Mandy (comics)

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First issue of Mandy, 21 January 1967

Mandy was a British comic book magazine for girls, published weekly by D. C. Thomson & Co. from 21 January 1967 (#1) to 11 May 1991 (#1,269),[1] with annuals appearing from 1972[2] until 2007.[3]

From 1991 until the 24 May 1997 issue,[4] it was published as a merged comic with Judy. The two then merged with Bunty before ceasing publication completely in 2001.

Mandy's content, like many other girls comics from the time, appeared primarily in picture-story format. The majority of the stories were serialized, with typically 2-3 pages of a particular story appearing in each issue, and most stories lasting for 8-12 instalments. Some recurring theme elements of Mandy stories were:

  • orphans forced to live with cruel or uncaring relatives;
  • girls enduring blackmail, hardship, or unpopularity to protect a secret (often on behalf of their family);
  • girls slaving for cruel employers or criminals;
  • Saving animals from cruelty;
  • Cruel factories, shops, boarding schools or workhouses;
  • Heroines adopting masked identities to secretly help people;
  • spiteful girls causing trouble for an unsuspecting cousin, foster-sister or classmate;
  • girls becoming unpopular because events keep conspiring to make them appear jealous or selfish;
  • blundering girls getting into one scrape after another;
  • girls pretending to be disabled in order to take advantage of people;
  • girls who were put under a curse or came into possession of apparently supernatural objects which adversely affected their lives, but of which they were unable to rid themselves until they worked out how;
  • boyfriend-themed stories (by the 1980s).

Stories were generally moralistic in tone, with long-suffering heroines finally achieving happiness, while villainous relatives or girls who were liars, cheats and bullies received their comeuppance.

Two of the longest-running and most popular picture stories, which also featured in almost every annual, were "Angel" and "Valda". "Angel" centred on Angela Hamilton, a young, wealthy Victorian girl who discovers she has only a year to live and decides to devote her remaining time to caring for orphaned and unwanted children in the slums of the East End of London. "Valda" stories are set in many different times and places and follow the adventures of a girl with extraordinary abilities and apparently indefinite lifespan. Valda, who draws her physical strength from energy or light passing through a mysterious 'Crystal of Life' that she carries, travels the world coming to the aid of the oppressed and those threatened by dark or supernatural forces.

Mandy also ran text stories, usually serialized in the same manner as the picture-stories, of which the most popular was "The Guardian Tree". This followed the trials and tribulations of the Shaw family, when the five children are orphaned in Victorian times. The children, under the leadership of the eldest sister, Rose, escape the dreaded poorhouse by living on the moors in a cave beneath the roots of a vast tree they christen the "Guardian Tree", which appears to have mysterious and benevolent powers. The most popular text stories were often reworked and published as picture stories, including "The Guardian Tree" and "The Sad Star."

List of strips[edit]

  • Glenda the Guide - Girl Guide Glenda Gardner's attempts at winning badges always land her in the soup.
  • Skeleton Corner - Spooky stories told a skeleton. Since the storyteller was a skeleton, his stories often had an edge to them, similar to Misty.
  • The Sorrows of Laughing Anne - When Anne Foster unknowingly laughs at a witch, the witch retaliates with a spell that gives Anne a loud, hideous, uncontrollable witch's cackle that gets her into increasing trouble. When it reaches the point where Anne's father decides to send her away, Anne must do something fast to get the spell lifted.
  • The Songs Of Melody Jones - Melody Jones is a talented singer, dancer and ventriloquist. When her grandfather goes to hospital, Melody reluctantly joins with the Clarkson family group. The Clarksons only want to use Melody to make money, so Melody is left with only one “friend” – Danny her dummy.
  • Very Important Pupil - Lynne Williams had been the most insignificant pupil at Cramley House Boarding School, until she was caught in the rays of an exploding meteorite!
  • Hockey Hannah - The adventures of a schoolgirl, Hannah and her hockey stick. Sometimes her stick causes trouble, other times it's very useful.
  • The Girls of Knock-Out Academy
  • Friend of the Lonely - Susan Holmes helps lonely people.
  • Father Must Go Free! - Set around 1746 two children help their father find freedom after being arrested by the Redcoats.
  • Jenna on the Run - Jenna the gypsy girl is being trained in athletics by the blind Duchess.
  • No Pity for Paula - Crippled Paula Travis is being forced to beg for her cruel relatives - who are very far from poverty-stricken.
  • No Friends for Freda - Freda Wilson accidentally falls foul of an old gypsy woman, who tells her from than on she will bring only harm to her friends. The curse seems to be working and Freda feels she has to avoid her friends, for their own sake.
  • When Susie Sneezes - A weird old lady passes on a strange power to Susie Green. When Susie sneezes, whatever wish she makes at the time comes true. But this causes problems because Susie sneezes a great deal as she has so many allergies, and the heat of the moment has her wishing things she doesn’t mean.
  • Wendy Won’t Win! - Wendy Moore is a professional tennis player but is cursed by a gypsy woman Zara to never win another match. Although she doubts the truth of the curse a string of defeats increases her nerves.
  • Rose Among The Thorns - Rose is delighted when her new foster family the Thorns want to adopt her. However, a fellow student makes her worry that the family’s happy-go-lucky way of life might not be favourable with the adoption authorities. She tries to fix this but ends up making things worse.
  • A Girl Called Rowan - Debbie Dawson’s new friend Rowan has a strange power over plants because she is a dryad – a tree sprite. When Debbie runs away from the relatives she was staying with, Rowan goes with her.
  • A Tale of Two Families - Ever since their parents separated, twins Carol and Rona Grant have been plotting to get the family together again, in spite of their own frequent squabbles.
  • Aunt Kate’s Household Companion - Prudence and Becky Land are two English orphans working their passage as cooks on a wagon train to San Francisco. Their most treasured possession is a book containing helpful hints which had been left to them by their Aunt Kate.
  • Hard Hearted Harriet - Orphaned Harriet Bond is caring for her younger brothers and sisters in Victorian England. She discovers she has only months to live, so she must find homes for her charges. To make them want to leave her, she pretends to be hard and unloving.
  • Heartbreak School - Jo Sanders is sent to the Hartbrook boarding school, where she finds harsh teachers and an enemy in another student, named Paula.
  • Here Come the Mini-Mounties! - Joyce Ingram and Rona Parnell are two young policewomen, that join the Mounted Section of the Police Force.
  • Our Very Own Princess! - Zelda Smith works with her cruel uncle and aunt in a fake mind-reading act and is billed as Princess Zelda. She runs away and is befriended by some urchins who take her for a real princess. She maintains the pretence to keep herself in hiding.
  • Who is Judy Parker? - Judy Parker senses that the cruel matron of "the Towers" orphanage, Miss Kent, knows something about her mysterious past. It soon becomes apparent that Judy is facing some kind of danger as well.
  • Saucepan Cindy - Cindy works in her father’s cafe washing dishes but she wants to be able to cook. Her attempts usually turn out disastrous though!
  • She’s My Friend! - When Sarah Warner and Jane Mills start secondary school, Sarah is afraid their long friendship will be lost if Jane makes new friends and becomes more involved in different activities.
  • Anna and the Piskies: Anna Graeme goes to Cornwall, where her father leads a team of men prospecting for oil. But this threatens the home of the piskies, so they take Anna prisoner in a bid to stop the “Terror” as they call it. Anna also finds herself caught in a power conflict between Benito and Aggro.
  • Auntie Annie: Annie Armstrong’s elder sister Joy returns home with her daughter Tessa. This puts Annie and Tessa in the curious position of being aunt and niece, but they are the same age. The girls are finding this awkward and to make matters worse, Annie is finding her niece a sneaky little schemer.
  • Alison’s Uncles: Alison is living in a Children’s Home when she finds out she has four uncles. To decide which one will be her guardian she is trying each uncle out in turn. The first three uncles don’t work out, so it all comes down to whether the fourth does.
  • A Ticket for Timmy: Carol Burns and her family are going to emigrate to Canada in a few months. Carol is trying to raise the £100 to pay the fare for Timmy, her beloved sheepdog.
  • Smash-Hit Cindy - Cindy Burnett wants to be a tennis champion but she lives with her grandmother who cannot afford to pay for tennis fees and equipment. When Cindy saves a baby’s life, the grateful parents pay her membership for the exclusive Sterling Club. Of course there are some people who don’t want her in the club.
  • The Children Came Too! - When Jenny Smith’s father falls ill while abroad, Mrs. Smith flies out to look after him, leaving the children in the care of their Aunt Ivy. Jenny is a keen athlete but finds it hard to train properly as Ivy refuses to look after the children when Jenny is not at school. So Jenny ends up having to take her younger siblings to training with her.
  • The Double Life of Sad Sarah - Debbie Walters father gets commissioned to draw a picture story, “Sad Sarah” – about a girl who patiently endures ill treatment from cruel relatives rather than worry her sick mother. Unknown to Mr. Walters, Sarah can come to life and is not as nice as her story counterpart, as she keeps making trouble for Debbie.
  • Slave of the Top Twenty: Andrina Faye is Britain’s top girl pop star and her records all hit the Top Twenty. But this is because Mr Faye is blackmailing Jill Summers into using her voice for the recordings by threatening to get Mr Summers sent to prison for embezzling. Then Jill discovers that Mr Faye framed her father.
  • I Can't Stand my Sister! - Jan and Chris can't stand each other - and now they find they're sisters!
  • The Slave Girls: In order to earn extra money, Suzanne and Sandy Miller advertise themselves as slave girls (complete with Roman costume) who work for a small payment. Each job always seems to give the girls some additional problem to solve.
  • Have I Been Here Before?: Diane Dawson and her family move into Parfitt Court. Diane begins to have disturbing dreams in which she relives the hard life of Meg Hardy, who had once worked as a kitchen maid at Parfitt Court. Worse, Diana finds that she seems to experience parallels to her dreams in real life, such as falling ill of a fever while she dreams that Meg does and is in danger of death.
  • I-am-a-Robot!: Jackie Johnson pretends to be a humanoid robot, Shena (Simulated-Humanoid-Electro-Newtronic-Automation) to save her scientist father from ruin. “Shena” is designed to protect wealthy Daphne Richmond, but Daphne gets kidnapped. Meanwhile, Daphne’s chauffeur Andrew discovers Jackie’s secret, and then two “robots” attempt to rescue Daphne.
  • Sing for Your Supper!: In 1860, orphans Hannah and Oliver Franklin come to London to find their Uncle George, but find he is deceased. Silas Grodget, a theatrical agent, finds Hannah a job on stage and she becomes a popular singer. But Grodget is an unscrupulous man who intends to make a profit out of Hannah.
  • The Double Life of Dolly Brown - In Victorian times, the Grimbys blackmail Dolly Brown into a fraudulent act in a travelling fair, where she has to pretend to be a life-size doll. When Dolly is not playing the doll, the Grimbys use her as a half-starved slave. The Grimbys keep Dolly enslaved with a story and poster (only partly intact) that she is wanted by the police. Dolly has lost her memory, so she has no idea what happened there.
  • Dottie and Her Dad: Humour strip with Dottie and her Dad.
