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There's no one Karl Lion loves more than his older brother, Jonathan, who is brave, strong, and handsome - everything Karl believes he is not. Karl never wants to be parted from him. But Karl is sick, and knows he's going to die. To comfort him, Jonathan tells him stories of Nangiyala, the wonderful place he'll be going to when he dies, and where he will wait until Jonathan is ready to join him there. Then the unthinkable happens . . . Jonathan is killed in an accident. Heartbroken, Karl longs for the day he'll be reunited with his brother. When the time comes, he finds Nangiyala just as wonderful as he'd imagined. However, Nangiyala is under threat. A cruel tyrant is determined to claim it as his own, and at his command is a terrible beast that is feared throughout the land. Karl must summon all of his courage to help his brother prepare for the battle that lies ahead . . . 'I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child' Francesca Simon, author of the 'Horrid Henry' books.
Children eagerly await the arrival of Christmas day in this fun portrait of a joyful yule.
Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson is the unwelcome foster child of an uncaring couple. Lonely and neglected, he yearns for simple things, things that many children already have: a warm, loving home of his own, someone to share his sorrows and joys with, and, most important, his real father. Then, on October 15th, Karl Anders Nilsson simply disappears. Where has he gone? (Police are searching for him!) But Karl is far away from chilly Stockholm, in Farawayland, where he has found his father, who is none other than the King of that land. And now Karl faces a truly dangerous mission. Prophecies have foretold his coming for thousands of years. He, his new best friend Pompoo, and Miramis, his wonderful flying horse with a golden mane, must travel together into the darkness of Outer Land to do battle with Sir Kato, the cruel abductor of the children of Farawayland. Only a child of the royal blood can stop him....
In this the second story about Pippi Longstocking the ten year old with the carrot colored hair, Pippi goes on many adventures. She has a candy party for the village children, helps out saving a girl at the fair from a tiger, beats up a town bully, and learns great news about her father. Good book for all ages.
"My name is Pippi Longstocking," she said. "And this is Tommy and Annika." She pointed to her friends. "Is there anything we can do for you-tear down a house or chop down a tree? Or is there anything else that needs to be changed? Just say the word!" In this characteristic manner Pippi introduced herself to a rather unpleasant gentleman who was trying (unsuccessfully ) to buy Villa Villekulla, where Pippi, that red-headed and fabulously strong girl, lived alone with her horse and monkey. Her father was away in the South Seas, busy being king of Kurrekurredutt Island. When the king sent for Pippi, she decided to take Tommy and Annika along with her, because they had had the measles, and she thought the change would do them good. They found the island a fantastic place-and what with Pippi's usual feats of derring one rollicking adventure followed another. Those who already know the fantastic, outrageously funny, but oddly logical Pippi will join with new readers in the general enthusiasm she always arouses. "We're always going to have fun," said Annika. "In Villa Villekulla, on Kurrekurredutt Island, anywhere." And you will too.
Tiny Seacrow Island is one of hundreds of islands in the sparkling blue of the Baltic Sea. Though small, it has everything you'd want in an island: woods to wander in, flowers to pick, fish to catch, boats to sail in, all kinds of animals. But it doesn't have very many young people. So when the four Melkerson kids and their father move into Carpenter's Cottage one June day, they're immediately welcomed by the resourceful islanders: Johan and Niklas Melkerson, at twelve and thirteen, are natural companions for adventurous Freddy and Teddy (girls exactly their age); dreamy Pelle, the baby of the family, gets up to trouble with bossy Tjorven and fanciful Stina; and ever-responsible Malin, who at nineteen looks after her scatterbrained father as well as her brothers, catches the eye of all the island's young men. Before long Seacrow Island and Carpenter's Cottage (tumbledown and leaky though it may be) have become a real home for the Melkersons. Seacrow Island is a remarkable story, filled with sweetness and sorrow, humor and suspense, and peopled with the vivid, unexpected, wonderfully winning characters we've come to expect from the creator of the unforgettable Pippi Longstocking.
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