions to them and has added some of the questions children often ask her about Henry (and herself). As always, the text is matched by Tony Ross's sparky drawings.