Charlie Moon's Auntie Jean runs a joke shop at the seaside. Charlie loves to go and stay there and try out the comic hats, masks, rubber spiders, fake flowers that squirt water, and cushions that squeak when you sit on them...even when his clever cousin Ariadne is staying, too.
Olive is an only child. She lives by the sea in a ramshackle old house with her mother, Mog, successful, busy and hardly ever at home. Olive is very pale and very quiet and she doesn't quite fit in. But she has a best friend, Mathilda, and that's what matters.
And then Mathilda decides to be someone else's best friend.
Just as life really can't get much worse, Pip shows up. Brash, loud Pip, who is everything that Olive is not, and is about to cause Olive a whole heap of trouble - and open her up to a whole new world of possibilities.
His last thought, as the stun charges lanced through him and he felt his body arch and then start its slow, dreamlike tumble down the stairs, was: What did I do wrong?
Rico Garron is in trouble -- again. What starts out as a routine expedition back to five thousand BC, turns into the first murder investigation for hundreds of years. A complex spiral of subterfuge, intrigue and powerplay begins to unravel, and now the entire future of the world is at stake . . .
Meurig, the fiddler, is a haunted man. Hafren, the evil spirit-woman of the Severn has captured his soul and now possesses the key to his life - a small candle stub. Hafren taunts and torments Meurig but with help from Conor and Sara, he CAN take back his life from her watery grasp - at the cost of flooding the land. Meurig must make his choice - his life or the village. . . . . .
Jamie was at the library looking for a book that was different, one he could get lost in. But he didn't mean it literally.
The Book with his own name in it leads Jamie and his sister Jenny into the Summer Country - a world of magic and danger, where even time behaves strangely; where Fintan's Tower has held its prisoner since the days of Camelot, and will keep Jamie and Jenny, too, unless Jamie can read the book right . . .
Something strange is going on by the slimy river Oozeburn. But Jin is the only one who knows. The ancient predator Zilombo is loose and has snatched Jin's baby brother. When Mizz Z, a secret agent, arrives to investigate, the race is on to save him. But the beast's mysterious powers are evolving. She's getting stronger. As Jin, his sister Frankie and Mizz Z make their plans, Zilombo grows hungrier...
It is deep autumn and William, Mary and Alice Constant have returned to Golden House for the half-term holidays. At once they are thrown into the most crucial and desperate adventure of all. Matthew Morden is on the point of discovering for himself the art of time travel and his evil influence is permeating the whole valley. Now the future of the valley depends on the children reaching the Magician in his own time. The time has come for a final confrontation; the last great battle is about to be fought.
It is spring and William, Mary and Alice Constant have returned to Golden House for the Easter holidays, anxious to see if the magic will work again. When they are drawn to the Magician's hideout, through a door in a tree, they learn that the secret to magic is believing; and through believing they can enter the magic and continue their great task.
THE SNOW WALKER'S SON is a book of intrigue; of banishment and sorcery; of an ice cold winter and an unseen evil eye. Jessa and Thorkil are banished by the evil witch Gudrun to the ice kingdom to the North. Here they will be incarcerated with Gudrun's son Kari; about whom there are the most terrible tales. He is rumoured to be half-man, half-beast and is a figure of dread. After an endless journey, Thorkil and Jessa arrive and, at last meet Kari. He is not as they feared but is a slight winsome young man. His only terror is that he, too, has the power. But he is determined to use the magic wisely.
When the evil Snow-Walker Gudrun steals Signi's soul on the eve of her wedding, Kari knows it is his mother's sign to take up her final, most dreadful confrontation - from which only one of them can emerge alive. Together with his stalwart friends, Jessa, Brochael, Skapti and Hakon he sets off to challenge Gudrun in her own land, beyond the rainbow bridge. It's a journey few before have dared attempt -and from which none have returned. . .
