Frank doesn’t know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He’s big, he’s weird and he smells – or so everyone in Frank’s class thinks.
And yet, there’s something nice about Nick’s house. There’s strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.
But there’s more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help …
I love you wild, I love you loud.
I shout it out and I feel proud.
I love you night, I love you day.
In every moment come what may.
Everyone thinks that little monsters are cute and cuddly, but this monster’s grumpy and grouchy. Honest! He does REAL monster stuff, like stomping around and eating squishy, squelchy food like bug eye stew. He’s brave, too – he’s not scared of ANYTHING. Not even big, hairy ogres . . .
. . . Wait, is that a big, hairy ogre? HELP!
Conjoined twins Grace and Tippi have been home-schooled their entire lives, until one day they must face a different environment: of society's acceptance. Together they face cross-roads, and at the age of sixteen Tippi faces difficulties. Would- and could- they manage leading separate lives of their own?
The World Is Sweet and Hot Like Fire published in one volume for the first time. Valerie Bloom's poetry is beautifully crafted yet full of energy and fun. Her mixed use of standard English and dialect is a delight to read and hear. Children love reading and listening to her work! Valerie's subjects range from global pollution, problems with maths homework and the sad demise of pet frogs (he croaked of course) to taking sandwiches to school and being afraid of ghosts.
At the Old Inn, which clings unsteadily on a cliff top above a storm-lashed ocean, two sick children are left alone while their father fetches the doctor. Then a visitor comes begging for shelter, and so begins a long night of storytelling, in which young Ethan and Cathy, who have an unnatural appetite for stories of a spooky nature, sit out the last of the storm in the company of a sailor with more than enough grisly tales to satisfy them.
As pirates, they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure.
A greedy king wakes up one morning and everything he owns has gone – blown across the bay to neighbouring Naples. When a poor and humble washerwoman wakes up that same morning her back yard is full of things that simply were not there the night before. Soon the king and the washerwoman meet for the first time and from that moment both their lives magically change.
First there is one little bird making the hair hard to brush, then another and another, and soon the girl and her mother find their day becomes a nightmare of a nest.
Henry seems a little distracted. Hemust be having fun, though – everyone loves camping, don’t they?
Join Herman and Henry, best friends forever, on a camping adventure that neither of them will forget – for very different reasons!