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While his mum recovers from cancer, Joe (and Bingo - the only psychic dog in England) stays with cousin Molly and her dad at the scientific research institute in the countryside. Early one morning, Joe hears a strange wailing sound - like an animal in distress. Molly hears it, too, and they trace it to the disused swimming pool at the back of the institute. However, there are no animals: the scientists are meant to be researching plants. Then Molly and Joe make an amazing discovery: a creature which is part-plant and part-animal. The Planimal can photosynthesise and make its own food. It's a mind-blowing discovery with huge implications for the scientific world. Some people, however, want to use the Planimal for their own selfish ends. Who are they, what do they want, and can Molly and Joe defeat them - and set the Planimal free?
An orphan boy's triumph over adversity, with help from a fire-breathing, winged horse Stormy is an orphan and a kitchen skivvy. He tends the compost, he scrubs the floors, and watches feasts make their way up the mountain as he survives on bread and water. A skivvy is all that Stormy can hope to be. But Stormy has a secret. He wants to be a sky-rider, to soar amongst the clouds on spitfyres: flying horses that spit fire and smoke, and answer only to their riders. A chance meeting with an escaped convict turns Stormy's life upside down. Sent up to the Academy he uncovers a web of lies, deceits and neglect, at the centre of which lies the mysterious thirteenth horse. Can Stormy save Thirteen, defeat the dark forces at work within the Academy and prove himself worthy as a sky-rider?
Molly the farm girl has always dreamed of being a princess, wearing gorgeous clothes and having a Princely husband. So when the Royal Palace holds a competition to find A PERFECT PRINCESS, Molly enters it. Molly looks the part with her knee-length hair and fine new clothes but can she pass the princess tests? The pea in the mattress, the awful mother-in-law, the dangerous spinning wheel! Using her common sense she finds herself through to the final six princesses and gets her chance to dance with Prince Percy Percival. But is Prince Percival really the man of her dreams? Or is it blue-eyed Stan the blacksmith she's left behind at the farm?
If only Clinky Monkey, the black and white dog, could speak - he'd tell everyone about the garden gnome that's creeping round the house. But he can't. It's not until they catch the gnome sneaking right into Laurie's bedroom that the three brothers find out about the amazing Great Gnome Robbery masterminded by tiny Mr Gribble, the strange man hiding next door. The boys devise a cunning plan to foil Gribble's plot and using clever disguises they uncover some strange secrets as they solve the mystery of the Gnome with the Knobbly Knees.
This is a modern version of the fairy tale about the Princess who kisses a frog, and he turns into a Prince - although in this retelling, she kisses a toad, and he doesn't turn into a Prince immediately. Oh no. He just falls in love with her generous spirit, and then has to get a wizard to perform the transformation. Very luckily he is friendly with the Court Magician's shaggy dog, and between them they manage to manipulate the wizard's magic for their own ends. The toad makes an incredibly ugly Prince (all protruding eyes, and prehensile tongue, not to mention an abiding delight in eating flies). How amazing that the Princess is just like him! They could have been made for each other!
Escaping from a grey, rule-bound city, a girl discovers her family and homeland
Crystal is unusual. With her silvery blonde hair and blue eyes, there isn't anyone like her in the town except for her mom and everyone says her mom is crazy--or a witch. Crystal knows that the town leader has something to do with her mother's madness but how can she prove it? And how can she stop him when the town guard tramps the streets day and night, there's a curfew, and a strange creature in their house spies on them, recording their every move? When Crystal thinks she glimpses someone looking up at her from the depths of Lop Lake, she is amazed yet strangely hopeful--could this be the help she's been waiting for?
A fantastical twist on a classic story. Thrown out of the Knip and Pynch Home for Waifs and Strays, Sparrow is an orphan accompanied only by her loyal cat Scaramouch and a single clue to her real family. Sparrow travels to the town of Stollenback where, lost and afraid, she is taken in by Gloriana, a strange and colourful street girl. Sparrow thinks she has found a home in the 'nest' - a hideout for homeless girls run by the beautiful but menacing Miss Minter. Sparrow is taught to make matches and stay quiet, but all is not as it seems. And what does the vicious Tapper want with her? As Sparrow uncovers a web of strange and suspicious secrets she finds herself at the heart of an undercover smuggling trade with a price on her head. Kidnapped and locked in the dark coal cellar, Sparrow's dream of finding a family seems impossible. A wonderful re-imagining of OLIVER TWIST, Sparrow's adventure realises the dark secrets of Dickensian London with a fantastical twist for younger readers.
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