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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Charlie Fletcher

Charlie Fletcher has written numerous screenplays, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Stoneheart trilogy. Here he talks to Graham Marks about the story so far, the differences between writing for screen and page, America, literary mash-ups, and of course his latest novel, Far Rockaway.

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The Flying Carpet Thief

Sally Gardner, David Roberts
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Sally Gardner, David Roberts

'Agatha Christie for kids' - a brand new mystery in the detective agency series brimming with mystery and magic by million-copy-selling author, Sally Gardner.The detectives at Wings and Co are in a bit of bother. There is a lost leprechaun on the loose and carpets are flying all over the village of Podgy Bottom, as if by magic. Oh, and worst of all, Fidget the cat has vanished on VERY URGENT business. It looks like a tricky case for our fairy detectives . . .

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The Double Shadow

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her 17th birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father's plan.Against the tense backdrop of the Second World War, Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted.

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The Little Nut Tree

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.A brand new Early Reader edition of million-copy selling, CARNEGIE MEDAL-winning Sally Gardner's picture book based on the favourite nursery rhyme.

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Tinder

Sally Gardner, David Roberts
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Sally Gardner, David Roberts
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A Palace Full of Princesses

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

A gift book bind-up edition of four much-loved Early Reader Magical Princess stories: CINDERELLA, SNOW WHITE, SLEEPING BEAUTY and THE FROG PRINCE. These universally loved fairy tales are re-told with wit and charm in this beautiful book that makes the perfect Christmas gift.Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books.

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The Boy Who Could Fly

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner
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The Strongest Girl In The World

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

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The Boy with the Magic Numbers

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

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Three Pickled Herrings

Sally Gardner, David Roberts
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Sally Gardner, David Roberts
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Operation Bunny

Sally Gardner, David Roberts
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Sally Gardner, David Roberts

Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. It's the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Fairy Detective Agency comes back to life. It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpella.

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Red Necklace/Silver Blade omnibus

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Enter the boy Yann Margoza, destined to be a hero; Tetu the dwarf, his friend and mentor; Sido, unloved daughter of a foolish Marquis; and Count Kalliovski, Grand Master of a secret society, who has half the aristocracy in thrall to him.Written with Sally Gardner's characteristic vividness and passion, these are two thrilling tales of secrets, murder, revenge and romance, set against the vivid historical background of the French Revolution.

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Sleeping Beauty

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner
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The Princess and the Pea

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Too many girls these days pretend to be princesses. REAL princesses are very hard to find. Unless, that is, you have a pea ...

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The Frog Prince

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner
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Snow White

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.With skin as white as snow, lips as red as roses, and hair as black as ebony, Snow White soon arouses the jealousy of her wicked stepmother. Hidden away in the forest, can she escape the evil queen with the help of her new friends?

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Cinderella

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Forced into a life of drudgery and housework by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is devastated when they are invited to the prince's ball and she has to stay at home. But when her fairy godmother turns up, everything changes...

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The Silver Blade

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner
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The Red Necklace

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

The story of a remarkable boy called Yann Margoza; Tetu the dwarf, his friend and mentor; Sido, unloved daughter of a foolish Marquis; and Count Kalliovski, Grand Master of a secret society, who has half the aristocracy in thrall to him, and wants Yann dead.Yann is spirited away to London but three years later, when Paris is gripped by the bloody horrors of the Revolution, he returns, charged with two missions: to find out Kalliovski's darkest deeds and to save Sido from the guillotine. With a tangle of secrets, a thread of magic and a touch of humour, the follies of the aristocracy and the sufferings of ordinary people are unfolded as their lives move relentlessly towards the tragic and horrific days of the Terror. THE RED NECKLACE is not only a tremendous adventure story but a vibrant and passionate picture of Paris in turmoil and of a large cast of memorable characters.

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The Boy with the Lightning Feet

Sally Gardner
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Sally Gardner

Timmy Twinkle is chubby. That means he gets bullied at school and hasn't any friends. He longs to play football, but he's hopeless at games. He's miserable. And it doesn't help when Gramps tells him about Great-Uncle Vernon, a chubby boy who grew up to be a famous footballer.Then his gran's friend May comes to stay. May is a fitness fanatic who knocks Timmy and Gramps into shape in no time, and Timmy discovers there's magic in his toes - he can kick a ball just like Great-Uncle Vernon. And when Timmy performs on the football field, everyone wants to be friends with him.A lovely story of a child whose unhappiness is dispelled by the discovery of a magical gift.Read by Andrew Sachs

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Hello? Is Anybody There?

Jostein Gaarder, Sally Gardner
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Jostein Gaarder, Sally Gardner

In the hours before his brother is born, eight year old Joe has an unusual visitor, Mika, who falls out of a spaceship and lands upside down in an apple tree in Joe's garden. Hens, dinosaurs, an astronaut and a white rabbit all play their part in this magical story in which the encounter between Earth-boy and alien opens up the wonders of the universe. Tender and enchanting as The Little Prince and with the same classic quality, HELLO? IS ANYBODY THERE? confirms Jostein Gaarder as an exceptional writer for children. Sally Gardner's lively pencil drawings on almost every page make this a delightful package.