Red jasper shall calm you
when you are lost in the twists of time.
Blue aquamarine shall restore health
To a soul that sickens.
Green malachite offers hope and energy
when you are weary.
Amber lights your way when all is dark,
And black onyx does what it may
to ward off evil.
These are the powers of the Millennium Stones
And they are yours to do with as you will.
On the eve of the new millennium, Zoe and Davy buy a handful of precious stones from an ancient pedlar. She tells them, if they seek knowledge and understanding, to cast one into the Thames at midnight. Sceptical but daring, they follow her instructions. What follows is a bewildering series of adventures in time. Lost, friendless and in constant peril, they witness five extraordinary nights.
For ages 13 and over.
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.