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A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name. Moving from Earth to the futuristic planet Nebulon in , eight-year-old Zack is nervous about starting school and meeting people. When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected. When Julian, his little brother Huey, and their friend Gloria decide to be "crime busters," they find themselves in one adventure after another.

While shopping with her parents in a mall, Katie helps a lost boy, not realizing that she may be lost, too. Saddle up for this first volume in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from DiCamillo's "New York Times"-bestselling Mercy Watson books. Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse--until he meets Maybelline, and then it's love at first sight. Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.

Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again. Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home. Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in , tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor. Miami Jackson and his strict new fourth grade teacher, Miss Spraggins, get off to such a bad start that Miami is determined to transfer out of her class, even if it means leaving his friends behind. When his best friend, a human boy named James, goes away on vacation, Marvin the beetle worries that their friendship may end.

Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected. After a genie fulfills Otto the cat's wish by turning the whole world orange, Otto realizes that his favorite color is not the best color for everything. Learn more about "Toon Books" at www. Pedro would love to be the goalie in the team's first game, but another boy is bigger--so all his friends come over to help him practice before the tryout.

Two tree frogs, mischievous Rafi and his younger sister Rosi, learn about the plants and animals of Puerto Rico together. When Daniel's third-grade class raises baby chicks for a class project and he takes the five chickens home for the summer, he is surprised when one of them turns out to be a rooster. Sly uses her detective skills to help her friends solve mysteries that all involve some kind of code.

But somehow, events don't unfold quite the way he had expected. Many years after an unspecified cataclysm, the Earth has been shattered into a myriad of tiny planetoids floating in a vast ocean of air. Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend. Humour, adventure, mystery and plenty of innocent childhood antics pepper this comical chapter book for young readers.

Once you enter, you can never leave. Delightfully dark and gorgeously gothic, it is certain to enchant fans of all things chilling and supernatural. An original and entertaining picture book using colour, collage-effect illustrations and a delightfully cute monster to help youngsters identify and understand different emotions. On Hassan's first day at school he paints a colourful picture of his home and family in Somalia, but then adds soldiers, flames and bullets. Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngsters to make sense of an illness they cannot see.

It offers a wide range of opportunities and new ideas for parents and schools, working across the curriculum through art, history and beyond. This adventure book is a total rollercoaster ride that will catch your breath as gutsy Cass weaves in and out of peril. After all, who doesn't want swashbuckling fun and women warriors with the hearts of lions? Fortunately she meets Morag, a friend from orchestra, who says she can stay at her house. The comic-strip adventures of Calvin, a naughty boy with a philosophical bent, and his soft toy tiger companion Hobbes, delighted readers from to The General of a powerful country sends his troops into the last unconquered territory, but to their surprise, when they march across the border, they meet with no resistance.

Gareth P Jones Publisher: Ever woken up to an eerie howl in the night and wondered what it was? This creepy tale about the Considine family might just have the answer. Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber Publisher: The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of art. The rhyming non-fiction text scans well and the information about coral reef conservation is pitched at the right level.

Barrington Stoke Picture Squirrels. This accessible and diversely illustrated picture book gives helpful suggestions for more or less any reading issue. It's likely to especially interest schools. A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one's convictions, even when others doubt you. One night, a little cow falls to earth from the moon, but none of the earth animals speak her language. Jane Doe appeared on the steps of the mysterious Manor with her sick father as a baby, and ever since the residents of Bluehaven have considered her The Cursed One.

But Jane's about to find out who she really is in a storming, funny and gripping adventure romp. Monsters under the bed AKA The Creakers are acknowledged as scary, but the warm and humorous narrator will make more nervous children feel they are in safe hands. After reading this brilliantly creepy book, you'll never look at a potato in the same way again. Kurtagich has created an incredibly assured, claustrophobic horror with a fractured and troubled teen narrator that will have you gripped to the very last page. Who has left it, and where is its matching pair?

An engaging story with a rhyming text and a fun Croc puppet attached to bring the story to life. Witty, colourful and delightful. Matty is sick, and very sad because he's too sick to go to the Queen's birthday party! But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all Jennifer Bell has built a wonderful new world in which readers can immerse themselves, in this pacey, magical adventure. There are twists and turns, new creatures and strange, 'uncommon' objects to discover around every street corner.

In the dark depths of winter, Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Inspired by a Native American myth, this beautiful picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter. Will finds a small creature caught in a trap in the woods; a hob. The discovery of this magical creature signals the beginning of an incredible adventure for Will. A more challenging read that really fires the imagination. The Hunter is a cold, cruel man who lives only to kill rare animals and collect their skins. When the Hunter discovers that a pack of English wolves, long thought to be extinct, live in the Surrey countryside, he resolves to kill them all at any cost.

This is a fantastic sequel for this dystopian series. Interspersing her text with archive photos, Cat Winters combines history with the supernatural in her celebration of independent women in early twentieth-century America, and highlights the fight for women's suffrage. Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Illustrator: Natural World is an extremely beautiful reference book that explores the way that habitats, plants and animals are connected, and the way that all elements of nature work in harmony.

This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize. One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it. James and Webster, a pair of unlikely friends, embark on a curious rampage across the Devonshire countryside: This is probably one of the greatest fantasy sequences ever written.

Darkly magical and intense Cooper weaves her storytelling wonder over fully realised characters and worlds, drawing in the reader and leading them on a journey that will leave them clambering for the rest of the series. This is a gripping and unsettling story with some disturbing characters and a menacing atmosphere which pervades throughout. A dark but compelling read. Chris Hadfield with Kate Fillion Illustrator: The Fan Brothers Publisher: One night as a boy, Chris Hadfield watches the Apollo 11 moon landing and decides to be an astronaut.

This atmospheric book draws on the Commander's childhood fear of the dark, and his realisation that dreams can come true.

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With a refreshing spin on the traditional roles and full of sinister undertones and dark magic, this is a bewitching and exciting modern fairy tale for this generation of readers of YA fiction. A warm, reassuring tale about individual talents and about belonging, which will appeal to small children everywhere.

