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The Good Guys

By Rob Kemp, Paul Blow
Authors:
Rob Kemp
Illustrated by:
Paul Blow
A life-changing book that shows kids it's cool to be kind. A gloriously illustrated celebration of heroes who have changed the world with kindness and compassion, from David Attenborough to Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler to Usain Bolt.What if we celebrated boys for their kindness as well their strength? For their generosity as well as their success? For their loyal friendship as well as their charm? The Good Guys introduces us to 50 heroes who have showed that changing the world doesn't require a sword or a corporate jet. Readers will find stories of extraordinary men including Muhammad Ali, Professor Green, Patrick Stewart and Lionel Messi, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent fifty years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies. There's even a section celebrating ten boys who didn't let their young age stop them from helping others, such as Matthew Kaplan, who responded to his brother's bullies by setting up an anti-bullying programme for schools. The Good Guys celebrates the feats of heroes and everyday men, and will show kids that it really is cool to be kind.
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A Guide to Britain and Ireland

By Kevin Pettman
Authors:
Kevin Pettman
The British Isles is a small and wet group of countries but it's filled with ancient history, looming landmarks, stunning scenery and famous faces, and this infographic guide is the perfect way for kids to navigate themselves around its winding roads. Whether children are visiting, live there or curious from afar, they can tour England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, look back at its long history in quick facts, avoid the queues to get up close to the sites, meet famous Brits - past and present - and much more, all within this one packed book. Using vivid colours, graphic visuals, maps and bold designs, this guide brings facts, history and locations around the British Isles to life with a modern and engaging approach to information.
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The Girl with the Lost Smile

By Miranda Hart, Kate Hindley
Authors:
Miranda Hart
Illustrated by:
Kate Hindley
This is a story guaranteed to make you laugh and cry: the first children's book from award-winning, bestselling author and comedian Miranda Hart. Chloe Long has lost her smile. She's looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.)She's tried everything to bring it back. (Her favourite cake. Her favourite gran. Her favourite joke. Obviously.) But nothing seems to be working! Until one night, something utterly magical happens - and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out of this world ... With fabulous illustrations by Sainsbury's Book of the Year winner, Kate Hindley, THE GIRL WITH THE LOST SMILE takes you on an action-packed, magical journey that celebrates the power of the imagination, the wonder of true friendship and is guaranteed to make you smile. 'Is Miranda Hart a National Treasure yet? If not, it can only be a year or two before she joins Stephen Fry and Alan Bennett in the trophy cabinet of the country's affections ... That personality and voice belong to a uniquely cherished comedian ... there's nobody like Miranda.' Daily Mail
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Ground Control to Major Tim

By Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford
Aimed at children inspired by Major Tim Peake's adventures in space, this 32-page book looks at the history-making career of the man who, in 2016, became the first British astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station. During his time on board the ISS, Tim Peake carried out experiments, performed a crucial spacewalk and took some awesome photographs. He also found time to run a marathon, present an award to Adele and read a bedtime story to children listening 400km below him on Earth. Packed with amazing photographs, this book reveals how Major Tim's fascination with flight and science began and how his career as an astronaut developed, documenting his inspirational journey into space.
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  • Get in Shape

    By Rob Colson
    Authors:
    Rob Colson
    What is the most perfect sphere known in nature? What is pi? Why were the Great Pyramids built in that shape? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this book about the shapes that are all around us. Once you've read all about shapes, have a go at the fun quizzes which test your knowledge.The book is part of the Maths is Everywhere series, which demystifies all aspects of maths and shows how it relates to your everyday world with fun, colourful graphics. These are fantastic books for children aged nine plus who are studying maths, or for anyone who wants to get to grips with maths in a fun way.
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  • German Supercars

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Get your young petrolhead into gear with the perfect introduction to the newest, hotest, fastest German supercar marques on the planet. Featured inside are: MERCEDES-AMG GT-S, PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS/918 SPYDER WEISSACH, AUDI R8, GUMPERT APOLLO and more!Written specifically for car lovers aged around 9 years old, this series is ideal for reading on the go and to encourage reading for pleasure. Each title features superb photography and easy-to-read, informative text.
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  • Georges Seurat

