Growing up in rural Japan in 1861, Sachi has always felt different, her pale skin setting her apart. When she is 11, a princess passes through her village, sweeping her off to the women's palace in Edo, home to 3000 women and only one man - the young shogun. Sachi is chosen as his concubine. But Japan is changing.
"Interesting but kind of slow"
Mabel and Ethel are not happy witches. Someone has stolen their precious broomsticks, now they can't run Broomstick Services, their take-away delivery business. This calls for drastic action. So Mabel and Ethel ask Maud, their sister, for help. But Maud's a respectable, married witch now, she doesn't do magic these days. Or does she? Hang on a minute, she's digging out the old spell book. Uh-oh! Those broomstick theives had better watch out!
Joe, Lucy and Jackie find two witches asleep in a shed... Aargh! But, they are friendly and they're fed up with being bad witches - they want to be ordinary. So, together they set up Broomstick Services - flying services to the estate. The only problem is, there's another bad witch about.
Here Jonathan and Angela Scott tell the story of their modern day exploration of this extreme continent, a journey through the magnificent icy landscape, to explore the wildlife of this rare sanctuary, and reflect on the experiences of early explorers like Shackelton, Amundsen, Scott and Mawson, and on the relationship between man and wildlife in this remote and spectacular environment.
Whoever heard of witches taking a holiday? Well, Ethel and Mabel need one. Not even their grumpy sister Maud can stop them. So they escape to the seaside - but tourists keep falling into danger, and the emergency services just can't cope. So it's the witches to the rescue!
There are lots of animals for Oscar the foal to meet at his new home - but will they all be friends? Later, there's an emergency on the farm - and Smudge the little Labrador puppy is just the pup for the job.
A couple of books bought from a jumble sale with the name Johnnie Bearsden in the front is all it takes for rumours to begin swirling again: Rumours about little Izzy Haddon, whose mother has kept the identity of her daughter's father a secret.