Glorious illustrations swirl through the pages in a crescendo of appealing, harmonious images. But when Mike tries to get his dad back, he finds he's already been traded for an electric guitar. How were they to know it would pinpoint the exact location of Planet Earth to Alan, the grumpiest alien in the universe? One day, a surprising stack of postcards arrives for Duncan. They are all from his old forgotten crayons, demanding to be brought home to the crayon box.

A captivating, comical sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit. Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeously colourful picture book. Long ago, when the world was new, Lindiwe gazed down from the heavens, proud of the earth and the creatures she'd created.

A heartbreaking picture book that perfectly explains the displacement of people, and especially children, in war, and the trauma experienced by people forced to leave their homes. Jack and Ed think things are looking up after they escape boarding school in this sequel to The Enemy , but then something terrible happens that will put them in more danger than ever. This is an utterly compelling and creepy psychological thriller which has the reader gripped from the very first page.

In this reinvention of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' a young boy sets out to sea with his uncle, but the voyage is soon damned by a curse that throws them off course.

The Government has a plan to clean up the environment — closing down motorways and returning the roads to nature. When Scott Williams' father is found dead in his government office, Scott resolves to find out the truth behind his death. The story has many twists and turns. Through Uncle Pogo we are introduced to interesting inventions and unusual inventions and the monsters help Nelson to become better at making friends.

For all of his short life, Pepper Roux has been waiting to die. Now, on his fourteenth birthday, he knows he won't have to wait much longer. A chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal. This is a thought-provoking read. A sweet little girl happily sets off to visit her best friend for tea through a deep dark wood full of lurking witches, trolls and giants. Edgy Taylor has a gift - he can see demons in the crowded streets of Victorian London. A gripping, gothic, horror story lightened by its dark humour and unpredictable characters.

Strange things are happening in the dead of night. Children who put a tooth under the pillow for the tooth fairy wake to find Have you ever wondered if magic spells actually work? Well, Grace and her four best-friends have. Joseph is a half-goblin boy leading a miserable life as a tavern servant. When he finds a mysterious parcel he hopes that by returning it to its owner he might be offered a new, exciting life as a sailor or pirate.

But he soon discovers that there are dangerous magical forces abroad that will stop at nothing to regain the package. Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Ella has a secret so toxic she dare not share it - not even with Max, the guy she loves. Soon the couple get caught up in a cycle of revenge and violence, in this pacey and engaging thriller for young adults.

Twins Sam and Niamh accompany their father to Florida each summer while he tries to unravel the mystery of their mother's disappearance at sea nine years ago. Aimed at older readers, this novel deals with adult themes of birth, sexuality, teen pregnancy, gang-culture, abuse and post-natal depression, but all in Wilson's usual credible, accessible style. Watch as a new estate is built, from the demolition of old properties to families moving into their new homes. J C Hysu Illustrator: This retelling of an old Chinese folk tale is beautifully illustrated in a contemporary, cinematic style and offers a glimpse at the culture and traditions of an ancient civilisation.

Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter Illustrator: Danny is greedy and spoilt - he already has so many toys there is no space in his room. When he sends Santa a long list for Christmas, St Nick decides to teach him a lesson. Dinah is having a bad day — nothing seems to be going right: Lars Joachim Grimstad Translator: Don Bartlett and Sian Mackie Publisher: This enjoyable and very funny story of adventure and intrigue is a brilliantly witty political satire appealing to a wide age range from early teens to adult.

Nine-year-old Mafalda has a degenerative eye condition. She starts to keep a list of all the things she'll miss when her sight goes, but also the constants that surround her. Tender and thought-provoking, with a powerful but unforced message. In this lively and atmospheric tale of s New York, party girl Evie finds herself investigating a sinister string of occult murders.

The valley was a picture of harmony until the dog appeared and ate everything up. A sensitive and fascinating portrayal of how Christmas might be experienced by a boy on the autistic spectrum, and how a therapy dog provides reassurance and helps him enjoy the festive season. Spooky and atmospheric, The Dogs is everything you could want from a murder mystery and ghost story. Doll Karolina is saved from war in her native Land of the Dolls and transported to Poland to live with a man known as the Dollmaker - only for their lives to be turned upside down by World War II.

An unusual novel blending reality with folklore and fantasy that will have a lasting impact on readers. There's a Dickensian flavour to this satisfying time-travel tale, which takes its teenage hero on a journey from gritty modern-day London, to the city of the s. Jenny Valentine presents another enthralling, perplexing and thought-provoking novel exploring family, friendship and identity. Sally Gardner lives up to her reputation for delivering ambitious and highly imaginative writing for teenagers in this unusual and complex historical novel. Peanut butter sandwich Nancy McNutty must battle a giant killer doughnut in this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek picture book full of puns and spot-the-joke illustration.

An uplifting story about a timid baby dragon and a friendly young knight who discover they have much more in common than people think - and refuse to fight. Freya Hartas chapter headings Publisher: When spirited young dragon Aventurine is tricked into drinking some enchanted hot chocolate, she is turned into a human girl. Dragons, magic and chocolate combine in this captivating fantasy adventure.

In this collection of 11 stories about Vikings, you will encounter sailors, traders and explorers. It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton's unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path. An exceptional debut novel that is packed with adventure, magic and humour.

Emigrating to America, a girl loses the trunk that contains her beloved dress. The dress then embarks on an epic around-the-world journey to find her. A poetic and exquisitely illustrated story about love, loss, the passing of time and the power of memory. Life" series, which focuses on musical instruments from around the world, created by award-winning picture book author and artist Ken Wilson-Max.

In this book, we meet the drum. Seventeen year old Bianca believes her friends are all much more attractive to boys than she is herself. Wesley, a boy whom she hates, confirms this when he tells her she is 'The Duff' - the designated ugly fat friend chosen by other girls to draw attention to themselves. Lynne Reid Banks Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books. Paul Hansen must follow the dangerous Eagle Trail through the Pyrenees Mountains to get to England and escape Nazi persecution in this well-researched historical drama.

