Books

The Foundation of Our Collection

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tells the story of Alice, a young, curious girl who follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and into Wonderland. There, she encounters some of the strangest and most peculiar creatures, including the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. This intriguing and make believe world appeals to both adults and children.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J.K. Rowling

When mysterious letters start arriving on his doorstep, Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are swiftly confiscated by his aunt and uncle.
Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a strange man bursts in with some important news: Harry Potter is a wizard and has been awarded a place to study at Hogwarts. And so the first of the Harry Potter adventures is set to begin.

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Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling

THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED, ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE!

Harry Potter can’t wait for his summer to end, he’s had the worst birthday - no cards, no presents and to top it all, spending the evening pretending not to exist. Not to mention some worrying warnings from a bat-eared house elf called Dobby and a rather unfortunate incident with an enchanted, flying, Ford Anglia. Surely his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will be simple after all that? But all is not as it should be at Hogwarts. Harry is hearing things, strange things, venomous whispers in the shadows – and then the attacks start.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'. How will Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father? This story is a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction!

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The Railway Children

E. Nesbit

Roberta, Peter and Phyllis live a lovely life in a lovely London villa with their lovely mother and father. But all that will change. When Father is taken away unexpectedly, they have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. 


Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance.

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Chinese Cinderella

Adeline YenMah

After a while I said, “When did my
mama die?”
“Your mama came down with a high
fever three days after you were born.
She died when you were two weeks old.
…”
Though I was only four years old, I
understood I should not ask Aunt Baba
too many questions about my dead
mama. Big Sister once told me, “Aunt
Baba and Mama used to be best
friends. A long time ago, they worked
together in a bank in Shanghai owned
by our grandaunt, the youngest sister
of Grandfather Ye Ye. But then Mama
died giving birth to you. If you had not
been born, Mama would still be alive.
She died because of you. You are bad
luck.”

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 Grimm's Fairy Tales 

The Brothers Grimm

A collection of tales including "The Frog Prince," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Rapunzel," "The Fisherman and his Wife," "Tom Thumb," and many others.

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The Giver

Lois Lowry

It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders.

Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems...


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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S Lewis

Four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

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His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Northern Lights
Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle - a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears.

The Subtle Knife
Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld - Cittagazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat - and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

The Amber Spyglass
Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been - and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned . . 

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Aesop's Fables

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A selection of short stories.

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