An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace.
A beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth.... In the third volume of the phenomenal series that began with the best-selling Across the Nightingale Floor and then Grass For His Pillow
Great Australian Aviation Stories is a collection of dramatic true stories and colourful accounts of our fascinating aviation history. These stories also show the "human" side of aviation...how it changed the lives of ordinary people, workers, and travellers. Included are amazing stories of history-making flights by Kingsford Smith and Ross and Keith Smith, and accounts of the exploits of Bert Hinkler, Amy Johnson, Nancy Bird, and our early outback aviation pioneers.
A funny, tender and wise story about nearly 13-year-old Cedar B. Hartley - who loses her dog, finds a new friend, becomes an acrobat and learns some bitter sweet truths about family, community and herself. Cedar B. Hartley is not easily accepted by her peers. Her dog Stinky is her best mate. Things start to change when she meets a boy called Kite and finds they have a lot in common - both have single parents, both are loners with colourful inner lives, both like beanies, dogs and acrobats. Together they form a circus troupe which unifies the inner city community.
Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international best seller and critical success. With Grass for His Pillow, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation - a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love.
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.
Calma Harrison is in love. Not just with herself but also with the handsome checkout guy at Crazi-Cheep. But when Calma gets a job at Crazi-Cheep, her cynical approach to customer service makes headlines. And then there's the small matter of the rest of her life, which is falling apart; her absent father turns up unexpectedly and wants to talk; her mother, The Fridge, is keeping secrets; and her new best friend, Vanessa, is hiding something horrible.
I don't know you at all. I wouldn't recognise you from a hole in the ground. If I was telling this story to some friends, then they would already know Kiffo and they would know me and they would know the school and everything. I'd just be able to get straight into what happened when a new English teacher, the Pitbull, slobbered and snarled her way into our class. But you don't know anything. No offence.