Amy and the Special Book – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

2200 words Children 4 – 8 years

Amy is a sweet child who loves her Uncle Derek.  But she hates to share.  Then one day she falls into Auntie Sally’s very special book that should only be shared with friends, not read alone…

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Amy was a pretty little child with lots of pretty little plaits through her black curls. She had a mischievous grin and a twinkle in her eye. She also had a favourite Uncle, Uncle Derek. Uncle Derek didn’t have plaits in his hair, but he did have a mischievous grin and a twinkle in his eye too. Amy loved her Uncle Derek, and Uncle Derek loved his Amy. When she visited Uncle Derek and Auntie Sally she would spend hours and hours playing. Although they always had lots of fun together, little Amy had a problem. She didn’t like sharing.

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An Angel Called Charlie – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1040 words Children 4 – 8 years

Charlie tends to a beautiful garden in heaven. When God asks him to take care of a dying park on earth Charlie jumps at the chance to try out his gift of gardening in an imperfect park. But is Charlie’s gift of growing flowers as important as the angel who save people’s lives every day?

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Charlie was a gentle old angel with a wonderful gift. He could grow the most beautiful plants and flowers. The colours of Charlie’s flowers were dazzling. The scent of each rose and tulip and pansy was heavenly. His lilies were taller than any other in heaven, and even his little daisies and buttercups were perfect in every way. One day God was walking through heaven when He came across Charlie tending his little patch of heaven. “Charlie, my lad!” God said, putting His arm around Charlie. “I couldn’t help noticing the truly wonderful job you are doing here.”

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Ellie the Fairy’s Flowers – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1900 words Children 4 – 8 years

Someone with rather large feet is stomping through the forest at night time, trampling all the pretty little flowers that Ellie the Fairy looks after. Join Ellie the Fairy as she searches for the culprit and finds a way to keep her flowers safe.

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Ellie the Fairy had beautiful shiny brown hair that fell on her shoulders in soft curls. Her eyes were emerald green and sparkled of love and peace. Her little mouth was ruby red and was more often than not turned up in a dazzling smile. She wore a little dress made from beautiful velvet petals of the flowers she looked after, stitched together with the delicate silk from a spider’s web.

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Kerry’s New Friend – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1000 words Children 4 – 8 years

Kerry, a mermaid, loves to tease and bully smaller sea creatures.  But who will come to her aid when she gets into a spot of bother with a rather large and rather hungry shark?

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Once upon time, in an ocean far, far away, there lived a little mermaid called Kerry. Kerry had silky golden hair, a beautiful sparkly tail, bright green eyes and a pretty smile. She was also very nasty. In fact, Kerry was the nastiest creature that ever swam in any water in the world. Kerry’s favourite game was to swim up behind the little tiny mer-babies, tap them on the shoulder, then shout “BOO!” as loud as she could when they turned around. Then she would swim away laughing when the little mer-babies screamed in fear.

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The Black Somethings – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1700 words Children 6 – 9 years

A Story From:

The Absolutely Positively True Stories of The Awesome King Richard:

On his way to the shops one evening to buy sweets Richard encounters black swirling twirling some things.  Can Richard, the heroic King from Mars, save Old Mrs Duddey and her famous toffee recipe?

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This is a true story about what happened to me one evening and how I got a big scar on my leg. It was a winter’s day just after I had eaten my dinner of chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes and carrots. It was about 5:30pm and already the sun had gone to bed. I live in the countryside where there are no street lights, so it was very dark outside. I wanted some sweets, but Mum hadn’t bought any that day. I asked if I could go to the sweet shop and buy some with my pocket money. “Only if you wear a reflective vest over your coat, and take a torch.” Mum said. I said, “Ok, Mum.”

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The Boogieman’s Bells – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

2100 words Children 6 – 8 years

All the children know when the Boogieman is in town, for one by one the naughty children disappear.  But this time Naughty Nelly Norbit decides to set a trap to catch him. But if she does not succeed she will end up in his tummy!

