Books

War Girls

Adèle Geras (and others)

As featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.
This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war.
Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.

Peas In A Pod

Adèle Geras

'I bet Stella asks us to be her bridesmaids. We'll have really beautiful clothes to wear . . .'

Stella-across-the-road is getting married - with a wonderful, romantic wedding. It's a dream come true for Jo, who is sure she and her sister Lily will be Stella's bridesmaids. But although the two girls look just like each other - like two peas in a pod - they are very different. Lily hates silly, frilly dresses and doesn't want to be a bridesmaid. Can both sisters find a way to enjoy the wedding?

Peas in a Pod is the second tale about Jo and Lily. Also available is Chalk and Cheese.

Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes be reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

The Six Swan Brothers: A Magic Beans Story

Adèle Geras

When six brothers are turned into swans by an evil queen, their fate falls into the hands of their younger sister. Can she save them - and herself - before it's too late?

This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children.

This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.

Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag

Adèle Geras (and others)

Magic beans. Sow them. Plant them. Watch children grow.

'If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!' - Shel Silverstein, Poet

Each and every one of the stories in this anthology is a magic bean: a wondrous tale that will capture your imagination. Prepare to be dazzled by Rapunzel's golden tresses. Prepare to be moved by the suffering of the Little Mermaid. Prepare to laugh yourself silly as 'Mr Sultana' struggles to get the better of a little red rooster!

Lovingly crafted by the finest authors and illustrators, these 'magic beans' will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain.

The Cats of Cuckoo Square

Adèle Geras (and others)

A delightful short story collection with the Cats of Cuckoo Square quartet:

Blossom's Revenge

Blossom, a plump and contented cat, is horrified when six-year-old Prissy comes to stay with 'her' family. Suddenly there is nowhere she can go and doze without being disturbed, no place she can hide from Prissy. And when Prissy pulls her tail (no-one has done that since she was a little kitten!), Blossom makes up her mind: Prissy must go!
All she needs is a plan...

Picasso Perkins

Life becomes very difficult for Perkins when Lexie decides she's going to do a picture of him for a 'Paint Your Pet' competition. He is very fond of his young owner, but really! All he asks for in life is a bit of peace and quiet...

However, to his surprise, Perkins finds that he too can be creative...

Geejay the Hero

Geejay - a striking ginger tom with a thirst for adventure - takes matters into his own paws when he discovers a little boy next door who isn't allowed to play outside because of his allergies...

Callie's Kitten

Poor Callie feels totally ignored when a new baby arrives in the house. Even David - her special friend - pushes her away and no-one seems to appreciate the efforts she makes to welcome it. Even her carefully chosen gift (a dead bird) is greeted with horror rather than delight. And when she is banished to the kitchen, Callie sadly resolves that she is no longer wanted. She has no choice but to run away...

Little Swan

Adèle Geras

Louisa (known as Weezer) is determined to become a ballet dancer. She starts lessons locally and with her typical self-assuredness, soon sees herself in the role of class-star. So when it comes to putting on a performance, Weezer knows there's only one place for her prima ballerina or bust!

Louisa The Ballerina

Adèle Geras

LOUISA'S SECRET
When Louisa's ballet class have to choose partners, her new neighbour Tony is the perfect choice. But Tony thinks ballet lessons are for wimps!

LOUISA IN THE WINGS
A Russian ballet company comes to town and Louisa is desperate to see them. She tries to raise the money for the tickets but it's all sold out! Can anyone help her?

A RIVAL FOR LOUISA
At first, Louisa doesn't like Phoebe, the new girl in her ballet class. But they soon find out they have more in common than they thought...

Pictures Of The Night : Egerton Hall Trilogy 3

Adèle Geras

Once, when Megan, Bella and Alice shared a room, the Tower Room was theirs alone, remote from the rest of Egerton Hall School. Here they formed a deep friendship, which would continue long after they left their enchanted world. But now Bella thinks her life is in danger. Is her stepmother really as wicked as she believes, or can imagination sometimes be more sinister than reality?

Happy Ever After

Adèle Geras

The Tower Room: Loosely based on Rapunzel, this is the story of a sudden, unexpected, passionate relationship and the unforessen yet inevitable results of defying convention. When Megan glimpses Simon from her tower room, their worlds are changed forever.

Watching the Roses: A modern version of Sleeping Beauty, this is a haunting tale of treachery and betrayal. An ill-wishing has been placed on Alice, and it seems to be coming true.

Pictures of the Night: A retelling of the Snow White fairytale, this is a thirlling story of jealousy and enchantment. Is Bella's stepmother really as wicked as she believes?

