Banks has recreated the legend of King Midas into an exciting story that brings to life the reality of having greedy and thoughtless wishes come true.
Alice must write about herself for a project in her London school, and in doing so, she sorts out her feelings about her prickly single mother, the father she has never met, her flamboyant grandmother, and the rest of her sometimes puzzling life.
Wicked, hilarious magic in an acclaimed novel of good and evil twins, from The New York Times bestselling author of The Indian in the Cupboard. Twins "Angela and Diabola" are as different as day and night. From the moment they are born, Angela is beautiful, loving, and perfect in every way. Diabola is ugly, unpleasant, and troublesome in direct proportion. No one knows what to do about the horrid child, and only her twin Angela has the power to affect her -- but at a terrible price. "A wickedly comic novel....A modern fairy tale in form, arch in style".
The murder of fourteen-year-old Glen Shelby, soon after his arrival in Israel to visit his father's family, has a dramatic effect on the lives of his relatives, the other members of their kibbutz, and the Arabs responsible for his death.
A story of the renewal of an old childhood friendship--Sue and Mariolain--who realize that time hasn't so much changed them as borne the fruit of youthful events. And details how they cope with being survivors of the war in Holland and what it has taught them about their present and past relationships.
A biography of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Bronte. They spent much of their childhood and adolescence creating plays, writing epic poems and stories about dream worlds which seemed more real to them, than everyday life.
In the aftermath of a murderous savagery between two rival Scottish lairds, Bruce McLennan commands the building of a castle with a dungeon below. During its building, he travels to the far away, and then almost unknown land of China, where he joins a troop of mercenary soldiers-all to distract him from his memories. In a poor tea-house, he encounters the child Peony, and, on impulse, buys her to be his attendant. Despite his harshness toward her, she serves him faithfully. After many adventures, they return to Scotland, where McLennan s castle-and his planned revenge-await him. Within these dark walls, Peony finds a new life and unexpected happiness. For McLennan the time has come to fill the dungeon with its destined prisoner. But he does not dream of the terrible twist of fate, that will make him lock away his old enemy but the most precious person in his life. Celebrated author Lynne Reid Banks takes us back to the fourteenth century in this compelling epic of one lord s bitterstruggle, his quest for vengeance, and the tragic awakening of his frozen heart.
Martha Fletcher's interview experience at Aaron Franks' office leads her to a new life.
The Fairy Queen strictly forbids fairies from using their magic power on humans. But after Tiki accidentally meets Jan, a woman who is desperate for a baby daughter, she finds it impossible to resist fulfilling her wish. Now up against the dark and vicious power of evil, this fairy rebel must face the Queen's fury with frightening and possibly fatal results.From the Hardcover edition.
This is the tale of the young heroine Dakin, who sets out on a terrifying journey through wicked woods and haunted mountain paths to find the farthest-away mountain and break the spell by which it's been bound for two hundred years.
Harry is a poisonous centipede but he's not "very" brave. Still, he is the star of this "seriously" squirmy story. Harry likes to eat things that wriggle and crackle, and things that are juicy and munchy!
Look out, Hoo-Mins! Here comes a third adventure to make you squirm. Harry and George, the incident-prone centipede buddies who have had fans laughing through two hilarious sagas of accidental derringdo, Harry the Poisonous Centipede and Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure, are back in their third and final escapade--and this time our two favorite arthropods are in really over their heads!
Harry, a young centipede, faces danger and frustration when he is captured by a hoo-min and placed in a jar. Sequel to Harry the Poisonous Centipede.
One family's household has been in a state of disarray because of one small furry problem. Meet Houdini, an extraordinarily brilliant escapologist. No, not that Houdini. This one is a hamster. Once you meet him, you will understand that his owners just couldn't name him anything else, for his name is quite fitting. He can escape from anything--a cage or the clutches of a mean cat. While on his escapades, he causes all kinds of trouble from chewing through wires to causing a flood. But Houdini thinks it's all worth it, because he is desperate to explore the great Outdoors. But once he gets out, will he ever come back? Or will this be his final escape?From the Trade Paperback edition.
