Ten boys who changed the world
Ten girls who changed the world
Ten boys who used their talents
Ten girls who used their talents
Ten boys who didn’t give in
Ten girls who didn’t give in
Ten boys who made a difference
Ten girls who made a difference
Ten boys who made history
Ten girls who made history
Archie And The Enchanter
This is for 8 - 12 year olds. It takes place on Scotland's wild West Coast where Archie discovers an ancient and supernatural set of bagpipes. The magical bagpipes do impossible things. The music it makes is powerful. Through its music, history begins to change. It's not the bagpipes but the chanter that is supernatural (the chanter is the part of the bagpipe that the piper uses to make music). The chanter is probably more than 1,500 years old and yet looks brand new. The name 'chanter' comes from the word 'enchanter' - and 'enchant' is what it does. The origins of the enchanter are shrouded in mystery. It disappeared before the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745. Perhaps the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie, would have won through if the Enchanter had been around. Then our hero, a scruffy little boy called Archie, found it, and this book is about what happened next. There are two lessons: music is more important than money (poor people have no money but in music they have a source of joy) and Scotland still some unfinished business as an independent nation.
The Honeysuckle Bird Cafe
In a corner of the village there is a garden. In a corner of the garden there is a bird table, a little house-on-stilts. But this is no ordinary bird table. It is the world-famous Honeysuckle Bird Café.
‘World-famous?’ you scoff. ‘I’ve never heard of it.’
Ah but, if you are reading this, you are probably a person and your world is the world of people. There is another world – a world where The Honeysuckle Bird Café is very well-known indeed . . .
The Honeysuckle Bird Café is popular with all the birds because of the wonderful fare provided by Mrs Dressing-Gown. In this busy garden, there is never a dull moment but Tucker the dog helps Mrs D-G keep the peace.
It is spring and the nests are full of promise as hatching time draws near. The female birds are stuck in the nests, sitting on the eggs, growing restless and demanding. The male birds are worn out trying to keep them happy.
This is a tale of silly, jealous and quarrelsome birds who need to be taught a lesson. You see, birds can be just like people . . .
A delightful whimsical book to read to children aged 5 – 9. Older children, aged 9 – 90, will enjoy reading it for themselves.
War Hero Bear
When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all. As the soldiers train to take part in some of the fiercest fighting of the war, Wojtek grows up, providing headaches and laughter in equal measure as he learns to drink beer, chase horses and wrestle with his human friends. But at Monte Cassino, as the Allies try and dislodge German troops from their mountain-top eyrie, Wojtek, now a fully signed-up solider with his own rank and number, comes into his own, dodging the bullets to carry ammunition to his comrades as they inch their way to victory. After the war, the Polish solders move to Scotland. Wojtek comes too and soon becomes the centre of attention in a new country. But with hostilities ended, how long can he keep his freedom? Best-selling children's author Jenny Robertson explores the themes of friendship and trust in this moving and inspirational story.
A beautiful story about ten-year-old Douglas who has recently lost his mother to cancer. The boy and his father haven’t been able to communicate since her death, and the house is a place of sadness. One day Douglas finds an injured Greylag goose and so begins their mission to nurse the bird, and themselves, back to health. As father and son work together and start talking together again, they discover much more about Douglas’ mother than they ever knew before and connect with each other on a deeper level. The story deals with bereavement, school bullies, father-son connection, and the enormously healing power of nature and art. Illustrated with gorgeous drawings throughout, this is a story that will stay with you even after you close the book.