• Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)
      April 2013

      Greystone Valley

      by Charlie Brooks (author)

      Greystone Valley is a land of wizards, dragons, and warriors — and one young girl who ends up there quite by accident when her idle wish is granted. Sarah discovers that not everything in the valley is as magic as she might've wished — especially the nearly illiterate wizard, the mouse-sized dragon, and the warrior who can't stand the sight of blood. Being hunted isn't helping, either. Will Sarah survive this new life of hers, and can she make it home? And, more importantly, will she ever be the same again?

    • Children's & YA
      July 2018

      Tainted Luck

      by Cynthia Austin

      Levi Kast was content living his life in the shadows.He didn’t want much, just his dad ’s attention and the girl of his dreams to notice his existence.Instead, he got more than he had bargained for.Taylor James was the new student at Kennedy High. She was eccentric, impulsive, gothic and… dark She always got what she wanted, and what she wanted was Levi Kast. He became her obsession.Despite Levi’s initial response to retreat from her other world presence, he was eventually drawn to this girl and her obsession of death and ghosts. But Taylor had skeletons in her closest, including a dead boyfriend. Before Levi could understand them, he found himself her next victim.

    • Children's & YA
      2018

      Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire

      Adventures in Champakbagh

      by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar (Illustrated by Krishna Bala Shenoi)

      Is Jwala Kumar a bird? A bat? A chameleon? Or is he something no one has ever seen before? And did he really just fall out of the sky into Champakbagh? Mohan Chandar lives with his wife and three children in the tiny and remote village of Champakbagh. One day, he rescues a strange creature from the storm that is raging outside. When he brings the creature home, the family is astonished. What sort of animal is this? Is he friendly? What does he eat? Where will he sleep? They name him Jwala Kumar, and as the days go by, they discover that Jwala Kumar is no ordinary animal. He has special powers that he uses to help his human family in their times of need. When the days are dark and hope seems to dim, Jwala Kumar lights up their lives in many ways. But who is Jwala Kumar and will he stay forever? Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire is a captivating story of innocence and friendship, of magic and love, and of gifts that last a lifetime.

    • Children's & YA

      Willow Bloom and the Dream Keepers

      by E.V. Farrell

      Willow Bloom’s biggest challenge is to organise her thirteenth birthday party. However, a walk in the woods near her home provides some big surprises – a mystical guardian from another world, a magical forest, and the discovery that her parents are part of a secret order that protects dreams. With the discovery comes a calling. A prophecy tells of a young one who can push back the dark forces that threaten to corrupt our hopes and dreams. Is Willow that young one? Can she take on the forces of evil, the Underlord Maliceius, and win?

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      The tree at the end of the world

      by Daniel Edfeldt

      Twelve-year-old William is involved in a horrible traffic accident and is so badly hurt that his young soul leaves his body. He sets off on a quest with his protector, Sam the archer. A quest to find the Tree of Life, the only thing powerful enough to bring him back to life. They travel through a magic country inhabited by amazing monsters and weirdly wonderful creatures. William meets a girl called Charlie, who also happens to be on her way to the tree. But the journey is long and dangerous and the children have to both be braver than they have ever been before. In addition, they are hunted by creepy soul eaters, evil ghouls that live off lost souls. One of the main aspects of the book is the relationship and contrast between will and Charlie. Will has been raised in a nuclear family with his mum, dad and little brother. Charlie, however, is an only child and lives with her mum, who is an alcoholic. The book is mostly set in a magical world, but the reader also gets to follow Charlie's mum and Will's family at the hospital. The Tree At The End Of The World is the first of this two-part series.

    • Children's & YA
      October 2019

      Monster of the Week

      by F.T. Lukens

      Spring semester of Bridger Whitt’s senior year of high school is looking great. He has the perfect boyfriend, a stellar best friend, and an acceptance letter to college. Oh, he also has this incredible job: assistant to Pavel Chudinov, an intermediary tasked with helping cryptids navigate the modern world. His days are filled with kisses, laughs, pixies, and the occasional unicorn. Life is awesome. But as graduation draws near, Bridger’s perfect life begins to unravel. Uncertainties about his future surface, his estranged dad shows up out of nowhere, and, perhaps worst of all, a monster-hunting television show arrives in town to investigate the series of strange events from last fall. The show’s intrepid host will not be deterred, and Bridger finds himself trapped in a game of cat and mouse that could very well put the myth world at risk. Again.

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      Magic Maldwyn

      by Jenny. Sullivan

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      Dragons - And Decisions

      by Jenny. Sullivan

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      The Weather Dress

      A Story

      by Catherine Fisher

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)
      October 2011

      Tara and the Talking Kitten Meet a Unicorn

      by Diana Cooper; Kate Shannon (illustrations)

      Exploring new chapters in the magical world of Tara and her articulate pet, the third installment of this delightful series broaches several important topics for schoolchildren. Though Tara's life with Ash-ting the talking kitten is never boring, she could never have dreamed of the wondrous journey that she was destined to take the day she met a unicorn. When Tara encounters a local bully, she uses the help and guidance of these two talking creatures to help not only the victim, but, also, the bully. As the team finds exciting ways to raise money for a village swimming pool, Tara learns valuable lessons about community building and inclusiveness. Offering guidelines and discussion points for parents and teachers, this story uses a fun premise to teach children about the dangers of bullying and the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions and behaviour. The book will appeal to children aged 5-9 as well as parents and teachers.