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For a hundred years, in a country not far from where you live, there was a mean old nasty Boogieman who loved nothing more than to gobble up little children. The children he loved to eat the best were the horrid little children who never listened to their parents, never did their homework on time for their teachers, and most important of all, loved to tease their younger brothers and sisters, and any little child that came near them. The Boogieman loved how their revolting little bones crunched between his teeth, and how their slippery insides slide all the way down his throat and into his terribly large tummy.

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The Chocolate Monster – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

800 words Children 4 – 8 years

The Little Chocolate Monster’s favourite stories are about monsters that live in closets and under beds, and who like to eat children.  One day he decides to go and live in a closet and eat children, but things do not go quite the way he had hoped.

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Once upon a time, in a far, far away land, there lived a Monster. A little Monster. A Little Chocolate Monster. The one thing the Little Chocolate Monster loved most in the whole wide world was reading. And the stories he loved to read the most were about other Monsters. He especially loved the stories about Monsters who lived in closets, and under beds, and who gobbled up little children.

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The Dreaded Pirates from the Planet Uranus – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1400 words Children 6 – 10 years

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The Absolutely Positively True Stories of  The Awesome King Richard

Whist delivering a priceless treasure to Venus Kered, Richard’s best friend, is ambushed by the dreaded Pirates from the planet Uranus and jettisons the treasure to earth.  With only his dog Penny and his triple canon doubly drenching water pistol Richard must protect the treasure from the Pirates.  The fate of the universe lies in his hands…

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The best thing about living on Earth is the school summer holidays. Six glorious weeks of chilling out. We don’t get anything like this on my home planet Mars. So far my holidays had been uneventful and restful. Apart from spring cleaning the junk out of my bedroom, clearing the garage, cutting the grass and washing the windows inside and out to earn extra pocket money I’d done nothing but read comics and swim. There had been no crises on Mars, all the pets were acting rather normal for a change, and even my little sister was being less of a pain in the neck than she normally was. In fact, things were rather dull until one night in mid-August.

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The Hamster – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1000 words Children 6 – 10 years

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The Absolutely Positively True Stories of the Awesome King Richard

There is something odd about Katie’s new hamster.  He sleeps all day, his eyes glow and he loves biting people.  Richard is the only one who recognises him for what he is… a Vampire.  Can Richard rid them of the vampirish hamster before his evil plans are set in motion?

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My sister Katie is a pain in the neck. But sometimes, just sometimes, she can have a bright idea… Sort of. For her last birthday she decided she wanted a hamster. I went to the pet shop with Mum to make sure she picked out a decent one. So there we were, in the middle of the smelly pet shop, nasty little rat dogs in a large pen yapping away, cool quiet lizards lazily lying in their tanks, and Mum, sickeningly cooing over the hamsters. “Oh, the babies.” Pass the sick bucket, please!

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The King of Mars – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1500 words Children 6 -9 years

Richard is late for school, but his best friend has pleaded with him to return to Mars to solve a major crisis.  Should Richard risk the wrath of his teacher and help his fellow countrymen, or leave them to sort it out themselves?

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Mum calls me her “special little man.” My friends say I’m not normal. My little sister calls me a freak most of the time. And as for the dog? Well, she has this habit of running in circles and biting her tail when I’m around. She never does that when I’m not around. Dad says so. Dad says I must have a strange bio-electrical force emitting from me. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds pretty cool. And you know what? It’s all true what they say.

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The Lighthouse – Lorna Broomfield- Carradus

2200 words Children 6 – 8 years

When Stewart and Sophie are left in the big lighthouse with Granddad a terrific storm brews up.  Not an ordinary storm, but one that picks the lighthouse right off the island where they live and puts them on strange island occupied by rather odd people.

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Stewart and Sophie were twins who lived in a lighthouse beside the sea with their Mummy and Daddy. The lighthouse was really tall, and painted yellow and purple. It looked like a giant helter-skelter. Inside there were lots and lots of stairs that wound all the way round the lighthouse to the very top. At the bottom of the lighthouse there was a living room. Up a few stairs and there was a kitchen and a dining room. Then came Mummy and Daddy’s room. Then Stewart and Sophie’s bedroom. Next was a play room filled with games, toys, paints and teddies. At the very top of the lighthouse was the room where the big light was kept to warn the ships about the rocks, and to guide the boats through the fog.