  • The Singer from the Hills: Anna Meredith is a talented singer from a hill farm in Wales. She is under contract to Sam Harding and his wife Moira, who are greedy, dishonest and out to exploit Anna’s talent for maximum profit. As a result, Anna is overworked but is having trouble finding the courage to stand up to them or put plans to get out of her contract into operation.
  • The Girl Who Can’t Cry! - On the way to her new boarding school, Linda Laker sees a spaceship and overhears an invasion plan. The aliens place a girl, who is made to look and sound human, in the school. The alien has one defect - it cannot cry. So Linda sets out to find the imposter by making anyone she suspects cry.
  • Families at War!: The Carters and Simpsons have been bitter enemies since the day they became neighbours. Only the daughters, Polly Carter and Janet Simpson, are friends. The families get more friendly when Polly and Janet are chosen as queens for Carnival Week, but things are not going smoothly.
  • Slave to the Space Princess: Karen Smith believes she has been enslaved by Princess Zita, an evil space princess she saw in a movie that over-impressed her. But in fact she is being taken advantage of by Brenda Marks, who has run away from a rough home and bears a strong resemblance to Zita.
  • Who is 'J'?: Vicky Brown is determined to find and punish the person responsible for her sister ending up in a come - but the only thing she knows is that the person's name begins with the letter 'J'.
  • The Healing Hands of Hanni: Hanni Todd, a gipsy orphan had a great gift for healing animals. The local animal doctor feared Hanni would take away all his customers, and had forced her to go into an orphanage where Hanni pined for her freedom. Mistress Crow, the matron of the orphanage, over-worked and under-fed the children, and used the orphanage funds for herself. One day Hanni was sent to treat a horse that belonged to Sir Oliver Christy, a man of great influence. She decided that if she could cure the horse, and earn Sir Oliver’s gratitude, she would tell Sir Oliver what was going on at the orphanage.
  • The Lying Eyes of Linda Lee - Alison Payne and Linda Lee are being fostered on trial basis for adoption. Alison has looked after Linda ever since she was blinded in an accident. But Linda has secretly regained her sight and is keeping it that way until she gets rid of Alison, because she wants to be adopted alone. And Linda is going as far as animal cruelty in her tricks to get rid of Alison.
  • Della Dolphin: Della Dolwyn does not win at anything like her sisters Helen (ballet) and Elaine (swimming) and receives constant put-downs because of this. Della resolves to win at something. She settles on synchro swimming and sets out to form a team in secret.
  • The Sad Spells of Fay Martin - On her twelfth birthday Fay Martin is told by Aggie an old witch, that Fay is a changeling brought up to as a mortal. Fay can cast spells – but each one she uses means she is a day closer to be taken back to the Underworld.
  • Her Name in Lights: Stella Martin is living with her Aunt Cynthia, an unscrupulous theatre agent, while her mother is ill and her father works away from home. Stella is a talented actress and wants to go into the theatre. But Aunt Cynthia forces her into acting of a most undesirable kind – starring in TV commercials as a child actress. To this end Aunt Cynthia forces Stella into a childish appearance, deliberately underfeeds her to stunt her growth, keeps her away from school, and Stella has to do housework as well.
  • Wanda’s Weather Stone - When Wanda Williams captures a small cloud, a shadow speaks to her from the mist, asking her to release his little one. As a reward Wanda is given a special pendant with the promise “Hold the stone within your hand, and find the climes at your command”. But the weather stone doesn't bring her much luck.
  • Rosie of the Iron Road: When a rival railway company lays claim to a stretch of land over which Rosie Dickson and her friends are laying a track, things get violent. When Rosie’s track is completed first, the rival company stages a crash, and Rosie is badly injured while saving lives.
  • The Riddle of the Lost Heiress: Joe and Bertha Castin, caretakers of Kenwood Hall, take Evvy Collins from a fairground and start training her up to impersonate Lady Evelyn, who mysteriously disappeared seven years ago at the age of five, so they can claim the Kenwood fortune. But the deception is not going well, and things get even more tangled when Evvy begins to find clues as to her real identity.
  • Hayley’s Hidden Talent: Tina Marshall hopes that divorced Mr Todd will pop the question to her mother. Then Tina overhears Mr Todd’s daughter Hayley saying something that sounds like she feels inferior to Tina and cannot live in her shadow. Fearing this will be a barrier to the proposal she hopes for, Tina tries to address it by finding something Hayley is good at. But her efforts keep going wrong.
  • The Farmer Wants a Wife: Ann and Helen Harrow feel their widower father needs a new wife to help look after the family and farm. So they set out to find a suitable woman, without telling him, but are not having much success.
  • Rose and Mary: Rose Kemp, adopted as a baby, has always wanted a sister. It comes true when she discovers her twin sister Mary was stolen as a baby, and now Mary has come to live with her. But Mary’s upbringing with the people who stole her has made her rough, bad-mannered and very difficult to get along with.
  • Polly's Perfect Mum - Polly Gordon persuades her slapdash, happy-go-lucky mother to enter a "Perfect Mum" contest, only to regret it. When Mrs Gordon wins, life becomes difficult for the rest of the family as not only is Mrs. Gordon determined to live up to her new title, but she becomes determined to turn them into the "perfect" family.
  • Lucy's Loving Cake - Lucy Davis makes a cake from bewitching flour and whoever eats a slice from it becomes extra "loving" - at least, for a time.
  • The Truth About Wendy - Wendy Ware is to all appearances a sweet-natured, popular girl. However, there is always someone in the background who knows differently. In flashback, the person of the week recounts how they have fallen foul of this sneaky schemer. Wendy has hurt them, used them, blackened their names, in order to get her own way "but who will believe me? Only I know the truth about Wendy" they always conclude bitterly.
  • Remember – You’re My Sister!: Rose Carlton was adopted at the age of four and has a comfortable life with her adopted parents. But Rose wishes she could find her sister, who had gone with relatives when the natural parents died and they could not take Rose as well. When sneaky Iris Smith finds out, she pretends to be that lost sister to take advantage of Rose and the good life she has.
  • Rachel and the Weather People: Rachel Talbot buys an old weather-house in a junk shop and finds it is magical; moving the figures in and out of the house can change the weather.
  • Dorinda Doll of Doom: Debbie Soames receives a doll, Dorinda, and discovers that Dorinda can tell the future. This starts causing problems such as misconstruing Dorinda’s prophecies. Debbie tries not to listen to Dorinda, but Dorinda’s prophecies still cause trouble.
  • The Randell Road Girls: Soap like story set in Randell Road Comprehensive School, focusing on the lives of Alice, Bessie, Muriel and Diane.
  • The Sad Star: Annabel Richards has lived with her cruel Aunt Flo and Uncle Fred Barlow since she was two and is forced to drudge for them and her cousins Celia and Shannon. When Annabel gets discovered by a modelling agency and is on the rise to television stardom, this leads to even more cruelty as her guardians set out to profit from her new job.
  • Head of Hate!: Gemma Andrews makes fun of a museum statue of the Greek monster Medusa the Gorgon and pays the price. Afterwards Medusa’s head keeps appearing to Gemma in reflective surfaces. Every time it does, Gemma turns spiteful and destructive and does not remember her behaviour afterwards. Eventually Gemma gets a translation of some words from the statue. It says that in order to break Medusa’s power, something of hers must be destroyed. But Gemma does not know what the “something” is because the key word is missing.
  • Emma’s Umbrella: In 1900, Ivan’s Umbrella Shop is renowned for his beautiful personalised umbrellas, with the owner’s name inscribed on the handle. The last umbrella Ivan makes is inscribed with the name “Emma”, after the daughter he and his wife never had. The umbrella passes through a succession of owners over time, and each time it does so, it changes their lives.
  • The Double Life of Ringo: Ringo the pup is leading a double life. He is caught between Sara Rochester, the girl who looks after him, and Tracey Morgan, who also needs him.
  • The Guardian Tree – In Victorian times Rose Shaw must take care of her siblings after her parents die of influenza. The nasty workhouse beadle, Matthew Crowe, is eager to snap up the younger Shaws, but the family finds a new home in a cave under what they call “The Guardian Tree.” Naturally, Crowe mustn’t find out.
  • Eyes for Mary – Mary Tremayne is going blind, and is training her dog, Shep, to be her guide. This is unheard of in Victorian times and Mary is meeting strong opposition.
  • Elsie's Elephant - Elsie Carter has a very unusual pet - a baby elephant named Hortense. And wherever Hortense goes, trouble follows!
  • Little Miss Icicle – Joanne Blake loses three loved ones in one week. She vows to freeze her heart into ice so it will never feel such pain again.
  • Lucky – Adventures of Lucky the cat, as told by Lucky himself.
  • The Secret Song of Kate Darby – Kate Darby is searching for her long-lost brother, Ted, and earns her living by playing the accordion while she searches.
  • Simon – Three-year-old Simon is having strange, destructive fits, and Tania is getting the blame for everything he does.
  • Slaves of the Mill – Jane March works in a horrible mill, but does her best to make life easier for the others. But there is a secret in Jane’s past, and once the overseer suspects it, Jane’s life is in danger.
  • Space Dog U2 – Robot dog U2 escapes from a starship during an exploration of Earth. He takes a liking to an earthgirl and ignores the starship orders to return.
  • Mandy: The comic’s namesake Mandy stayed on the cover of the comic for its whole run with just a few changes along the way. Mandy is instantly recognisable with her bobbed dark hair, her clothes changed but are always colourful and kept up with 70s fashions. Accompanying her is her red and white dog Patch. The main picture set up the theme for the story. Each issue had a theme usually involving a play on words. As well as the large picture there was one small panel in the corner, often this would be a contrast to the calmer/ happier main picture.
  • The Truth About Sandy Starr – Stand-in Sandy Starr arranges the accident of the leading actress in a new film, and takes her place. But now Sandy’s accomplice is blackmailing her, and added to that, she is being harassed by anonymous letters.
  • With Love from Lindy - Lindy Hughes lives with her widowed mother and 4 younger siblings. Money is often tight, so Lindy does a paper route to help out.
  • A Horse for Holly – Holly Reed must win a big race or lose ownership of her horse.
  • “Beware of Beryl!” – Scheming Beryl pretends to lose her memory to get in with a film star.
  • Lucy’s Locket: Lucy Lane is given a locket by her Great-Aunt Jane for her 13th birthday. Then Aunt Jane sends a letter saying that the locket belonged to someone who may have dabbled in witchcraft, and any object put in it will cause its owner to have bad luck. Aunt Jane says she does not believe it, but Lucy is not so sure after seeing what happened when she put a photograph of her boyfriend in it.
  • Beryl’s Birds: Newcomer Beryl Blake finds it difficult to fit in at her new school and make friends. It gets worse when she is wrongly accused of stealing a peacock brooch from one of her classmates. Later, Beryl goes to a fortune teller, who warns her that there will be trouble and sadness for her over a brightly colored bird that is not hers. To offset the bad fortune because of the bird, the fortune teller gives Beryl a whistle that has the power to charm birds. But Beryl is to use it with good intentions because the birds will sense it if she is using the whistle for angry reasons.
  • Beatty’s Bingo Card: Beatty Ward is a selfish girl who always wants her own way, and she never helps out or shows consideration for others. One day Beatty grumbles about there being no bingo for kids, but then she is surprised to receive a bingo card in the post – on a Sunday. It comes with the message: “A prize more precious than them all, if by full moon, full house you call.” It makes no sense until Beatty brings home a football jersey with the number 3 on it and then the number 3 just vanishes from the card. Greed overtakes Beatty and she becomes determined to get all the other numbers on the card by the full moon to collect the riches that must surely be waiting for her.
