Kitty Killin is not only a good storyteller but also the World's Expert when it comes to mothers having new and unwanted boyfriends. That's why she's sent to talk to Helly Johnston in the dark privacy of the lost property cupboard, and why she tells the story of her mother and Gerald Faulkner.
Ailsa doesn't trust MCC Berkshire, the mysterious man helping out in her mother's antique shop. He tells wonderful stories about all the antiques, and his stories persuade the customers to buy the items he talks about, but everything he says is a pack of lies, isn't it? The story of Ailsa and MCC is interwoven with the stories MCC tells the customers, which range from romances to adventure stories; from crime dramas to pirate stories; from stories set in modern-day Ireland to stories set in ancient China.
Czar Guidon kept his son Safa imprisoned in a tower. His power could only be matched by the witch-girl Chingis. Out of the frozen wastes she studied the words and runes that would give her power to understand the messages of the ghost drum. At last she heard Safa's cries...
I wanted to tell Mum something I'd never been able to say to her before. If I left it till I came back home I might never be able to say it. I might be a different person.
It's the day before Jess leaves home to live in France for a year and she's scared. Everyone and everything she has ever known is here, and she doesn't want anything to change. It's what she's scared of most. Jess has a terrible secret and if she goes away the person who comes back might never be able to let it out. But when sitting together with the various generations of her family, and each of their secrets and stories are told, it seems to Jess that change is a part of everyone's lives. And maybe, just maybe, that's not such a bad thing after all...
Annie lives with her elderly parents in a remote cottage. She is used to being alone. Every day she walks by the lonely marsh to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. Before she can protest, Annie finds herself lifted on to his saddle and off they set on an intense, dream-like journey. Only once he has deposited her safely on the doctor's doorstep, does the horseman reveal that he is the ghost she fears.
From the moment she saw the face in the mirror, Laura Chant knew that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasn't the first time she'd been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened. The horrifyingly evil Carmody Braque touched and branded her little brother - and now Jacko was very ill, getting steadily worse. There was only one way to save him. Laura had to change over: had to release her supernatural powers. And that meant joining forces with the extraordinary and enigmatic Sorenson Carlisle!
Bored with her holiday in the country, motorcycle buff Erica Timperley discovers an unusual motorcycle repair shop where she meets Elsie Wainwright, Bunny, Bill Birdcycle, the Greenlin and other colourful characters. By the end of her holiday Erica has discovered that even vegetables can be interesting, if you approach them in the right way, that there may be more to a name than she ever thought possible and that it is not enough to have a name - you have to have a handle too.
The family of Barney's dead mother is aware that there is something special about this particular boy. As he resigns himself to being haunted again, his sister and brother set out to discover the reason behind his supernatural attraction. This book won the Carnegie Medal.
In a brooding story about jealousy, hatred, murder and love, Simon is outraged that his mum plans to remarry. He can’t bear the way she and his sister seem to have forgotten his late father. Overwhelmed by hatred, he seeks solace in a nearby abandoned water mill. But another, powerful hatred lingers within its walls. And it is about to be unleashed . . .
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.