    By Iain Zaczek
    Authors:
    Iain Zaczek
    This title looks at the life and works of Georges Seurat, including an examination of paintings such as Bathers at Asnieres, Circus Sideshow, Young Woman Powdering Herself, Le Chahut, A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte, The Circus and The 'Maria', Honfleur. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that Seurat used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Georges Seurat.
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  • Greeks

    By Richard Platt, David Lawrence
    Authors:
    Richard Platt
    Illustrated by:
    David Lawrence
    Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Greeks examines aspects of technology in ancient Greece, including money, mining, map-making, navigation and weapons.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.
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  • Get Into: Photography

    By Suzie Hubbard
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    Suzie Hubbard
    Learn photography from scratch and take amazing pictures! Simple hints, tips and tricks help you to master ten different subjects, from portraits to reflections and even night-time light graffiti! Each project will introduce a new concept for you to think about, like composition and storytelling. Don't worry if you don't have a fancy camera - a simple compact or cameraphone is all you need!The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Sewing, Gardening, Baking, Drawing, Knitting.
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  • Get Into: Baking

    By Katie Marshall
    Authors:
    Katie Marshall
    Learn how to bake from scratch and make delicious meals, snacks and treats! Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations show you how to complete ten tasty bakes, from simple cupcakes to flapjacks and even pizza twists! Each recipe introduces a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill. The bakes include some gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free recipes, plus there are tips at the back of the book for how to make allergen substitutions.The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Sewing, Gardening, Knitting, Drawing, Photography.
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    Ghost Boys

    By Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Authors:
    Jewell Parker Rhodes
    A New York Times BestsellerThis was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read." -Angie Thomas, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give'tender, timely ... surprising and hopeful' - ObserverA heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.ALIVETwelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister. Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat.DEADAs a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys. Each boy has a story and they all have something in common...Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys.A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race in today's world.
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  • Gardening

    By Judith Heneghan
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    Judith Heneghan
    Learn how to grow beautiful plants and delicious food! Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations show you how to plant and care for ten different plants, from pretty daffodils to tasty herbs and even juicy strawberries! Each project will introduce a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill. Don't worry if you don't have a big garden - most of the plants can be grown entirely indoors, so long as they have a patch of sunlight.The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Sewing, Knitting, Baking, Drawing, Photography.
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  • The Greeks are coming!

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    The terrible Ancient Greeks are coming! Invaders and Raiders: Greeks describes how the Ancient Greeks set up a mighty empire from the viewpoint of a young Persian warrior. The hugely powerful Greek army, Greek daily life and customs are all explored against a backdrop of the famous battles of Marathon and Thermopylae. The book concludes with a look at Ancient Greece's expansion and eventual decline as the power of the Roman Empire grew. It also assesses Ancient Greece's legacy today. Illustrated with a mix of illustrations and found objects, each book describes a great civilisation, its customs and organisations, how it began and expanded, and finally how it ended.
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  • Germany

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Germany: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about German fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Germany's customs and everyday life.
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  • Global Cricket

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Cricket is a game steeped in history and tradition. But it is also one of the most exciting, and rapidly changing, sports in the world. New, fast-paced, forms of the game such as the IPL have attracted a younger fan base, and sponsorship deals and increased media coverage mean that top cricket players are some of the best-known, highly paid, sports stars on the planet. Generation Cricket celebrates the rejuvenation of the game, giving readers a sense of the drama, action and skill involved in playing the game.Generation Cricket: Global Cricket looks at the game in all its many forms, from T20 and test matches to One Day Internationals, Kwik Cricket and even beach cricket. The book explains how cricket has evolved from a game for the elite to one that is played by millions of people, in many different ways, all over the world. It also focuses on some of the most famous competitions in cricket, from the IPL and Twenty20 World Cup to the Ashes and the ICC World Cup and Women's World Cup. All of the ten current Test Nations are detailed, along with their rivalries and some of their most impressive recent performances.Star Player features provide information about the men and women at the top of the sport both now and in the past, including Sachin Tendulkar, Ellyse Perry, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara and Sir Donald Bradman. A comprehensive guide to the many competitions, leagues and teams in the world of cricket, Generation Cricket: Global Cricket is ideal for cricket lovers aged 9 and above, either for project work or simply as a great leisure read.
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  • Greatest Managers

