Book List in Order: 59 titles


  • Babies, Babies Everywhere! Sleeping, crying, laughing, looking, gurgling, eating, crawling...and at last toddling! Follow five families and their babies from birth to around 12 months, with all the excitements, challenges, and joys of that first year...



  • No-one knows who was the model for Michelangelo's famous statue of David in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence - or even if there was one. In David: the Unofficial Autobiography, Mary Hoffman imagines the life of the man who ins...



  • The story of the fall of Anne Boleyn as it hasnever been told - this time with ravens. Young Kit finds himself on a plague cart wedged between the bodies of his mother and father. But he is alive and is rescued and taken into the home of th...



  • InShakespeare's Ghost, Mary Hoffman provides an imaginative answer to one of the great questions about Shakespeare's work: why, from A Midsummer Night's Dreamonwards, are his plays increasingly peopled by fairies, witches, ghosts...



  • "Renaissance Italy is a world of riches open to any man who dares to conquer it. In the life of young Lisa the doors to this world remain closed. Promised in her youth to a widower as a loving wife and mother, she is resigned to an unremarkable exist...



  • "Shiver me timbers," said the Captain. "It's a baby!"When the crew of pirate ship Ramshackle find a tiny baby adrift on the high seas, they are a bit flummoxed. Even more so, when they discover it's a baby girl.The adventures that follow in this roll...



  • "The book opens with the question: ""How are you feeling today?"" And this leads on to a spread by spread presentation of a wide range of feelings, including:*Happy * Sad * Excited * Bored * Interested * Angry * Upset * Calm * Silly * Lonely * Scared...



  • Emily Crawford, a young American wife and mother, seeks a long-overdue self-respect in this absorbing and dramatic portrait of an expatriate family experi¬encing life in an exotic Arab culture at the start of the 1960s. Revelatory episodes unfold ag...



  • This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families — the arrival of new members into a family — and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of the clan, including natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption,...







  • This action-packed graphic novel retells the legend of King Arthur, following him as he is transformed from an ordinary young boy to a powerful and famous monarch. Written by Mary Hoffman, this well-known story has been brought to life with illustrat...



  • The king has a problem. His twelve daughters wake up every morning with their slippers in rags and tatters. Where are they going? The palace is guarded to the hilt, and the shoemakers are exhausted. The king has promised his kingdom to anyone who can...



  • When a talisman transports her to the Talian city of Fortezza, Laura finds herself falling in love with a young Talian man named Ludo. But soon a rivalry erupts between two factions in Fortezza, and Laura and Ludo find themselves on opposite sides! S...



  • Grace loves Christmas - acting out the nativity story, opening presents, celebrating with Ma, Nana and Paw-Paw. But this Christmas Nana announces they will have visitors from Trinidad. Grace is horrified! She does NOT want to share the day with anoth...



  • Grace's emotions do a juggling act when her old friend Aimee pays her a visit and there’s the problem of Crishell’s strange eating habits. At school, Grace bravely tackles the school bully once and for all -- and then, just when she is getting...



  • School's started again, and there's a new girl in her class who makes Grace feel jealous. When the teacher assigns them to work together on the upcoming school play, Grace isn't sure what to expect. Meanwhile she is still worried that her mother migh...



  • Michelangelo's statue, David, is famous around the world. Millions flock to Italy every year to admire the physical perfection of the young man captured within the marble. But the identity of the model has never been known . . . until now. In this...



  • This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each spread showcases one aspect of home life - from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees. Ros Asquith's humorous illustratio...



  • "I admire At Home Anywhere for its complex characters revealed layer by layer, the story arcs moving naturally toward satisfying conclusions that still manage to surprise, the consistently mature narrative voice, and the lovely but unobtrusive turns ...



  • In the Talian town of Classe, magic and piracy come to life. Isabel, a younger twin by a matter of minutes, is transported there by her talisman-a pouch of silver mosaic tiles. Once she stravagates to Classe, she meets Flavia, a successful female mer...







  • A story of persecution and poetry, love and war set in 13th century Southern France. As crusaders sweep through the country, destroying all those who do not follow their religion, Bertrand risks his life to warn others of the invasion. As a troubadou...




  • In Mary Hoffman's Dracula’s Daughter, when the Battys find a baby on their step, they decide to keep her. Angela grows up like any other child, until her teeth appear, sharp and pointed. At Halloween, more spooky things begin to happen too!  Next...



  • "The latest installment in the critically acclaimed Stravaganza series begins with Matt, the new Stravagante. Despite having a beautiful and very smart girlfriend, Matt is insecure because he is dyslexic. He discovers that he is capable of traveling ...



