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The Somme

By Sarah Ridley
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Sarah Ridley
For many people the word 'Somme' sums up the carnage and futility of the First World War. The failure of Allied forces to achieve their objectives at such a huge cost in human lives has resonated in military circles for the past 100 years. This book tells the story of the battle and its wider repercussions, and analyses its importance to the overall outcome of the First World War. The Somme investigates the build-up to the battle, why leaders thought the action was necessary and what they thought it would achieve. It looks at the forces involved, including the 'Pals' battalions - patriotic friends who fought, and more often than not died, together. Although not a straightforward timeline, the book outlines the actual course of the battle beginning on 1 July 1916 and the impact of the continuing slaughter on both sides. Quotes from those who took part offer a glimpse of what it must have been like to be there, and maps show how little was actually achieved in terms of a breakthrough. Poetry, art and music inspired by the Somme campaign bring the soldiers' harrowing experiences to life. Suitable for readers aged 11 and up.
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The Secret Summer

By Ali Standish
Authors:
Ali Standish
Discover an island of buried secrets ... A captivating coming-of-age story from the Carnegie-nominated author of The Ethan I Was BeforeMiranda misses her mum. The mum who used to laugh at her jokes and take her to Disneyworld. But something happened that stopped all that - now Miranda's mum is always hurrying away on another work trip and can barely look Miranda in the eye. So when Miranda is sent to spend the summer on August Isle, where her mum grew up, she is determined to unlock the secrets that are breaking her family apart.
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  • Spectacular Light and Sound

    By Rob Colson, Jon Richards
    Authors:
    Rob Colson, Jon Richards
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  • The Seaside

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Find out about how a day at the seaside has changed since Victorian times and what has stayed the same! Topics covered include how people travelled to the beach, the clothes they wore and the food they ate. 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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    Swimming Against the Storm

    By Jess Butterworth
    Authors:
    Jess Butterworth
    Heartland middle-grade adventure set in the swamps of Louisiana, perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell and Lauren St JohnOur land is sinking. It's disappearing into the water. And no one knows how to save it.Twelve-year-old Eliza and her sister Avery have lived their entire lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Louisiana, growing up alongside turtles, pelicans and porpoises. But now, with sea levels rising, their home is at risk of being swept away.Determined to save the land, Eliza and her younger sister Avery secretly go searching in the swamp for the dangerous, wolf-like loup-garou. If they can prove this legendary creature exists, they're sure that the government will have to protect its habitat - and their community.But there's one problem: the loup-garou has never been seen before. And with a tropical storm approaching and the sisters deep, deep in the swampland, soon it's not just their home at risk, but their lives as well...
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  • Self-Esteem and Confidence

    By Honor Head
    Authors:
    Honor Head
    This book looks at self-esteem and how it's possible to change it. It deals with issues such as a healthy body image, peer pressure, celebrity culture and bullying and provides lots of practical advice for young people dealing with low self-esteem.It is part of the series My Life, Your Life, which takes a sensitive and positive look at some of the issues that concern children aged 10+. It explores issues including sexuality, gender, self-esteem, prejudice and discrimination and promotes and encourages discussion. By thinking creatively and critically, children can learn to accept their differences, embrace diversity and improve their sense of self and how they fit into the bigger picture. Each title also provides advice in the form of practical ways to cope with distressing or difficult situations.
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  • Smart Homes

    By Max Wainewright, John Haslam
    Authors:
    Max Wainewright
    Illustrated by:
    John Haslam
    Discover how today's amazing inventions and technologies work while developing your coding skillsIn Smart Homes, find out about the technology that lives in our homes and buildings. Learn about motion sensors, create burglar alarms for your computer that use sound and motion to detect intruders.Each book goes inside a different machine or technology and explains the key computer code and systems that are controlling them. Step-by-step activities teach you how to create your own versions of these machines on screen, and bring them to life - with code! The focus is placed on modern technologies that actually use code to work, rather than looking back at steam engines, etc. This will keep the practice of coding firmly in the contemporary. Each book assumes readers have reasonable general computer skills. The series uses Scratch as the coding language, as this is still the most used, user-friendly and flexible in building projects, however no prior experience of Scratch is expected and each book will include a spread introducing Scratch.Teachers have always used ICT across the curriculum and are looking for contexts to teach coding in. Kids that are interested in STEAM and the high-interest topics covered, will be engaged by the opportunity to explore the STEAM concepts creatively with code.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Soil