Learn about the inner workings of our earth, including earthquakes, volcanoes, thunderstorms and tsunamis; animal life on earth; the earth regions and the impact of humans on the planet, including information on migration, population and sustainability in this comprehensive hardback book celebrating the biodiversity and structure of this fascinating planet. Engaging, harrowing and thought-provoking, this is a story that should not be forgotten. Danny and his mother Cathy are on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Chris.

They go back to the Edge, Cathy's childhood home, which she left after having Danny at the age of sixteen. The first book of The Edge Chronicles which sees Twig start his quest to find out who he really is. Cade and his friends are forced into action to defend their beloved home; they must summon the combined forces of the Deadwoods to repel the force of their enemies. A storm is brewing far in the open sky, headed straight for the floating city of Sanctaphrax. But, when Twig has lost his memory of being warned of this catastrophe, he must find his crew and save the day.

The second part of the Twig Saga follows Twig as he joins the crew of the Stormchaser in a dangerous quest to collect stormphrax to save the floating city of Sanctaphrax. Fleeing the scene of his father's murder in the city of Great Glade, Cade Quarter smuggles himself onto the Xanth Filatine , a floating skytavern that journeys over the vast landscape of The Deadwoods.

A mythic-feeling story about a girl who lives on the flat marshes, fishing for eels, and soon befriends an otter that will help her flee danger. Professor Ohms, a scientific detective, takes you on a journey of discovery around the periodic table. Packed with many weird and wonderful facts, it's perfect for any aspiring scientists or detectives! One day, an elephant offers a baby a ride through the town, and the set off on a great adventure.

Who is the culprit? This is a magnificent magical mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end about who the culprit might be. This story provides an engaging context in which much wider, complex environmental issues are explored. A foolish greedy lion and a disloyal crocodile are two of the animals who get their just deserts in this quirky and beautifully-presented collection of traditional Indian folk tales. In a distant future in which wars, riots and environmental crises have changed the world as we know it, year-old Silver is an Elite, specially chosen to guard the city of Neo-Babel.

Detailed and original, yet never sacrificing the human story for fantasy, this is a fabulous book that will enchant and inspire. This new fantasy adventure will appeal to lovers of Narnia and Harry Potter. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in …. An unusual and atmospheric story set in the run-up to World War II.

As London's children prepare for evacuation to the countryside, they are horrified to discover that their beloved pets are due to be put down. The Emperor of Absurdia awakes one morning and can't find his snuggly scarf, so after checking with The Wardrobe Monster, begins to search for it. This is a satirical story about a very vain Emperor who adores beautiful new clothes and has wardrobes full of them!

Marina Le Ray Publisher: The story is told simply, using short sentences and a small number of frequently repeated words. Award-winning writer and director Richard Curtis turns his hand to picture books in this magical festive story, beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.

A magical tale of a little girl whose enduring love brings a very special horse to life. With a traditional feel and timeless quality, it could be a future family favourite. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move into a new home, they discover a mysterious wood on their very doorstep. When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemingly insatiable appetite - for children. In full colour throughout with great, modern design, this book is extremely well written and fun. Every page is full of genuinely fascinating and unusual facts.

F C Yee Publisher: An emotionally powerful story about friendship and grief, family and secrets, with a good dose of mystery and a dramatic, race-against-time conclusion. It's very readable and feels like a future classic. This picture book about a missing toy bear somehow seems like a classic already - with a lovely whiff of nostalgia about it all, while also feeling very current and gently inclusive. The crowds at the Tower of London love nothing better than the grisly spectacle of an execution.

But as the executioner's daughter, Moss has seen more than her fair share of horror. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival. S M Wilson Publisher: And one is inhabited by vicious, predatory dinosaurs. A tense, brutal fantasy adventure: The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park. George loves helping out at Wormestall Farm, a secret sanctuary for exinct and mythical beasts, where unlikely things are always happening. An utterly nonsensical but engaging romp through the weirdest town in the world, featuring a warty witch, a creepy scientist, vegetarian piranhas and a dastardly plot that could change the town forever.

M L Peel Illustrator: Fabulous hairdresser to the fairy-tale stars Kittie helps Cinderella meet her Prince in this fun and light-hearted reworking of a favourite fairy story. Eighteenth century Edinburgh and a dark faerie underworld collide in this fast-moving, gripping Steampunk fantasy romance. Romance, art, monasticism and murder in Umbria, Hoffman has specialised in creating atmospheric historical novels, filled with intrigue Edgar Allan Poe Publisher: This selection of Poe's short fiction demonstrates his intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind.

Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson Publisher: Orphaned alley cat Aldwyn is bought by Jack, a likeable young wizard, and has a home and family at last. But when Jack is kidnapped, Aldwyn and his fellow familiars must rescue him. A joyous picture book about the importance of family and all the strength it can give you, this celebrates family in all its wonderful, diverse glory.

The message is subtle, but a crucial one: The Famished Road is the story of a spirit child Azaro. Azaro meaning 'born to die' has been born to his parents many a times only to die shortly after birth. Mammoth has a problem. His tiny friend Bug brings him food, but one gulp later, it's gone - and Mammoth is gloomy and starving, all over again. A charming, comical, rhyming tale of two unlikely friends. John Green tackles the subject of teenage cancer with sensitivity in this witty, life-affirming young adult romance. Children quake in the darkness as they hear the terrifying roar of the fearsome beastie as it searches for food Jeremy De Quidt Publisher: The first part of J R R Tolkien's epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings , this is the story of young hobbit Frodo Baggins, who finds himself faced with an immense and terrible duty.

Dunmore has spun a magical story to show how a small boy in a remote island setting who misses his Dad is reassured by a make-believe trip to visit him in the Far North. Laura McGloughlin from Catalan Publisher: When crisis strikes, a girl convinces her brother that they are the stars of a film to protect him from the harsh realities of their new life.

