Honor roll: Children's books

Each of these Children's books has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:A Bundle of Ballads

A Bundle of Ballads

Ruth Manning-Sanders, William Stobbs

This is an illustrated collection of old ballads, that were originally told by minstrels and passed down the generations. The minstrels disappeared, but the stories they had sung were remembered by old country folk who remembered them from childhood.

Book:Kashtanka

Kashtanka

Anton Chekhov, William Stobbs

Kashtanka the dog sets off for a walk with her master, Luka Aleksandrich. A jolly band of soldiers came marching down the street; the music terrifies the dog, who runs away in panic and gets lost in an unknown part of town. A stranger finds Kashtanka and takes her in.

Book:The Lantern Bearers

The Lantern Bearers: Eagle of the Ninth - Book 3

Rosemary Sutcliff

The last of the Roman army have set sail and left Britain for ever, abandoning it to civil war and the threat of a Saxon invasion. Aquila deserts his regiment to return to his family, but his home and all that he loves are destroyed. Years of hardship and fighting follow and in the end there is only one thing left in Aquila's life - his thirst for revenge . . .

Book:The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Elizabeth George Speare

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!

Book:Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

When Tom hears the grandfather clock strike thirteen he is not prepared for what is going to happen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him doesn't exist. But the magical place in which Tom finds himself is certainly a garden - his midnight garden. Tom's Midnight Garden won The Carnegie Medal when it was first published in 1958.

Book:A Grass Rope

A Grass Rope

William Mayne

An old legend provides the clues for a treasure hunt in the Yorkshire Dales. The seekers are Nan and Mary from the farm, Peter from the inn and Adam Forrest the head boy from Nan's school. The first clue was concealed in the old signboard at the inn and the last somewhere inside a hill but the one that was the most important was a unicorn. Adam was too old to bother with unicorns and thought he could work everything out by science. Mary was too young for science so called the fairies for help and prepared a grass rope so that she could catch the unicorn.

Book:Miracles on Maple Hill

Miracles on Maple Hill

Virginia Sorensen

Marly's father came back from the war a different man. Something inside him seems as cold and dead as the winter world outside. But when the family moves to Grandma's old house on Maple Hill, miracles begin to happen. The sap in the trees begins to rise, the leaves begin to turn, and Marly's father starts to bloom again, like the world around them.

This wise and moving story is a must-have for every reader's library.

Book:Mrs Easter and the Storks

Mrs Easter and the Storks

V.H. Drummond

Mrs Easter is outwardly a very respectable Kensington lady in a neat blue suit with immaculate hair. Despite the respectable veneer she enjoys fantastic adventures.

Book:The Last Battle

The Last Battle: Book 7 of The Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis

Many Narnian years have passed since Eustace and Jill helped ensure the Royal line. But when they are jerked back violently into this strangest of lands they find the present King in danger and Narnia facing its darkest hour. With Eustace and Jill at his side, the King, the noble unicorn Jewel and a few remaining loyal subjects must stand fast against the powers of evil and darkness and fight the Last Battle to decide the future of this once glorious kingdom.

Book:Tim All Alone

Tim All Alone

Edward Ardizzone

"What! Lost your parents, have you?" said the lady catching hold of Tim by the hand. "Then you must come with me to the home for lost children!"

"No, no" said Tim, "I don't want to go."

Tim arrives home after a long holiday to discover his parents have vanished. He's determined to search the whole wide world until he has found them .

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