When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them.
After the presumed death of their long-absent father, Edred inherits the title of Lord Arden and moves with his sister Elfrida into the decrepit family castle where they find an ancient spell that conjures up the magical Mouldiwarp and, with his help, set off on a journey through time in search of the lost Arden treasure.
The arrival of an old Persian carpet, complete with phoenix egg, brings a series of adventures into the lives of Robert, Anthea, Cyril and Jane, including a trip to a desert island with Cook (who becomes queen and does not return home), visits to other far-off lands, and becoming marooned in an oriental tower.
On a holiday at the seashore, Bernard, Mavis, Kathleen, and Francis save a mermaid from captivity and, after an incredible magic-filled journey beneath the waves, they must race against time to avert a war and save their underwater friends.
Tradition says that dragons come in many shapes and sizes but they all breathe fire, whisk fierce, scaly tails and frighten local villagers. Whenever they can, they capture princesses and take them to their caves. But this is not always the case. In these four stories, the authors introduce some very different kinds of dragons. One, for example, just wants to sit quietly in his cave and write poetry and really doesn't want to fight St. George; in...
In 1914, on the eve of the First World War, Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar, and Jane is at high school when the sand fairy, Psammead, suddenly reappears, and his magic has a more serious purpose than when the siblings were children.
A mother and her three Edwardian children move to a country house in Yorkshire after the mysterious disappearance of their father. The children become fascinated by a nearby train and their kindness helps them befriend an older gentleman who may be able to solve the mystery of their missing father.