Book List in Order:33 titles

  • It's 1930s America and the Depression has ripped the nation apart. Poverty is rife and families are starving. Fourteen-year-old Molly has no one to rely on but herself. She has to find work - any work. But with millions of people unemployed the compe...


  • It's spring 1940 in occupied France when Marie and her mother find themselves looking after two injured soldiers. But one is English and the other is German, and they are sworn enemies. The two patients must not find out about each other. Will the co...


  • Petrushka is part of Russian folklore, but is not a folk tale. It is in the European tradition of 'Harlequin' and 'Punch', performed in a puppet theatre at travelling fairs. Petrushka is tired of being a clown in a puppet show. He wants to save prett...



  • Samuel's parents and young sister, innocent bystanders during an uprising, are killed by South African police. Samuel is sent to live with his uncle, a tribal chief in the Bantu homeland, while his brother vows to join the African National Congress a...


  • Long, long ago, when the earth was new, the great river goddess Yemoya sent her daughter Aje to marry a handsome earth chief in the Land of Shining Day. At first Aje was happy, but soon she started to pine for the cool shadows of her mother's realm. ...


  • The newly born swan is not like the others - he's small and brown and ugly. His brothers and sisters won't play with him, the bigger swans bully him and even his mum and dad chase him away. Sad and lonely, he sets out into the big wide world. A ye...


  • Stalingrad snipers were legends in their time. Their patience, keen eyes, and ruthlessness helped win the Battle of Stalingrad and turn the tide of the Second World War. James Riordan visited Stalingrad in 1959 and several times later. In 2006 he met...


  • The seven voyages of Sinbad are some of the most popular stories in A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. During his 20 years as a merchant adventurer, Sindad encounters a Rookh’s egg, a valley of diamonds, streams of amber, a terrifying sea-monster, ...






  • Abena is a rebellious Ashanti girl sold into slavery on the notorious Transatlantic route from West Africa to Jamaica. Mungo is an English orphan who becomes a cabin boy, only to be kidnapped and sold as a white slave. Fate brings the two together an...


  • When a down and out acid casualty stumbles across the greatest secret of the 1960s, all hell and half of heaven breaks loose. In his effort to find the famed Walrus of the Beatles legend, Dave Chalmers battles his way through demons, madmen, murderer...


  • Two English children discover an injured German pilot. The air-raid warnings sound and they take shelter. While they are confined together, the pilot tells his story. They come to realise that the casualties of war are not just the soldiers....


  • Award-winning children's author James Riordan boldly retells this story from Greek mythology, introducing readers to the first great European hero to undertake a grand journey. Accompanied by some of ancient Greece's bravest heroes, Jason leads an ex...


  • The Irish have a strong heritage of storytelling. This collection brings together seventeen of the best tales, both traditional—The Fox and the Hedgehog and Munachar and Manachar—and contemporary, such as Edna O'Brien's The Leprechaun....


  • It is the 1930s and the Great Depression has generated poverty that threatens to tear America apart. Fourteen-year-old Molly has nobody to rely on but herself. To survive, she needs to find work. Any kind of work will do. With millions unemployed, Mo...


  • It is spring 1940 and France has just fallen to Nazi occupation. Young Marie and her mother find themselves looking after two injured soldiers—but one is English and the other is German. The men are sworn enemies. Marie and her mother soon realize ...


  • Here are Dan-Gun, the first emperor, whose mother was a bear; Shim Chung, who sacrificed herself to the sea to restore her father's sight, and the magistrate who tried to steal the Dragon King's daughter. The traditional Korean tales in this collecti...



  • Little Bunny Bobkin is learning to count, but no one wants to help him. He wanders deep into the woods and has to use his new counting skills to outwit Mother Fox. Published in hardback in 1998. In the ORCHARD PITCUREBOOKS series, illustrated in c...


  • These unusual and alluring tales will familiarize children with the stars, constellations, sun, and moon as well as introduce them to the storytelling traditions of the world's ancient cultures. James Riordan has spent many years researching these my...


  • Rich in cultural significance, each title in this bestselling series includes a collection of 20 to 30 tales together with an introduction and a historical overview that give the reader compelling insights into the culture, the folk literature, and t...


  • Gr 3 UpThese 20 stories from a variety of North American nations are based on tales collected by the compiler on his travels across America and those published in collections earlier in this century. Riordan states that his renditions are a synthesis...


  • This collection of folk tales revolves around an awe and respect for the sea's power. Some pose age old questions such as "Why the Sea is Salty", others like "The Little Mermaid" convey the fear of evil sea spirits, mermaids and giants in an otherwis...


  • A collection of stories represents the Celtic, Finnish, Maori, and Native American cultures and includes traditional tales from Senegal, Vietnam, Siberia, Denmark ("The Little Mermaid"), and Egypt ("Sinbad the Sailor") about monsters and brave little...






  • Gr 2-5-- A credible translation of Andersen's Thumbelina. Although rather formal in tone, lacking the immediacy of Haugaard's colloquial language in Hans Christian Andersen: His Classic Fairy Tales (Doubleday, 1978), Riordan's smooth retelling presen...






  • The daughter of Spring and Frost in the form of a girl made of snow is raised by a peasant couple, but when she falls in love she endangers herself in the sunlight, in this version of an old Russian tale...




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    Frank lives in London's East End. When his father is drafted and his neighborhood is bombed, Frank is evacuated to the countryside. There, he meets a German Jewish girl named Hannah and learns how much is at stake in the war with Nazi Germany....