Bill Martin Jr. &Ted RandWhen I was little my sister and I made my mother read this book over and over to us before going to sleep. From it's old-fashioned story of two brothers going across town to fetch a pale of milk, to it's awesomely beautiful illustrations, this is the best book for Halloween and autumn nights!
Neil Gaiman is a master of fantasy, winning a Newbury Medal for The Graveyard Book. Now he moves into adult fiction and takes us on a wonderfully frightening adventure that helps us see the hard choices we face in life that guide us in letting go of the past. Filled with amazingly strong female characters, Gaiman writes the power of friendship and love which can only exist within the realm of mystery. As a middle-aged man returns home and remembers his mysterious childhood as an eleven-year-old trying to make sense of the world around him in which he does not fit, he stumbles across the best friend he will ever find. The death of an opal miner sets his life on a strange and magical path to the Hempstocks - a curious family of three generations of women living on their farm at the end of the lane. The untimely appearance of Ursula Monkton results in a series of horrifying events that proves the power of the female Hempstocks.