Darcy might be a dolphin, but her daily life at school and home will be incredibly relatable to primary school children. When Bobby begins a new school and endures sadistic cruelty at the hands of his new teachers, he is drawn away from his old friends and towards newcomer Daniel. Jan Pienkowski's silhouette illustrations lend an air of mystery and drama to this text, taken from the King James Bible.

The message is that working as a team is the best way forward. This book is testament to Blake's belief that all children need to be able find themselves in books. When her new baby brothers are born critically ill, Jess becomes convinced that the strange and beautiful flask in Aunt Edie's desk has the power to help them. Energetic illustrations and some lift-the-flap sections add interest as the humble housefly buzzes through this lively book.

But can she really change the future? What will happen when the fourth and final rider appears, will his appearance signal the end of the world? This sweet story weaves Morpurgo's effortless storytelling with ancient and very recent history: Leicester City's win of the Premiership title. Beautiful illustrations make it a lovely gift: Told in dual narrative, this story follows Reema and Caylin as they negotiate a shaky friendship: A truly excellent and ultimately uplifting book with plenty of heart.

A clever and thoughtful picture book showing how much fun the older generation can be and the valuable contribution they can make to young lives. After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince, and they lived happily ever after… or did they? Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: The suspense builds chillingly in this pared-down, atmospheric ghost story.

Author James Campbell Illustrator: This outlandish encyclopaedia covers everything a child could ever need to know about pets. Children will get lost in its mix of hilarious pet-related misinformation, trivia and educational facts. At the end of Edward Lear's much loved poem, the happily married Owl and the Pussy-cat are dancing hand-in-hand on the edge of the sand Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson has turned her hand to children's books in this new continuation of Peter Rabbit's adventures.

Alexander Gordon Smith Publisher: Cal, Brick and Daisy are three very different teenagers, living very different lives, but one horrific day they are thrown together in unimaginable circumstances. This gently humorous chapter book was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize ; black and white line drawings add to its appeal and the length is perfect for emerging readers. This lovely new series of baby books includes games with art, patterns and light, all designed to get very young children to have fun with exploring and using their imagination.

This pacy coming-of-age adventure concentrates on the private hopes, dreams and feelings that drive its characters along, but also keeps enough sense of the gritty realities of street life. Alfie's parents are very silly, and it's no time at all until young Alfie shows common sense beyond his years.

Soon, he is headteacher, town mayor and prime minister of the country - all before his ninth birthday. Giggles and guffaws aplenty. Notorious cheese thief Fingers McGraw is on the run or rather, on the moped from chief law enforcer The Elephant. Set in s Malaysia, this is the story of seventeen-year-old Li Lan, whose quiet life with her father is dramatically altered when he returns one evening with a proposition for her. Helen Watts and Taffy Thomas Publisher: This slim volume includes 14 'war stories' made up of poems, songs and re-tellings of ghostly sightings and mysterious coincidences, themed around World War One.

Jamal wakes to find that everyone in his West African village have been killed. He alone has survived because of how others perceive his epilepsy. This is a powerful, moving and mesmerising story, set in a violent world and seen through a year-old's eyes. Creakie Hall is falling down but there is no money in the bank so Aunt Gardenia Bogey-Mandeville needs to come up with a money-making scheme pretty quickly The Ghosts of Heaven is an excellent book that will open up new avenues of thought and future reading and introduces teenage readers to a more inventive understanding of storytelling.

Elli Woollard and Benji Davies Publisher: The illustrations brim with jokes and delightful details, the rhyming text is breezy fun, and the line between darkly gruesome and good-hearted is deftly maintained. The children in Miss Honeywood's class decide to grow vegetables in their school garden. What a shock they get when they discover a huge turnip that they are unable to move. Jumbeelia, a young girl giant from Groil, the Land of Giants, loves the stories of the iggly plop who climbed up the bimblestonk and was chased back down again by a giant.

A giant is caught short when his loo roll drops to the floor and rolls away. As it rolls through the town the people make use of the enormous sheets to devise all sorts of useful creations. We are taken right back to the action, with Podkin, his sister Paz and the poor rabbits they rescued sheltering in the Dark Hallow warren. Everything about this book is exquisite. When seven-year-old Echo, a runaway and thief, is discovered in the library by a mysterious lady covered in feathers her life is changed for ever.

This is a book all tween girls should have. Like a chat with a friend with an excellent sense of humour, The Girl Guide is precisely the straight-talking and empowering read girls need at what can be a confusing and awkward time. Kiran Millwood Hargrave Publisher: When her closest friend disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, Isabella Riosse volunteers to guide the search. A stunning debut, full of myth, magic and mapmaking.

When Wilhelmina Silver's home is sold, she is torn from her best friend, her adopted monkey and her pet horse, and banished to an inhospitable boarding school in England. Catherynne M Valente Publisher: When the Green Wind turns up and carries September away to Fairyland, she soon finds herself battling to stop the evil Marquess. When babies are left in the forest as an offering, the witch Xan protects them and feeds them on starlight. But one day, Xan feeds a baby the moon by mistake — and fills her with a dangerous amount of magic.

A thoughtful book about belonging and fear. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the story of year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time after a strange encounter with a shadowy figure at school. Stella sets out to discover if her mother really was a mermaid. Louie is a feisty heroine, loyal to her friends and determined to succeed in this engaging historical adventure. Life is tough in Victorian times, the world into which Alice Peasbody is born - and Alice is a girl with no nose. A wonderful, thoughtful book that teaches compassion, celebrates difference and tackles some weighty issues with a gentle touch.

Hollie's hatred of the hair brush results in her tangled curls attracting a range of nesting birds. When mysterious men kidnap her mother, Minnow has to set sail alone for the magical, dangerous and beautiful Wild Deep. Four friends find a tree that becomes their Secret Meeting Place. As they grow into four very different young women, their friendship stays as strong as the tree. This touching picture book perfectly encapsulates the value and joy of female friendship. After the death of her father, Billie and her mum are moving to a new town for a fresh start.