  • Baby Bunting: Barbara Bunting has lived an isolated existence under Lady Tarbett, who lives in a private world that is old-fashioned and hopelessly out of touch with the modern world. When Barbara’s governess falls ill, she is thrust into modern life and school. She does not have the tools and experience to deal with them and so is nicknamed “Baby Bunting”. Barbara is learning to look after herself, but Lady Tarbett is still living in her private world.
  • The Tammy Trilogy: A trilogy of serials starring Tammy Thumbe. Her next door neighbour Bobby Brown is into chemistry, but Bobby’s formulas have strange effects on Tammy. In her first story, Tiny Tammy, Tammy shrinks whenever she gets wet. In her second story, Where’s Tammy?, Tammy becomes invisible. In her third story, Be Your Age, Tammy!, Tammy behaves either too young or too old for her age.
  • A Boy-Friend for Bonnie: Bonnie Martin always takes an interest in the sports and hobbies of her boyfriends. But this gets her into all sorts of scrapes such as a black eye from squash and dropping weights on her latest boyfriend’s foot.
  • A Girl Called Squirrel: A girl named Squirrel lives in a tree at Greenoak Park. She wants to learn to play table tennis properly and sets out to earn a scholarship to Highgrove Private School because it has a first class table tennis team.
  • April Fool – Talented scholarship pupil April Matthews is being blackmailed into helping nasty Shirley Kingsley be the star of their stage school – at April’s expense. To ensure April's compliance, wealthy Mr Kingsley is threatening to withdraw the money he invested in April's fathers business, which would cause the family to be unable to afford vital sight-saving operations for April's little sister.
  • A Switch in Time – Kyra from the year 2084 goes to 1884 as part of a school project. But she has an accident and ends up stranded in 1984. How can she get back?
  • Aunts at War! – Jill Marsden finds herself in the middle of a battlefield between her feuding great-aunts.
  • A Friend Like Freda: Freda has always been jealous of Joyce because she is a kind, popular girl. So when Joyce suddenly moves back to the neighbourhood, Freda pretends to be friends with her while secretly causing trouble for her. Joyce soon realises she has an enemy, but does not suspect Freda.
  • Bad Luck Barbara – When Barbara Petty and her parents move to Wavertree, she becomes persecuted by the villagers who believe she is descended from an old witch, Grandmother Petty, and blame her for any bad luck in the village. Barbara is finding it difficult to escape the situation because her parents refuse to listen and the family depends on Mr Petty’s job in the village.
  • Best Friends! - Terri Ford and Joanna Bain have always hated each other and aren’t happy when Joanna’s family move next door to Terri. It turns out that their Mums used to be best friends in school and plan to pick up where they left off. They also expect Joanna and Terri to become best friends too.
  • Birds of a Feather - Jenny Barnes is happy with her foster family the Finches and their other foster children, Robin, Polly and Jay. One day a mysterious girl appears in their garden. The newcomer can’t remember her name, so they nickname her Birdie. Jenny notices something strange about Birdie, and she seems to be causing trouble for the other children.
  • A Horse Called Henry: Henry the horse tells the story of his life.
  • Can’t Help Dancing - Margaret Simpson is a young nurse at Oaklands, an old mansion converted into a country hospital. Margaret keeps hearing strange music, played by a mysterious piper. Whenever she hears it, she – and anyone who touched her – find they oan’t help dancing!
  • Double Trouble - Mr Carter was stranded on a desert island for eleven years. When he returns his wife has died in a train crash and his baby daughter was given to Sunnydale Orphanage. He finds that two girls with red hair survived the crash and were raised in the orphanage. He has taken both girls Rose and Jenny, now 13, on holiday to try and figure out which one is his daughter.
  • Ellen of Elmwood Farm - Ellen Shaw has lived all her life in an orphanage until 1870, when she is sent to work on Elmwood Farm for Jonah Fleming and his sister Martha. When she arrives, it seems the Flemings are surprised, as they had requested a boy. Ellen hopes to prove she can work as hard as a boy so she can stay on the farm.
  • Blind Belinda: Belinda Stewart is blind, but also a talented singer. Her managers are Gloria and Keith Foxton, who promise her she will make enough money to receive a cure from a famous American doctor. But in fact the Foxtons are out to pocket any money Belinda makes for themselves.
  • The Reluctant Witch - Wanda King is the last in a long line of witches - but only gains the power on the death of her mother.
  • Gwen’s Goats - As part of a publicity event, Gwen takes a herd of goats across country. The five goats are Gruff, Nanny, Gus, Gertie and Billy the Kid.
  • Pippa’s Paper Round - Adventures with Pippa Roberts as she goes on her early morning paper round.
  • Dolly Bird: Dolly Bird and Carol Lane have been sent to Northend, Burchester, to run a Community House. Northend is a tough neighbourhood, but the girls manage to gain the friendship and trust of many Northenders.
  • Princess from the Past: Twins Toni and Tessa Taylor are devoted sisters but different in character; Toni is boisterous and mischievous while Tessa is quiet and thoughtful. At an exhibition on Ancient Egypt, the twins hear about twin princesses who were also different in character; one kind and one evil. The evil twin poisoned the kind twin, assumed the throne, and her reign was a cruel one. After Tessa gets a strange shock from a goblet that the evil sister may have used to poison the kind one, Toni starts acting evil towards her.
  • Beth and Boy Georgie – Georgie Hope Foster enters a pairs skating competition under a boy’s name with Beth Dawson. This was just for a laugh, but things get complicated when they are forced to carry on the deception when their deception gets them to the next heat.
  • Big Bad Sister! – Jane Walker and her siblings have been fostered, but Jane feels that her talented new foster sister is taking over from her and supplanting her in the affections of her siblings.
  • Bonny and Belinda – identical twins Bonny and Belinda are dismayed when only Bonny is adopted. Bonny smuggles Belinda into the house where they take turns enjoying their new life.
  • Caesar and Cleo – Before Mrs Amelia Weston dies, she asks her maid Cleo Payne to look after her dog Caesar. Mr Crumleigh the solicitor thinks there is another will, but the only one available divides everything among Mrs Weston’s greedy nieces, Beryl and Dora Weston and Lydia Crool. But to get the money they must live together in Mrs Weston’s house for six months and give Cleo and Caesar a home. If Cleo leaves before that time they inherit immediately, so they are trying to drive her out by making her life miserable.
  • Carol's Cauldron - Carol Carter inherits a cauldron from an old woman who was said to be a witch, and soon discovers that the cauldron causes strange things to happen whenever anything is put inside it.
  • Carrie Chase, Girl Reporter! - In Victorian England, Carrie Chase is a junior reporter for the Daily Clarion, and will do ANYTHING to get a story.
  • Copy Kate! – Kate Thomas feels that everybody except her has something they are good at. She starts copying more successful people - with hilarious results.
  • The Courage of Honour Bright – Honor Bright falls foul of Aunt Betsy, a female Fagin. Aunt Betsy wants to turn Honor into a criminal, but Honor is determined to defend her honour to the last.
  • The Double Life of Julie-Ellen – Julie-Ellen Jones can’t decide between two boys so she pretends to be twins to date them both. Chaos ensues as Julie-Ellen tries to keep up her double life.
  • Beth’s Beautiful Face: In Victorian times, Beth Bailey has lived all her life at Mercy House Orphanage. Then she is adopted by the Howards and now lives a life of luxury and is very happy. When she finds a photograph of a girl named Louisa who looks just like her, she reasons the Howards must have adopted her because she resembles their late daughter Louisa. Terrified she will be sent back to the orphanage if she loses her looks, she starts going to great lengths to keep her face maintained.
  • The Cat with 7 Toes - Orphan Jenny Potter takes Twinkle, a stray kitten, into her uncle’s home at Lynhoe. Unfortunately Twinkle has seven toes on each paw (a polydactyl cat), so the superstitious villagers think he is descended from the legendary seven-toed cats of the witches of Lynhoe. They start persecuting Twinkle and blame any bad luck on him. Their hostility drives Jenny to run away with Twinkle.
  • Billie :Billie Brewster lives with her Aunt Cora in Paradise Flats, Wolverley. Aged thirteen, Billie is fanatically keen on athletics, particularly running. But her running lands her in trouble with the School Attendance Officer and with the Wolverley Education Council. Billie returned in several sequels (with a new artist) including when she runs away from Paradise House, a home for girls, in an attempt to track down Mr Watt, the father of one of the girls in the home.
  • The Homecoming – Janey Wellson returns to her real family after learning she had been stolen from them as a baby. But the adopted son, Richard, resents her and is determined to cause trouble for Janey.
  • The Singing Hinneys - The 4 Hinney siblings - Helen, Ben, Sandy and Susie - make a living by travelling around the country in Bessie, their minivan, and performing as a pop group. Helen, Ben and Sandy do the singing, while Susie handles the finances (whenever they get any money) and acts as band manager.
  • Late Kate - She's always late for something.
  • Cherry – Channel Champion!: Tough Cherry Perkins is a talented swimmer. A greedy couple is out to take advantage, and it involves a Channel swim.
  • Little Horror! – Dianne Moore has fallen for Paul Peters, and in order to get him to notice her, she concentrates on his little brother Terry. But Terry is a horror, and his tricks always get Dianne into trouble.
  • Mary’s Moneybank – Mary Lyall is a spendthrift until she is given a manikin moneybank which seems to have a weird effect on her whenever she puts money into it.
  • Meg Among the Slaves – Meg Jackson is an apprentice seamstress at Hamble’s. While Hamble is away, the manager and his sister, the Joneses, ill-treat the apprentices, especially Meg. Meg runs away, but comes back when she learns that the Joneses are cheating Mr Hamble. Can she unmask them?
  • Bionic Bruno!: Anna Konrad befriends some aliens. When it looks like her father’s hotel, the Berghoff, will go out of business for lack of a winter sports instructor, the aliens send a bionic man, Bruno, to do the job.
  • Cindy’s Magic Wand: Cindy Thrower slaves for a cruel uncle and aunt and spiteful cousins. She starts secretly training as a javelin thrower, but the lies she has to tell her nasty relatives in order to slip away to train start to catch up with her.
  • The Bird of Happiness: Susan Manners feels miserable with her lot. Her family can’t afford much so she often feels left out, Mum is sick, Dad is worn out because he is forced to work too hard, and she feels lumbered with the kids and has no friends. She wishes for some happiness, and then the Bird of Happiness appears. It comes from the Land of Ssenippah, the land where dreams come true and everyone there has a Bird of Happiness. Susan travels with the Bird of Happiness into Ssenippah to find happiness. She has a lot of amazing adventures but finds true happiness eluding her.
  • Melinda, You're a Marvel - Tilly Parkin works for Comet Cosmetics, a vast cosmetics firm owned by her aunt. Tilly has been given the job of travelling the globe and checking on the firm's international agencies accompanied by her aunt's personal assistant Melinda - a woman who appears to be capable of ANYTHING.
  • Mighty Minnie - Minnie Biggs is a tennis ace who supports herself and her grandfather by travelling the country on her bike and competing in competitions for money.
