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Books published by publisher Harcourt Childrens Books

  • The Mysterious Giant of Barletta: An Italian Folktale

    Tomie dePaola

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, March 1, 1984)
    The giant statue that has always stood in front of the Church of San Sepolcro in Barletta is called upon to save the town from an army of a thousand men that is destroying all the towns and cities along the lower Adriatic coast.
  • Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch

    Nancy Willard, Leo & Diane Dillon, Lee Dillon

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, Oct. 31, 1991)
    Here is an imaginative tale about the unconventional fifteenth-century Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch, as told by his wildly dissatisfied housekeeper. Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon and their son, Lee, depict a most unusual household filled with pickle-winged fish, flying furniture, and other bizarre delights. “From its sumptuous paintings to its gilt frames to its quixotic verse, everything about this exquisitely produced tour de force bespeaks wit and elegance.”--Publishers Weekly
  • Hilda: The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up

    Jill Tomlinson

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, March 1, 1980)
    Despite the objection of her keeper, a small, brown, speckled hen decides to raise a family of chicks.
  • The Little Mermaid

    Hans Christian Andersen, Katie Thamer Treherne

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, Sept. 1, 1989)
    A little sea princess, longing to be human, trades her mermaid's tail for legs, hoping to win the love of a prince and earn an immortal soul for herself.
  • I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert

    Eve Bunting, David Christiana

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, March 7, 1997)
    Clad in flowing linen robes, adorned with jewels, pampered by servants, Heb-Nefert led a life of leisure and joy with her royal husband on the banks of the Nile. Now she lies, a mummy, encased in glass in a museum, and recalls the days of long ago. “A mummy’s moving soliloquy on youth, love and the fleeting nature of life is the centerpiece of this hauntingly beautiful picture book.”--Publishers Weekly
  • Wizard's Hall

    Jane Yolen

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, June 1, 1991)
    A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard's training hall by trusting and believing in himself.
  • Black Horses for the King

    Anne McCaffrey

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, April 1, 1996)
    Galwyn, the son of a bankrupted and dishonored aristocrat, has always had an ear for languages. So when Lord Artos--later known as King Arthur--needs an interpreter to help him buy large horses to breed a troop strong enough to carry armed warriors against the Saxon invaders, Galwyn gets a chance to redeem his father’s honor and make a name for himself. “The wonderful horse lore, the great and charismatic figure of Arthur, and the sympathetic hero all come together to make an engrossing and realistic Arthurian novel.”--The Horn Book
  • The Bomb and the General

    Umberto Eco, Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress), Eugenio Carmi

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, Feb. 1, 1989)
    A bad general who wishes to start a war with atom bombs is foiled and reduced to the humiliating status of doorman, an occupation in which he can use his uniform with all the braid.
  • The Ghosts' Trip to Loch Ness

    Jacques Duquennoy, Kathryn Nanovic

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, June 1, 1996)
    Four ghosts travel to Loch Ness in Scotland to see if they can spot the Loch Ness monster
  • Melisande

    Edith Nesbit, P. J. Lynch

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, Oct. 1, 1989)
    Cursed by an evil fairy at her christening, Princess Melisande grows up bald but finds herself facing another set of problems when her wish for golden hair is fulfilled.
  • A Northern Light

    Jennifer Donnelly

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, April 1, 2003)
    Mattie Gokey has a word for everything. She collects words, stores them up as a way of fending off the hard truths of her life, the truths that she can't write down in stories.The fresh pain of her mother's death. The burden of raising her sisters while her father struggles over his brokeback farm. The mad welter of feelings Mattie has for handsome but dull Royal Loomis, who says he wants to marry her. And the secret dreams that keep her going--visions of finishing high school, going to college in New York City, becoming a writer.Yet when the drowned body of a young woman turns up at the hotel where Mattie works, all her words are useless. But in the dead woman's letters, Mattie again finds her voice, and a determination to live her own life.Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, this coming-of-age novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
  • Helga's Dowry: A Troll Love Story

    Tomie de Paola

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, Sept. 1, 1977)
    Helga, a troll, ventures into the world of people to earn her dowry to marry Lars, but things do not work out as she hopes.