But the house - or somebody in it - is trying to drive them out. Legend has it that Bonschariant, the demon, haunts a medieval stained glass window and emerges from it to bring death and destruction to anyone who sees him. Jan Pienkowski and David Walser Publisher: A wonderfully entertaining collection of Polish fairy tales, with striking illustration by Pienkowski. Lauren St John Publisher: Part gripping adventure, part love story, this powerful novel travels through an exhilarating yet terrifying landscape.

A mountain goat, a girl called Kid and a boy who speaks in spoonerisms are the main characters in this quirky novel about love, fears and friendship. Surprising, tender and engaging. Al Haji has three wives, seven children and an assortment of animals including five goggle-eyed goats. But his goats eat everything in sight and Al Haji's family have had enough.

Matthew has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Can he help an investigation into the abduction of a child, perhaps without even leaving his house? A captivating read, combining a compelling whodunit with an engaging protagonist. Jesus is a passionate, charismatic preacher, while Christ is his cynical and introspective twin, with an eye for posterity. The finger puppets are back for another adventure. This time the finger puppet experiences various morning rituals: Red Fox Picture Books. In this second adventure in the series, Max and the Goozillas must navigate through the monstrous maze, avoiding the pixelated ghosts.

This fast-paced, accessible series will appeal to fans of computer games, comics and all things slimy. While Max is playing on his favourite game on his tablet, he manages the impossible.

With just one sneeze, Max manages to transport himself into the game itself, World of Slime. This gang of slimeballs need Max's help. Their world is being take over by the obnoxiously sweet and fluffy…. Like everyone else in town, River is obsessed with the Graces: But are they really what they seem? A beautifully written, deliciously dark YA fantasy with a fresh take on witches. Orphan Hans is running away from a life of grave-robbing; Countess Angela wants to avoid death at the hands of the evil Archduke and his Necromancer.

Together, can they escape? Ben and his friend Becky work for the Ministry of Pandemonium, guiding recently dead souls safely to the afterlife. But the enemy, the Lords of Sundown, are never far away and have unfinished business. Simon the squirrel and his friends head to outer space in a hot air balloon in this lively picture book. How does the human body develop and change in a lifetime? Hoffman and Asquith explore these questions and more in this honest, entertaining and fact-filled celebration of the human body, which also reflects the diversity of the world we live in.

The simple message is that every family is unique and special and that there is no such thing as "normal" or "abnormal". How are you feeling today? This warm-hearted and thoughtful picture book explores a whole range of emotions that children might experience. The Great Big Green Book is filled with facts about our planet, and asks lots of questions to help children think about green issues.

The book also gives simple tips on how you can save the environment.

While they are gone, there is a huge flood and the children't home washes away down river. The book was read from my local public library in about , but it was not contemporary for that time, it was much older hence the name Miles. Well, Peter the Gardener wasn't published till The story was about a young girl who went to the candy store. Was it a wordless picture book? Paul Gallico, The Abandoned. This sounds a lot like Georgie and the Robbers.

Tom's cat likes to kill small animals. When it kills the Vicar's expensive Koi carp, Mum is so cross that the cat is locked out of the house. But then it goes missing When the skirting board mice kidnap the ship's cat for a cheese ransom, the pirates are ready for action. An easy-to-read and exciting adventure story, which is perfect for readers starting to read alone. I have read a lot of the titles, hoping to recognize my description, but no luck. I did find references to lots of other books I read as a child tho!

I have this book. The children stay with an aged great aunt who is extremely eccentric, to say the least. I don't know why this book has become so important for me, but I am getting the strong desire to own the books that were important to me as a kid, and I hope I can find them here. I can think of no more rewarding collection that the pursuit of books one has loved.

Thank you so much for your info!! Magic Summer is out of print and it would be great if you could find a copy for me. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Ex-library copy with usual markings.

Rudy and Eugene Bahn. Published by Charles E. Merrill Company, , I did not find one about a magic fruit tree and a tortoise. However, The Straw Ox matches the description. The Rapunzel in this book does kill the witch by cutting her hair at the right moment.

And a troll who turns himself into a pig does kidnap three sisters on three separate occasions and the one sister saves them by making the troll bring sacks of wood to the mother, but instead of putting wood in the bag, a sister goes in instead. Illustartions are black and white. Thanks, I'll assume it is Magic Tales. Now does anyone know how to find the story about the tree and the tortoise?

The downtrodden tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns and is lavished with gratitude. I think the word was something like "Bonjo". How about this - The Bojabi Tree , by Edith Rickert , illustrated by Anna Braune, published originally in , reprinted by Doubleday in , 46 pages "This once-popular picture book 'adapted from an African folk tale' will with its satisfying adventure, repetition of action, humor, and precise, colorful details, give fresh delight to kindergarten storytelling.

Four visits to King Leo are required before one of the creatures can remember the name of the fruit. Amusingly illustrated with pencil drawings. The first story is Ask Mr. Well, Edith Rickert's version certainly fits the plot - but the one I'm looking for is much less cutesy - the animals have no names, IIRC, and they certainly don't wear clothes. In all, it's more streamlined. I remember that one animal forgets because he bumps his head and another because he falls and rolls and bites his tongue too often to pronounce the word properly.

The one picture I remember is that of the tortoise looking sadly at the angry wise man. I haven't been able to find a publication date or any more information though. This sounds a lot like a book I spent years looking for I found a nice description of it online about halfway down the page. Sun-bleached illustrations by Ian Wallace are intended to convey the shimmering heat and noon-day mirage of the African landscape. In this Bantu tale from Africa, a humble tortoise saves his hungry animal friends. Only those who know the name of the tree can reach its fruit.

When haughty Gazelle and Elephant fail to bring the tree's name all the way back from the king, Tortoise attempts the task. On his journey, Tortoise repeats the name over and over until he reaches the foot of the tree, where the branches respond by bending down to the waiting animals. An enjoyable retelling conveying a theme common to folktales - effort and dedication succeed over talent and pride.

