Children's Golden Library; Announcing a Bigger and Better

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Children's Golden Library; Announcing a Bigger and Better


Byline: CHRISTOPHER HUDSON

Since the launch of our Children's Golden Library, a magnificent collection of lavishly bound and printed children's classics, Daily Mail readers have snapped up an astonishing 3,251,000 volumes. Now, due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce another 12 enduring titles to add to your library. Once again, you can get each one week by week from your newsagent for just [pounds sterling]2.60 when you buy the Daily Mail, starting this Monday with The Borrowers.

Here, to whet your appetite, are details of the books that will make your glorious Children's Golden Library even bigger and better than before. Now all you have to do is claim your books - you owe it to your family!

The Borrowers

Mary Norton's enchanting story is about the Clock family - Homily, Pod and their daughter Arrietty - who live under the floorboards. They borrow things from the 'human beans' who live above them, resourcefully using postage stamps as pictures and spools of thread as seats. When Arrietty allows herself to be seen by the boy who lives in the house, the Clocks are plunged into all sorts of trouble.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

It's 1792, and London society regards the fashionable Sir Percy Blakeney as an amusing, ineffective fop; only a small group of friends know he is also the intrepid Scarlet Pimpernel, who daringly rescues aristocrats from the guillotine in Paris. Baroness Orczy's much-filmed novel, with its daring escapes, clever disguises and romantic intrigues, will captivate teenagers who enjoy adventure stories with a historical setting.

Ballet Shoes

For any girl who dreams of being the next Darcey Bussell or Kate Winslet, this book is sheer bliss. Orphans Posy, Pauline and Petrova attend a stage school and are convinced they're destined for fame and fortune as dancers or actresses. Noel Streatfield's wonderful story, set in London in the 1940s, follows these three plucky heroines in their quest for stardom and their gradual realisation that each of them has her own unique talent.

Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Published in 1884, eight years after The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's evocative masterpiece tells of Huck's escape from his abusive father and his journey down the Mississippi River with a slave called Jim.

As the two stumble into one adventure after another, they form a strong bond of loyalty and friendship. Ernest Hemingway said of Huckleberry Finn, 'All modern literature stems from this one book. There was nothing before, there has been nothing as good since.'

The Lost World

Sherlock Holmes wasn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's only inspired creation - there was also Professor Challenger, the brilliant scientist who leads the expedition to hunt for prehistoric animals in this thrilling yarn. As the squabbling group hacks their way through the Amazonian jungle, they realise the dinosaurs may be closer (and hungrier) than they ever anticipated. A terrific period adventure story for older children.

Bedknobs And Broomsticks

What would you do if you realised your neighbour was a trainee witch?

Persuade her to use some of her magic on you, of course.

After Miss Price casts a spell, Carey, Charles and Paul take off on their magic bed, travelling back in time to London in 1666, visiting a tropical island, and trying to explain to a policeman exactly what their bed is doing outside the police station. Mary Norton's exciting story will thrill children of all ages.

The Indian In The Cupboard

Lynne Reid Banks' funny and touching novel has sold an extraordinary ten million copies since it was published in 1981. When nine-year-old Omri is given a plastic figurine of an Indian as a present, he's far from thrilled.

Yet, once Omri finds that Little Bear can come magically to life, the feisty Indian brave proceeds to teach this lonely boy about history, friendship and independence.

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