  • The Lies of Lara - Lara Dennis and her mother move to a poorer part of town. Lara pretends to be from a wealthier area to impress her new, snobby classmates and gets caught in a tangle of lies.
  • Charmette: Charmette is a fairy who inhabits a wishing well. Her job is to make sure wishes are granted to satisfaction. But sometimes it doesn’t go smoothly, such as when unpleasant types use the well.
  • Claire Loves Steve – but She Hates Elaine!: Claire Ramsay finds her new neighbour, Elaine Benson, a bossy sort and hates her. But she fancies Elaine’s brother Steve and is trying to find a way to get him to notice her, including trying to do it through Elaine. This gets Claire into a lot of scrapes, such as dyeing her hair green to impress Steve – only to find he is colour blind, and all she does is get herself into trouble with her parents and headmaster. Matters come to a head when Elaine finds out about Claire fancying her brother and tries to use it blackmail Claire into helping her cheat at a test.
  • Mollie the Music Maker - In the 1930s, the Mackies live in the rough Australian mining town of Kallora. The family are poor but Mollie, the eldest, tries to help out her widowed mother by doing odd jobs to earn money. Mollie is a talented musician and has taught herself to read sheet music. The miners of the town help out first by getting her an old piano and then funding her studies.
  • Cindy and the Crystal Shoes: Cindy Reeves, a very talented young ballet dancer, is competing in secret for the Crystal Shoes Trophy ad the chance of a scholarship to a famous ballet school. Cindy is an orphan and her guardian, Vi Burke, ill-treats her and forbids her to dance. But Cindy is helped by Mrs Webster, a friendly neighbour.
  • My Team’s the Best! - Megan Davis and Tessa Giles have been friends for years and both kept their ponies at the same stables. Then both girls are picked for the pony club horse trials teams – but each for a different team. Only the best team will compete at the arena competition. The girls promise this won’t affect their friendship - but it is proving hard not to get competitive.
  • No Dogs Allowed! - Mary Nelson is confined to a wheelchair and lives with her mother on the 14th floor of a block of flats. The Caretaker Mr Henry has a strict “no dogs allowed” policy, but when Mary finds a stray dog she smuggles him into the flat. There are two strange men that are intent on taking the dog for some unknown reason.
  • Once Upon a Rhyme - Classic rhymes retold by a fairy.
  • Queen of the Caves - While on a trip to some caves, Miss Todd, a teacher and Molly, a pupil, discover a world of Stone Age people. They also find Professor Cronk, an old teacher of Miss Todds’, who disappeared 15 years ago. Molly Jackson is hailed as their Queen because her hockey stick resembles the crooked club - a symbol of tribal leadership.
  • The Ring of the Red Witch - Cara Kemp is staying at her Aunt and Uncle’s while her parent’s are abroad. She finds a mysterious ring in the garden and when she tries it on she is unable to get it off again. Then Cara begins to have strange bouts of moodiness and bad temper.
  • Mona's Monkey - Mona Harding helps her parents run their farm with the help of her mischievous pet monkey Tiko.
  • My Dad Next Door – Karen Walton pretends the dashing next-door neighbour is her father because she thinks her own is boring.
  • Perri – Rosanna Lee’s father gives up the gipsy life and becomes a farmhand. But Rosanna finds herself bullied at school and her only friend is a fawn called Perri. But Perri has to be kept hidden.
  • Secret Star! – when pop star Jeff Collins loses his voice, his twin sister Jodie agrees to secretly take his place until he recovers.
  • Shed No Tears for Tammy – Cindy Brown learns that her friend Tammy North has a fatal illness.
  • Sleeping Beauty from the Stars – Banished to the penal Planet Peutridd because of her mischievous ways, an alien beauty queen instead lands on Earth, and is awakened from deep sleep by a kiss. She becomes a model, “Stella Saturn”, but danger looms when her home planet, Xerox, discovers her whereabouts.
  • Miss Busy-Fingers: Sally Best does not have a happy home life with her aunt and uncle. She turns to sewing and other craft skills to make secret earnings.
  • Seal Girl: Jake and Ruby Walters run a successful show with performing seals. When they visit a remote island in Scotland they find a girl who has been raised by seals. They call her Shona, pass her off as their niece and incorporate her into their show, planning to make a fortune. But Shona begins to learn human ways too fast, which threatens their plans, and Cherry, the other girl in the show, is jealous of Shona.
  • My Pony Next Door: Jenny West is forced to sell her pony Jester to her new neighbour, Willa Trent, so her dad can pay off his debts. But then Jenny discovers Willa is an unfit owner for Jester.
  • Mrs Nobody: The four Carson sisters – Wendy, Joan, Lucy and Beth – have been in a Children’s Home for years because nobody would agree to take all four of them. Then Mrs Niberdy agrees to foster them all. But when the sisters arrive at their new home, a mystery begins because the house is creepy and neglected-looking. The mystery deepens even more when the girls find Mrs Niberdy is nowhere in sight – just a note saying she has gone away – and nobody but themselves seems to be there. So they dub Mrs Niberdy “Mrs Nobody”. They stay on in the house anyway because they do not want to go back to the Home, and pretend Mrs Nobody is there. But strange things start happening which suggest Mrs Nobody may not be as absent as she seems.
  • School of Secrets: Sara Briggs goes to Offshore Island, a school for children from broken homes. It is run by the sinister Miss Macey and Mr Briggs is giving Miss Macey the money for it. But Sara is getting suspicious as the pupils behave very strangely. They march like puppets and emerge from accidents without a flinch or hint of pain. Then Sara discovers that Miss Macey has a very strange treatment for her pupils and has a “great plan”.
  • That Bad Bettina! – The Carrs foster Bettina Dickson, who was once accused of shoplifting. But their daughter, Susie, resents Bettina and is trying to get rid of her – even going as far as to start a fire in her own bedroom.
  • The Many Faces of Moppet – Janette Johnson rescues a doll, Moppet, from the river. But Janette does not realise that whatever facial expressions or poses Moppet is put into cause her to act in that exact manner, which gets her into trouble.
  • Sally and the Sinister Sisters: Sally James’ grandfather buys a set of dolls that belonged to a Victorian witch. He is trying to mend them so as to make enough money to repair his shop. Sally is making new dresses for the dolls, but is finding that each doll is taking over her mind, which causes a lot of trouble for her.
  • The Posy Princess – Jill Bailey is treated like a servant by her relatives. She enters a competition to win a trip to New Zealand, and find her Aunt Kate. But her nasty cousin Marilyn is in the contest as well, and will do anything to make sure Jill doesn’t win.
  • The Tribe at Number Ten – Carol Rogers vows not to let her widowed mother get too involved with a widower and his five children.
  • The Truth About Mum – When Mrs Morris returns home after an accident, she starts telling tall tales, then losing the memory of them. Her daughter Lucy covers up for her because she does not want to be separated from her mother again – but this causes problems for Lucy.
  • Too Many Mums! - Julia Casson’s divorced parents return from overseas, having remarried. This leaves Julia with three “mums” – her mother, new stepmother and Auntie Joyce. Each mum has different ideas on what is best for Julie, such as which school she is to attend. This causes a lot quarrelling, and Julia is caught in the middle.
  • There was a Young Girl Who Lived in a Shoe…: Bessie, maid to Mr Owens, had promised before he died that she would take care of the five children he had adopted. Mr Owens leaves them a strange-looking house that is shaped like a shoe! Mr Owens had been over-generous in his lifetime, so there is no money left to support the children. But Bessie is determined to keep the family together and make their own living.
  • There’s No Place Like Home: Hope Watson has a talent for singing, but her ambitions are not for fame.
  • Toni’s Two Mums: Toni Dixon’s parents are divorced. She lives with her mother during the week and her father, stepmother Diane and baby William at weekends. This is causing problems, even at Christmas.
  • Topsy Turvey – Topsy Turvey is sent an aborigine witch doctor’s pendant, and finds that the pendant can turn upside-down the personality of anyone else who looked at it e.g. make a lying cheat tell the truth.
  • Very Important Person! – Jill Jordan takes second place to her sister Mandy. Then a great aunt dies, and leaves a fortune – but with the stipulation that any expenditure be approved by Jill. Now the family treats Jill like a VIP - but there is scheming afoot.
  • Number One Mum: Lisa Murray’s mother becomes a pop star. But the demands of her new career are not leaving her much time for Lisa.
  • Wedding of the Week – Kay Harper runs a feature, “Wedding of the Week” for the local newspaper.
  • Daughter of the House - When Sharon Welch's parents die, she finds there has been a mix up at the hospital, and now comes to live with her real parents, the Gowers. However, Janice Gower, the other mixed up baby, is convinced Sharon is trying to push her out.
  • Roll-along Roma - the story of a roller skater.
  • The Whispering Shell - Dawn Fenton finds a mysterious sea shell that whispers messages in rhyme to her.
  • A Home for Helen - Helen Grant is staying with her grandmother after her parents are killed.
  • Cat! - A cat exerts an evil influence over Livvie Clarke.
  • Frankie from the Film - Is a screen figure actually coming to life?
  • Malice in Wonderland - an amusement park turns into a nightmare for Becky Shaw.
  • My Cousin Quacker - A witch turns Kate into a duck in retaliation for an insult. High jinks ensue as Cousin Sally and her friend track down the witch to remove the spell.
  • My Secret Family: Janet Knight overhears Nurse Camp relieving her guilty conscience about accidentally switching two babies at birth and was too terrified to report it because she feared the dragon Sister. She gives a written confession to her mother before leaving on missionary work, who advises her to keep quiet. Janet realises she is one of the switched babies and Sally West is the other one. Fearing the heartbreak that speaking out would cause, Janet tries to discreetly get closer to her real family, but it always goes wrong.
  • Pam of Pet Parade - Pam Bruce is keeping animals in secret to save them from being put down.
  • Rita - Rita Barraclough is determined to break a record at any cost.
  • Selfish Susan - Susan Smith has been temporarily deaf after an illness. When her hearing returns, she keeps it a secret so as to continue getting preferential treatment.
  • Susan’s Secret - Twelve-year-old Susan Riley and her family have just moved to a new town. When Susan was younger her parents were part of a travelling fair, so she didn’t get much schooling. They decided to settle down so their children could get a proper education, but then Susan fell ill for years. So even though she is no longer ill, she never learned to read and write. She wants to keep this a secret from her new friends, and knows she won’t be able to hide it school, but in the meantime she wants to enjoy the Summer holidays.
  • Swim, Sally – Swim! - Sally King has been brought up in Silverdale Orphanage, where she helps look after the younger children. She is a keen swimmer and wants to become a world championship. The assistant Matron finds Sally a coach in the form of ex-army sergeant, Carol Cannon, whose training methods are tough going!
  • No Love for Linda: Linda King tours clubs and theatres with her parents, King and Queenie. They abuse her and do not allow her to express her talent for singing or mix with other people. Linda begins to suspect there is some mystery about her past when she recognises a house in Hanworth as her old home. The mystery deepens when Linda discovers her family records and finds that “Linda” is nearly eighteen, but she is only thirteen.
  • Swinging Sue - Sue Carter works in the publicity and advertising department of a large London store, Clarrod and Sembridge. She earns the nickname Swinging Sue as she is always so full of life.
