Florentin Flowers, a sheltered boy, has been kidnapped by the pirates. All of a sudden he finds himself at sea under the command of the cruel captain Bloody B. But this horrible mariner has a soft spot: he loves good stories. And that is Florentin Flowers’ chance. He has to retell all the famous books…

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In this charming fairy-tale two siblings want to help their mother, who has lost her golden ring. But they can’t afford to buy her a new one. Luckily they meet a mythical dragon, who tells them about the philosopher’s stone, which can change ordinary metals into gold. Phila and Sophie follow the dragon into the mysterious…

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The main protagonist and narrator is a seven year old girl named Hredka, whose name actually means “Radish” in Icelandic. That day Hredka takes her skateboard to school as usual. But then she makes a strange turn, and finds herself in a different world altogether. Strange things start happening to her. She begins transforming: first…

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A collection of 24 classic fairy tales, each of them featuring a particular dish, the recipe of which follows after every tale. A joyful read full of cooking inspirations for bookworms and little gourmets.

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The trilogy is used in many Czech schools ranked among recommended reading material and was chosen for projects, including Czech Library Project, Clash of Readers and Reading Helps. In Sleeping City, the first part of his trilogy, Martin Vopěnka depicts a dangerous world in which children have to struggle for survival on their own. This…

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The main character of this sci-fi novel is twelve-year-old Daniel, growing up in a technically advanced, but fully isolated civilization, which is called New Planet. This dehumanized society is divided into two groups: those who are privileged and those who are not. They pretend to have left Earth, but in reality they have only built…

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The animal characters often display human traits and interact like humans. Other stories offer philosophical reflections on the meaning of life (Sister Death, Brother Life). Tales from the Mountains teach us humility in the face of nature’s forces, and encourage us to protect the environment. The book is intended for children over 9 years, but…

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A legend from the late 16th century tells of Rabbi Löw, who shaped the Golem out of clay and animated him. This creature’s task was to rush to the besieged Jews of Prague to help in times of need. Many varieties of this old story exist. Toman deals with the matter in a surprising way.…

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Can the desperadoes of the Wild West be domesticated by reading literary classics? Is it possible to understand one’s own life through the reading of Moby Dick, The Count of Monte Cristo, Romeo and Juliet or Winnetou? The Czech librarian Boženka does her best in her readers’ workshops at Cross-Eyed Jim’s Coffeehouse. Until one day the…

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Skyscrapers are quaint buildings that reach into the clouds. Inside them there are a great many rooms, a great many people and even more stories. Things happen in them that would never happen in a small house. Readers of the book will be taken to New York and San Francisco, where young heroes Emma, Lucy…

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