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  • The United Kingdom

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Find out about the United Kingdom with this fun and engaging first information book. Topics include the country's geography, major cities, people and interesting places. For children following Book Bands, it is suitable for children reading at band 8, purple.The Info Buzz series, for age 5+, helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. The books have a lively design, engaging text and photos, questions to get children thinking and talking and teaching notes. Each title is written in conjunction with a literacy consultant and features book band guidance and downloadable activity sheets online.
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    The Unicorn Prince

    By Saviour Pirotta, Jane Ray
    Authors:
    Saviour Pirotta
    Illustrated by:
    Jane Ray
    If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you'll love this tale of love, magic ... and unicorns!Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis's heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love?This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray.
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    Unplugged

    By Steve Antony
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    Steve Antony
    A delightful picture book about the wonders of all the fun you can have inside AND outside, by the award-winning Steve Antony, author of the bestselling Please Mr Panda.BLIP spends all day plugged into her computer, playing games and having fun. But when there is a POWER CUT, Blip goes down the stairs and out the front door, where she discovers playing games and having fun . . . OUTSIDE. Isn't it wonderful to be UNPLUGGED? By Steve Antony, winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize, nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize."[A] gorgeous piece of propaganda for going outside." & "[T]he book is so elegantly illustrated and cleverly conceived."
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  • Up and Down

    By David Melling
    Authors:
    David Melling
    This bright, bold rhyming story from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to opposites for the very young and great to read aloud.Follow these hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through their crazy day. These bunnies go up and these bunnies go down. Sometimes they're funny and sometimes they frown!Don't miss Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine - a brilliant introduction to weather.Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail
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  • Unusual Wonders

    By Clive Gifford
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    Clive Gifford
    Discover the most amazing and unusual wonders the world has to offer, from Greece's Meteora Monasteries to India's Ajanta Caves and from Belize's Great Blue Hole to Mexico's Cave of Crystals. Get up close to their unique features and marvel at their breathtaking dimensions. What threats and challenges to these special phenomena face, and what is being done to ensure their survival for future generations to enjoy? Perfect for readers 9 and up.
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  • The Ugly Duckling

    By Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall
    Illustrated by:
    Sophie Rohrbach
    The poor Ugly Duckling is chased away from his home because he doesn't fit in. Join him on this epic journey of survival and homecoming. This story is a perfect introduction to the classic tale, with its gentle, rhythmic text and bright, friendly illustrations.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs.
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  • The USA

    By Liz Gogerly, Rob Hunt
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    Liz Gogerly, Rob Hunt
    Journey Through the USA offers a look at the landscape, culture and people of the United States, from the exciting buzz of New York, along the Appalachian Trail through many of the states along it's route, via Chicago and the Great Lakes, through the southern states and cowboy country to the sunshine and surf of California and Hawaii.Journey Through offers young readers the chance to take a trip through exciting world countries using different modes of transport, from train and car to bicycle and private jet. Along the way the traveller visits highlighted places both well known and less known, and learns lots of exciting facts about history, language, culture and much more.
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  • The UK

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    Journey Through the UK offers a look at the landscape, culture and people of the United Kingdom by travelling through each of the four countries that make up the UK - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You'll visit the exciting capital city of London, walk along the costal path of Wales, climb the Giant's Causeway and search for the Loch Ness Monster along the way.Journey Through offers young readers the chance to take a trip through exciting world countries using different modes of transport, from train and car to bicycle and private jet. Along the way the traveller visits highlighted places both well known and less known, and learns lots of exciting facts about history, language, culture and much more. Ideal for readers age 9 and up.
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    Ugly (younger readers)

    By Robert Hoge
    Authors:
    Robert Hoge
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  • Undercover Operations

    By Sarah Levete
    Authors:
    Sarah Levete
    Find out about the world of the spies and surveillance units in Undercover Operations. The book explores tactics and techniques for spying and what is like to live an undercover life. Then, discover if you've got what it takes to be a spy.Who are the people who defend their countries and what are the skills they employ to do so? Elite Defenders explores the challenging and exciting world of the armed forces, examining how members carry out their jobs, the sacrifices they make and skills they utilise to defend their countries. The series invites children to answer 'Take the Test!' questions at the end of each chapter, to find out how much they have learnt. A high-interest and interactive series for children aged 9+.
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  • USA

