“Shouldn’t we be orphans?” one of the Willoughby children suggests. The four are, after all, part of an old-fashioned kind of family, and their parents – well, their parents are not all that one would hope for.
So the Willoughbys concoct a diabolical plot to turn themselves into worthy and winsome orphans. Little do they know that Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby have already begun to formulate their own thoroughly despicable plan to rid themselves of their insufferable children…
Neil Gaiman - Stardust
In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
Catherynne M. Valente - The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back. Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .
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
Cressida Cowell - How to Betray a Dragon's Hero
In Hiccup the Viking's misadventures, the stakes have never been higher, and it's friend versus foe to decide the fate of the world. In this, the penultimate title in the amazing story arc that began with How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup is faced with a personal dilemma against the backdrop of an impending battle and the possible destruction of everything he knows.
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.
J. K. Rowling - Bogar bárd meséi
Ki ne ismerné Bogar bárd meséit? Hiszen e könyv minden valamirevaló varázslócsaládban ott van a gyerekek könyvespolcán, ugyanúgy, ahogy a mugliknál (vagyis a varázstalan népeknél) a Grimm mesék. Bogar bárd itt olvasható öt meséjének mind megvan a maga mágusa, varázslója, s mindegyik más-más módon szórakoztat, nevettet vagy emlékezik meg halálos veszedelmekről. Albus Dumbledorenak - A Roxfort Boszorkány- és Varázslóképző Szakiskola legendás igazgatójának - a mesékhez fűzött kommentárjai még élvezetesebbé teszik az olvasást, varázslók és muglik számára egyaránt. _Egy különleges és varázslatos kötet a szerző, J.K. Rowling rajzaival._
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic
On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet... "An ideal introduction to the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and humourous writing for reluctant and avid readers alike." _Booktrusted News_
Lauren Magaziner - The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut perfect for reading aloud Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert’s mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying. But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling's magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!
L. Frank Baum - The Wizard of Oz (Oxford Bookworms)
Dorothy lives in Kansas, USA, but one day a cyclone blows her and her house to a strange country called Oz. There, Dorothy makes friends with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But she wants to go home to Kansas. Only one person can help her, and that is the country's famous Wizard. So Dorothy and her friends take the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, to find the Wizard of Oz. . . .
Jeff Kinney - The Ugly Truth
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be? Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth”?
Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak
From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops - a major infraction in high-school society - so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. No one knows why she called the police, and she can't get out the words to explain. So she retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either - there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. But, try as she might, it just won't go away...
Stephan Pastis - Látod, mit műveltél?
„Megszülettem. Azonnal látszott rajtam a szuperség. Megalapítottam egy birodalmat. Sikeres birodalom volt, az engem hátráltató számtalan akadály ellenére. Mint például az egyes számú akadály. A mamám. Elég rendes. De vannak hibái. Mániája például, hogy járnom kell erre a helyre:iskola.Persze az iskola rendben van azoknak, akiknek szükségük van rá. De olyanoknak, akikben megvan a zsenialitás, csupán bénító nyűg. Aztán itt van a kettes számú akadály. Totálnak hívják. Egy hétszáz kilós jegesmedve. Az Északi-sarkon nőtt fel. De az otthona elolvadt, mint jégkocka a napon. Ezért aztán elslattyogott vagy ötezer kilométert, egészen a házunkig. Így hát adtam neki munkát. Az első hat hónapban ő volt a legmegbízhatóbb jegesmedve, akit valaha alkalmaztam. De aztán kimutatta a foga fehérjét. Az egész akkor átverés volt, hogy beszélni sem szeretnék róla. Csak egyet mondok. Ha egy jegesmedve az első hat hónapban mindent belead, sose feledd: ÁTVERÉS AZ EGÉSZ. Ne vedd be társnak a nyomozóirodádba!”
Stephan Pastis - Becsúszott pár hiba
Na jó, essünk túl az uncsi dolgokon! A nevem Ciki. Ciki Miki. A könyv, amelyet kezedben tartasz, nyomozói pályafutásom hiteles összefoglalása. A sikert nem egyik napról a másikra értem el. Le kellett győzni néhány akadályt. Például ezeket: 1. Anyu 2. A suli 3. Az idióta legjobb haverom 4. A jegesmedvém. Te is biztosan ugyanazt kérded, mint mindenki más, ha felsorolom ezeket az akadályokat. Miért egy idióta a legjobb haverom? Erről később. Ja, és azt hiszem, kellene ejtenem pár szót a hétszáz kilós jegesmedvémről. Totálnak hívják. Az elején Totál meglehetősen szorgosnak és megbízhatónak mutatkozott, így hát bevettem társnak a céghez. Mint kiderült, a szorgalom és a megbízhatóság csak kamu volt. A jegesmedvék hajlamosak az ilyesmire. Nem szívesen beszélek a dologról. Na és hagyjuk azt a változtatást is, amibe a nyomozóiroda nevét illetőleg belementem. Most így néz ki az apróhirdetésben: TOTÁL CIKI RT. (A NÉV ELLENÉRE MEGBÍZHAT BENNÜNK.)
Lois Lowry - A Summer to Die
Two remarkable sisters… Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister, Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved into a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to get used to. Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting again - being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. The day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept the fact that something is terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show what she really feels?
Gail Carson Levine - Ever
Falling in love is easy . . . . . . for Kezi, a beautiful mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the strength to fight her fate, and it gives Olus the strength to confront his fears. Together -- and apart -- they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice. Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens. Her story of love, fate, and belief is spellbinding.
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?
Jean Webster - Daddy-Long-Legs
A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month, and that she can never know who he is. Judy's life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties, and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to the mysterious "Daddy-Long-Legs"!
Lois Lowry - Number the Stars
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.
William Goldman - A herceg menyasszonya
Izgalmas, bölcs, kedves és mulatságos könyvet tartasz a kezedben, tisztelt olvasó. Kalandregény? Szerelmi történet? Paródia? Mese? Mindegyik és egyik sem: egyfelől Pitypangnak, a világ legszebb lányának és Márkónak, a kisbéresnek a története Florindban, másfelől pedig mese egy kisfiúról (magáról a szerzőről), akiknek egy könyv megváltoztatta az életét. Egy biztos: nem mindennapi élményben lesz része annak, aki elolvassa ezt a lebilincselően izgalmas, fordulatokban gazdag, letehetetlen mesét az igaz szerelemről és fantasztikus kalandokról. A regény több tucat kiadást ért meg az Egyesült Államokban és a világ számos más országában, megfilmesítették, valóságos kultuszkönyv lett belőle.
William Joyce - The Sandman and the War of Dreams
When the Man in the Moon brought together the Guardians, he warned them that they would face some terrible evils as they strove to protect the children of earth. But nothing could have prepared them for this: Pitch has taken Katherine. And now the Guardians are not only down one member, but a little girl is missing. Fortunately, MiM has just the man to join the team. Sanderson ManSnoozy—known in most circles as the Sandman—may be sleepy, but he’s also brave and strong and skilled at utilizing sand in a myriad of ways. If the rest of the Guardians can just convince Sandy that good can triumph evil, that good dreams can banish nightmares, they’ll have themselves quite a squad. But if they can’t… they might never see Katherine again.