A creature moves down out of the uttermost North. It's a sending summoned by Gudrun to cause destruction in the kingdom of Wulfgar, and as it travels down towards the Jarlshold it leaves a trail of devastation in its wake. Kari Ragnarrson tells his friends of old that he knows why the creature is coming: it has been sent by Gudrun as a test for him, a test of the powers which he has inherited from her. Ultimately, Kari must come to terms with the full strength of his powers in order to win his struggle and defeat the curse of Gudrun. It is a battle of the spirit which Kari knows he must win.
Life is sweet for seventeen-year-old Alison. A long, hot summer nannying in the South of France is bound to brush-up her French, top-up her tan and - who knows? - maybe even pep-up her love life too! But when Alison arrives in the sleepy village of St Secrets her dreams come crashing down around her. . . it's just so dull! And then she discovers the secret diary, and Alison finds herself swept away with its emotional, passionate and intriguing revelations. . .
They've put a price on Hopper's head, A million quid I heard it said...
Hopper Rooney's famous for his outrageously unreal stories. So it's no surprise that no-one believes him when he tells them that someone is living in his da's garden shed!
Da's in hospital, the weight walking off him, his head filled with worry about his garage business, and Hooper is sure that the last thing he needs to know is that a mysterious African has moved in with their lawn-mower.
Can Spoofer prove he's not the eejit everyone reckons he is? That this time, he's telling the truth?
Bring him in alive or dead, And never let a tear be shed.
James's mum is a real computer whizz. She designs computers that can launch space missions. But she's not quite so good at ordinary, boring mum stuff! James is forever turning up at school without his dinner money or permission forms for outings. Then his mum has an idea - she'll make him a mother-robot. The Robomum is certainly a brilliant machine. She shops, washes and cooks - and quickly learns all James's favourite recipes. She tests him on his spelling, helps with his maths and makes sure he never forgets his swimming kit. But when James gets ill, he soon realizes that a computer could never replace his mum when he really needs her.
Rowan's family live deep in the country - in a caravan. They are travellers and life is chaotic and very, very happy; until, that is, the day Rowan meets a strange old woman who carries the secrets of the past under her shawl. . . It is a past in which a child, Liza, is locked in a place of fear and danger - and only Rowan can unlock the door from past to present and set Liza free.
Remember, you may not see me, but I shall be there... watching. You cannot hide from the Creeper... Lucy is delighted when she spots the old audio tape in a second-hand bookshop: a spooky story, perfect for listening to at Halloween. But then she and her friend Jack listen to the tape, and Lucy is suddenly really scared. For the story tells the terrifying tale of the Creeper, a horrific creature formed from the ashes of a murdered man and bent on revenge against all wrongdoers. And Lucy has just done something truly terrible to her best friend. Now the Creeper is loose - and he has a new victim...
Everyone loves Spike's baby brother, Ali. He's so cute even the school bullies want to babysit him. But Spike isn't so sure. Ali's poos are bright green and his soft, brown skin looks a little scaly. Yes, there's definitely something strange about Ali! And when Spike discovers a way to learn the truth, he begins to realise just how different his family really is...
The summer holidays loomed ahead, with nothing to look forward to except one dreary week in a caravan with only mum and dad for company. Roger was sure he'd be bored.
But then Dad finds Nuffin; an abandoned puppy who's more a bundle of skin and bone than a dog. Roger's holiday is transformed and soon he and Nuffin are inseperable. But Dad is adamant that Nuffin must find a new home. Is there any way Roger can persuade him to change his mind?
Darting through the water, the tiny creature feels a vast shadow and sees gigantic thrashing limbs: a Paddlefoot! Peering into the depths from up above, the girl glimpses a flash of blue and a sequinned tail. Surely she must be dreaming?
Little does Jo know what she has spotted one of the Waterfolk who have made their home behind the waterfall. Soon the destinies of Paddlefeet and Waterfolk are entwined as Jo and her friends, Fizz and Tash, battle to save the vulnerable river-dwellers before it' s too late, in the most exciting adventure of their lives.