Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in these gripping and award-winning Victorian adventures.
To celebrate the release of Shadowsea in January 2020 – the fourth and thrilling final book in the Cogheart Adventures series – we've released these limited editions with gorgeous sprayed edges of all books in the series.
A really wonderful steampunk story that reminded me of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series. It's pacy and exciting, and I loved the world that Peter has built. Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike series
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Reborn for a new generation of readers, North Child is a spellbinding adventure to curl up with on long winter nights.
A beautiful, epic story of destiny, magic and love… Reborn for a new generation of readers. Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. For Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny… A spellbinding adventure to curl up with on long winter nights.
An absolute stunner... Perfection. Alex Bell, author of The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
Where impossible becomes possible...
Join Suzy again for more adventure and magic in The Great Brain Robbery – the sequel to the award-winning The Train to Impossible Places from author P.G. Bell, with glorious illustrations from Flavia Sorrentino.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019 Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019 Shortlisted for the IBW Book Awards 2019 All aboard for a magical journey... When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for The Union of Impossible Places. Whisked onboard by a troll boy called Wilmot, Suzy's world is turned upside down when she's given the job of delivering a cursed package to the fearsome sorceress, Lady Crepuscula. Except when the mysterious package begs not to be delivered, Suzy discovers the fate of the Impossible Places might just be in her hands...
Great fun, fast-moving and inventive Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines
Join Suzy for her highly-anticipated second journey in The Great Brain Robbery, the sequel to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted The Train to Impossible Places. Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places on the Impossible Postal Express. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret caverns to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down…
Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka the Bear's journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.
They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong. Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.
Glistening with the very real magic of love and belonging, this is a gem of a story Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island
Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...
Like all her previous bestselling titles, Lara Williamson's new novel for 9+ readers The Girl With Space in Her Heart is a heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about the power of family.
Lara's writing is quirky, original and brilliantly addictive Cathy Cassidy
Developing empathy for people from different backgrounds and experiences is one of the great benefits of reading, for any age.
Secrets, mystery and bravery meet in this gripping adventure set against the backdrop of the First World War, from debut author A.M. Howell.
October, 1916. Clara has been sent to stay with her aunt and uncle while England is at war. But when she reaches their cottage on an enormous country estate, Clara is plunged into a tangle of secrets… A dark, locked room, a scheming thief, and a mysterious boy who only appears at night. Clara has a secret of her own too – a terrible one about her brother, fighting in the war. And as the secrets turn to danger, Clara must find the courage to save herself, and those around her… Secrets, mystery and bravery meet in this gripping historical adventure.
Exactly the kind of book I love to curl up with. . . full of skilfully layered secrets Andy Shepherd, author of The Boy Who Grew Dragons
A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets
In the land of Farallone, the City dwellers' greed for stargold threatens to destroy the mystical Wild Folk.
A timeless adventure filled with wonder and a crucial environmental message, this series concludes with The Wild Folk Rising.
In the land of Farallone, the City dwellers' greed for stargold threatens to destroy the mystical Wild Folk. Their only hope rests with two young hares and their human companions – Tin, a City boy with a passion for invention, and curious Country girl Comfrey. To protect the stargold Tin and Comfrey face impossible tasks, each stranger than the last. And every creature they meet on their extraordinary journey, from the tiniest ant to the grizzliest witch, has a crucial role to play in saving the land they love. A timeless adventure filled with wonder and a crucial environmental message, this is the first book in the magical Stargold Chronicles.
The City Brothers thought the Country a barren place. Now they know it’s teeming with stargold, Country girl Comfrey and City boy Tin must save the magical Wild Folk from their evil clutches. On a journey from the deadly Underworld to the highest mountain, they’ll need all their courage and ingenuity to stop the devastation of the land they love. A timeless adventure filled with wonder and a crucial environmental message, this is the second and final book in the magical Stargold Chronicles.
An epic quest in a beautiful, troubled world Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
Are you ready for a most peculiar fairytale? The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods is a spectacular debut by Samuel J. Halpin, with illustrations by Hannah Peck.
This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace… Poppy and Erasmus are certain there's something peculiar going on in Suds, and they're determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the darking and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery?
A thrilling read...flavoured with fairytales, drizzled with a syrup of fear and sprinkled with heart... M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy
Samuel J. Halpin, author of The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods, explains why children should confront what scares them in books.