  • Sue and the Simple Life: Sue Bartlett’s father decides to go “The Good Life” way and live a life of self-sufficiency. But this does not always make Sue popular with her friends.
  • The Sorrows of Sarah: In the early 20th century, Sarah Smith is a music-hall conjurer and juggler. She had been looked after by Maggie Miller, but now Maggie is crippled and unable to speak after a stroke. Welfare authorities of the period force them to run away together, but music-hall work is hard to find. This forces Sarah to resort to third-rate halls, which are proving undesirable.
  • Dad Must Never Know!: Sally Randall wants to be a show-jumper, but her father has banned ponies. Crippled show-jumper Ruth Hanbury has secretly trained Sally on her own pony, Storm. Sally is entering events under the name of “McAndrew” and competing in the Junior Championships. Then jealous Joyce Heath discovers that Sally is competing under a false name, which is grounds for disqualification. Sally has realised Joyce knows the truth but wonders why Joyce isn’t letting on. She does not realise that Joyce is trying to figure out her motive for competing under a false name, which must be a serious one, before reporting her.
  • Sharing Starlight - Cousins Patti Mills and Sarah Blake inherit a pony, Starlight. Unfortunately the cousins hate each other due to a family feud, and poor Starlight is caught in the middle.
  • The Sorrows of Smiley: Kathy Kay plays Smiley on a TV series “Northsiders”. When her parents die in a flood, Kathy and her younger brother Tim were taken in by her Aunt Vera and Uncle Reg, whose only concern was the money Kathy earned.
  • Sweet Charity – She Leads a Double Life!: Charity Black pretends to be crippled to take advantage of people.
  • Sue and Snowy: Orphan Susan Saunders goes to live with her Uncle Jack and Aunt Ella. Although they are kind, Susan finds life with them very different from what she is used to because Uncle Jack works as a scrap dealer. Susan finds solace in Snowy, the pony that lives there. Snowy has been trained differently to other ponies and Uncle Jack is doubtful about Sue managing her, but he decides to give her a chance.
  • Sisters in Secret - Jackie Munroe and Alison Brown are half-sisters, but the trouble is, their mothers hate each other.
  • Nora’s Ark: Nora Carrie and her dog Skipper go out on a trip with Granddad aboard his boat, “Ark”. It turns into a nightmare when tsunamis strike and cast the Ark adrift. Worse, Granddad is taken ill, so it’s up to the inexperienced Nora to navigate the Ark.
  • Not a Clue!: Wendy Watson works for Sheldrake Homes (a parody of Sherlock Holmes). She is the one who ends up solving the mysteries and getting Homes out of scrapes he gets himself into.
  • The Outcasts of Underwood School: Twins Debbie and Carol Lowe sit a scholarship exam to Underwood Boarding School, and then wish they hadn’t once they find out how snobby the Underwood girls are. However, they pass the scholarship exam and find themselves at Underwood as its first day pupils. But the snobby pupils do no make them welcome, and Virginia Fishenden is their worst enemy.
  • Night and Day: Karen Day’s mother has an evening job and now her father has been forced to change to the night shift, leaving the Day children on their own in the evenings. Dawn, the eldest, is supposed to be in charge, but is unsuited for the job because she is scatterbrained and this causes things to go wrong. Dawn’s younger sister Karen takes the blame because she does not want her parents to worry about Dawn’s incompetence, but this keeps getting her into trouble with them.
  • They Must Stay Together - Debbie Smith is trying to save her friend's family from separating.
  • A Switch in Time... - a magic sundial causes a girl from 1891 and a girl from 1991 to switch places.
  • Olga the Trapped One: Olga is an orphan who earns a meagre living from singing and dancing around the countryside. She is taken in by the Dent family who promised a fine future, but they just want her as a slave and keep her prisoner.
  • Our Fairy Godmother!: The Gregg children adopt a grandmother, Mrs Goodheart. They are in for a big surprise when they find Mrs Goodheart is a real fairy godmother.
  • Patti Must Paint: Patti Charlton is a talented artist and wants to go to art school. But when her unscrupulous Uncle Sid adopts her to look after his motherless twins, he forbids her to paint, so she has to find ways of getting to art school in secret. She also has to contend with bullying at school, especially with spiteful Alice.
  • Parents Wanted!: The Jonson children advertise for foster parents when their parents’ marriage fails and the mother is hospitalised with a nervous breakdown. There are plenty of replies, but none of the applicants seem to work out.
  • Baker's Dozen - Louise Baker has to protect her puppies from horrible relatives.
  • Behind the Green Door - Maidservant Emily Dove is hiding her siblings in her attic bedroom to save them from a horrible orphanage.
  • Copycat! - Chrissie is such a copycat.
  • Diary of Despair - Karen Kemp is on a campaign of revenge against the bullying pupils and teachers who made her sister's life a misery.
  • Door to Yesterday - Sally Dean is staying with her aunt for the holidays. Aunt Mabel is a housekeeper to a scientist Mr. Winslow. Sally follows Mr. Winslow through a door in his attic and finds herself lost and alone in London in 1851. Now she must track down Mr. Winslow and return home.
  • Fran's Four Friends - What's going to happen to the horses if the stables close down?
  • Ghost Writer - Tina Baxter is hopeless at writing until she acquires a strange typewriter.
  • The Girls of 3C - flashbacks of school days at Millmead School Reunion.
  • The Girl Who Hated Horses! - Why does Tracey Perls have a problem with horses?
  • Hannah and Herbie - Amnesic Hannah is trying to find her past.
  • Johnnie Who? - Jonnie is really Princess Jonquil - the Sleeping Beauty!
  • The Disappearing Girl: A girl volunteers for a conjuring act, which is visited by the ghost of the magician’s deceased assistant.
  • Diana and the Doomstone: Diana Blake brings home a stone, and her sculptor father carves it into a bust. Diana starts feeling strange powers coming from the stone. Then she starts acting as if she is hypnotised and doing things that are completely out of character.
  • The Despised Ones: Callie Conway is bullied at school because she is plain, awkward and has no friends. Her Aunt Susan is no help because she is not really interested in Callie. Then Callie meets a kindred spirit in Clop, a pony who is being bullied by the other ponies because he is plain and awkward too. Callie gets a job at the stables so she can get close to Clop, but most of the things she does go wrong – as usual.
  • Diana’s Dark Secret: Diana Sefton is an excellent gymnast at Linwood School despite being completely blind. When she regains her sight after an accident, she keeps it a secret because she cannot bear to part with Goldie, her guide dog. But her conscience keeps niggling.
  • The Jinx - anything nasty written in a book called "the Jinx" comes true.
  • Lady Lucy - Lucy Lamford is determined not to be turned into a lady and starts leading a double life.
  • Lonely - Anna Jackson is looking after badgers.
  • Mary's Mini Mum - an accident with a chemical formula makes Mrs Myers shrink whenever she gets hot.
  • The Mask - Dorinda Lacey has to wear a mask because her face is so ugly - or so her guardians claim.
  • My Mum - My Chum! - Becky Brown is trying to snap her mother out of depression after her husband leaves.
  • Nola Knows - Problems occur when Nola Handley's powers of precognition develop.
  • Our Baby Brother - problems with a newborn brother and his jealous sister.
  • The Rescuer - Vikki Brantwood is trying to make amends for neglecting her pony by rescuing others.
  • Rosa's New Friend - there is something strange about Rosa Mason's new friend who appears to be her guardian angel.
  • I Must Fall out with Mary!: Marsha Noble and her sister Mary have always been close. But when their parents head for a separation and think the girls will cope as they are so close, Marsha tries to fall out with Mary in the hope it will keep their parents together.
  • The Ugly Duckling: A car accident kills Jane Carlton’s father and leaves her with a scarred face that she is very sensitive about, and she a long wait for the plastic surgery to fix the problem. Jane’s sensitivity about her face is causing problems at her new locality and school. More problems arise when Mum falls for Roger Kemp and Jane realises he is dodgy.
  • Sarah's Secret - Sarah Roberts is determined to be fostered all by herself - by fair means or foul.
  • I Should Have Stayed in Bed!: Humour with Jane, who always ends up wishing she had stayed in bed after what happens to her every week.
  • Fair Shares - The Watson family have always been hard up, but become rich when Mum wins big on the pools. The daughter Kathy, believing in “fair shares”, is determined to share her good fortune with her friends. Unfortunately her generosity always seems to backfire and make her unpopular.
  • Sorry, Sue - After mistreating foster-girl Sue Grant, Janie Clarke now regrets her actions, but she cannot convince Sue of her good faith - especially since her efforts always end in disaster.
  • Strange Neighbours - Tracy Wilson is puzzled with her neighbours.
  • Summer of Fear - Is Treetops Boarding School haunted?
  • Tessa Goes to Town - Tessa Mercer's separated parents have her alternating between town and country.
  • Us - Plus Boys! - Best friends are drifting apart.
  • “I Give Her a Year!”: Janice Knight is spending all her time looking after her stepsister Lesley because she mistakenly thinks has less than a year to live. Lesley knows Janice’s mistake and is taking advantage of it to get Janice’s full attention.
  • Wendy Out West - Ranch life in America.
  • What Lila Wants... - is to get rid of her cousin, Sarah Peterson.
  • Between Friends - Best friends fancy the same boy and each is finding it difficult to break the news to the other.
  • Classmates - the life of pupils at Tower Hill Comp.
  • Cuddles - the adventures of a teddy called Cuddles.
  • Cutting Edge - Amy Jackson is trying to get Cheryl Boyd sacked from the hair salon.
  • Double Take - Toni Dayley thinks that everything that happens to her is also happening to the Baileys.
  • Fast Fido - a computer dog comes to life!
  • Hands Off! - A crusade to save the Youth Club.
  • Happiness House - Laura Willoughby is determined to find out why Happiness House has become a jinxed cottage.
  • Home, Sweet Home - Claire Maxwell is caught in the middle of her separated parents.
  • I Hate Boys! - Maria Atwell is annoyed her younger brothers are allowed more privileges than her.
  • I’ll Show My Brothers! - Samantha Brent is the only female in the household and does not shine at sport like her brothers. This has her brothers and father taking her for granted, expecting her to wait on them all the time, and sneering at her for not being at good sport like them. Fed up with this, Samantha starts to secretly train as a rhythmic gymnast and show her brothers she can be a sporting success too.
  • Neil Next Door - Lisa Norton becomes bored with her boyfriend after he becomes the boy next door.
  • Nurses - the saga of first-year nurses.
  • Sara's Secret Garden - Sara Stanford can't handle living with a noisy family, until she finds a neglected garden.
  • Sweet Sue: Little Sue Lister wins the title of “Little Miss Loveliness” and is now in great demand to appear at public functions. Only Sue’s sister Karen knows that sweet-looking Sue is in fact a crafty schemer and troublemaker and when she puts on her sweet smile, it means big trouble.
  • Snow White and the Seventh Dwarf: Sara White is nicknamed Snow White by her father. She finds one of the garden gnomes is actually the youngest of the Seven Dwarfs. His name is Grem, and he has been disowned by the other dwarfs for running off with a gang of naughty elves and then turned into stone by a witch for playing tricks. The name of Snow White was needed to break the spell, and now that has happened, Sara is trying to help Grem reform so his brothers will forgive him. But Grem’s efforts don’t seem to go right.
