The Neverending Story
Bastian Balthasar Bux is being bullied by his classmates, and flees into the second-hand bookshop owned by Mr Carl Conrad Coreander. Mr Coreander is reading a very strange book: The Neverending Story. Bastian is drawn to it as if by magic, and he simply cannot resist stealing it. Breathless with excitement, he creeps up into the school attic and begins to read all about the boundless kingdom of Fantastica which is under threat from the Nothing, and about the Childlike Empress who is dangerously ill, and the heroic Atreyu and Auryn, the symbol of power and wisdom. “DO WHAT YOU WANT” is the message written on Auryn. Bastian begins to tremble: is this message addressed to him? Is he the human child Atreyu is looking for? Can he save Fantastica by giving the child Empress a new name? Is he, the timid, pale-faced Bastian, now supposed to become a hero?