The Unadoptables

In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek had been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once had the Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken. Until the autumn of 1880, when five babies were left in outrageous circumstances - one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, one in a wheat sack, and finally one in a coffin-shaped basket.​Those babies were Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou - who were swiftly and firmly deemed ‘the unadoptables'. Twelve years on the children luckily still have each other - until the fateful night a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart. Determined to stay together whatever the cost, the gang decide to make a daring escape. They flee the frozen canals of Amsterdam on an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains - and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them to their mysterious new home...


(Cover illustration by Ayesha Rubio)

The Puffin Book of
Big Dreams

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams is a collection of stories and dreams to spark the imagination. Some of these dreams are big, some small, some are wild and fantastical, and some are full of love, hope and kindness. This celebratory book embodies Puffin’s past, present and future.  It’s bursting with over 40 new stories, poems and illustrations from beloved Puffin authors and illustrators as well as classic content.

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams also features the dreams of children who have participated in the Puffin World of Stories programme, as well as quotes from inspirational and talented individuals from all walks of life about their own childhood dreams.

Hana's short story 'Once Upon a Knight-Time' features within the complilation, illustrated by Ayesha Rubio.