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football managers in the world. From the Premier League to the Bundesliga, Champions League winners to World Cup winners, find out what makes a winning coach or manager. Find out how Arsene Wenger motivates his players; why Louis Van Gaal is considered to be one of the best and about Dutch masters, Louis Van Gaal, Guus Huddink and Ronald Koeman. Is it all about having good players? Can the transfer market make or break a manager?Read about Alex Ferguson, Jose Morinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Frank de Boer, Vitor Pereira, Joachim Low and Silvia Neid. Find out who is the youngest coach to win the UEFA Champions league, which coach had a stadium in South Korea named after them and which coach led the 2014 FIFA World Cup winning team.Read about football managing icons, such as Brian Clough and Bob Paisley.Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a football player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the world's greatest managers and players right here!
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  • Greatest Fans

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football fans in the world! Find out the lengths some fans will go to to support their team, from following them in home and away games to spending fortunes on club merchandise. Find out about club superstitions and traditions, such as who started the first Mexican wave. What mad mascots are there and how did they come about? Who are Super Rat, Berni, Goleo and Fuleco? Which country has the best club chants? Sing along to a few of them.Some 'fan'-tastic facts include:- Real Madrid sold 1.5 million replica shirts in the 2013-2014 season- German club, FC Magdeburg, fans all held up large arrows which they pointed at the goal to encourage their players to score more- 2,300 FC Union fans, repainted their stadium to save their club moneyAnswer quiz questions such as:Which English football club has a mascot called Gunnersaurus Rex?Which country's prime minister was such a big football fan that he declared a national holiday after their national team won a tournament?Which Italian club sold cans of air taken from inside its stadium?Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the planet's greatest fans right here!
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  • Gymnastics

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important gymnastics skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and photos showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from training to competing - while also finding out something about gymnastics stars of the past and present.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.The series Sports Skills covers rules, equipment, famous competitors and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step photography that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.
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  • The Girls' Guide to Growing Up

    By Anita Naik, Sarah Horne
    Authors:
    Anita Naik
    Illustrated by:
    Sarah Horne
    A friendly, reassuring and positive guide for girls as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from periods and breast development to body hair and personal hygiene, puberty and parenting expert Anita Naik addresses any worries that girls may have relating to what is 'normal'. She reassures readers and boosts their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty. The book also includes lifestyle advice on topics like healthy eating and exercise, and information on how puberty affects boys.Topics covered:What is puberty?Your puberty timelineBreasts and brasSame age, different stageSkin changesSweat, smells and personal hygieneHair in new placesDown thereWhat are periods?The practical side of periodsCoping with periodsSex explainedMaking babiesNew feelingsManaging your moodsHealthy eatingThe power of exerciseSelf-esteem and body imagePrivacy and your bodyPuberty for boysBoys have worries, too
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  • Greatest Stadiums

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Awesome stats and facts about the greatest football stadiums in the world! From the Nou Camp and the Bernabeu in Spain, to Anfield, Old Trafford, the Emirates and Wembley in England, or the Maracana in Brazil.A football ground is more than just somewhere to view the game. For some fans, it's a home from home, a place of great excitement, tension, disappointment or elation.- Find out why some clubs have moved grounds.- Read about Braga's stadium, in Portugal, that is carved out of solid rock and The Float in Singapore, which is a floating pitch.- Which stadium is the biggest in Europe?- Which stadium crowd makes the most noise? -In which country would you find a stadium with a giant crocodile's head as part of its structure?Quotes from famous footballers and managers highlight why these stadiums are so special.
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