  • This year two girls will be selected as princesses in the town parade, and Grace can?t wait to be one of them. It?s the perfect opportunity to dress up?but how, exactly, should a princess costume look? Grace asks her teacher for help, and soon the wh...



  • As Tyler and his family decorate the Christmas tree, he begins to wonder: Why are all the Christmas tree angels blonde-haired, pink-cheeked little girls? Aren?t there any black angels? No one can answer his question -- not his mom, not his dad, not e...



  • This handy edition collects Parables and Miracles of Jesus, previously available only as separate books. Mary Hoffman retells in clear, colloquial prose eight parables (including the lost sheep and the rich man?s feast) and nine miracles from the New...



  • To Grace, family has always meant her Ma, her Nana and a cat called Paw-Paw. When Papa invites her to visit him in the Gambia she dreams of finding the kind of family that is idealised in stories. But she finds that families are what you make them....



  • Sixteen-year-old Silvano da Montacuto has wealth, good looks, a new hawk--and an infatuation with a merchant's wife. When a man is murdered in his town, Silvano's bloody dagger is found, and he is accused of the crime. For his own protection, he is s...



  • Yellow Bananas Teacher's Guide Based on the Yellow Bananas series, this resource for teachers helps reinforce and enhance what students learn in their core reading program through engaging activities that focus on reading skills. Teachers will find: ...







  • The latest story in the Stravaganza series unravels amid ever-more-dangerous politics and intrigue. Sky, a new Stravagante, is whisked away from his dreary life in London to Giglia, the Talian version of Florence. Featuring favorite characters from t...



  • FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules th...



  • In this exciting tour of the ancient world, Callimachus, Royal Librarian of Alexandria, is researching a new book and decides to take his young apprentice Philip on his Mediterranean journey. As Philip marvels at the most breathtaking and beautiful b...



  • Described by Publishing News as "one of the hottest books of [the 2003 Bologna Children's Book Fair]," this is a challenging and thought-provoking collection of new poetry and prose from some of the world's most prestigious and talented children's au...



  • When she purchases a tiny figurine of a winged horse, Georgia's life is greatly altered as this talisman has the power to take her back to different periods in time and away from the chaos in which she lives, such as the land of Remora where the exci...





  • Being a cat has to be carefully taught, as this mother cat's words to her kittens demonstrate. Yawning, stretching, twining round legs, slow careful washing from the ears downwards - everything a young cat needs to know is captured in this charming s...



  • Lucien is very sick: he struggles just to sit up in bed, plagued with exhaustion brought on by the treatment for his cancer. But a mysterious gift from his father changes all that. Whenever Lucien holds the beautiful Italian journal, his mind is swep...



  • With the help of his mother, the encouragement of his new teacher, and a bit of time to adjust to his new surroundings, Hassan learns to appreciate his new home in America while still remembering and acknowledging his native land of Somalia....



  • In this beautifully illustrated book, 14 classic fairy tales are retold for young children. Old favorites, such as "Cinderella" and "Jack and the Beanstalk," are presented alongside some lesser known stories, such as "The Fisherman and his Wife" and ...







  • A chapter bookk sequel to New York Times bestseller and finalist Kate Greenaway Medal, Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace.School’s out . . . and of course that means it’s time for fun! Grace and her friends are always ready for a little advent...



  • A dramatic retelling of Britain's legendary King Arthur and the tales surrounding him, viewed from the perspectives of the women at his court. Determined and resourceful, they drive the Camelot story through love, hate, intrigue, enchantment and trag...



  • Three wise women follow a bright star to find a very special newborn baby in a stable, where each of them is able in her own way to give the child a gift, in a feminist adaptation of the Nativity story....







  • Read me just one more! are the words certain to be heard each night as children pore over this collection of favorite animal tales from around the world. Each story is complete in just a few pages, making the collection an ideal choice for bedtime re...



  • A retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale that tells the story of Katya, a feisty seven-year-old who intervenes in a dispute between her father Ivan and brother Dmitri over the ownership rights to a newborn foal....



  • Commissioned by the Library Association, this work features eleven stories taking libraries as a starting point. They range across the genres—from romance to fantasy, witchcraft to piracy, and are written and illustrated by some of our bestselling ...









  • Accompanied by Nana, Grace travels to Africa to visit her father, who left home when she was little, and learns that love can be without bounds even in divided families. By the author of Amazing Grace. ...






  • Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grac...









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Complete Series List in Order

Grace

Starring Grace (Jun-2000)
Bravo, Grace! (Sep-2011)
Encore, Grace! (Sep-2011)

Stravaganza

1) City of Masks (Oct-2002)
2) City of Stars (Oct-2003)
3) City of Flowers (Apr-2005)
4) City of Secrets (Jun-2008)
5) City of Ships (Mar-2010)
6) City of Swords (Aug-2012)