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The Little Princess and the Spider – Lorna Broomfield Carradus

1000 words Children 6 – 9 years

The little Princess lacks nothing but a smile. Her parents buy her everything in the hope seeing her smile, but it never happens. One day God looks down from heaven, and decides to show her the beauty of each season to try and bring a smile to her lips.

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There was once a beautiful little Princess. She had long black curly hair that framed the sweetest face, a little button nose, fair cheeks, cherry red lips and eyes of the clearest blue. Yet for all her beauty there was one thing that the little Princess lacked. A smile. Not once, in all her eight years, had her parents seen a smile dance upon her cherry lips to brighten her face. Not once had her eyes sparkled as she giggled. Nor had her fair cheeks ever flushed with laughter.

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The Mystery of the Missing Barbers – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

2000 words Children 6 – 10 years

King Richard is horrified when the barbers are all kidnapped and he must get his hair cut by Mum’s hairdresser.  Can he find the missing barbers and ensure that no other boy has to go through the trauma of getting his hair cut by a woman ever again?

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The worst thing about being on Earth, instead of my home planet Mars, is I have to abide by Earth rules. On Mars it is illegal to go to the barbers at the weekend. Earth is different. There are so many cool things to be doing on a Saturday afternoon, and a trip to the barbers is not one of them. I tried arguing with Mum when she declared I had to get a trim, but she was having none of it. “Why can’t I get a day off school to get my hair cut, like the kids on Mars do?” I whinged as she opened the front door and ordered me out.

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The Purple Burples – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

2000 words Children 6 – 10 years

While relaxing in Brown’s Café with an awesome hot chocolate, Richard notices something weird about Mum after she takes a sip of her Purple Peruvian Cherry Chino.  But when Mum calls Richard by his full Martian name things get even weirder.

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Mum loves shopping more than anything and everything. I just love shopping for anything chocolate. The summer holidays had just begun and Mum decided to go shopping. I didn’t have a problem with that, until she decided it was going to be a shopping trip for my new school uniform. Seriously? I was just done with school for 6 weeks, I didn’t need reminding of it. Buying school uniform at the start of the holidays was torture. On my home planet of Mars parents get arrested for just thinking about buying school uniforms in the summer holidays!

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The Storm – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

2300 words Children 6 – 10

When stormy weather causes havoc with the school roof Richard catches maroon aliens in the classroom store cupboard.   Are they the maroon mad mud monsters on Mercury come to destroy his school?

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One of the most important things a king must do, especially the King of Mars, is go to school and learn stuff. If I turn up on Mars and I am too stupid to solve my people’s problems, then they might decide they don’t need a king after all. That’s why I get up for school, even when I’m tired from reading comics by torch light after Dad has switched my light out. Well, one Tuesday, a few weeks ago, started off as normal. I got up for school, even though I was really tired. Mum didn’t even have to nag me to get up, because I know my Kingship depends upon me being smart, not stupid. She just reminded me five or six times that it was time for school.

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Troublesome Tulips – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus

1850 words Children 6 – 10

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The Absolutely Positively True Stories of The Awesome King Richard:

When Richard’s Mum and sister Katie fall asleep sucking their thumbs because of a mysterious sleeping illness Richard decides to investigate.  Will he find a simple bug is causing the slumber, or are there aliens with an evil plan?

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What is it about Earth girls and flowers? On my home planet of Mars we don’t use flowers as decorations. We dip them in chocolate and eat them. They are rather tasty. Here on Earth they seem to have magical powers. It doesn’t matter how much trouble Dad gets into with Mum, all he has to do is give her a bunch of flowers and she gushes, “Oh, they are so gorgeous!” then she buries her nose in them, looks all lovey dovey at Dad and says, “Oh, I do love you darling.” Pass the sick bucket, please!

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