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Charles Keeping's running lion, prancing ox and snapping alligator add to the delight of this collection. Magic Tales , retold by Adelaide Holl, The contents are similar to the other identical title, but not quite. They are in this order: Three tales are from India. The illustrations, unfortunately, are annoyingly generic. Other than that, the collection is unique and quite good. I am not sure about the secret language part, but Ruth Sawyer's Enchanted Schoolhouse has to do with an Irish lad bringing a leprechaun to America!

Might be worth a look! I can't identify the book but was wondering if it might be one of Patricia Lynch's many books possibly one of her Brogeen books. It is technically a boggart that stows away with them on the ship, but I remember thinking that the illustrations or description made him sound like a leprechaun. I don't remember him speaking in code, but that doesn't mean he didn't. I think he travels with them because the woods are being torn down to make a road. He comes to America and is really freaked out. Magic happens when he smokes his pipe. Irish boggart [like a leprechaun] goes to America - secret code - every 10th word gives the message.

She's been writing since the early '70s. Thanks for your e-mail. The reply certainly sounds promising and I am keen to find more information about " The Magic Toy Shop " as it could well be the play that I recall. A search on the internet uncovered a play by Patricia Clapp called something like "T he Toys That Took Over Christmas " about some toys in a toy shop that were brought to life, but was advertised as being a 10th anniversary performance, which dates it to Perhaps Patricia Clapp has written several plays along similiar lines -- the play I recall was performed by us as seven or eight year olds in about or As well as groups of toys having their own songs, I seem to recall a toy train taking all the toys to a location outside the toy shop.

Pinocchio had a leading role, but I am pretty sure that this was not a musical adaptation of the Pinocchio story. Hopefully someone might have details about " The Magic Toy Shop ". I have actually found out the answer, which is quite different from what I expected it to be. Eventually I managed to find an e-mail address for my old primary school of 25 years ago, and wrote to ask about the play I remembered. After making various enquiries, the Principal wrote me and said that the play I recall was written by a group of teachers after they had gathered ideas from the children, and incorporated various popular songs.

They called it The Magic Toybox , but it is no longer known if a script exists or ever did exist. It's great to have an answer after wondering about this for so long. I just picked this one up for the store. It's a Scholastic paperback in G condition well-loved but the title is not that common , copyright Sticker removal mark from spine and homemade? The Magic Tunnel by Caroline Emerson , See Solved Mysteries for details the book doesn't cover! Two children enter the New York subway and suddenly find themselves in a time tunnel that takes them back three hundred years to New Amsterdam where they watch history in the making and compare colonial and modern ways of life.

This is on the Solved Mysteries page. Caroline Emerson, The Magic Tunnel. Thank you for your comments on TheMagic Tunnel, one of my two favorite childhood stories. The mysterious adventure of the storybook children transported from then-present day New York to New Amsterdam via the underground system captivated me and in hindsight, greatly contributed to my own move to New York in , to find adventure, mystery, and, of course, magic.

I'm pretty sure this is it. It has your Jupiter poem on page 64 , but it's copyright The cover is dark blue with a picture of a man covered in stars. It has cool deco-ish illustrations by Luxor Price. Roy Rockwood, Great Marvel series , A long shot, but a series running concurrently with Tom Swift was the Great Marvel series. Some of the earlier titles in the series are available in full text at Project Gutenberg, so they can be checked easily.

It would appear the mystery is solved - I can't imagine that poem showing up in more than one book! Now I have to find a copy!! Lewis, The Silver Chair. I think this might be the one you are looking for. Tolkien, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Has to be too easy. There were 4 books in the original series, published late 's - early 's.

A youth gets caught up in a war between the people of his world,including elves, dwarves, etc. While following the dwarves to safety after a battle, he finds armor and weapons that turn out to be enchanted. His friend is apprenticed to a magician hence the title of the book. Brooks, Terry, The Sword of Shannara, It's a long shot, given the date, but there are elves, dwarves, a magic sword and high adventure! It is neither C S Lewis nor Tolkein.

I have just finished reading Sword of Shanarra and can rule that one out. I have acquired the Feist: Magician Apprentice, and this one looks promising. Apprentice , is definitely the one. My thanks for solving this mystery. The two children in it enter other worlds through a doorway in the attic which connects their houses, and one of the worlds has a red, dying sun. R8 is definetely The Magician's Nephew.

The book G5 isn't remotely like The Magician's Nephew. I know the book being refererred to in R It's The Magician's Nephew , the first book in C. Lewis 's Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series. I was reading through the "Stump the Bookseller" page on your website, and I think the book the reader is looking for under "R8: Lewis , and is part of the Narnia series. I actually loved these books as a child and recently re-read them, and the plot described in R8 is the same as in The Magician's Nephew. All the Narnia books are worth a second look.

The Chronicles of Narnia. Complete series of seven books. Book Club hardback editions from the sixties see image. Magoose's Grocery , 's. I know this book well. This was a Parent's magazine book club book. The Magpie's Nest, which shows up in many collections. Here's Joseph Jacobs' edition. I'm not sure which edition you're looking for or if indeed you remember one in an anthology, which broadens the scope considerably. But this is certainly the folk story you're looking for. There are some little differnces, but the general plot line is the same The island and the teacher I agree with the person who thought the answer might be " The Magus" by John Fowles.

Just to give a few more details that might help, the protagonist is Nicholas Urfe. The old man is Conchis. The daughters are Lily and Rose. And there is another woman, who is in the end Nicholas's true love, named Alison. This book was made into a film as well. Conchis, a wealthy estate owner. John Fowles, The Magus.

Sounds similar to The Magus by John Fowles: The story concerns young and intelligent Oxford graduate Nicholas Urfe, who takes up with Alison, an Australian girl he meets at a party in London. The affair gets more serious than Nicholas can stand, so he leaves her to take a position as an English instructor at the Lord Byron School in the Greek island of Phraxos. Bored, depressed, disillusioned, and overwhelmed by the Mediterranean island, Nicholas contemplates suicide, then takes to long solitary walks.

