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Dragons at Crumbling Castle

Where do revolutionary cavemen, intrepid tortoises, egg dancing champions and boring knights hang out together? In Terry Pratchett’s head, of course – in this case, his much younger one. This collection of stories flowed from the teenage Pratchett’s pen 50 years ago when he worked for a local English newspaper, reporting on village fairs and…

The Curse of the Bogle’s Beard

Burping, slurping, dribbling, pickled onions and sprouts on toast. There’s more to the purple preserves of Barnaby’s gruesome Granny Hogsflesh than meets the eye – or the nose.  In the much-loved tradition of nasty, smelly old people as popularised by Roald Dahl, Granny is a mean bully with plans to take over life-as-we-know-it but in…

The Littlest Witch

Sybilla is the youngest of seven daughters, and her bright red hair isn’t the only thing that is different about her. A pet parrot and hostile cat act as guardians to her. She floats in water and she can fly on a broomstick. Meanwhile, the selfish and greedy Alfonso attempts to fulfil the conditions set…

The Revenge of the Ballybogs

Siobhan Rowden’s follow-up to The Curse of the Bogle’s Beardcontinues the story of Barnaby Figg, a boy who works alongside his half-bogle grandmother in her pickle factory. The Revenge of the Ballybogs is essentially a rehash of the same formula: this time it is Barnaby’s mother, rather than his father, who is kidnapped, prompting Barnaby once again to…



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