A young man receives two presents that will change his life: a plastic miniature Indian that magically comes to life inside a mysterious old cupboard.From the Hardcover edition.
Acclaimed New York Times selected "best book of the year," The Indian in the Cupboard, joins The Return of the Indian, and The Secret of the Indian for this eomni special. With magical and fantastical elements, these three extraordinary novels have withstood the test of time to become beloved classics. Young readers are drawn to the endearing characters, the fast-paced and convincingly portrayed action, and themes of friendship, responsibility, and burgeoning independence. This eomni edition will surely take a prominent place on everyone's virtual bookshelves!
In "The Mystery of the Cupboard, " Omri's father finds out his magical secret. Now Little Bear, Omri's Iroquois friend from the past, is in grave danger and needs help. As father and son struggle to solve the problem of traveling through time to reach Little Bear, they cannot know what terrors lie in wait.
This is a collection of letters written to his sons in Israel by a father who migrated to Canada as an evacuee.
It all started with a shattering bang. Maura found herself flat on her face on the pavement. For moments there was nothing, just blackness and silence. But she knew. Once again, a bomb had exploded in the streets of Belfast. Maura lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her life is hard. Her poor mother, thin and tired, depends on her to care for the baby, get her six-year-old brother off to school, and dress and feed her big sister Colleen, who is as helpless as an infant. Maura's big brother Kieran is in prison for sabotage against the Brits; her father is risking the same, or worse, as a member of the Irish Republican Army. And the war goes on and on. It seems so hopeless. Then, in the wake of the bomb blast, an amazing thing happens. Maura looks up from the pavement and sees a girl lying next to her who looks just like her--except that she's perfect...Also, she's naked! Maura quickly wraps the girl in her own coat and takes her home. Who is this strange creature? Where has she come from? She seems to know nothing of the world--not even simple things like how to eat or fall asleep or talk. She doesn't understand pain. Yet she has a magical way with people. The baby stops crying; quarrels dissolve. Even poor, simple minded Colleen responds to her. Maura's mother smiles again, and their home becomes peaceful and full of exciting moments of magic. When Maura discovers Angela's secret, she trusts her for the miracle that could bring her father and brother home. But Angela doesn't understand Maura's world--a world that spoils miracles, making them go tragically wrong.
A teen-aged boy becomes embroiled in the mysterious life of a farm girl while on vacation in the south of France.
My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live. With these words, a Hebrew mother places her infant son, Moses, in a basket and sets him adrift on the Nile River.
Fifteen-year-old Kate becomes aware of the class consciousness of her middle class family and friends when she falls in love with a boy from a working class family.
In the fourth book in Bank's acclaimed INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD saga, Omri and his family move to an old farmhouse, where he finds an ancient notebook that reveals a family secret-and the mysterious origins of his magical cupboard.
Life on a border Kibbutz in Israel turns out to be one challenge after another for Lesley who has taken good life for granted.
It's been over a year since Omri discovered in The Indian in the Cupboard that, with the turn of a key, he could magically bring to life the three-inch-high Indian figure he placed inside his cupboard. Omri and his Indian, Little Bear, create a fantastic world together until one day, Omri realizes the terrible consequences if Little Bear ever got trapped in his "giant" world. Reluctantly, Omri sends the Indian back through the cupboard, giving his mother the magic key to wear around her neck so that he will never be tempted to bring Little Bear back to life.But one year later, full of exciting news, Omri gives way to temptation when he finds that his mother has left the magic key lying on the bathroom sink.A whole new series of adventures awaits Omri as he discovers that his Indian has been critically wounded during the French and Indian Wars and desperately needs Omri's help.Now, helplessly caught between his own life and his cupboard life of war and death, Omri must act decisively if he is to save Little Bear and his village from being completely destroyed. What began as a harmless game has tumed into a horrible nightmare, a nightmare in which Omri is irrevocably involved, and from which he may never escape.From the Hardcover edition.