Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1996.
Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skives off school, cheeks the teachers, and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by telling awful lies. None of this matters to Natalie who finds her exciting, but as Tulip’s games become dangerous, Natalie realises that she is going too far.
Frankenstein-meets-Pinnochio-meets-Faust in this incredible feat of storytelling. Fritz, the writer, spins a spine-tingling tale to cheer up Karl, the apprentice clockmaker. But rather than helping matters, the story beings to come true….
Set in the exciting and exotic world of piracy in the Madagascan Seas, this tale is an adventure story of three children, two boys and a girl, who leave an ordinary English life to battle with a host of larger-than-life villains, storms and shipwrecks, and life in a very new and different world.
Nick Hartley has just lost yet another fight with Harry Buncher—and has gotten his head banged into a wall in the bargain. So everything is looking a little funny to him already when Nick meets Moe Nagic, a homeless man with a puzzle and a secret to sell. It seems there’s a way in to the world of the puzzle, a way to visit Trokeville, just at the edge of the puzzle picture. But when Nick takes the chance, he finds that it’s more dangerous than he thought—and that his mind could leave him stranded there with no way of returning.