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)
      February 2012

      Tara and the Talking Kitten Meet the Naughty Dragon

      and other stories

      by DIANA COOPER

      Offering six short adventures of Tara and her talking feline companion Ash-ting, this audio collection brings a number of unseen beings to light—from imps and mermaids to Archangels. In the title story, Tara upsets a naughty, trainee dragon with unforeseen consequences for Ash-ting. In "Tara and Her Cousin," Tara helps her sensitive relative learn to put on Archangel Michael’s cloak of protection for comfort. Read in the soothing voice of the author, each tale centers around the special friendship between Tara and her cat while offering lessons about the mutually respectful relationships that a connection to the larger universe can provide.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      May 2012

      Tara & the Talking Kitten Meet a Mermaid

      by Diana Cooper; Kate Shannon (illustrations)

      When a flood overwhelms her village, Tara enlists the help of her old friends the fairies and the Unicorn to help save a boy from drowning. Learning from this event, Tara undertakes a special mission to clean up the oceans. By organizing her school and with the help of politicians, Tara successfully builds a campaign to raise public awareness about environmental concerns. The fourth adventure in a magical series, this imaginative story creates clear discussion points allowing parents and teachers to talk to children about actions and consequences while offering ideas on ways to interact with and protect the earth.

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      Betsan the Brave

      by Jenny. Sullivan

      Travelling through Time Doors is forbidden. Absolutely. Both Ways. No young person is supposed to travel in Time from present-day Wales to old-time Ynys Haf; no young person is to travel from Ynys Haf to Wales - to the quiet little village of Blaengwynfi, for example. Why not? Because Great Merlin has forbidden this dangerous time-travel, that's why not. Trouble is, there are some young persons - very disobedient or very adventurous ones, depending on how you look at it - who seem willing to risk it. Forbidden lands, strange creatures, magic on every corner...Betsan's Mam doesn't call her Betsan the Brave for nothing, does she?

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Diwrnod I'r Dewin

      by Graham Howells

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      The Other Eye

      by Daniel. Morden

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)
      April 2011

      Tara and the Talking Kitten Meet Angels and Fairies

      by Diana Cooper; Kate Shannon (illustrations)

      Ash-ting, the little grey kitten who can talk to Tara, is here to help her. But Tara needs more help than Ash-ting can offer when her unpleasant 'Uncle' Steve comes to stay. That is when her guardian angel steps in to protect her and her brother and sister. When her sister nearly drowns Tara learns about healing angels and how she can call on them. The angels also teach Tara that she has to take responsibility for her actions.Tara and her kitten Ash-ting discover that the huge old oak tree behind their home is to be cut down to make way for a road. They meet fairies, elves, pixies and imps and working together they find a way to save the tree.The story is written in a way that will help those children who have been abused recognise what has happened to them. It offers practical help and also introduces them to angels with the inspiration and assistance they can offer.The book will appeal to children aged 5-9 as well as parents and teachers. I absolutely adored "The Magical Adventures of Tara and the Talking Kitten", and "Tara and the Talking Kitten meet Angels and Fairies". Diana Cooper, with illustrator Kate Shannon, has done an amazing job! I read them aloud to my daughter and these books clearly helped her to understand the many ways that angels (and fairies!) can help us in our lives! She loved the characters including the magical talking kitten, the angels, the fairies and of course - Tara! by Adrienne Dumas, editor and creator of "The Faeries and Angels" Magazine

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)
      February 2012

      Tara and Her Talking Kitten Meet Her Guardian Angel

      and other stories

      by Diana Cooper

      Read in a calm and loving voice, each of the six winsome tales in this collection provide a deep moral line and affirm the love, acceptance, and compassion that can be found within children. In "Tara is Angry," Tara finds guidance from her wise kitten when seeking ways to deal with her less favorable feelings, while in "Tara and the Chinese Girl," Ash-ting counsels Tara on ways to understand and accept people from another culture. Metaphysical themes are also explored as Tara learns to communicate with her guardian angel and meets a fire elemental while her family is building a fire to make stick bread. Highlighting the deep bond of friendship between Tara and her talking feline, these charming stories will delight any inner child.

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)
      April 2011

      The Magical Adventures of Tara and the Talking Kitten

      by Diana Cooper; Kate Shannon (illustrations)

      Before Tara meets Ash-ting, an adorable gray kitten, her life at both home and school is dreadful; she doesn’t know how to make friends or how to talk to her dad about things that are bothering her. But soon Ash-ting enters her life and turns everything around, for Ash-ting is more than just a handsome pet—she can talk! She helps Tara navigate social situations at school and provides encouragement and guidance in many ways. The first in a new children’s series, this is a heartwarming story about a girl and her talking cat.

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      The Cloud Horses

      by Jerry Hunter

    • Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/YA)

      Fantasy

      by Catherine Ward

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