The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks.

Plot

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlottes Web by EB White

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

Plot

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

Our story begins on the ocean, with wind and rain and thunder and lightning and waves.

Plot

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….

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Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Strange Star Emma Carroll

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

It was Felix’s job to deliver the invitation.

Plot

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified…

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Once on a time there was a poor husbandman who had so many children that he hadn’t much of either food or clothing to give them.

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This book is a collection of traditional fairy tales from Scandinavia, collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Containing such beloved tales as East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon and The Three Billy-Goats Gruff it can be read for free on any ereader.

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.

Plot

Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger, and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad. But when Toad’s attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin, and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.

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In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll

In Darkling Wood Emma Carroll

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

At 3.23 a.m. the hospital call to say a heart’s been found.

Plot

When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

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