The Prankster and the Ghost by R L Stedman

Pankster

‘The school will be good for you, Tayla,’ said the inspector. ‘You’ll have children your own age to play with.’
‘Dead children.’
‘Well, yes. True. But you can’t have everything’

Stuck in a hospital bed, unable to move, Tayla decides to leave his body. But floating around intensive care is kind of boring, although being invisible means he can do some cool practical jokes…Until the inspector arrives, that is.

Jamie, newly arrived from Scotland, is lonely. No-one can understand his accent and all his practical jokes are going wrong. Plus, his new school is seriously weird. Perhaps it’s haunted…

Shortlisted for the 2012 Tom Fitzgibbon Award, The Prankster and the Ghost is a story of friendship and learning to live with loss. And, of course, practical jokes.

Caution: The Prankster and the Ghost contains plenty of ghosts and heaps of practical jokes.

Suitable ages 6 – 99

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The Caretaker of Imagination by Z. R. Southcombe

The Caretaker of Imagination

FINALIST for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2016 – Best Youth Novel Category

The Caretaker Series is a trilogy of books designed to hold your child’s attention through fast-paced storytelling, expand vocabulary, and provide a high-interest and humorous reading experience.

At just eighty pages, the writing style and short chapters make it ideal for bedtime reading, or for reluctant – but capable – readers. Ideal for ages 8-13.

THE CARETAKER OF IMAGINATION
Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero.

John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person who can save magic from being lost forever: the Caretaker of Imagination.

This wondrous tale harks back to the style of classic children’s literature. Perfect as a read-aloud, it is sure to delight readers of all ages.

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What Stars Are Made Of by Z. R. Southcombe

What stars are made of

Sometimes it’s our darkest moments that make us shine.

The maker of stars journeys hidden in the night-time to collect the sorrow, the sadness and the anger from children. Taking it back to his secret lab, he works to build a new star; a beacon of light and hope, so the world can be a brighter place once again.

This heartfelt story is told through 21 magical hand-painted illustrations, and will be sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

For children of all ages.

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Beyond the End of the World by Z. R. Southcombe

Beyond the end of the world

The Caretaker Series is a trilogy of books designed to hold your child’s attention through fast-paced storytelling, expand vocabulary, and provide a high-interest and humorous reading experience.

At just eighty pages, the writing style and short chapters make it ideal for bedtime reading, or for reluctant – but capable – readers. Ideal for ages 8-13.

BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD
It’s a whole new world and Lucy’s looking for an adventure.

She joins her pirate friends, who are on a quest to find exciting recipes and exotic ingredients for their new bakery, but can’t help feeling there’s something more sinister going on.

Will Lucy and her friends be able to overcome the darkness once and for all?

Find out in this final book of The Caretaker Series, a trilogy full of adventure, hope, and the power of imagination.

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Lucy’s Story: The End of the World by Z. R. Southcombe

Lucy's Story

Best Youth Novel: Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2016 – Finalist

The Caretaker Series is a trilogy of books designed to hold your child’s attention through fast-paced storytelling, expand vocabulary, and provide a high-interest and humorous reading experience.

The fast pacing and short chapters make it ideal for bedtime reading, or for reluctant – but capable – readers. Ideal for ages 8-13.

LUCY’S STORY: THE END OF THE WORLD
When Lucy Carroll began writing ‘The End of the World’ she didn’t want it to actually happen – but destiny had other plans for her.

Now, locked in the Galaxy Tower with a grumpy captor, a cheery wizard, and all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures, Lucy needs to get back to Earth and somehow restore the planet – and everyone on it – back to life.

All Lucy has on her side is the power of imagination, and her newfound friends… but will they be enough?

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You Can’t Cure A Witch’s Curse by Z. R. Southcombe

You can't cure

A story of hope, adventure, and a young girl’s determination from twice-shortlisted author, artist, and educator, ZR Southcombe.

Sophie’s brother, Jack, is dying from a witch’s curse, and her only chance to save him is to find a witch.

But their are no good witches, and the closest one is the evil sorceress Rosethorn. Sophie must venture out of her little fishing village, through dark forests and sinister wastelands, to find the witch.

But even if she does – can she really save Jack?

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