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A Company of Swans
Harriet Morton, daughter of a stuffy Cambridge don, longs for some romance and adventure in her life. Her one pleasure is the ballet class she takes. The company has invited her to join and travel with them to Brazil to perform. But Harriet's father will not let her go. Harriet learns from a neighbor, Henry, of a mysterious boy, Rom Verney, who left England and ventured to the Amazon river. Harriet is asked by Henry to deliver a message to Rom ...
Countess Below Stairs
Anna's aristocratic family escaped the Russian revolution and arrived penniless in England. Anna decides to help her family by working as a maid in the mansion of Rupert, the Earl of Westerholme, although, all the other servants recognize she is not from the serving classes. The earl, in order to keep his family mansion, needs money and is engaged to marry wealthy Muriel. Meanwhile, the earl keeps encountering his delightful and unusual maid Anna. ...
Island of the Aunts (Literature)
There are three aunts that live on an island and take care of the animals that come there. The aunts are getting old and need some help so they decide to get children by kidnapping them. The aunts go to Europe and kidnap Minette, Lambert and Fabio. When they get there the kids have to start working and caring for the sick and hurt animals. On the island the kids have to take care of selkies, krakens and other unusual animals. ...
Island of the Aunts (Science Fiction)
Aunt Etta, Aunt Coral and Aunt Myrtle are getting old and can no longer keep up with all of the magical creatures of the island like they used to - after all, mermaids, selkies, and boobries take a lot of work. However, they know that they cannot trust other adults to take care of the island the way they do so they decide that they need some children. There is only one problem - they don't have any children to train. The aunts decide that the only wa...

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Journey to the River Sea
Maia Fielding is an orphan. Her only guardian is a lawyer, named Mr. Murray, whose only duty is to manage the small fortune her parents have left her. Then, word reaches him that Maia's father's second cousin's family, the Carters, would be willing to take her in. When a note written by the Carter twins, Gwendolyn and Beatrice, arrives, Maia makes up her mind to go live with the Carters in their house on the Amazon. She travels there with Miss Minton, he...
Magic Flutes
Tessa is an Austrian princess raised in a grand castle, Schloss Pfaffenstein. But it is 1922, after Austria has been defeated in the war and Tessa joins an opera company as a wardrobe mistress. Guy Farne was a foundling raised in an English orphanage. But he made a fortune and now wants to marry Nerine, an Englishwoman he met at the opera in Vienna. He buys Schloss Pfaffenstein and intends to recreate the evening at the opera when he met Nerine. T...
The Secret of Platform 13
Under Platform 13 in one of London's busiest trains stations is an old, forgotten doorway covered with peeling posters. Little do the Londoners know that behind that door is the entrance to a magical kingdom - an island where humans live in harmony and happiness with mermaids, ogres, hags, mistmakers, etc. The door opens once every 9 years for 9 days and allows magical creatures to revisit old haunts in London and for other creatures to leave London for ...
The Star of Kazan
Abandoned at birth, 12-year-old Annika has been raised as a servant in the Viennese home of three quirky--but loveable—professors (Emil, Gertrude, and Julius). Annika has two best friends (Stefan and Pauline), adores her surrogate mothers, Ellie (the cook) and Sigrid (the housemaid), and cultivates a special friendship with an elderly neighbor (La Rondine). Although these relationships bring Annika much happiness, she nevertheless secretly longs to be ...
Which Witch?
Arriman the Awful, the handsome, single Wizard of the North is tired. He has absolutely exhausted himself blighting and smiting, blasting and wuthering, and doing everything he could to keep darkness and sorcery in the land. When a gypsy informs him that the new Wizard of the North cometh soon, Arriman is overjoyed at the prospect of retiring to a vacation villa in the south. However, the new Wizard doesn't cometh. In desperation, Arriman decides to ...


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