Lajka je toulavé štěně, které v ulicích Moskvy bojuje o přežití. Jedné noci je odvlečena ze svého úkrytu v průchodu, aby se stala hvězdným letcem – psem vycvičeným pro let do vesmíru. Lajka nemá důvěru k lidem, a tak se všemožně snaží utéct. Dokud však nepotká Ninu. Nina je osamělé děvče, dcera vědce v sovětském kosmickém programu. Když se v tatínkově laboratoři Lajka s Ninou setkají, vznikne mezi nimi silné pouto. Budou natolik statečné, aby se odvážily následovat své sny až daleko ke hvězdám?
Londýn 1894. Šestnásťročná Juliet Moreauová sa po škandále, ktorý spôsobil výskum jej otca doktora Henriho Moreaua, životom pretĺka sama. Otec zmizol a jeho meno zostalo spojené s nehumánnymi postupmi pri vedeckých pokusoch, ktoré mu však nikto nedokázal. Keď sa Juliet dozvie, že otec žije a pracuje na opustenom tropickom ostrove, rozhodne sa zistiť, či sú obvinenia pravdivé. Juliet cestuje na ostrov v spoločnosti dávneho kamaráta z detstva Montgomeryho a tajomného stroskotanca Edwarda. Na ostrove plnom zvláštnych živočíšnych druhov a primitívnych domorodcov sa postupne zoznamuje so šialeným výskumom svojho otca. Ten operačnými postupmi so zvieratami vytvára mutanty, ktoré vyzerajú, rozprávajú a správajú sa ako ľudia. Juliet prežíva protichodné pocity – je zhrozená z otcovho nehumánneho konania a zároveň hrdá na výsledky jeho vedeckej práce. Pritom spoznáva prvú lásku a rozhoduje sa medzi dvoma mužmi. Keď na ostrove vypukne chaos, Juliet si s hrôzou uvedomí, že krv génia i šialenca prúdi aj v jej žilách. Román vychádza z klasického diela H. G. Wellsa Ostrov doktora Moreaua, príbeh sa však odvíja z pohľadu doktorovej dcéry.
A dark, breathless, beautifully-written gothic thriller of murder, madness and a mysterious island...London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself-working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true. Juliet is accompanied by the doctor's handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father's madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius-and madness-in her own blood.
An exceptional and moving novel about the power of the imagination, illustrated by the winner of the Kate Greenaway medal. An exceptional and moving novel about the power of stories and the imagination from the publisher of A Monster Calls. December 1941. Britain is at war. Emmaline has been evacuated away from the bombs to Briar Hill Hospital in Shropshire. When she gets there she discovers a secret. It's not to be shared, not to be told to anyone, even her friend Anna. But she'll tell you. This is Emmaline's secret. There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill. Exquisitely illustrated by Levi Pinfold, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill has all the makings of a modern classic.
"Deserves a spot on the shelf next to the most beloved children's classics—yes, even The Secret Garden." —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review Described as "reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia" in a starred review, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill shows readers everywhere that there is color in our world—they just need to know where to look. There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital—the mirrors that reflect the elegant rooms once home to a princess, now filled with sick children. Only Emmaline can see the creatures. It is her secret. One morning, Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers something incredible: a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own. The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray? A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 "Endearing characters, metaphors for life and death, and a slow revelation of the horrors of war give this slim novel a surprising amount of heft."—Booklist, Starred Review "In clear, gripping, flawless prose . . . this exquisite, beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel explodes with raw anguish, magic and hope, and readers will clutch it to their chests and not want to let go."—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review "Reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, Elizabeth Goudge, or a child's version of Life of Pi. . . . Readers will love this to pieces." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "Magical, terrifying, and full of heart. Open these pages, and ride true."—Newbery Honor-winning author Kathi Appelt "A remarkable book. Astonishing!"—Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood-and Anouk is accused of the crime. Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they've ever known...but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for. Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything-especially humanity-comes at a price.