Chalk & Cheese

Adèle Geras

"I'd hate to look absolutely sweet," said Lily. "I'm glad it's not me who has to be the Fairy..."

Lily and Jo are sisters, but they are as different as chalk and cheese. Jo adores her ballet lessons, but Lily wants to go riding or learn judo.

Jo's dream is to be given a special part in the annual ballet school display. Lily can't think of anything she'd like less - she thinks ballet is soppy! But will she change her mind when disaster strikes?

Picasso Perkins

Adèle Geras

Life becomes very difficult for Perkins when Lexie decides she's going to do a picture of him for a 'Paint Your Pet' competition. He is very fond of his young owner, but really! All he asks for in life is a bit of peace and quiet...

However, to his surprise, Perkins finds that he too can be creative...

Geejay the Hero

Adèle Geras

Geejay - a striking ginger tom with a thirst for adventure - takes matters into his own paws when he discovers a little boy next door who isn't allowed to play outside because of his allergies...

Other Echoes

Adèle Geras

Other Echoes is the delicate and sensitive story of a young woman's growing self-awareness after revisiting her past. Flora is eighteen and recovering from an illness in the sanatorium at her boarding school. To while away the time, she starts to write down the story of her childhood - how at nine years old, she moved to Borneo with her parents, and encountered people and events shaped by the tragedies of the Second World War. In making sense of her own memories, Flora uncovers the ideas and emotions that make her the person she is today.

Blossom's Revenge

Adèle Geras

Blossom, a plump and contented cat, is horrified when six-year-old Prissy comes to stay with 'her' family. Suddenly there is nowhere she can go and doze without being disturbed, no place she can hide from Prissy. And when Prissy pulls her tail (no-one has done that since she was a little kitten!), Blossom makes up her mind: Prissy must go!

All she needs is a plan...

Louisa's Secret

Adèle Geras

New boy, Tony moves into the neighbourhood and he Weezer become instant friends. Weezer wants Tony to come to ballet with her, but he reckons it's just for 'sissies'. Somehow Weezer manages to persuade him to at least help her practice at home and Tony soon finds out that, not only is he quite good at this dancing lark but, he actually rather enjoys it too!

A Rival For Louisa

Adèle Geras

Phoebe's new to the ballet class and Louisa (aka Weezer) takes an instant dislike to her - she's pretty, posh and worst of all, a good dancer too! When they're both picked to play in THE NUTCRACKER, Weezer is super smug - she's got a big part and Phoebe's just a measly mouse. BUt as rehearsals progress, the pair find that actually they rather like each other, and when Weezer hurts her ankle, it's Phoebe who's able to save the day.

Callie's Kitten

Adèle Geras

Poor Callie feels totally ignored when a new baby arrives in the house. Even David - her special friend - pushes her away and no-one seems to appreciate the efforts she makes to welcome it. Even her carefully chosen gift (a dead bird) is greeted with horror rather than delight. And when she is banished to the kitchen, Callie sadly resolves that she is no longer wanted. She has no choice but to run away...

Louisa On Screen : Little Swan Ballet Book 5

Adèle Geras

Louisa and her sister are off to Florida to enjoy some fun in the sun with their dad. But for Louisa that means missing her school's end-of-year display and the thought of Phoebe dancing the lead role instead of her is just unbearable. Until, that is, she is given the chance to appear in a TV commercial.

Good Luck, Louisa!

Adèle Geras

Louisa is horrified when she gets the news that Miss Matting's Ballet school has to close down. The only other school in town is notoriously hard to get into, and very expensive! Phoebe, Tony and Louisa all audition and the others soon receive letters telling them their fate. But there is no letter for Louisa. Is this the end of her dancing career?

Ithaka

Adèle Geras

ITHAKA tells the story of the women left behind after the end of the Trojan War. While Odysseus is slowly making his way home, overcoming terrible obstacles sent by the gods, his wife Penelope does not know whether he's alive or dead. How long will she be able to withstand the pressure of the numerous suitors who seek her hand (and Ithaka) - and will she remain as faithful as mythology states, or might she fall in love with one of them?

The vivid colours of life on the abundant island of Ithaka are evoked with magic and warmth, as Penelope and those around her tell their own incredible stories. Interspersed with wonderful verse retellings of Odysseus' adventures, this is a thrilling novel with a contemporary feel.

Biography

Adèle Geras was born in Jerusalem and travelled widely as a child. She started writing over thirty years ago and has published more than eighty books for children and young adults. Ithaka was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, and has two grown up daughters and two grandchildren.