The Great War is an anthology of fictional stories from eleven internationally-acclaimed, award-winning authors.
Each author chose an object from the First World War as the basis of their tale. John Boyne was inspired by a recruitment poster, Adele Geras by a wartime butter dish, David Almond by a soldier's writing case. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the four years of fighting.
Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies.
Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. She thinks she's found it with Mrs. Greene and her daughter Lacey, so when her mother says it's time to move on again, Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels. She'll always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.
Now faced with making a home with a grandmother she's never met, who, according to her mother, didn't want her in the first place, Grace is desperate to get back to Mrs. Greene and Lacey. A mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on, may just be the key. It all begins with a crane, and Grace is sure it's her mother showing her the way home.
When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday's mother, the famous author Serendipity Smith, has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure.
In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End.
Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend.
Nobody else can see Rudger, until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he's found Rudger.
Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him, and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world?
A boy hunter, the President of the United States, and a terrorist plot converge to create an original and thrilling tale of wilderness survival.
Every boy in Oskari's remote mountain village must face a ritual hunt on his thirteenth birthday, the Trial, to become a man. It's Oskari's turn, and whatever animal he kills, if he succeeds, will symbolize who he will become. But the idea of spending a night alone in the forest makes him queasy, and the ceremonial bow he has to use is too big for him.
Soon after he sets out, Oskari comes across a strange creature in the woods, emerging in eerie blue light from a smoking steel pod. He assumes it's an alien, until the figure introduces himself as the President of the United States. Air Force One, sabotaged, has crashed, and the president is running for his life. Will Oskari be brave enough, strong enough, and smart enough to save the President and himself?