A forgotten door on an abandoned railway platform is the entrance to a magical kingdom--an island where humans live happily with mermaids, ogres, and other wonderful creatures. Carefully hidden from the world, the Island is only accessible when the door opens for nine days every nine years. When the beastly Mrs. Trottle kidnaps the Island's young prince, it's up to a strange band of rescuers to save him. But can the rescuers--an ogre, a hag, a wizard, and a fey--sneak around London unnoticed? Fans of Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and E. Nesbit will delight in this comic fantasy.
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Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 911 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.From AudioFile:
Narrator Angela Thorne reads this fantasy story just as it should be presented--after all, fairy tales were meant to be told! There is a large and diverse cast, from humans to ogres and harpies, and each sounds believable. The prince of a faraway island is spirited away for nine years, and all of his island's unusual residents try to aid in his return from King's Cross Station, London. The prince is a spoiled brat whose difficult personality is matched only by his mother's. Thorne is at her best with these two most unpleasant characters. Truth and justice prevail after many trails and tribulations. Ibbotson's book is intended for a young audience; however, there are enough double entendres to keep Mom and Dad amused, as well. S.G.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Puffin Books, New York, New York, U. S. A., 2001. Softcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Illustrated by Hawkes, Kevin (illustrator). THE ISLAND OF THE AUNTS begins with 5 girls coming to an island with their widowed father, looking for a new life. They found a lovely, deserted place, abandoned and in ruin. So they began to repair the house, learned to fish and all things the Islanders had done before they left. The sisters worked from dawn to dusk; two sisters left the island and the ones left suddenly realized they may die some day, so they had to look for good, honest people to carry on their work with animals. 281 pages. In SECRET OF PLATFORM 13, Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their Queen and King's son, who has been stolen as an infant. 231 pages. 12mo - over 6Â¾" - 7Â¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001852
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