    By Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Richard Spilsbury
    This book goes on a journey underground to examine the many kinds of soil, microorganisms and inorganic matter that make it, and the critical role it plays in ecosystems around the world. Most people don't think about the soil under their feet, but basic dirt can reveal a lot about Earth's past. Soil is formed from tiny grains of rock that existed many years ago. It can also form in the wake of landslides, volcanoes, and everyday weathering. Helpful diagrams, fact boxes, and sidebars support the information-rich text, which supports KS2 and KS3 science curriculum, and colourful images will keep readers engaged from start to finish.
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  • Sports

    By Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Authors:
    Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Which ancient cultures enjoyed a bit of sporting competition? Who won the first marathon? How hard do top tennis players hit the ball, and which is the most dangerous sport? Whether you hit it, bounce it, run at top speed or ride in or on it, Infomojis: Sports is all about exploring sport in a fun and engaging way. Core scientific areas of investigation are covered, such as how streamlined F1 cars are designed to reduce drag and why athletes' bodies need muscle power to compete!The book features custom-made 'infomojis' - presenting the information with real personality! So inject fun into facts, and take your young astronomer to the next evolution in infographics. Infomojis is a series of ten books that are perfect for curious readers aged 8+.
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  • Snazzy Dress-Up Sticker Book

    By Alex T. Smith
    Authors:
    Alex T. Smith
    Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior. Whether he's on Pawhaven beach in his best swimsuit or visiting Armslength Keep in knight's armour, all sorts of wacky adventures happen to Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock. Packed full of stickers, puzzles and games, this activity book will keep Claude fans busy for hours! Based on the Disney Junior TV show.Praise for Alex T. Smith's Claude series:'Illustrated with humour and elegance' The Times'With quirky illustrations and plenty of humour' MetroClaude in the City was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Claude Going for Gold won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. Alex T. Smith was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014.Follow Alex at alextsmith.com and on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith
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    The Story of Flight

    By Jakob Whitfield
    Authors:
    Jakob Whitfield
    A beautifully illustrated history of the iconic flying machines that have helped us soar through the skies. Perfect for child and adult aviation fans alike!The story of flight is a fascinating one: from the earliest balloons and airships to the latest stealth jet, each breakthrough laid the foundation for the next. Trace the extraordinary history of flight in this strikingly illustrated guide, from the Wright Flyer to cutting-edge drones. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 240 years influenced the flight path: two world wars, equality for women and the fight against climate change. Finally, explore the incredible inventions that await us in the future.Also available in this series on transport is The Story of the Car.
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  • Schools

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Find out about the school life in the past and compare with schools today. Discover how and what children were taught and how everything from uniforms to school dinners has changed. 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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  • Spring

    By Anna Claybourne
    Authors:
    Anna Claybourne
    Discover science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) through original craft projects and recycle at the same time!This brilliant series combines learning science with seasonal craft projects, scientific experiments and fun activities. In Spring,why not make a rainbow, see a leaf breathe or create your very own tornado in a bottle, plus many more fascinating ideas to try out.Combining fun photos, illustrated step by step artwork and a dose of eco-friendly fun, STEAM through the seasons will ensure plenty to occupy any 6-8 year old!
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  • Sedimentary Rocks

    By Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Richard Spilsbury
    This book takes a journey inside the layers of sedimentary rock to find out more about the rocks that have covered our planet for millions of years. Read about how these rocks form through compaction and lithification, and how weathering and erosion destroy them. The text supports the KS2 and KS3 science curriculum, covering topics such as the many kinds of sedimentary rock, rock identification, and fossils. The text also explores how people use sedimentary rocks, and where on Earth the most beautiful examples are found. Stunning photographs, sidebars, and fact boxes further enhance the learning experience.
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  • Science for Surviving in Space

