Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
"excellent story lovely narration"
Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....
"I LOVE IT."
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....
"Thank you Stephen Fry"
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....
"This series has become an addiction."
When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!
A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.
"Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!"
The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials. He and his companions seek the ancient oracles - restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus - but this is easier said than done. Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again...if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first.
Penguin presents Roald Dahl's Matilda, read by multi-award-winning actress Kate Winslet. Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents. Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers. But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve....
"7YR OLD STEP-GRAND DAUGHTER'S 1ST AUDIO BOOK"
Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for...the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning.... When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children's ward.... But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!
Follow what happens when three children discover their very own enchanted wood and meet new friends Silky the Fairy, Moon-Face, and the Saucepan Man, who all live in the magical Faraway Tree. Their real adventures begin when they all climb up and discover the most exciting and peculiar lands that exist beyond the clouds at the top of the tree.
"I wish I was Franny"
Penguin presents Roald Dahl's The BFG, read by actor, writer, and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams. This audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios. The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans - with some help from Her Majester, the Queen.
"David Walliams was perfect"
Andy and Terry have a new book to write, but there's a problem. A BIG problem. Well, quite a few big problems actually.... On a hill not too far away there is a tree. And in that tree there is a tree house. And in that tree house there is a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a giant rope swing, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a vegetable vaporiser and a free marshmallow-dispensing machine.
""that was a cracker""
When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance.
A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers. Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma. 1) She was once an international jewel thief. 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help….
"Very sad and touching"
Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. They know it won't be easy. They'll have to beat some really good teams, plus landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. But they're sure they can achieve their dream, if only they can get to Australia.
"My year six class loved this!!"
Puffin presents a marvellous new celebrity reading of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. The audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. Mr Fox steals food from the horrible farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean - one fat, one short, one lean. These three crooks concoct a plan to dig Mr Fox out of his home, but they don't realise how truly fantastic Mr Fox is, or how far he'll go to save his family....
"It's the best audio book in the world"
The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number-one best-selling author! Make your appointment if you dare…. Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…? Listen to this book and find out!
The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.
"Gripping from start to finish!"
What do jar tops and water-bottle lids have in common? Both of them are screws! Screws are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put screws to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question - How Do Simple Machines Work? Hands-on experiments will help you find the answer!
What is the legislative branch? It's the part of government that makes our country's laws. But just how does the legislative branch make a law? And what else does this branch do? Listen to this book to find out.
What do hammers, wheelbarrows, and brooms have in common? All of them are levers! Levers are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put levers to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question - how do simple machines work? Hands-on experiments will help you find the answer!
What does it mean to be elected to political office? It means you get to decide how to make a town, a state, or even the whole country a better place to live. But how does someone get elected? And what are the challenges of running for office? Listen to this book to find out.
The olive harvest in Israel is a special time. See how the tiny spring flowers blossom into green fruit, then ripen into shiny black olives. Watch the olives as they're gathered, sorted, and pressed into oil. Then celebrate Hanukkah with an Israeli family, as they use the oil to light their Hanukkah menorah. Come and enjoy the harvest of light.
What do staircases, dump truck beds, and ramps have in common? All of them are inclined planes! Inclined planes are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put inclined planes to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question - How Do Simple Machines Work? Hands-on experiments will help you find the answer!
What do a doorstop, a butter knife, and the front of a boat have in common? All of them are wedges! Wedges are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put wedges to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question - how do simple machines work? Hands-on experiments will help you find the answer!
A boy finds his great grandfather's accordion in the attic and with it the sweet history of klezmer music and the role the old accordion played in Jewish life through the years.
What do bicycles, doorknobs, and screwdrivers have in common? All of them use wheels and axles to perform work! Wheels and axles are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put wheels and axles to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question - how do simple machines work? Hands-on experiments will help you find the answer!
What do flagpoles and some window blinds have in common? They use pulleys to perform work! Pulleys are simple machines. They help us to do jobs more easily. But don't take our word for it. Put pulleys to the test with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question - how do simple machines work? Hands-on experiments will help you find the answer!
For 10 years, the battle raged. Thousands of ancient Greece's best warriors battled their enemies, the Trojans, in a desperate attempt to win back King Meneleus' beautiful wife, Helen. After a decade of fighting and thousands dead, the Greek forces suddenly fell back. Cautiously the Trojans ventured out of the city walls, where they discovered a giant wooden horse and a messenger. Should they accept this peace offering? Or is the gift horse too good to be true?
As night settles in on the barn, the animals notice something foul in the air. It doesn't take them long to discover the source. Will Marty be able to cut back on cutting the cheese? Or will his blasting bowels blow the other animals right out of the barn? This short story collection also includes the stories "Flick! ", "The Kick", "The Dance Recital", "Sarah and the Search for the Pot of Gold", and "A Kid in King William's Court".
Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town, short on friends, and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher. Naturally, she spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which just happens to border her backyard. And that backyard just happens to be the home of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past.
It's talent show time at Dynomike's school, and everyone is pumped to show off their skills and beat their friends for the grand prize. But when the competition starts to come between him and his best buddies, Dynomike realizes that there must be a better way.
The story opens on the first sledding day of the season, and all of the children in town are out in force. Our hero and heroine, 13-year-olds Jack Minot and Janey Pecq, go down a particularly treacherous run and are both seriously injured. Over the next year, Jack and Jill (as she is called) are nurtured back to health by their widowed mothers. As the seasons pass, we become intimately acquainted with not only Jack and Jill, but their group of friends.
More and more settlers are coming to Limestone, but who is this stranger called Jefferson, and can he be trusted? Joshua Stewart struggles as he gets ready to help his Pa fight the Indians. What if they include the very Shawnees he has come to love? When the militia is forced to march to Blue Licks, Pa and Joshua join them and run into unexpected danger. Colonel Daniel Boone warns them of a possible ambush - Indians hiding in the ravines. Will the journey end in disaster, and will Dr. Strong's Wonder Tonic reach Grandma Sarah in time?
Pepper, Miss Pepperoni has been given up and finds herself at an animal shelter. Will she find someone to truly love her?
Jesper Jinx is 11, and probably the unluckiest person in all of Puffington Hill. Everything he touches seems to end up in sweet disaster. Hence his nickname "Jinx". This time around, it is Puffington Hill itself that appears to be jinxed. The school canteen gets shut down and children are forced to eat wild clover flowers for lunch. Horrible hairy acorns fall from the sky, targeting black cats and squirrels.
Four friends live on the same street, go to the same middle school, and even spend time on the same ball fields. Their friendship comes with the normal expected trappings: small jealousies, crushes, rivalries and lots and lots of fun. But there is something else they soon discover. They share the same blessing, the same curse. They can recognize monsters hiding behind normal faces.
Mr. Hall surveys his class to find out how many people walk, take the bus, or take a car to get to school. Watch as he makes a circle graph with his data.