By Philip Steele
Epic: Empires focuses on 12 of the biggest and most incredible empires in the history of the world, from the first Babylonian Empire, founded in 1792 BCE, to the British Empire, which ended formally in 1997. On the way, it takes in ancient Egypt, ancient Persia, the early Indian empires, Imperial China, ancient Rome, the Mongols, the Ottoman empire, the Aztecs, the Inca, the Spanish empire and the British empire. The book details the dates, location and extent of each empire, along with its most famous rulers. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each empire, and what happened when. Additional background information to each empire is also provided, including how each one came into being, who its enemies were, the gods its people worshipped, and how it met its downfall. Epic: Empires also looks at the technology, advances and inventions that came out of each empire, from the paper, fireworks and compasses of imperial China to the sewers, roads and aqueducts of ancient Rome. Infographic elements on each spread present information in a simple and highly visual way. Clear, concise text and a bright, appealing design make the book the perfect resource for project work on geography or history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above.For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Battles and Explorers.
By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Natural disasters devastate communities. They reshape the landscape and can alter people's ways of life in an area for years after the event. Learn all about the 10 worst earthquakes in this book from San Francisco in 1906 to Nepal in 2015 .This series explores the world's top ten worst recorded disasters, explaining how and why they happen and where in the world they have taken place. The series also invites the reader to examine what they have learnt about natural disasters and to apply that knowledge by answering critical thinking questions at the end of each book. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
Experts of Engineering
By Rob Colson
Engineers through the ages have tamed the awesome forces of nature to build towering skyscrapers, dig deep tunnels, and hold back mighty rivers. Learn all about the amazing advances in engineering that have permitted us to build taller, stronger and deeper in STEM-gineers: Experts in Engineering.STEM-gineers is an exciting 4-book series, which focuses on particular engineering or scientific challenges. You will find out about the great minds behind every featured discovery or structure and learn through hands-on projects how these great minds overcame the scientific or engineering challenges of their time. From simple experiments, to observing and recording various aspects of the world around us, this series is the perfect introduction to the exhilarating world of STEM for readers aged 9 and up.
By Nancy Dickmann
From recycling drinking water to green transport links and renewable energy sources, cities can be adapted and built to be sustainable in all sorts of ways. In Putting the Planet First: Sustainable Cities, discover how people around the world are working all the time to innovate and create self-sustaining settlements. Learn too, what you can do to help the environment, and about small changes you can make that will have a real impact. It's a fascinating introduction to the positive changes people are making to try and live more sustainably, and will inspire children to think creatively about how they can put the planet first!
Embassy of the Dead
By Will Mabbitt
The first book in a spookily funny new series, where the living meets the dead and survival is a race against time. Perfect for fans of Skulduggery Pleasant and Who Let the Gods Out.Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead. Leave your life at the door. (Thanks.)When Jake opens a strange box containing a severed finger, he accidentally summons a grim reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it's as fatal as it sounds) and now he's running for his life! But luckily Jake isn't alone - he can see and speak to ghosts.Jake and his deadly gang (well dead, at least) - Stiffkey the undertaker, hockey stick-wielding, Cora, and Zorro the ghost fox - have one mission: find the Embassy of the Dead and seek protection. But the Embassy has troubles of its own and may not be the safe haven Jake is hoping for . . .
By Richard Platt, David Lawrence
Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Egyptians examines aspects of technology in ancient Egypt, including irrigation, cosmetics, building the pyramids, ship-bullding and astronomy.Suitable for Key Stages 2-3, How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries of technology.
By Linwood Barclay
Don't stop running . . . the second edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay for ages 9+12-year-old Jeff and genetically engineered spy dog Chipper are on the run from the mysterious and sinister government organisation knows only as The Institute. Due to a combination of bravery, luck and some of Chipper's more useful modifications, they've managed to evade their pursuers so far. But The Institute is closing in and Chipper and Jeff will have to be stay one step ahead if they want to stay alive..Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense collide in Linwood Barclay's action-packed series for children.
Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island
By Liz Kessler
Meet Emily Windsnap! Ordinary girl on land, magical mermaid in water... Bubbling with magic, fun, friendship and new heights of adventure, a must-read for girls aged 8-12. Emily Windsnap, an ordinary girl on land and a magical mermaid in water, is overdue a break from excitement - as her exhausted best friend Shona keeps reminding her! So, promising Shona she'll stay free of trouble and just 'swill out' ('chill out' for mermaids), Emily invites her best friend and her boyfriend Aaron along for a relaxing family holiday in the sun . . . But it seems adventure is hot on her heels - and her tail.Soon, Emily discovers a hidden world beyond the falls of mysterious Forgotten Island - but it's not quite the paradise it seems. With a curse hanging over the island and a catastrophic disaster looming, Emily finds herself suddenly entangled in an ancient Prophecy. She must embark on a dangerous mission to seek the legendary giant the islanders believe will save them all, before it's too late.But how can Emily save the day when rifts are forming between her and the very people she needs by her side? Must promises always be kept? And what happens when they are broken?The brand new, eagerly awaited seventh book in the five-million-copy-selling Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler.
The Evolution of You and Me
By Michael Bright
The Evolution of You and Me tracks modern humans, from their origins to leaving Africa. Take a closer look at tree shrews, the first primates, how we came to stand on two legs, early tools and cooking, and the conflict with Neanderthals. Using stunning photographs and graphic 3-D images, Evolution of You and Me brings core curriculum subjects to life with an engaging design.Written by bestselling author Michael Bright, his digestible approach to science makes this the perfect book for project work or interest reading.
Early Life on Earth
By Michael Bright
Early Life on Earth tracks the evolution of life on Earth, from its origins up to the imminent arrival of the dinosaurs. Take a closer look at the first multi-celled forms, the Cambrian explosion, the age of fish, giant insects and amphibians and the mass extinction that paved the way for dinosaurs. Using stunning photographs and graphic 3-D images, Early Life on Earth brings core curriculum subjects to life with an engaging design.Written by bestselling author Michael Bright, his digestible approach to science makes this the perfect book for project work or interest reading.
By Izzi Howell
By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
Find out what are and how they are caused. Understand how scientists can measure earthquakes, and what makes some earthquakes so much more destructive than others. Read about some of the most serious earthquake disasters in history, and how people can be better prepared for the future.Geographics is an engaging series with colourful infographics and photos used to illustrate universal geography topics such as volcanoes, rivers and earthquakes. Perfect for the geography curriculum at KS2 the series is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
Events That Changed the World
By Cath Senker
For thousands of years, humans and their actions have shaped our history. But some events are so profound, they not only change the course of history, they also manage to leave a legacy so powerful, it can be called world-changing. This book looks at 10 of these events - from the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus which brought about a radical change to the face of those continents, to the attacks of 9/11, which ushered in a new era of warfare and terrorism.Each of the 10 world-changing events is examined in detail - what were the circumstances; who was involved and why; what kind of a legacy has it left; and how is it still relevant to us today? Spanning a significant portion of human history, from the age of discovery in the 15th century, to both World Wars, the birth of modern science and the end of Apartheid, this book not only examines the events themselves, but also places them in the context of other historical events and developments. Perfect for course work and cross-curricular activities spanning history, politics and science; the book includes 10 further momentous events, as well as a timeline that places them in the context of world history.
The Early Modern World
By Alex Woolf
What developments in government and society, food and farming, exploration and discovery, science and technology, art and literature, religion, education and entertainment were there in the early modern world of Europe between the years 1500 and 1789, and how did these compare with those made during the same time period in the Islamic world and elsewhere in Africa and Asia? What was happening at the same time in the Americas? Packed with beautiful illustrations, this book, in the Parallel History series for readers upwards of age nine, will help you to explore the early modern world chronologically, with timelines to show you when major events and achievements took place.