    By Mark Thompson
    Authors:
    Mark Thompson
    Imagine living on an alien planet!But to really do that you'll need to apply a fair bit of science.This book has twelve scientific investigations to help you understand how force fields help us, why taking a shower is space is tricky and how tiny specs of space dust can be deadly. Discover why insulation is important and what would happen if you went out into space without a spacesuit - and lots, lots more!Space Science is the ultimate series for the astronomers and astronauts of the future. It delves into loads of intriguing 'how', 'what', and 'why' facts about the night sky. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and use readily-available materials that won't break the bank! Authored by Mark Thompson - a brilliant astronomer and television and radio presenter - who brings a fresh approach to the exploration and understanding of the Solar System ... and beyond!This book is part of the Space Science series, which covers key areas of the science curriculum, such as forces, materials and matter, light, rocks, chemical reactions, recycling and waste, magnets, solar power, gravity, distance, maps and constellations.For readers aged 9+
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  • Science for Rocketing into Space

    By Mark Thompson
    Authors:
    Mark Thompson
    Imagine building a rocket and blasting off into space!But to really do that you'll need to apply a fair bit of science.This book has twelve scientific investigations to help you understand why gravity matters, and how to power a rocket and land safely back on Earth. Discover why rockets are rocket-shaped and what happens when you create a chemical reaction - and lots, lots more!Space Science is the ultimate series for the astronomers and astronauts of the future. It delves into loads of intriguing 'how', 'what', and 'why' facts about the night sky. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and use readily-available materials that won't break the bank! Authored by Mark Thompson - a brilliant astronomer and television and radio presenter - who brings a fresh approach to the exploration and understanding of the Solar System ... and beyond!This book is part of the Space Science series, which covers key areas of the science curriculum, such as forces, materials and matter, light, rocks, chemical reactions, recycling and waste, magnets, solar power, gravity, distance, maps and constellations.For readers aged 9+
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  • Summer

    By Anna Claybourne
    Authors:
    Anna Claybourne
    Discover science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) through original craft projects and recycle at the same time!This brilliant series combines learning science with seasonal craft projects, scientific experiments and fun activities. In Summer make your own mini lightning, create a bee hotel and uncover the secrets of sand, plus many more fascinating ideas to try out.Combining fun photos, illustrated step by step artwork and a dose of eco-friendly fun, STEAM through the seasons will ensure plenty to occupy any 6-8 year old!
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  • Shannon the Ocean Fairy

    By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
    Authors:
    Daisy Meadows
    Illustrated by:
    Georgie Ripper
    Shannon the Ocean Fairy needs Rachel and Kirsty's help! Naughty Jack Frost has stolen her three enchanted pearls, and this is causing chaos in the oceans. To stop him, the girls must explore an underwater world and meet some very special friends...the narwhals!
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  • School Trip

    The Pokémon School students are going to Kanto! They can't wait to find out about all of the differences between the Pokémon in Kanto and Alola. Plus, they get to battle it out in the Pokémon Gym! Gotta catch 'em all!
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  • Six O'Clock Tales

    By Enid Blyton, Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Read by:
    Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
    Twenty-seven magical short stories to enjoy round the clock from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.Sheila is astonished when her toys walk themselves home, poor Prickles the Hedgehog thinks the moon has fallen out of the sky, and find out just how mischievous Twinkle the elf is when he paints the walls of a dragon's cave.Ideal for bedtime, these magical short stories for 5-8 year-olds will enchant a new generation of children.Look out for more O'Clock tales with: Five O'Clock Tales, Seven O'Clock Tales and Eight O'Clock Tales.First published in 1942, this edition contains the following stories: When the Moon fell down!Jean's little ThrushYou can't please Everybody!The King of the TrainsPixie PinsThe Adventurous ClownThe Money that flew awayWhen the Toys walked HomeTwelve little PigsThe Little Pop-Gun Quizzy, the GoblinThe Kind HedgehogThe Cold Snow-ManThe Big Green HandkerchiefThe Tale of SnowballFoolish Mister WopThe Golden PeacockThe Brownie and the GnomeThe Inside-Out StockingThe Clockwork Mouse and the BirdThe Dirty Old ChairThe Spotted CowThe Boy Who Dropped His H'sDickie Gets a JobThe Cross CaterpillarWhat a Mistake!The Cookie SwanWhy Did the Giant Laugh?Twinkle Gets Into MischiefHow Untidy!Three Cheers For John!Good Old Joey!Cuckoo!(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedEnid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.
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