Swiss Family Robinson tells of shipwrecked passengers on a deserted island: how will they survive? After their ship founders at sea, the Robinsons - father, mother, and four sons - find themselves stranded in an uninhabited, idyllic land.
Black Beauty is the story of the daily life and adventures of a proud and brave black horse and his friends, told from the horse's point of view
This is the enchanting tale of Holly Golightly, the unforgettable good-time girl, as she whisks us into her world of glamour and bright lights and is off before we have time to decide if she really belongs.
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism.
Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to gain the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament, to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him - for he always helps Amir - but this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives.
Roald Dahl can stand you on your head, twist you in knots, tie up your hands and leave you gasping for more. In this selection of short stories the surprises are as wicked and witty as ever.
Mum said war was a punishment form God for people's sins, so he'd better watch out.
She didn't tell him what to watch out for, though.
When the Second World War breaks outs, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside.
A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London . . .
Will he ever see Mister Tom again?
The best of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twenty of the very best tales from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fifty-six short stories featuring the arch-sleuth. Basing his selection around the list of the author's own twelve personal favourites. David Stuart Davies has added a further eight sparkling stories to Conan Doyle's "Baker Street Dozen", creating a unique volume which distils the pure essence of the world's most famous detective.
Alice's adventures begin when she follows White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole and falls down, down, down. Alice is an ordinary little girl who lives an ordinary sort of life, until the day she finds herself in the most wonderful world of mad tea parties and remarkable characters like the Mad Hatter, the Duchess, the Cheshire Cat and the Mock Turtle. As everything grows 'curiouser and curiouser', Alice is delighted to find that nothing in Wonderland is the least bit ordinary.
In this shimmering work of imagination, one of Australia's most honored writers conjures a single still moment on the edge of the 20th century in which two unlikely people share a friendship. When Ashley Crowther returns to Australia to manage his father's property, he discovers a timeless landscape of kingfishers and ibises; he also meets Jim Saddler, the young woodsman who becomes Ashley's guide to his inheritance...