Tilja has grown up in the peaceful Valley, which is protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest. But the forest’s power has begun to fade and the Valley is in danger. Tilja is the youngest of four brave souls who venture into the Empire together to find the mysterious magician who can save the Valley. And much to her amazement, Tilja gradually learns that only she, an ordinary girl with no magical powers, has the ability to protect her group and their quest from the Empire’s sorcerers.
An attack in the dark, screams, burning huts…
Thirteen-year-old Theodore crouches under the trees. His father’s Mission has been destroyed. His father is dead. Theodore is on his own, fleeing the Chinese rebels of the Boxer uprising.
Then Mrs Jones appears. A botanist, Mrs Jones is a feisty, aging, good-hearted woman who has an amazing (and eye-opening) vocabulary and who adopts Theodore into her band of travellers. Fleeing bandits, the group enters Tibet, where they meet the old Lama who rules a monastery. But when the Lama says they have been drawn to him by destiny, and insists that Theodore, Mrs Jones, and her young Chinese courier Lung hold the clue to the birth of the long-awaited Tulku, or reincarnated spiritual master, there seems to be no escape…
The picnic on the beach is Eva’s last memory. As she lies in the hospital bed while her mother explains about the accident and the coma, Eva senses there is something they are not telling her—a price she must pay to be alive.
Paul Kagomi is a child guerrilla, orphaned by war in Africa and schooled in bloodshed, who places his trust in his AK, his gun. He can’t remember his village, destroyed long ago, or his family. He has only Michael, his “uncle,” leader of their commando unit, who trained him to fight as a fierce, proud warrior.
With the promise of peace, Michael becomes a member of the government in the capital, and Paul buries the AK and is sent to school. But the peace does not last, and Paul and his friend Jilli set out to find his faithful gun again.
They may be children, but they are warriors too.
City of Gold offers a radical and fascinating approach to thirty-three Old Testament Bible stories. It is set in a time before the Bible was written down, when its stories where handed from generation to generation by the spoken word.
The Blue Hawk is powerful, sacred, untameable. Its sacrifice will bring glory to the gods, strength to the nation - and the success of evil plans by sinister priests. But when the gods command Tron, a temple boy, to rescue the bird and overturn the sacrifice, the destiny of the kingdom is placed in his hands. Hunted by temple assassins, Tron and his hawk flee into the blazing desert, where they are helped by an ambitious young king with dark secrets of his own. And soon they find themselves at the heart of a ferocious battle for the future of their world.
A collection of anecdotes, stories, facts, and activities relating to chance, luck, magic, witchcraft, and fortune-telling.
This book was also published under the title The Glass-sided Ant's Nest.
What magical beings inhabit earth’s waters? Some are as almost-familiar as the mer-people; some as strange as the thing glimpsed only as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of Damar’s Great Desert Kalarsham, where the mad god Geljdreth rules; or as majestic as the unknowable, immense Kraken, dark beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean, who will one day rise and rule the world. These six tales from the remarkable storytellers Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson transform the simple element of water into something very powerful indeed.
It is two hundred thousand years ago. A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their "Good Place" by violent strangers. While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man-eating lions, and other Kins they've never seen before. Told from four points of view, with tales of the Kins' creation interspersed throughout, this epic novel humanizes early man and illuminates the beginning of language, the development of skills, and the organization of society. It is a triumphant book from one of the genre's most revered authors.