Feminists accuse author of mysogyny

Jane Fagan | 17 June 2015
Roald Dahl claimed that all witches are women.

Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

Jane Fagan | 11 August 2014
A story of quest and fantasy.

Newbery runner-up bewitches readers

Jennifer Minicus | 13 May 2014
An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.

Engaging characters bring this story to life

Tim Golden | 15 November 2013
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.

Witches, Wizards and Magical Children

Tim Golden | 28 June 2013
When a party of High Witches arrives on Earth,

The Book Tolkien Wanted to Publish After The Hobbit

Jennifer Minicus | 12 June 2013
In 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien's four-year-old son lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, Tolkien wrote a story about Rover, a dog who is magically transformed into a toy.

The Silver Nutmeg

Jennifer Minicus | 15 March 2013
Some books beg to be read aloud.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Jennifer Minicus | 07 January 2013
An engaging story about true happiness.

Spindle’s End

Tim Golden | 20 December 2012
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Jennifer Minicus | 17 November 2012
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.

Beginning Readers

Jennifer Minicus | 26 August 2012
Parents of avid young readers often ask me for new titles of basic chapter books.

The Pure Dead Series

Tim Golden | 27 July 2012
Imagine the Simpsons crossed with the Addams Family.

The 100 Cupboards Series

Jennifer Minicus | 15 July 2012
I do not usually enjoy creepy stories, but

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms

Jennifer Minicus | 12 June 2012
Stuart anticipates a boring summer, but is in for a big surprise.

The Magician’s House Quartet Series

Tim Golden | 15 December 2011
William, Mary and Alice spend their holidays at Golden House.

The House on Falling Star Hill

Tim Golden | 19 June 2011
This lightweight fantasy novel would make good summer reading.

The Harry Potter Series

Tim Golden | 27 April 2011
Tim Golden weighs in on this exceptionally popular series.

The Silver Blade

Clare Cannon | 06 July 2010
Historical fantasy set in the French Revolution.

The Magician’s Elephant

Jennifer Minicus | 29 June 2010
An orphaned boy searches for his lost sister with the help of a mysterious elephant.

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