  • Second Hand Sal - Sal Edwards has to keep the fact that her mother is now running a used clothes stall secret from her friends.
  • Stage School - Nicky Carr is accepted into an exclusive stage school, but is peeved that conceited Gavin Mellor has been accepted as well.
  • Taking Tara's Place - strange things start happening when Beth Maynard is fostered in the wake of the death of Tara.
  • Terry's Troll - Terry Clarke and her friendly, cheeky troll.
  • Warrior Must Win!: Golden Warrior is a stallion who belongs to Brian Edwards, a famous three day event rider. When Brian is paralysed in an accident, his twin daughters Sally and Sarah take over Warrior’s training. Sarah is supposed to be the better rider but loses interest, so Sally takes her place and begins to hope she will win the championship.
  • Two Plus One - Katy is Dave's girlfriend, but then she meets Tony.
  • All Change! - Twins Lucy and Lisa Clayton have their lives turned upside-down when their parents split.
  • Deceived! - Diane Carlton makes the cardinal error of getting involved with her best friend Amy Davis’ boyfriend, Gary. Diane is now caught in a horrible two-timing trap. Can she find a way out of this mess before it destroys her friendship with Amy?
  • I Hate You! - Unhappy at her new boarding school, Gail Jenkins writes to her parents begging them to return from abroad. A plane crash leaves Dad dead and Mum comatose. Gail blames herself because of the letter and her sister Sue turns against her for the same reason. The rift between the sisters becomes ever-wider as Gail’s attempts to mend their relationship invariably go wrong.
  • Two Of A Kind: Carrie and Val Grantley live on their parents farm and both love ponies. Carrie is a less confident rider than her younger sister. She takes on a nervy pony named Patchwork, that nobody else wanted. Together they help build up each other’s confidence.
  • I Want Him Back – Zoe Elder is determined to get her boyfriend back (completely ignoring the fact that he dumped her because of her horrible attitude) – and her methods are not very honourable.
  • Revenge! - Alison blames her sister Emma for her injured leg because Emma innocently asked Alison to switch places with her in the car moments before it crashed. So Alison secretly causes trouble for Emma.
  • The Troubles of Tessa: Tessa Blake’s brother John is crippled in a mine accident that also kills their father, and life gets tough for the Blakes. Tessa makes friends with Ruth Grayson, a rich crippled girl who wants to buy John’s paintings. Tessa discovers Ruth’s grandfather, Mr Grayson, owns the mine and also the woollen mill where she makes a hard living. Then Tessa and Mr Grayson discover that crooked managers have been stealing the money that Mr Grayson invested into both businesses for safe working conditions and proper machine maintenance.
  • Rhona’s Rescue – Rhona Anderson sets up a rescue for sick animals.
  • My Best Friend? - Next door neighbours Gwen Hammond and Jane Morris have been friends ever since they can remember. But their friendship is threatened when they start at Vale Park Seniors School and are put in different houses, which has them competing against each other.
  • The Girl for Gareth – Michelle Taylor is trying to match her brother Gareth up with the perfect girl – but the perfect girl is proving elusive.
  • The Lonely Pony – Cath Watson’s horse Brantub shares a paddock with Camilla Baxter-Smythe’s pony Desert Sands. Unfortunately Cath can’t stand Camilla because she is such a snob – but things can change.
  • The Two Faces of Toni: Toni Barton and Pauline Rogers are orphans who have been adopted by the Fletchers – a wealthy business couple. They are taken in by Toni’s charm and prettiness, but Pauline knows Toni’s charm is false.
  • The Two Faces Of Trouble: Vicki Renton buys an old Gemini pendant which has the faces of two smiling girls. But in some mysterious way, their expressions could change and when this happened, Vicki’s behaviour changes too.
  • Gateway To The Past - Cathy Brown meets a young girl called Emma Seymour, and travels back in time to 1910.
  • The Two-In-One Taylors: Identical twins Jill and Janet Taylor are spending their holidays with their grandparents. When Janet goes to join the local leisure centre she finds there is only one place left. She joins up under the name Jay Taylor so her and Jill can both share the facilities. This causes some complications, especially when two boys Cyril and Terry take a fancy to each girl who they think is one person.
  • Toni’s Troubles – Mum suddenly returns after walking out years before. However her daughter Toni, who has been raising the family since Mum’s departure, is secretly trying to get rid of Mum because she is convinced that Mum is up to something.
  • Mystery Boy – Jo Evans and Carol Smart set out to unravel the mystery of new boy John Smith (which may not even be his real name)
  • Be Nice to Nikki - Yvonne Baxter is under strict instructions from her father to be "nice" to his employer's daughter. However the girl is a vicious bully, so being "nice" to her is a nightmare. But Yvonne's father won't listen.
  • Eye Spy Trouble - a girl fakes blindness while causing trouble for her cousin.
  • Here to Stay - A nightmare begins for the Walkers when visiting relatives come to stay. The visitors are soon taking over the house and coming up with devious ways to prolong their stay.
  • He's Not For You! - Martin's snobby sister disapproves of his girlfriend and tries to split them up. She even goes as far as having the family swimming pool wrecked and blaming the girl.
  • It's a Dog's Life - Lisa Thornley is being blackmailed by nasty Vera Gibson, who is threatening to put her dog in the pound.
  • The Mystery of Mavora - Shirley Duffield is on holiday at her grandfather’s cottage beside the sea. She becomes fascinated by Mavora, a rock that looks like a mermaid combing her hair and beckoning. Legend has it that Mavora has lured many seamen to their deaths, and Shirley is now hearing strange voices that come from the direction of the rock. Then Shirley finds a comb that suggests that there may have been a real mermaid.
  • Let Me Be! - Gaynor Wood is caught in the middle of squabbling grandparents.
  • Pine Tree Grove - the story of a TV soap.
  • Soap Suds - Sally Gibson is exasperated with her relatives who copy everything they see on a TV soap to ridiculous lengths.
  • Whodunnit? - Actors in a detective theatrical drama become real detectives after someone wrecks the props.
  • In the Shadow of Shirley: Sandra Dexter is adopted by John and Mary Dickson. They just want Sandra to be happy, but Sandra thinks she has to prove she can be as good as their late daughter, Shirley, who was clever and talented. But Sandra’s attempts to be as good as Shirley and step out from her shadow always go wrong and get her into trouble.
  • Is He My Dad?: Kay Paxton’s father crash-landed in Russia and was imprisoned for seven years. He has now returned, but Colonel McLintock of the British Secret Service has warned Kay that the man may be an imposter and Russian spy. She is to keep an eye on him and report anything unusual. Kay’s spying has her not knowing one way or the other about the man claiming to be her father.
  • It’s a Dare!: Kay Harper, a junior reporter at the Mexfield Weekly News, runs a feature called “It’s a Dare!”. Readers are invited to send in unusual or interesting challenges for Kay, and each dare accepted wins £10.00 for the reader.
  • Shadow of the Ice-Palace: Susan Taylor wins the leading part in a new ice-ballet. But strange, frightening incidents begin to happen and they are accompanied by the appearances a cloaked, masked figure who can also hypnotise Susan.
  • The Secret Nurse: Mary Miller wants to be a nurse, but lack of proper education is a barrier. So Mary takes a waitressing job in the hospital cafe so she can learn about nursing secretly.
  • Wanted – A Home!: Orphaned twins Gary and Lester Stark are trying to find a foster home, but none of them are working out.
  • The Secret of Marion’s Music Box: Marion Taylor is being looked after by her Aunt Madge and Uncle Wilf, who are cruel to her. She takes solace in her music box, which is magical. As Marion is the thirteenth girl to own it, she can travel back in time to meet the previous owners of the box.
  • Angel - Victorian lady Angela Hamilton has only a year to live. After faking a drowning accident to spare her parents the grief of watching her die slowly, Angela goes to London to dedicate her remaining time to helping the poor waifs of London as the benefactress "Miss Angel." When Angel finally succumbs to her illness, her parents, who have discovered the truth, set up a children's home in her "loving memory.
  • The Secret Life of Sally Shaw: Sally Shaw secretly becomes friendly with John, the crippled son of Colonel Blakely. The Colonel has kept John in a secret room at Redhill Manor, and few people know of his existence. Sally is a keen skater and is delighted when she finds a cleaning job at the ice-rink, as she can skate between chores. An instructor spots Sally and arranges for a boy called Drew to come and skate her. Drew is not happy with the idea, but then John begins to regain the use of his legs and take up secret skating with Sally.
  • Everyone's Perfect Mum - Kay Maxwell, star of TV soap "Garden Square", is the most popular personality in Britain as "everyone's perfect mum." Only her cruelly-treated stepdaughter knows what Kay is like in real life.
  • A Slave Called Sandra - Sandra Best lives with her aunt and uncle, who treat her badly and make her do all the work in the house and the laundrette that they own. She believes that her father owed them a debt that she must pay off. One thing she gets enjoyment out of is her talent for sewing and dress making.
  • “I’ll Take Care of Tina!” - Elaine Warnock and her father conspire to get Tina Marsden expelled from Fairfield Boarding School in the hope that he will grab Mr Marsden’s job at the company they both work for and keep Elaine on at Fairfield. But just as they are about to succeed in getting Tina expelled, things begin to go wrong when Tina runs away and then returns secretly to the school to prove her innocence.
  • Jonny Comet - the Pop Star from Planet X - Jonny Comet comes to earth in search of his sister. Slim Fiddler realizes Jonny could have a great future as a pop-star and appoints himself as Jonny’s manager. Slim’s niece, Mona, helps to keep Jonny’s identity secret.
  • Jumpers’ Journey - While escorting two valuable horses to Rome, young grooms Vicky Redman and Paula Page’s plane is hi-jacked and taken to northern Greece. The passengers are safely transported to Athens, but there is no suitable transport for the horses. So the girls decide to stay with the horses and ride to Athens themselves. They have a difficult time when they encounter bandits, and also when the horses go missing.
  • Jumping Jackie – Star on Skates - Canadian Jackie Jasper is a talented young ice skater whose lumberjack father, Red Jasper, had become a millionaire over night. Red is determined Jackie will become a world champion with the help of Arnold Gottlieb, an Olympic coach.
  • Lanky Liz - Liz Dixon is always in trouble because of her clumsiness. She works for her mean Uncle Josh, owner of a travelling fair. Harry Brent, the coach of a local sports club, had seen Liz jump and suggests that she has the making of a champion. But her Uncle Josh refuses to let her join the club.
  • Lily’s Pink Drink - Lily Millar wants to get rid of her freckles, so she enlists the help of Professor Gudge. He makes different potions but they don’t have the desired effect. They do have other temporary side effects, though, such as giving her super-strength.
  • No Joy for Jenny: Jenny Selby is overjoyed when her brother John returns after being considered lost on a climbing expedition in the Himalayas. Then she begins to suspect the man is an impostor who is after the money John is set to inherit on his 21st birthday. When her suspicions become apparent, the man sends her away to boarding school. Jenny returns secretly and, with the help of her dog Dirk, finds a sick man in a dingy room whom she is sure is her real brother. But the man does not claim to be John or recognise Jenny.
