Ivan, youngest son of the powerful, greedy Tsar Demyan, is resigned to a life of misery and humiliation at the hands of his brothers. Then one day, he sees the legendary Firebird in his father's garden. The Tsar orders his sons out in a quest to capture it. Determined to find the bird before his brothers do, Ivan embarks on a thrilling journey of reckless endeavor and strange magic.
Lock the windows! Turn off the lights! Be prepared to shiver and shake when you listen to Really Scary Stories for Brave Children. Contains six scary, frightening and bloodcurdling stories by a selection of great Australian authors, including: 'The Room of Light' by Andrew Lansdown, 'Mel' by Sophie Masson, 'Sleeping Over at Lola's' by Gary Crew, 'Ribs' by Alison Stewart, 'Somebody Lives in the Nobody House' by Ruth Park and 'Sunset Crescent' by Victor Kelleher.
Lady Aurora, daughter of the Count and Countess of Joli-Bois, and Clementine, the local woodcutter's child, have been firm friends for all of their sixteen years. Until, that is, the day they stumble upon a castle they never knew existed.
What is the secret behind the legend of the sleeping castle of Joli-Bois?
A century later, Lord Arthur, a young amateur scientist, is determined to find out. But he discovers that science is no match for a magic that has been lying untouched for over one hundred years....
Melbourne, September 1854, and Australia's Goldrush as it might have been. People from all over the world are arriving in the Victorian capital. Sylvia Hoveden, an independent and feisty English girl, has traveled to Melbourne to find her missing twin brother, feared to be in grave danger, perhaps even dead. Anje Otsoa, an undercover agent for the governor of Esperance, has come to Melbourne to find the kidnapped French Count of Tremille.
Tattercoats, a beautiful but neglected young woman, has been abandoned by her father. One day her grandfather, the rich Baron of Fisher Forest, receives an invitation to a birthday ball at Queen Elizabeth's court. Tattercoats desperately wants to go, but her grandfather refuses. It is up to Tattercoats' only friends - the servant girl Malkin and a lame, flute-playing gooseherd named Pug - to find a way. So begins a magical journey, where nothing is as it seems, and danger and delight await them.