Norvin, a boy who closely resembles a shark, uses his talents to scare away all the swimmers at Caramel Cove, except for one female shark in love. Help!
This is a collection of humorous stories about the Delmonico family. Discover what happens when Mrs Delmonico announces she is feeling a little blue and promptly turns blue, and meet the cat who becomes a poet and the girl who starts a craze for hanging upside down.
Captain Lionel Wafer and his fellow-pirates - Toad, Brace-and-Bit and Winkle, are no ordinary ruffians. Clinging to the belief that life should be simple, free and unplanned they set off in a converted teashop of a ship, renamed The Sinful Sausage, to sail backwards and forwards over the bounding blue. In no time a dastardly plan has formed in Captain Wafer's mind to kidnap the famous inventor, Humbert Cash-Cash, from his sunshine retreat and purloin his inventions - or at the very least pinch his diamond doorknob.
"A delicious kid's story with something for adults"
Eight-year-old Barney is willing to accept that the ghost of his Great-Uncle Cole might wish to be friends with him, but his family are sceptical. However, some of his older relations admit that there does seem to be something special about the boy. Barney's sister, practical Tabitha, determines to solve the mystery - but it is Troy, the oldest of the children, who finds out what the truth really is....
Tris Catt leads a double life. He appears to be an ordinary boy but in his fantasy life he is also an alien superhero. The underrunners near his home are an important part of his secret life, secret tunnels known only to him. Unexpectedly Tris’s imaginary world is invaded by a girl, Winola. She is strange but gutsy, and so good at joining in his invented game that Tris doesn’t take seriously the menacing character who she claims is after her - at least, not until they are caught up in a dangerous situation which threatens both their lives...
Margaret Mahy is one of the very best childrens writers. Her inventive stories and humour are both incredible and delightful. In 'The Downhill Crocodile Whizz' a crocodile is sent a pair of skates by his Grandma and ignoring her warning sets off to have fun. In 'Elephant Milk Hippopotamus Cheese' a giant helps Weedy finally grow into her enormous feet. Absolute joy.
Based on a prize-winning picture book of an Aboriginal folktale, this audiobook tells of the conflict in Dreamtime between the Injim Quinkins and the Timara Quinkins. The bad Injims steal children and take them to their caves but the Timaras save the children in the end.
Something is happening down in the dump, but Dinsmore's school principal doesn't want him to know about it....
Monty is allergic to ghosts. If there's an invisible ghost around, he sneezes. As soon as Monty sets foot in the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought, he knows it's haunted. Why else would he sneeze like a hurricane? Mysterious forces are clearly at work, yet Monty has problems convincing the principal, and a loathsome teacher called Sogbucket, that the school is really haunted.
When Delphinium presses the button marked DANGER, bells ring and sirens wail. What a way to celebrate her 10th birthday! But others on the space station are worried by the white blob on their computer screens. Could it signal an invasion? Meanwhile, Jason is enjoying a little fun aboard a skip-ship. But he and Delphinium accidentally start the machine and find themselves hurtling through space, out of control....
"The Greatest Giggle for Kids on Earth"
These are stories of boundless imagination, exuberant characters, magical language, and priceless humour. The Margaret Mahy Collection contains six favourite Mahy stories narrated by Margaret herself. In this collection you will find the timeless classics "The Witch in the Cherry Tree", "A Summery Saturday Morning", "The Boy with Two Shadows", "Jam", "The Three Legged Cat", and The Boy who Was Followed Home".
Unlike her brothers and sisters, Anthea cannot see, so when they all go to the beach one day, their mother tells them to take care of her. While they are all playing on the sand, a thick fog rolls in from the ocean. Suddenly it's up to Anthea to get everyone home safely.
Twenty-one marvellously inventive stories by Carnegie Medal-winning author Margaret Mahy, starting with 'The Horrible Story', about a boy whose chilling tales terrify two older boys. The other stories in this collection include 'The Curiosity Concert', 'The Strange Egg', 'The Girl Who Loved Cars', 'The Little Boy Who Wanted a Flat World', and 'Chocolate Porridge' - which gets eaten by a very unusual guest at Timothy's house!
The National Telethon gives ten-year-old Tessa Fortune a wonderful opportunity to practise what she is most interested in - making money. Even better, no-one can call her greedy this time because everything she makes is for charity. Helped by her cousins, Tessa sets up a white-elephant stall, determined that it shall be her first step on the ladder of success. But then disaster strikes.
Jackson Fortune has always followed the lead of his tough older sister, 11-year-old Tracey. Then he receives the first of a series of secret messages and he suddenly has a mystery to solve all by himself. Without Tracey. But the messages to Jackson are not the only mystery. Who is the stranger on a motorbike seen hanging around their cousin Tessa's house? And why does Tracey suddenly decide she wants to wear a dress?
When his parents move to the small town in New Zealand where his father grew up, ten-year-old Pete can hardly wait to meet all his relatives who live there - especially the four cousins his own age. Will he like them? And, more importantly, will they like him? But his cousins - Tracey, Jackson, Tessa and Lolly - decide that Pete must pass a test before he can join their gang: the Good Fortunes Gang. Now Pete must face a scary ordeal that means facing up to his very worst fears - alone in the dark...
I think I'm going to be a Fortune again,' Lolly said. I mean really a Fortune. I think I'm going to be called Fortune like you...'Ten-year-old Loreli Bancroft has always longed to be part of the Good Fortunes Gang - a real Fortune, just like her four cousins, Tracey, Jackson, Tessa and Pete. After all, she's still their cousin, even if her mother, a Fortune, did marry a Bancroft. But then her parents have a terrible argument - a real, hot Fortune kind of fight - and her father leaves home.