On one of these walks he stumbles upon the wealthy Greek recluse Maurice Conchis, who may or may not have collaborated with the Nazis during the war and apparently lives alone on his island estate. Inez Irwin, Maida's Little Shop. She makes friends in the nieghborhood, one of whom turns out to be her nanny's grandson from Ireland. Only I think the diamond was in a necklace This sounds like it could be any of the many drawing books by Ed Emberley.

This definitely matches the description, although there may be others as well. I adored this book--you really could make a whole little world, without any particular drawing talent. Have you looked at the Ed Emberly drawing books? There are many and they are in the right time frame.

Ed Emberley, Make a World. From description, most likely this one of his many books. Finally back in print. It's one of my favorite gifts for children in elementary school--this book, a big blank book, and a set of markers, with the invitation to "make a world. My favorite is a child who made an atlas of his "planet.

Not sure who was the solver but, I thank you!!! I saw the inquiry about a book with the saying "hay foot, straw foot, left foot, right foot. The author is Jan Margo. All I remember about this book is a little boy who would march around with a paper hat on his head and chant "hayfoot, strawfoot" as he marched.

One I read around about a little boy who would march around with a paper hat singing "Hayfoot, Strawfoot. His sergeant, also a country fellow, asks him if he can tell hay from straw. Of course he can, any durn fool can do that! So Sarge ties a wisp of hay to one foot and straw to the other, and drills him by calling 'hay-foot, straw-foot' instead of 'left, right, left'. By the Sandhills of Yamboorah by Reginald Ottley , "The story of a boy who lives alone on the edge of the sandhills of the Australian desert.

His only companions are a dog named Brogla an her puppy Rags. I was enquiring about a book my family read 30 years ago. It was about a dog named "Rags" who loves his owner, a rancher, very much but is not appreciated by his owner because he is not pure-bred. At one point, the owner's two dobermans? Just after Rags runs off, a boy on the ranch runs up to the owner and tells him the other two dogs started the fight and crying tells him how much Rags loves him. The owner is unable to find Rags no matter how much he looks for him.

Finally, they meet in a blizzard and Rags almost dies getting the owner to safety. Then while Rags is dying the owner lays down with him and tells him over and over how sorry he is and Rags finally gets better. Make Room For Rags. Illustrated by Vee Guthrie. When the small dog Rags appeared at the farmhouse in the middle of a storm, the family knew they would have to make room for her, for a short time, anyway.

Danny hoped that the place could be permanent, but the more Rags teased the kittens and chased the chickens, the slimmer the chances seemed to be. The description sounds exactly like a book that my teacher read to me in 6th grade, approximately, It was about a man kept in a box in Vietnam and I think the local boy helps him escape to a cave.

Dunn, Marylois, The Man in the Box, I am enjoying rereading it very much. I read that story over and over in eighth grade ! It made me want to learn fencing, though I never did. I keep thinking it is Richard or Robert somebody. If anyone can track down the literature textbook it is in, that would help me solve an earlier book stumper I sent in about a boy named P.

This description sounds just like a short story I too had to read for an English class in junior high! The point is that he does this so that the other students won't learn to look up to the arrogant, conflict-loving fencer and come to think of him as the "better" fencer, but instead realize that a peace-loving person could still be the better fighter if need be.

The only problem is, Googling "A Man of Peace" coupled with "short story" doesn't yield any results, so perhaps I've got the title wrong. I'm still thinking about that fencing story now it's driving ME crazy! On t his website I found this bit about a television drama: It was about a fencing master dedicated to the art of fencing who has a student who only fences for the brutality he can put into his game.

Nimoy played one of Mr. The story was later remade starring James Mason in Mr. Faulkner directed the fencing in this one, and doubled for Mason. This time, the bad fencing student was patterned more along the line of James Dean, as Dean was the reigning "delinquent" at the time. It looks like the story I remember may also have been made into a tv drama. But I don't know if this is related to the solution sought by the stumper poster, or if it will help the detective work. Lawrence Williams, A Man of Peace , The textbook is out of print, but I was able to find numerous used copies.

Someone on one of my loops heard about our query and emailed me. They said this is definitely the book. A possible from online search: First Edition, Hardcover "A man who lives at the edge of the woods discovers that he need not rely on the store for a supply of good things to eat. F53 food on trees sounds like H6 hungry walk. When his friends goes on vacation and he runs out of food, he finds he can live on the garden food he finds in the woods.

The cover of the book is white, though, not yellow, with a picture of a plump balding man with a hat and apron, flipping pancakes while his cat looks on. He's saved and learns his lesson though when it rains and he puts everything outside to get clean at once. What a great site Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Scholastic, , 4th paperback printing, Trade paperback size, some wear, but a clean copy.

A man wakes up one day without his head. He carves out substitutes from vegetables - I remember a parsnip and perhaps a pumpkin. But everyone laughs, so he rejects the vegetables. He carves a head out of wood, and that's better, but he still wants his head back. So a young boy, who is making a ball out of tightly wound rags says he can get the head back. He hits the man with the ball, and the man wakes up with his head back.

Story is about a man who wakes up without his head, tries a bunch of things as substitutes including a parsnip, which for whatever reason is etched in my memory. Possibly published by Bobbs-Merrill, since my dad used to work for them and get books through them.

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More on the Solved Mysteries page. Paul Gallico, The Man who was Magic, The title isn't "Adam", but the protagonist's name is, and the plot fits. Searching on Google will get you several synopses. I'm pretty sure about this one. Adam appears in the heroine's life and goes to a magicians' convention or similar. He scrambles and unscrambles an egg, and makes a wooden staff burst into bloom white roses.

The other magicians turn him away About a writer who's being sued because of the similarity of one of his characters to a woman named Bibbsy Dibbs. It's written in the form of letters. A long-running series with Christian values. The first book is set in , when Mandie is 12 and her father has just died. She runs away to the city and finds her Uncle John, discovering that he and her father are half-Indian. Her father's friend, Uncle Ned, is full Indian. Lois Gladys Leppard, Mandie series. These sound like the Mandie series, published by Bethany House. Probably more than 30 titles in the series by now, and still in print as far as I know.