  • Hateful Hattie - Hattie Taylor is despised by the other girls of a cruel orphanage because she curries favour with the staff to get preferential treatment. They are unaware that it is Hattie's cover for her other persona - "The Angel Ghost," a mysterious benefactor who helps alleviate their hard life.
  • The Jealousy of Jemma - Julie believes she is being terrorised by the spirit of her twin sister, Jemma.
  • Picture-Book Polly - Polly is an avid reader of the girls' comic "Candy". Polly's attempts to copy the antics of the characters in Candy always ends in disaster, but she finally learns it is better to be herself.
  • Terry and her Trike - Terry Ward has a bicycle of her own - an old-fashioned trike.
  • The Quiet One - Danni is a vicious bully, but pretends to be nice and shy while bullying in secret.
  • Got to Break Free!: Twins Amy and Lesley Carter get tired of people treating them exactly the same, right down to giving them identical birthday cards and presents. They set out for some individuality and hope people get the message and stop treating them identical just because they are twins.
  • I’ll Find a Friend!: Vicky Page and Pam Reid have always hated each other, but now they are both looking for a new friend as theirs have gone to another town. This leads to more animosity between them as each tries to outdo the other in finding a friend and even playing tricks to sabotage each other’s efforts. As a result, neither of them is succeeding in finding a friend.
  • “I’ll Make Them Want Me!”: Katie Carew lives in Cherrytree Home. She is determined to find a Mum and Dad, but she has a problem – she is a walking disaster area.
  • Goldie and the Three Bears: When three live bears attach themselves to Goldie Lock, it begins an adventure which lands Goldie and her friend, Pat Howard, on the island of Sawaki. The Sawakians has a colony of these sacred bears. They believe that as long as the bears live, valuable osmium mines will continue. But their enemies, the Katolians, make a surprise attack and kill all the bears except Goldie’s three, whom she and her friend manage to hide. Losing heart, the superstitious Sawakians surrender. Goldie is convinced that if they knew that some of the sacred bears were saved, the Sawakians would rise up again. But first a safer hiding place must be found for the bears.
  • They Call it Aggro-batics! - The Cluffs and the Martins are feuding families. The daughters from each family are compelled to work with each other at their acrobatics class - then find they work well together. But can they work equally well to end the family feud?
  • Valda - Valda is a mystery super-girl whose Crystal of Life gives her eternal life and strength. Valda uses her powers to come to the aid of others.
  • Wendy's Web - Carol is determined to help her friends, who are being blackmailed (with false information) by Wendy Allen.
  • The Hateful Heart of Cousin Carol: After Jane Croft’s parents die, she is taken in by her Uncle and Aunt. But Jane’s cousin Carol does not want to share her home with Jane, so she pretends to be friendly while playing tricks to get rid of her.
  • Who Hates Steve? - Nicola is investigating who is playing tricks on her boyfriend, Steve.
  • Collector Katie - She's always collecting something.
  • The Millpark Mystery! - Three friends Ruth, Anne and Teri are starting a new school after their old school closes down. Their first day does not start out well, until they meet a nice teacher named Miss. Brown. But when they discover that no other students or teachers seem to like her, and see a different side to her, they decide they have to solve this mystery.
  • Hateful Heather - Sally Hill is an orphan living with her grandparents. She is an aspiring actress in her local drama school, and she auditions for the part of Heather Ross, a nasty character in a new television serial to be called The Ross Family. She wins the part, but her life takes a turn for the worse, as the people in town mistakenly believe that her personality in real life is the same as Heather's.
  • Nobody Knows My Face! - Millie Mason is a budding actress with dreams of becoming a star. It seems she’s on her way to fame when she gets spotted by an agent, Eddie Tanner. Unfortunately every role she gets cast in she ends up in a costume, mask or in the shadows, so nobody sees what she looks like. Her agent also thinks keeping the mystery of what she looks like will make her an even bigger star, with a big reveal.
  • Slave to Love! - Gail Somers gets a crush on a boy named Justin. Justin has a horrible lazy sister, Andrea, who decides to take advantage of Gail’s crush. She makes a deal to get Gail and Justin together if Gail becomes her slave for a month and a day.
  • The Greys and the Greens: Lindy Grey is a great fan of a TV soap, “Life with the Greens”, and copies the antics of the Green family on the soap. The problem is, things always go wrong for Lindy when she does so.
  • Guinea-Pig Girl: Terry Lacey’s father draws a comic strip about the adventures of a girl who is also called Terry. Terry helps Dad with his ideas, but doing so gets her into all sorts of scrapes.
  • The Simpsons in the Sky - Tina Simpsons' life changes when her father walks out on the family, then their mother loses her job and abandons them. Tina and her siblings move to a shelter on the roof top of their tower-block, where they can hopefully stay together until they get their mother back. Tina manages to get some part-time jobs, but for different reasons she ends up losing them. She also believes she sees her mother at times, but she never manages to catch up to her.
  • Pat the Peacemaker - Pat Summers can solve others problems but not her own - a stepmother who hates her.
  • The Third Wish - While on a pony trekking holiday, Becky accidentally stumbles across a pool and makes three wishes, one of which is that annoying know-it-all Nella gets what she deserves. After her first two wishes come true Becky starts to worry about her third wish so she begins looking out for Nella as it seems disaster could fall on her at any point.
  • Freda Who?: Freda arrives at Karen Wilkinson’s house with a letter from her father saying she is a distant relative of the family and they are to take care of her until he returns. But Karen realises there is something strange about Freda; there are peculiar gaps in her knowledge, she says odd things, and she does not seem to understand everyday life.
  • The Girl With No Name - A nameless young girl on a remote island lives with a woman, Megan who has raised the girl to prove her theories that a human can be raised to reach their full potential and use all their brain’s processing power. One day Megan is confronted by a Dr. Lee, which causes her to leave the island with the girl. They are separated in a storm and the girl is found by a fisherman. When she meets Doctor Lee again, she remembers that Megan had taken her from an orphanage, and decides to run off and find out who she could have been.
  • That Girl’s Me! - Margie is a nice girl but a bit of an underachiever. For a school project about local superstitions and legends, she researches a legend of Old Mother Wily a witch and goes to the ruins of her cottage, where she finds the magic book which releases her other self - the Hyde to her Jekyll, the part of her that dares to do what Margie won’t. Her double starts taking Margie’s place and making trouble, which Margie gets the blame for.
  • Toys! - Jan buys some material to make stuffed toys, only for the toys to mysteriously come to life.
  • The Girl with No Shadow: When Reyna Reynolds moves into the empty house next door to Jan Crawford, strange things start happening. The strangest of them all is that Reyna casts no shadow. Jan decides to pretend to be friends with Reyna in order to unravel her secret, although Reyna causes a lot of trouble for Jan.
  • Gertie the Ghost-Hunter: Gertie Hill’s grandfather is caretaker of the new building complex at Old Mallow. The redevelopment has disturbed the ghosts who haunt the square. Only Gertie can see and deal with them, with the aid of a strange hour-glass that belonged to her great-grandmother.
  • Georgie, Go Home!: Georgie Hudson is orphaned and taken in by her Aunt Meg after a spell in a Children’s Home. But her cousins, all boys, are not friendly because they mistakenly thought she would be a boy and do not welcome a girl. Their hostility gets worse when Georgie’s arrival brings changes to the household that they do not like, such as Georgie unwittingly inspiring Aunt Meg to put them on a washing-up rota. The boys are soon causing trouble for Georgie and want her out. Georgie is trying to find a way to win them over, but isn’t having much success.
  • The Girl They Love to Hate!: Trudy Maxwell has been a popular tennis player, but now she has adopted the persona “Terrible Trudy”, the bad girl of tennis. She is trying to win as much money as possible to help her bankrupt father pay off his debts and thinks a bad girl reputation will attract more people to her matches and earn her more money. Her plan is working, but the price is loneliness and unpopularity.
  • The Girl with Flaxen Hair: According to an old family curse, flaxen-haired Rosemary Polworth is not to see the second full moon after her thirteenth birthday. Rosemary does not believe it, but runs away rather than see her parents suffer on the night she is foretold to die. However, the parents send an agent out to find her, and he is not a pleasant type.
  • Stella Starr - Stella Starr is an alien that usually gets into some trouble while adjusting to earth life. Luckily in the end, her powers usually helps the situation.
  • Hilary of the Happy Bus - Hilary Drew is the youngest member of the team in charge of Manchester’s mobile playgroup, which is known as the Happy Bus.
  • Gail’s Guardian Angel: Gail Hayley has a companion that only she can see and hear – her guardian angel.
  • You Little Monkey! - Jenny’s brother Rex turns into a monkey and she spends her time trying to hide this from her parents.
  • Love Thy Neighbour! - The Greys and Browns live next door and are constantly arguing because of their different interests. Two of their children, Brian and Carol do get along and decide to try to bring their families together.
  • Little Frankie - A girl replaces her mother in a stage comedy duo, while she is sick. She can’t let anyone know that she is pretending to be her mother though.
  • The Girl in the Iron Collar: In the year 871, Rowena, a young Saxon girl, is sentenced to wear an iron collar and be banished from her village for (accidentally) betraying Edmund, the King of East Anglia, to the Vikings, who then killed him. Then she finds the triple-crowned cross of the Angles where King Edmund had hidden it. Without the cross, nobody can claim to be their king, and she helps Alfred of Wessex to take up his rightful role as King of the Saxons.
  • Mum and Mr Harding: Lucy Pearson is trying to find a way to get her mother to marry Mr Harding, her new headmaster and next door neighbour – despite the fact that Mr Harding is an over-strict headmaster whose conduct and rules antagonise teachers and pupils alike, and Mrs Pearson as well.
  • My Grans Next Door: Karen Kemp’s grandmothers live on either side of her. The grans have very different ideas about things and this causes a lot of arguing, with the Kemps caught in the middle.
  • Little Stranger - Clare is shocked to wake up one morning to find a young girl in her house that everyone claims is her sister, Darla.
  • Kim of the Canals: When Kim Barry’s grandfather dies, her horrible Uncle Sam and cousin Laura move into her barge home, the “Northern Queen”. They abuse Kim and treat her like a slave, but she puts up with it because of her love of swimming. She joins a swimming club and is determined to train at every opportunity.
  • Lucknow Lucy - In 1857 in India, the British governor’s residency at Lucknow is besieged by native soldiers. Among the people trapped in the grounds are the girls of Miss Phillimore’s school for soldier’s daughters.
  • Little Phantom of the Opera: In Victorian times, Evie lives secretly in the old Opera House and keeps herself well hidden because she fears the workhouse if discovered. She discreetly helps out at the theatre and comes to the aid of performers with problems. This starts rumours of a friendly ghost in the Opera House.
  • Little Lord Percival: Pauline Pratt finds a ventriloquist’s dummy, Little Lord Percival, but discovers he is evil and causes a lot of trouble that she gets the blame for. Eventually she realises that Lord Percival is possessed by the spirit of Fred Vernon-Vaisley (“Vernon the Valet”), a ventriloquist with a difficult, quarrelsome personality. Vaisley’s personality led to his “sad end” after a quarrel with a fellow performer, Mr Grantley, and now Lord Percival is out for revenge on Mr Grantley.
  • The Portrait of Pauline: Pauline Grey gets her portrait done by a street artist, she is told that it will show the true nature of the sitter. Pauline does not believe it, but changes her mind when the portrait begins to change for the worse. Realizing she must change her ways if the portrait is to improve, Pauline makes genuine efforts to do so, but things tend to go wrong and the portrait ends up looking bad again.