    By Jackson Teller
    Authors:
    Jackson Teller
    Is there somewhere you really want to travel to, or just yearn to know better?Do you want all the essential facts about the USA at your fingertips?If you want to know what it's really about (rather than the things your parents think you should see!), The Real USA is a great place to start. What's hot: USA highlights you really won't want to miss Take a walking tour of New York City's amazing street markets Explore the USA's music scene - including the world's biggest festival, The Big Gig Check out the crazy Naked Bike Ride through Portland, Oregon Load up on America's top ten meals, and discover the history of the Reuben Sandwich Need-to-know information about internet access, mobile networks, dialling codes and moreWhether you are planning a trip or a holiday, just day-dreaming about one or simply need to know the facts, The Real USA is your essential guide. It is part of a series of books that help young people find out what a country is really about.
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  • Unsolved Crimes

    By Katie Dicker
    Authors:
    Katie Dicker
    Sometimes crimes are committed that never get solved and so they remain a mystery. Delve into the facts behind some of the world's most mysterious crimes including murder, theft and missing persons to find out what we do know about these cold cases and what the possible explanations could be.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages from beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
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  • UK

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Is there somewhere you really want to travel to, or just yearn to know better?Do you want all the essential facts about the UK at your fingertips?If you want to know what it's really about (rather than the things your parents think you should see!), The Real UK is a great place to start. What's hot: UK highlights you really won't want to miss Take a walking tour of London - with a difference! Check out the UK's music scene, including the Glastonbury Festival and the music you should be listening out for Explore the mysterious standing stones and other spooky sites The best places to check out next year's fashions - today! Need-to-know information about internet access, mobile networks, dialling codes and moreWhether you are planning a trip or a holiday, just day-dreaming about one or simply need to know the facts, The Real UK is your essential guide.It is part of a series of books that help young people find out what a country is really about.
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  • United Kingdom

    By Alice Harman
    Authors:
    Alice Harman
    Find out about the people and places of of the UK. Looking at topics such as land and sea, weather, town and country, homes, shopping, food, sport, holidays and festivals. Have fun baking some traditional scones.
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  • Uprisings in the Middle East

    By Philip Steele
    Authors:
    Philip Steele
    Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Uprisings in the Middle East, we look at the ideas of revolution and change that have swept across southwest Asia and North Africa in recent years. We examine why these changes are taking place now and look at who is taking part in these events and what has prompted them to do so. We consider why the Middle East is so important to those who live in other parts of the world and ask what the future holds for the region.
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  • Understanding Local Maps

    By Jack Gillett, Meg Gillett
    Authors:
    Jack Gillett, Meg Gillett
    Reading and interpreting a variety of maps is an important geographical skill and enquiry method. Maps and Mapping skills is a series that looks at basic and intermediate geographical skills involved in map reading and map making. By translating the three dimensional into two, children are encouraged to hone their thinking skills and spacial awareness, and consider the presentation of complex information into a logical and usable map. This will provide a useful introduction to reading atlases as well as basic map skills for KS3. Will contain questions/activities throughout to encourage children to practice map reading, understand concepts from scale to population density, and to learn to use maps for particular purposes.
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  • United Kingdom

    By Michael Burgan
    Authors:
    Michael Burgan
    Countries in Our World focuses on the countries that shape and influence our modern world. Each book examines physical features, daily life, industry, media, leisure and much more. Each title in Countries in our World is a mine of useful information ideal for school and project work.
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  • USA

    By Lisa Klobuchar
    Authors:
    Lisa Klobuchar
    Countries in Our World focuses on the countries that shape and influence our modern world. Each book examines physical features, daily life, industry, media, leisure and much more. Each title in Countries in our World is a mine of useful information ideal for school and project work.
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  • Usain Bolt

    By Simon Hart
    Authors:
    Simon Hart
    The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success.
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  • United Kingdom

    By Tim Atkinson
    Authors:
    Tim Atkinson
    Each title looks at each country through a variety of themes such as location, landscape and climate, population and health, settlements, family life, religion and beliefs, education and learning, employment and economy, industry and trade, farming and food, transport and communications, leisure and tourism and environment and wildlife.Includes maps, statistics panels and simple graphs and charts; and a topic web showing links with this series to other subject areas.
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