Surf’s up on Christmas Day

Jane Fagan | 14 December 2015
New lyrics for a beloved Christmas song.

Bob Dylan turns book writer

Jennifer Minicus | 16 August 2013
A captivating combination of music and text.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand…Songs?

Emily Castilla | 14 May 2013
A delightful new character has entered the world of picture books.

A Book That Has It All

Clare Cannon | 19 March 2013
Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...


Tim Golden | 12 January 2013
Luke, a gifted young musician, falls in with a local gang after his father dies.

That’s What I’d Do

Jennifer Minicus | 28 November 2012
Simply enchanting.

Adam of the Road

Margaret Hannon | 13 July 2012
Life in thirteenth century England comes alive in this Newbery Medal winner.

Second Fiddle

Clare Cannon | 21 April 2012
A beautiful story of friendship, of heroism, of art, music, culture and creativity all threaded together in one amazing adventure.

Anna Maria’s Gift

Jennifer Minicus | 04 January 2011
A young girl suffers loss and learns forgiveness.

A Certain Music

Clare Cannon | 25 November 2010
This is one of those special stories that brings heart into history, giving new poignancy to something you’ve known a long time.

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