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The Adventures Of Billy Beaver And His Friends By Mary Gonzalez
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Billy Beaver and his little friends Olive Owl Peggy Squirrel and other little creatures all live on Brocstedes field. They go blackberry picking and Billy Beaver is captured by Grey Wolf who lives in... More > the nearby wood. Grey Wolf takes him off to his cave but thanks to some magic blackberries Billy escapes.< Less
Billy Beaver goes to Sea By Mary Gonzalez
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Billy Beaver and his friends, take their second adventure to the seaside with their new friend Mickey Ferret, who arrives in a bright red car. They have lots of fun and competitions at the beach,... More > until disaster strikes and Billy Beaver finds himself in great danger again. He is swept out to sea, but who can save him this time.< Less
The Victorian House That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Jessica and Matthew are twins who visit their great grandmother. While in the attic they come across old fashioned dolls and a Victorian doll’s house. One doll magically comes to life and... More > introduces herself as Miranda. Miranda tells the children that the fan she holds is magical. By shaking it she can whisk herself back in time and the twins with her. The twins agree to go with Miranda into the doll’s house where they will find themselves back in the Victorian times. Miranda gives one shake of the fan and the twins find themselves magically transported into the house. The figures in the house all come to life and interact with the children. They have fun with the chimney sweep, get on the wrong side of cook and make an enemy out of the butler. They get to know all the characters in the house and they learn about how they live before being whisked back into the 21st century.< Less
The Cottage That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Once again, we meet Jessica and Matthew, from the "That Was Stories", and their magic doll, Miranda. This time, Miranda, with a wave of her magic fan, takes the children back in time to... More > Bryn, on the outskirts of Ashton -in- Makerfield, Lancashire,a place, known in the past, for its coal mines. Having met a Welsh family who have come to live there, at the turn of the twentieth century, they experience life as it was working at the mine head and have an adventure on the local canal with two of the local barge men.< Less
The Bootle Village That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Once again the twins Matthew and Jessica are whisked back in time to experience history. Miranda the magic doll with her magic fan takes them back to Bootle in the nineteenth century. They see the... More > water front the way it was then, a bathing and health resort for the wealthy people, with its own castle near the beach. They meet a miller and Matthew helps to distribute flour to a sailing ship. Jessica helps out by baking biscuits for a sea captain. Teddy who has been whisked back with them goes up in an air balloon. They are then chased by a ship’s captain and hide from him. He finally catches them but to their surprise he rewards them before they are whisked back once more to the twenty first century.< Less
The Mersey Ferry That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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Jessica and Matthew are twins who have found an old fashioned doll in their great grandmother’s attic. The doll is called Miranda who turns out to be a magical doll that comes to life. She,... More > also, has a magic fan. With one wave of the fan, she has the power to transport herself, and the twins, back in time, to another century. In this story, the twins go on a school trip on the Mersey Ferry. Miranda appears to them and whisks them back to the twelfth century, the time of the first ferry across the River Mersey. They have adventures with characters that they meet, even interacting with the inhabitants of an old castle. Matthew gets dressed up as the court jester and tries to entertain the lord of the castle who begins to think that the twins are really spies and orders them to be arrested. They are chased through the castle passageways but escape with the help of Ned, a boy who befriends them. Finally, just in time, they are whisked back by Miranda into the twenty first century.< Less
The Fifties That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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We join the twins, Jessica and Matthew on their latest adventure into the past with their magic doll, Miranda and Teddy, her friend. This time, they take us into the time of the nineteen-fifties... More > where they experience how different life was then in England. They attend school with two new friends from that time. They celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and they journey across the river to New Brighton on the famous Mersey Ferry.< Less
The Everton Village That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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After attending an Everton football match with their father, Matthew and Jessica take up an offer from their magic doll, Miranda, to take them back in time, for another adventure. They return to... More > Everton, when it was still a village and the rich merchants of the time had their mansions on Everton Hill. They meet a Master Mariner, captain of a merchant ship and his family, the lady who first made the Everton toffees and they attend a celebration of the creation of the first Everton Football Team.< Less
The Drummer Boy That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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In this story Miranda whisks them back to the seventeenth century and they learn about the English civil war. They meet a drummer boy called Harry who accompanies them on their adventure. They... More > get involved in the fighting between the Round heads and the Royalists at Wigan Parish Church and make their escape through the cellars. They help transport a cannon to the Royalists in Wigan town centre and attend a ball for Prince Rupert.  They escort a Lady to safety to Brynne Hall and finally make their way through a tunnel to safety before being whisked back to the twenty first century and home once more.< Less
The Beech Tree That Was By Mary Gonzalez, Joan Brickley
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This is the story of the life of, not just an ordinary beech tree, but a very special one. Whilst on a visit to a school grounds, Jessica and her twin brother, Matthew, come across the tree that... More > appears to have something magical about it. With the help of Miranda, a doll who has special magical powers, they travel back in time, accompanied by Teddy, Miranda's friend, to past centuries and discover how the beech tree has been useful through its life to many different kinds of people. Even, when it seems that the tree has no more to give, Miranda and the twins, have other ideas.< Less