An anthology of twenty specially commissioned stories from top
children's authors, each story set against the background of one of
the last twenty centuries. Twenty specially commissioned stories by
the best contemporary writers for children to celebrate the last
2000 years: Michael Morpurgo, Henrietta Branford, Vivian French,
Jean Ure, Robert Swindells, Mary Hoffman, Annie Dalton, Melvin
Burgess, Gillian Cross, Alan Durant, Theresa Bresling, Bernard
Ashley, Jenny Nimmo, Geraldine McCaughrean, Pete Johnson,
Jacqueline Wilson, Jeremy Strong, Adele Geras, Malorie Blackman and
Margaret Mahy. Each story is fictional but set against the
background of one particular time and place in one century.
Settings are worldwide, and include England, Ireland, Scotland,
Wales, France, China, America and Africa. Story themes range from
the Crucifixtion to Space Exploration; Romans in Britain to the
Mongols in China; Irish saints to medieval monks; the Vikings,
Saxons as well as elves, fairies and giants. A range of genre from
humour to fantasy make this a brilliantly balanced collection with
something to suit every taste. Gripping -often scintillating,
sometimes uncrompromising - aimed at the 10 plus age group, by
today's finest authors. Specially commissioned by Wendy Cooling, a
highly respected and well-known anthologist. This collection
promises to be around for years to come and will be a treasured
gift for adults and children alike.
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