The Ethan I Was Before
By Ali Standish
My dare. My friend. My fault. Uplifting and unpredictable, this poignant debut middle-grade novel is a classic in the making. Perfect for fans of Wonder and A Boy Called Hope.Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from the city he loves to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Ethan's new home feels like the place for second chances. It's also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn't the only one with secrets. Coralee's are catching up with her, and what she's hiding might be putting both their lives at risk. The Ethan I Was Before is a story of friendship, wonder, adventure and ultimately of hope.
Evolution and Classification
By Anna Claybourne
Evolution and classification are brilliant things to study scientifically. Plants, humans and other animals have incredible adaptations that mean they can survive in their habitats on Earth. In Evolution and Classification you'll delve into the science behind these marvels of the natural world by conducting investigations and experiments using the ATOM method - Ask, Test, Observe and Measure - to ensure you're working just like a professional scientist. Find out why camouflage is important for survival and how humans and other animals decide whether something is food or not. Discover the ways some animals attract a mate to breed with and the important role genes play! At the end of the book, scientific guidelines explain why scientists do things a certain way and the things they look out for or try to avoid. Science Skills Sorted are six topic books for children aged 8+ studying KS2 science. The ATOM method is designed to help readers work scientifically as they are taught to in the classroom, and each of the investigations is accompanied by explanatory text to uncover facts about the topic. A range of experiments in each book means that while some may need a little more equipment than others, there are plenty experiments that are cheap and accessible, using objects easily found in the classroom or at home.
By Anita Ganeri
Time is running out to see some of the rarest people on Earth. There are many people on our planet, but some groups might not be around for much longer. This book takes an in-depth look at some of the most endangered people on Earth. Find out why they are in danger, what we would lose of they were to disappear completely and what, if anything, is being done to save them. This engaging series looks at the devastating impact pollution, global warming, habitat loss and deforestation are having on our planet. Explore why time is running out to see some of Earth's most endangered people, places, plants and animals. Covering the UK geography curriculum and aimed at students aged 9 and up Last Chance to See is a must for young conservationists.
By Anita Ganeri
Time is running out to see some of the most amazing plants on Earth. Our world is full of incredible plants, but some of them might not be around for much longer. This book takes an in-depth look at some of the most endangered plants on Earth. Find out why they are in danger, what we would lose of they were to disappear completely and what, if anything, is being done to save them. This engaging series looks at the devastating impact pollution, global warming, habitat loss and deforestation are having on our planet. Explore why time is running out to see some of Earth's most endangered people, places, plants and animals. Covering the UK geography curriculum and aimed at students aged 9 and up Last Chance to See is a must for young conservationists.
By Nancy Dickmann
This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the Egyptian mythological stories. From mere mortals to demons, gods and goddesses and the sphinx there are adventures, betrayals and incredible stories to read. The book is structured as a 'Who's Who' of the culture's myths and legends and has a gossipy, informal tone, allowing the characters' personalities to come through.The chapters begin with a spread featuring factfiles of two characters. Each of these has an "In His Own Words" section, where the character himself (or herself) gives fast facts such as parents, powers, crowning achievements, and "Not to be confused with...". This is followed by a myth re-relling, presented in a magazine-style, featuring the two characters. In total there are six spreads of fact files (12 characters total) and six different re-tellings.It is part of the Stars of Mythology series, which explores great myths from around the world.
The Egyptian Empire
By Ellis Roxburgh
Travel back in time and explore Egypt's New Kingdom, an empire that lasted from around 1550 to 1070 BCE. Find out about the key rulers of the empire including Akhenaten and his chief wife Nefertiti and his son Tutankhamen and find out how Egypt's armies pushed the frontiers of the empire further than ever before.Each book in this series covers a particular empire or regional series of empires, charting its history from its rise to its eventual fall. Concise text and supporting boxes explore the reasons for the empire's success and its failure and explain the mechanics of governing the empire and the experience of living under it.