London, 1861. Each day Grace must find a new way of earning enough money to pay the rent for the bleak, cold room that she and her sister live in, and to buy them enough - just - to eat. But there is a different danger threatening Grace, a danger linked to an event in her past that she is desperate to forget. Grace has caught the eye of the Unwins, an unscrupulous family whose shady business dealings are those of death and mourning.
"A wonderful homage to Dickens"
For Iris, childhood memories are of long hot summers spent playing with her cousin Rosmarie in her grandmother's garden, a place where redcurrants turned to pale tears on the branches of trees and beautiful Aunt Inga shook sparks from the tips of her fingers. But now her grandmother is dead and, along with inheriting the property, Iris finds that she also inherits her family's darkest secrets. Reluctant to keep it, but reluctant to sell, Iris spends one more summer at the house.
‘Ziggy’s Big Adventure’: Ruby has been looking forward to taking her playful kitten, Ziggy, outside. He’s a born adventure-cat, and she knows they’ll have lots of fun! But it turns out Ziggy is terrified of the great outdoors. Can the Kitten Club help Ziggy to stop being such a scaredy-cat? ‘Honey’s New Friend’: Ella loves her gorgeous kitten, Honey, but Misty, the family’s elderly cat, isn’t so keen. Honey likes to play, while Misty prefers peace and quiet, and soon the two cats are at war.
'Ginger's New Home': Amy can’t believe it when her parents say she can have a kitten. She falls in love with Ginger straight away and is determined to be the best kitten-mummy ever! But then poor Ginger falls ill - can Amy and her friends in Kitten Club help to make him better? 'Smokey's Great Escape': Mia adores her kitten, Smokey, but she’s so busy with after school clubs she only just has time to look after him. Luckily, one of the Kitten Club girls has an idea to help Mia get organized, but things don’t go to plan, and little Smokey is soon in real trouble...
Molly’s kitten, Truffle, is a real stay-at-home cat. But recently she’s started disappearing, and Molly’s worried that she isn’t happy living in such a noisy household. Then one day, Truffle doesn’t come back at all. Can the Kitten Club help to find her and bring her home?
Being a princess is all about curtseying, flower-arranging, and walking around with books balanced on your head; unless you're a Pirate Princess, of course! When her father decides that she must marry Prince Rupert, the drippiest prince around, Portia's only option is to run away to sail the high seas, with her ladies-in-waiting as her trusty crew.
Leo's running from her past. Finlay's running into trouble. Together, they stumble into a crazy new world of secrets, lies and Chinese food. But someone is on Leo's trail. With Finlay's help, can she escape her pursuer and find what she is desperately searching for? Don't tread on the cracks. If you tread on a crack, it could be him.
Princess Pandora is in urgent need or rescuing - from a boring marriage to Prince Norman of Moronia. She's being held captive and the wedding day is drawing near - time to call for Portia the Pirate Princess!
When Penelope Fitzsimmons arrives at Langdown Manor to live with relatives she's never met, she feels desperately alone and unwanted - until she meets Fred. They are two of a kind: restless, unconventional and daring - wanting more from life than what's expected of them. But she's an upper-class girl and he's a servant. How can they ever be together when society keeps them apart?
Hannah is thrilled at the idea of her newly discovered half-sister coming to live with her family. She’s always imagined a lovely sisterly world of girly chats, swapping make-up and sharing secrets and clothes. Beautiful, glamorous Ellie seems to live up to all Hannah’s expectations. But gradually she realises that Ellie has a darker side – one that threatens to tear Hannah’s world apart. An engrossing tale of sisters, friendship, truth and lies from Kelly McKain.Read by Kate Byers.
When Jacqueline Hyde finds the little glass bottle in Grandma's attic her life suddenly changes. Goodbye clean, good Jacqueline. Hello cheeky, loud Jacqueline Bad. It's fun at first. Exciting. But then Jacqueline Bad gets into serious trouble. And although she keeps trying to be her old self, the bad side just won't let go... A darkly addictive fable, truly absorbing.