The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

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Categories: Young Adult
Publisher: Small Beer Press/Big Mouth House | Date published: 09/05/2008


Because of a wish made by their mother before they were born, the two Armitage children, Mark and Harriet, lead lives full of magic and strangeness. Every Monday (and sometimes on a Tuesday) "interesting" things happen to the Armitage family: the Board of Incantation tries to take over their house to use as a school for young wizards; the purchase of a golden apple at a bargain price brings a visit from the Furies; Harriet climbs an apple tree and finds herself in the Land of Heroes. In the title story, when Mark assembles a diorama from cutouts on a cereal box, he enters into a beautiful palace garden where an ancient and tragic mistake must be undone. Over the course of these stories, Mark and Harriet must learn to gracefully manage a menagerie of dragons, unicorns, witches, ghosts and goblins. The uncommon lives of the Armitage family will thrill and delight readers young and old. The Serial Garden is the first complete collection of Joan Aiken's twenty-four beloved Armitage family stories--including four published here for the first time. The collection also includes Joan Aiken's "Prelude" to the series from Armitage, Armitage, Fly Away Home, as well as introductions from Joan Aiken's daughter, Lizza Aiken, and best-selling author Garth Nix.