They're sort of Nancy Drew-type mysteries with an inspirational twist. Set in the NC mountains, although Mandie travels a lot in her adventures. Lois Leppard, Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. I am positive that you're looking for the Mandie books. The series starts with Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. In that book, Mandie's father dies and she leaves her stepmother and stepsister to find her father's brother.

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Her Uncle John a Native American who was a friend of her father's, helps her. She eventually finds her uncle and her birth mother, whose name is Elizabeth. Mandie also has a boyfriend-type character whose name is Joe. This is a mystery series. In later books, Mandie does go to boarding school and eventually, on a trip to Europe. There are twenty-some books in the series. Could this be Mandy? It sound a lot like it. I'm sure you'll get several other responses to this one, but O20 definitely sounds like Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy , , reprinted Really, what does Mandy have to worry about?

So it comes as a surprise even to Mandy when a small restlessness begins to grow in her. This lonely ache sets her to wandering farther afield, and leads her to a startling and wonderful discovery over the orphanage wall--a very old, very small, seemingly abandoned cottage.

Embarking on a clandestine domestic fantasy involving gardening tools and soap flakes, Mandy finds herself being less than honest about where and how she's spending her days.

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Holding her secret closer and closer to her heart, this imaginative dreamer inadvertently endangers her reputation--and her life. There isn't a cottage, but she does get into an off-limits garden and lovingly fixes it up. And she is orphaned. Julie Andrews may be under Julie Edwards , Mandy. The story is similar to that of "The Secret Garden" but without so much death. I haven't looked at it lately, but it was a favorite of both mine and my sister's. Her 10 year-old daughter also loved it.

Julie Edwards , aka Julie Andrews, Mandy. Wow, a stumper I actually know, and a book I love! You're describing Julie Andrews's first book for children. Hope you enjoy it now as much as you did as a child. This reminds me of a book that I have been looking for too. Is there some kind of windowseat with old curtains that she curls up in and reads while she looks out over the delapidated yard?

I think she wrote it for her daughter. I just unpacked my copy from childhood books. Julie Edwards, Mandy, This is a wonderful book, written by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her real name Edwards husband is Blake Edwards. Mandy the orphan finds a deserted cottage in the woods with one room covered in seashells all over the walls and ceiling. She fixes up the house and restores the neglected garden, and ultimately is adopted by the family who owns the land and cottage.

It's a wonderful story. This fits the description, but I seem to recall from another stumper here or elsewhere that there was another book with a similiar theme. Worth taking a look at Mandy, though. Mandy is rescued from her cottage when she falls ill, and eventually is adopted by the family whose estate it's on. Then one day, when Mandy climbed over the high orphanage wall to explore, there it was--a tiny deserted cottage in a clearing in the woods.

Here at last was her very own, very secret home. She would tidy it up and plant a garden. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes "borrowed"--the little things she needed for it. And to guard her secret, she even lied A girl goes exploring and finds an abandoned cottage. She cuts overgrown folliage back and starts tending to the garden. She steals some soap to clean the dusty place.

The fireplace or maybe all the walls in one room are decorated with shells. This is a book about a little girl who fixes up an old house. Don't know if it's the same one or not. I am not positive that this is the right book, but the part about the deserted cottage is correct, and I believe I remember a room lined with shells. Julie Edwards aka actress Julie Andrews , Mandy. This is of course Mandy, by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her pen name. It's on the Solved pages with more descriptions. Julie Edwards Andrews , Mandy, s. My favorite book of all time! Mandy climbs over the wall of the orphanage and finds this cottage.

Lucky for her, it is owned by a wonderfully nice rich couple who discover her one stormy night when she is tending to her cottage but falls very ill. They take her in and eventually surprise! This one is also a previously solved stumper that i noticed a few days ago. This could be the book Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards.

Mandy is a girl who lives in an orphanage. She goes exploring on the property next door and finds an abandoned cottage. I believe it has been reissued. Julie Andrews Edwards, Mandy. I have the book on tape read by Julie Andrews Edwards. I believe the book was published in See entry in Solved Mysteries page. She discovers a secret little house and a secret garden and spends time re-doing them both.

I'm almost sure the name Marnie is involved somewhere because that is my middle name. This book was probably not published after because I read it before that date. If you can help, I'd be really grateful! How about Mandy instead of Marnie. Ten-year-old Mandy feels lost among the thirty children who live in the old stone orphange.

She dreams of a home of her own, a place where she belongs. When Mandy climbs over the high orphanage wall to explore the outside, she is lucky enough to find a tiny deserted cottage hidden in the forest. With a few "borrowed" items, the cottage becomes a refuge. To guard her secret, Mandy even lies — but when she falls terribly sick, no one knows where she is. No one, that is, except for a special admirer she didn't know she had. This is probably the book you're looking for Robinson's book "When Marnie Was There," about a lonesome little girl who meets a girl named Marnie, whose real nature remains unexplained?

Mandy is an orphan who finds an abandoned cottage in the woods. She cleans up the cottage and brings tools to work on the garden. Julie Edwards, Mandy A wonderful book about a ten-year-old orphan who one day climbs over the wall and discovers a small cottage and garden. She keeps them a secret, cleaning them and creating a private refuge from the orphanage. Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes 'borrowed'--the little things she needed for it Sounds very similar "Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St.

Perhaps you've read them both and are remembering bits of each as one book? When Marnie Was There , maybe? Originally published in , and republished several times since. I think that M is on your Solved Mysteries page. Could you be thinking of Mandy, by Julie Edwards Andrews where orphan Mandy discovers an abandoned cottage and spends a lot of time there? Plot line sounds like the book you are thinking of. Except for the name, this sounds a lot like Mandy It was about a lonely and unhappy girl that climbs over a stone wall and into a forest area where she finds an abandoned cottage.

She spends each day sneaking away over the wall to it, and cleans and sweeps it up and plants a garden, I think they were roses.