THE SHIP'S COMPUTER CHOOSES YHELLE . . . PLANET OF ILLUSIONS!Rheba the Senyas Fire Dancer and her Bre'n mentor Kirtn are continuing their mission to return a shipload of ex-slaves to their home planets. The computer lottery brings up the name of Yhelle, a civilised planet where all the inhabitants use illusion as a part of everyday life. But the two illusionists on board Devalon don't seem very pleased to be going home.Landing on Yhelle, Rheba finds confusion both in the multitude of illusions she encounters and in the apparent disappearance of her illusionists' clan. Nothing is what it seems, apart from the very real danger of death by ecstasy, a fate which could away Fire Dancer, Bre'n and the entire planetary population!
Behind them, Destruction.Before them, the Universe.Senyas dancers - on their home planet they practised their unique skills, their smooth skin glowing with complex patterns as they learnt to harness the elemental energies of Nature through Dances of Power. Their constant companions, the fur-covered humanoids who were their Bre'n mentors, alone could channel and control Senyas power. Yet together they had failed to save Deva, an inferno devoured by its greedy sun.Two survivors - and perhaps more? Rheba, the fire dancer, and Kirtn, her Bre'n, swore to search the known - and unknown - universe for others of their kind. And though they knew the danger, they courted the attention and fell into the clutches of the dreaded Loo-chim, galactic slavers from whose clutches none escaped alive . . .But then the Loo-chim had never encountered a Fire Dancer in her power and glory . . .
Crochet lovers will embrace Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot, a book that lovingly and humorously explores the craft of crochet and is written by a true crochet zealot.Mary Beth Temple, a well-known author in the crafting world and a self-admitted crochet junkie, gives an insider's look at what makes real crocheters tick and laugh with a number of humorous essays.Excerpt from the book:Just the other day I uttered a phrase that stopped traffic in my household, a phrase I never in a million years thought I would utter. I was sorting through yet another box of yarn that appeared as if by magic, trying to lower the square footage of wool that is all over my living room, and in frustration I yelled out I have too much yarn! You could hear crickets chirping in the aftermath—my daughter looked at me as if I had three heads, even the dog cocked her head and started to slink slowly away from the crazy woman. Did I really say I had too much yarn? Was...
DAEMEN -a forgotten place at the very edge of the galaxy, a dying planet where people lived by luck alone. This was the number-one stop for Rheba, the Senyas fire dancer, and Kirtn, her Bre'n mentor, as they sought to fulfil their promise to return a whole shipload of ex-slaves to the widely scattered worlds they called home.Twice Rheba and Kirtn had achieved the impossible - first surviving their own home system's fiery doom, then escaping the lair of the evil Loo-chim, bringing with them the odd assortment of beings who were now their shipmates. Having blasted free of the Loo-chim, Rheba and Kirtn assumed the worst was over. Then they landed on Daemen...Don't miss FIRE DANCER, also by Ann Maxwell and available from Futura.
An unforgettable standalone novel from Nicky Singer, author of the sensational, award-winning FEATHER BOY.Twelve-year-old Jess is grieving for her beloved Aunt Edie, and anxiously awaiting the birth of her twin brothers, when she finds a mysterious glass flask hidden in a desk. The flask is beautiful to Jess, and soon she starts to believe that it contains a magical life-force. When her half-brothers are born critically ill, Jess becomes convinced that their survival depends on what's happening to the flask...Through Jess's stunning narration, Nicky Singer explores the meaning of life, and the interconnected nature of all things - in a way which is entirely accessible to young readers.
Jess has a secret: a mysterious glass flask she finds in an heirloom desk's hidden compartment. Its surface swirls with iridescent colors, like something's inside, something almost like a song, something with a soul. No one else sees anything under the shifting glass, but Jess is convinced there must be some kind of magic in there. And when her twin brothers are born critically ill, Jess begins to believe that the force within the flask just might hold the key to saving her brothers—and her family. In this emotionally rich novel, award-winning author Nicky Singer crafts a world of possibility that is steeped in hope and the power of love.
Robert Nobel, the school pariah, triumphs over his own fears and the school bully, in this extraordinary tale of self-empowerment, legend and death. Robert is a boy who can do anything – or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek.But something compels him to do what Edith asks – to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers. Niker the bully thinks this is a great laugh. He challenges Robert to spend the night at Chance House with him – but there the balance of power changes, and it is Robert who proves to be the stronger. Niker feels threatened by the change – and when he finds out Robert's secret obsession, to make the dying Edith Sorrel a coat of feathers like in the old legend of the Firebird, he knows just how to wrest his old power back. But just how important is the coat of feathers? Could it really save...
A story of dark emotions and strange friendship, Doll is the eagerly awaited new title from Nicky Singer, following the triumph of her first children's book, Feather Boy. Tilly's biker mother gave Tilly a doll when she was on her deathbed. There is something strange about the doll, something dangerous – something which brings Tilly into the path of Jan, a South American boy with his own problems. But there are questions that have not been answered. Is Tilly's mother really dead, or is there a more painful reason for her absence?
Caleb Harrison doesn't believe the medallion his fiancée has given him is a magical amulet from Atlantis. Until he's transported from 1836 to the 21st Century where he meets Becci Berclair, his fiancée's descendent.Becci is sure that the workman who has collapsed in her home is insane. He claims to have murdered her namesake, Mary Rebecca Berclair, in 1836. But Becci can't believe this gentle man is a killer.Unbeknownst to Becci and Caleb, there is another come to the future from the past. And he'll do anything to get Caleb's medallion and the power it will give him.Soon Caleb and Becci are in a battle that could change both the past and the future forever.