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    • ISBN:9780349005850
    • Publication date:06 Aug 2015
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The Serial Garden

The Complete Armitage Family Stories

By Joan Aiken
Illustrated by Peter Bailey

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Joan Aiken, classic author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote the Armitage family stories all throughout her life - from when she was a teenager onwards. This is the first time the stories have been collected together in our market.

'I wish we'll have two children called Mark and Harriet. And I hope lots of interesting and unusual things will happen to them. It would be nice if they had a fairy godmother, for instance. And a phoenix or something out of the ordinary for a pet. We could have a special day for interesting and unusual things to happen - say, Mondays. But not always Mondays, and not only Mondays, or that would get a bit dull'

As a result of their mother's honeymoon wish, Mark and Harriet Armitage have a fairy godmother, a pet unicorn, and are prepared for anything life can throw at them (especially, but not always, on a Monday): hatching griffins in the airing cupboard, Latin lessons with a ghost, furious Furies on the doorstep, and an enchanted garden locked inside a cereal packet. Life with the Armitages can be magical, funny, terrifying - but never, ever dull.

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What a thrill to discover this gem from the witty and endlessly inventive Joan Aiken — Chris Riddell
Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible, her high spirits a blessing, her sheer storytelling zest a phenomenon. She was a literary treasure, and her books will continue to delight for many years to come — Philip Pullman
She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew — Amanda Craig, The Times
A writer of wild humour and unrestrained imagination — Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
A delightful whimsical set of stories about young Mark and Harriet Armitage and the fantastical things that just happen to them, where if the lawn is full of unicorns you can count on their father to rush out and try to stop them eating the roses. These stories are funny and often unexpectedly poignant. They also don't have a wasted word or scrap of information. They're both charming and genuine in a way that few things manage — Jo Walton
Inexhaustibly imaginative, Aiken was one of the twentieth century's greatest children's authors. Witty, zany and entirely sane, this is a necklace of diamonds — Amanda Craig, New Statesman
Often bonkers stories, always written with cut-glass precision . . . Aiken is a superb storyteller — The Times
She's one of the most important and interesting children's fiction writers of the last 50 years — Neil Gaiman
A writer of wild humour and unrestrained imagination — Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
A delightful summary of one side of Aiken's talent: whimsical, funny, a series of brilliantly imaginative ideas stitched together with dream logic... It is the mixture of irrepressible gaiety and invention with the tragic that makes Aiken one of the great children's authors...impossible to calculate the number of people who have enjoyed her books - who have had some magic injected into the mundane — Sunday telegraph
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Authors:
Bre Indigo, Rey Terciero

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Frances Hodgson Burnett
Authors:
Frances Hodgson Burnett

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