  • Fay Fearless: Fay Fearless works as an agent for SOS, the code name for a secret Government organisation run by Arthur King, the millionaire owner of Paragon Stores.
  • Film Star Nurse: TV star Amy Clark is mistaken for a nurse during an emergency because she is still wearing her nurse’s uniform from the serial she stars in. This inspires her to give up her television career and start training as a real nurse.
  • Jill and Jack: Jill Norris’s parents breed Pekinese dogs, but although Jill likes dogs, she does not share their taste for Pekineses. Then Jill finds an injured, stray lurcher she names Jack, and once Jack recovers, Jill decides to train him for dog agility competitions. But Jack has an unruly side that have Jill’s parents concerned.
  • Mary and Her Marvellous Machine - In the early 19th century, Mary Elliot lives with her widowed father. Mr Elliot invents a machine he hopes will make them a fortune – one of the very first sewing machines. Mary sets out to sell this “marvel” machine, but meets with many difficulties through fear and ignorance.
  • Marvel Mouser! - Diane Whittington is trying to find a Saturday job and befriends a cat. At first the cat seems lazy, but when he shows an incredible talent for catching mice, Fiddlem’s Department store hires Diane and her cat – now named Mouser – as a pest control service.
  • No Boy for Becky - Becky Howard buys a pair of figurines, Pierrot and Pierette, but accidentally breaks Pierrot. Since then, she has lost one boyfriend after another and becomes convinced it is Pierette’s revenge on her.
  • Mini-Mum! - Pat Purdy has big problems after her Mum gets shrunk down to doll size by a weird washing powder, invented by Jeff Watson, the boy next door.
  • Maxie’s Taxi: Kate Baxter takes over her dad’s taxi business when he is injured. She is being helped by Maxie, a cat with strange powers that appeared out of nowhere.
  • Little Miss Busyfingers: It is the end of World War II. All the other evacuees have left the Larches, home to Misses Daphne and Edith Burntree. Vi (Violet) Lambeth has stayed on because the housekeeper, Mrs Porter, is kind to her. But then the Misses Burntree sack Mrs Porter and start using Vi as an unpaid servant. They also get rid of the piano Mrs Porter left Vi as a gift, so Vi has to find other ways of playing the piano. And Vi has to contend with bullies at school as well.
  • My Awful Sister! - Robyn West has a happy life with her kind well-off parents, who adopted her when she was very young. Then cruel spiteful Kate Baker, a new girl at school, discovers they are sisters who were separated as babies. Robyn fears Kate will tell the Wests she is one of the family.
  • Little Auntie Annie: On a farm in Kentucky, Annie Parker has ten orphaned nephews – all of whom are older than herself. The nephews are accustomed to being waited hand and foot by their mother and expect Annie to do the same. But Annie always gets her own way with the nephews in the end.
  • Judy’s Joker: Judy Foster, an English orphan, goes to live with her relatives in the American state of Wyoming. The local people scoff at Judy because of her English ways, and even more so when she buys an odd-looking horse called Joker. Judy is sure that she and Joker can make her uncle’s farm prosperous. Judy and Joker make a great team in turning the tables on Jackson, who is giving trouble because he wants no competition.
  • Marigold and the Three Bears: Marigold Shaw has lived in a Children’s Home until she is offered a foster home after she saves the daughter from an accident. Marigold is very happy until she wins three teddy bears at a fair. She soon finds that anything that happens to one of the teddy bears happens to the corresponding member of the household.
  • Jigsaw of Danger: Jill Jarvis has a family photograph turned into a jigsaw for her parents’ anniversary. But when she accidentally breaks a vase belonging to a strange old woman, the woman puts a curse on the jigsaw. The curse causes anything that happens to a piece of the jigsaw with a relative on it to happen to that same relative. And the woman says it will stay that way until either the vase is whole again or an identical one is found.
  • Linda All-Alone: While on holiday in Littlehaven, Linda Thornley discovers a cave that belonged to a hermit called Old Tabitha. There is a verse on the wall beside a skeleton that warns that anyone who disturbs the peace of Old Tabitha will receive her curse of loneliness. Linda cannot get the rhyme out of her head, and then wonders if it is coming true when things begin to go wrong for her and she becomes increasingly unpopular and friendless.
  • Mary – Maid of All Work: In 1898, Mary Morris has a tough time work-wise because her small size is against her. When she does find work she gets the toughest jobs with hard employers.
  • Margie in the Middle: Margie Heath is tired of being “the middle one” and being called dull and stupid because she does not shine like her sisters Babette (ballet) and Irene (piano). Grandma Heath encourages Margie’s talent for painting huge pictures, but her family does not understand.
  • Wonder Girl!: Miss Harriet Dene, a renowned woman scientist, has brought up a girl known only as J. Smith on a remote island in the Hebrides in an experiment to make her a perfect specimen, both physically and mentally. Deciding “Jay” is ready, Miss Dene takes her to the mainland to put her to the test with a barrage of practical tests.
  • Little Miss Twinkle-Toes: Tina Thomas, a superstitious girl, considers the tap-dancing shoes she acquires to be a lucky pair. She immediately takes up tap-dancing in exchange for a job there as her mother cannot afford classes. Snobby Avril Foster and Lindsey Young look down on Tina and are always causing trouble for her, but Tina believes her shoes are bringing her luck in keeping ahead of them.
  • The Pipes of Pam: Pam Piper is a pupil at Glofield Comprehensive. The school is guarded by three friendly witches who are upset that everyone seems to take life so seriously. So they give Pam some magic pipes. Whenever Pam plays them, amazing things happen.
  • Looking after Lofty: It is 1940 and World War II. Jenny Booth’s dog Lofty is wrongly accused of attacking sheep. Jenny is trying to get him to London and the safety of her grandfather’s house.
  • Weather-Girl Willa: Willa Martin acquires a barometer at a jumble sale. She does not realise it has the power to affect her moods with whatever weather forecast it is showing.
  • The Lying Eyes of Linda: Linda Lyall is sent from a Children’s Home to the wealthy Hampton family. By mistake they think she is blind and Linda is taking advantage to play on their sympathy.
  • Misfit Margo: When Margo Ashley’s adoptive parents die, she goes to live with her birth parents. But she is not fitting into her new home and her siblings think she is a snob.
  • Mums Go Home!: Rona Hollister’s gran wants Rona’s widowed father to remarry so she can have a new mother. But Rona does not want a new mother.
  • The Quest of Anna Midnight: Anna Midnight, a talented artist, was left on the doorstep of a Children’s Home as a baby. Her surname is Midnight because that was when she was found, but her true identity is a mystery. She goes in search of a travelling artist in Cornwall because she is convinced he is her father.
  • Penny and the Portrait: Penny Fairfax has lived in a children’s home until she goes to live with distant relatives. Penny unearths a portrait of a girl who looks just like her. The portrait is of Miranda Fairfax, an ancestress who was burned as a witch. Now Miranda is exerting an evil power over Penny to wreak revenge on the descendants of the people who burned her.
  • We’ll be a Happy Family: The parents of Heather and Carly Clayton have been missing for a year after a jungle air crash but have now returned. Heather is overjoyed but Carly starts causing trouble. She had enjoyed a luxurious life with the Warringtons, the foster-family the girls stayed with, but it made her spoiled and snobby, and she wants to keep in touch with them. The parents resent this and this leads to arguments. But when Heather tries to tell the Warringtons about Carly’s conduct they refuse to listen.
  • Sandi’s Secret Services: Sandi Peters lives with her Aunt Madge, Uncle George, and cousins Bridget and Clara. She is an unpaid servant who is expected to wait on her lazy uncle and spoiled cousins, and slave as a seamstress for her aunt’s clothes business, which the aunt does not run honestly. Sandi discovers a passion for table tennis, but has to find ways to get away from the work her guardians lumber her with in order to practise and compete in secret. This is not always easy.
  • Second Fiddle to Sorcha: Maxine Winters is a gifted but arrogant violinist. Then Sorcha, a mysterious gypsy girl, shows up, and Maxine gets jealous when she finds that Sorcha is a far better violinist than her.
  • Wendy will be Married!: Pam Johnson is trying to get her sister Wendy married so they can escape their miserable existence with their unpleasant relatives. But the relatives are aware of this and are trying to stop Wendy marrying and leaving them.
  • Sally – the Slave-Girl Star: Sally Binks is always falling asleep in class because she is forced to work early in the morning and late at night at her stepmother’s laundry. The headmistress and deputy headmistress don’t act because they dislike Sally. But Sally has ambitions to go on stage and begins to make headway in that area.
  • Teddy: Sarah Hutton is spoiled and selfish. At a Halloween party she mocks a witch, and the witch retaliates by putting a spell on her old teddy bear. Teddy comes to life, and starts making Sarah’s life a misery because of the way she used to treat him.
  • The Secret Scholar: In Victorian times, Lucy Seaton takes a skivvy’s job at Marlowe Seminary for Young Ladies to secretly glean as much education as she can in order to sit a scholarship that she promised her dying parents she would do her best to win. But she has to contend with the tough skivvy life, spiteful snobby schoolgirls and hard senior staff.
  • Who is ‘J’?: Vicky Brown’s sister Mary is emotionally upset by someone with the initial ‘J’, and then has an road accident that leaves her comatose. Vicky turns detective to track down ‘J’, believing ‘J’ to be responsible for Mary’s accident. But this has her hurting a lot of innocent people whose names begin with J because she has wrongly assumed they are ‘J’.
  • The Tennis Chimp: Cherry Marsden and her father move to a new town and Cherry joins a tennis club. But she doesn’t have a partner for the doubles tournament. So she partners with Julie, an intelligent chimp who has been brought up as a human being. But some club members dislike the idea of a chimp entering the championship, and Mrs Hawkins in particular is out to stop them.
  • The Trouble with Emmeline: Nicky Jones is delighted to receive a Victorian doll named Emmeline for her 13th birthday. Then Nicky realises Emmeline is evil and causing accidents around the place, but cannot convince her parents.
  • The Willing Hands of Meg Smith: In Victorian times, Meg Smith turns her hand to any job available to make ends meet for her younger siblings.
  • “That’s My Girl!”: Kate Masters’ father, a famous scientist, goes on the run after being wrongly accused of espionage. Kate promises her father that she will continue her skating, but it is not proving easy, and he has to find ways to secretly help her while evading the police.
  • Terry and Her Trumpet: Orphan Terry Thompson lives with her brother Gerald and sister-in-law Frances who are cruel to her and make her slave in their cafe, which leaves her too tired for homework. Terry discovers she has a talent for the trumpet, but when her mean relatives won’t let her play, she tries to find ways to practise her trumpet in secret.
  • The Tests of Sandra Supercook: Sandra Cook loves cooking and enters the “Queen of the Cooks” contest. She is winning heats, but has a big problem in that her cookery teacher, Miss Barker, hates her.
  • Who is Sad Sally?: In Victorian times, Sally is an orphan with no memory of her past and unable to speak. She is taken in by Mrs Crabstick, a beggar woman. But Mrs Crabstick runs a den of thieves and exploits Sally’s inability to speak for begging purposes.

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