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While Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their child brother cross digging within the gravel pit, the very last thing they look forward to finding is a Psammead – an old Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a puppy potential having one want granted every day. however the young children do not realize the entire hassle needs may cause . . . A undying vintage with an creation through Quentin Blake, award-winning illustrator and first-ever kid's Laureate (1999–2001).

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It isn’t’ – Robert used to be starting sternly, yet Anthea interrupted – ‘Oh sure, you do,’ she acknowledged coaxingly; ‘it’s a really great video game, fairly, simply because they can’t almost certainly get in, and in the event that they do the ladies and kids are continually spared by way of civilized armies. ’ ‘But are you particularly, rather certain they're civilized? ’ requested Jane, panting. ‘They appear to be any such very long time in the past. ’ ‘Of direction they're. ’ Anthea pointed cheerfully during the slender window. ‘Why, examine the little flags on their lances, how vivid they're – and the way high-quality the chief is! glance, that’s him – isn’t it, Robert? – at the gray horse. ’ Jane consented to seem, and the scene used to be virtually too lovely to be alarming. the fairway turf, the white tents, the flash of pennoned lances, the gleam of armour, and the intense shades of headscarf and tunic – it was once similar to a wonderful colored photograph. The trumpets have been sounding, and while the trumpets stopped for breath the kids may possibly listen the cling-clang of armour and the murmur of voices. A trumpeter got here ahead to the sting of the moat, which now appeared a great deal narrower than firstly, and blew the longest and loudest blast they'd but heard. whilst the blaring noise had died away, a guy who used to be with the trumpeter shouted: ‘What ho, inside of there! ’ and his voice got here evidently to the garrison within the gate-house. ‘Hullo there! ’ Robert bellowed again right now. ‘In the identify of our Lord the King, and of our strong lord and trusty chief Sir Wulfric de Talbot, we summon this fortress to give up – on soreness of fireside and sword and no region. Do ye quit? ’ ‘No,’ bawled Robert, ‘of path we don’t! by no means, by no means, by no means! ’ the guy spoke back again: ‘Then your destiny be by yourself heads. ’ ‘Cheer,’ stated Robert in a fierce whisper. ‘Cheer to teach them we aren’t afraid, and rattle the daggers to make extra noise. One, , 3! Hip, hip, hooray! back – Hip, hip, hooray! yet one more – Hip, hip, hooray! ’ The cheers have been really excessive and vulnerable, however the rattle of the daggers lent them power and intensity. there has been one other shout from the camp around the moat – after which the beleaguered castle felt that the assault had certainly started. It was once getting really darkish within the room above the good gate, and Jane took a really little braveness as she remembered that sundown couldn’t be far flung now. ‘The moat is dreadfully thin,’ stated Anthea. ‘But they can’t get into the fort whether they do swim over,’ stated Robert. And as he spoke he heard toes at the stair outdoors – heavy ft and the clank of metal. nobody breathed for a second. The metal and the ft went on up the turret stairs. Then Robert sprang softly to the door. He pulled off his footwear. ‘Wait here,’ he whispered, and stole speedy and softly after the boots and the spur-clank. He peeped into the higher room. the fellow used to be there – and it used to be Jakin, all dripping with moat-water, and he was once fiddling approximately with the equipment which Robert felt certain labored the drawbridge. Robert banged the door without notice, and became the good key within the lock, simply as Jakin sprang to the interior of the door.

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