The Lost Magician
By Piers Torday
'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children's only hope is to find their creator - a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever ...An ode to the world of Narnia, The Lost Magician is a classic in the making from one of the UK's most talented children's authors. Praise for Piers Torday:'the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure' - The Times
London on Fire: A Great City at the time of the Great Fire
By John C. Miles
Welcome to London in the late 17th century. After years of Civil War and repressive Puritan rule, King Charles II is back in town and his restoration has brought new life to this great city. The theatres are open again, markets and shops are thriving and the streets are crowded. People are talking about new ideas in science and architecture and experimenting with new fashions. This book takes you on a journey across London at this time, telling you about its 'five-star' sights and their history. It also explains the key events of the time: the reasons for the Restoration, the arrival of the Plague and, of course, the Great Fire of 1666 and the new London that arose out of its ashes. Published to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire, this book gives older children a much broader context for this famous event. With a mixture of maps, archive images and present day photography, it acts as a wonderful guide both to London in the 1660s and how its legacy can still be found in the capital today. London on Fire is an ideal resource for readers aged 10+ and supports the history curriculum at Key Stage 3.
Life on Earth
There are endless facts to learn about living things, but once you've absorbed them, do you really know how plants and animals work? They adapt and grow thanks to some incredible processes - and understanding them is the key to understanding life on earth. It's time to discover how animals reproduce, how plants protect themselves and how living things adapt. Pore over the step-by-step infographic art and fascinating facts to uncover the dazzling truth about the astonishing flora and fauna on our planet - then try out the mind-bending challenges on each page!TOPICS:How plants make energyHow plants reproduceHow animals reproduceHow predators huntHow living things adaptHow animals seeHow animals smellHow animals feelHow plants protect themselvesHow animals protect themselvesHow animals survive a shortageHow living things are recycled The Infographic How It Works series is an exploration of the processes that make the world (and the universe) go round, from the activity in tectonic plates to the enzymes that break down food in our bodies. Each process is clearly explained using amazing infographics and essential facts - plus an experiment or challenge for readers to try, so they can keep the discovery going.Other titles in the Infographic How It Works series:Machines and MotorsOur PlanetOur UniverseToday's TechnologyYour Body
Living on the Veg
By Clive Gifford, Jacqueline Meldrum
The perfect kids' guide to being a vegetarian.Are you thinking about giving up meat, but don't know how to go about it? With both practical information and mouth-watering recipes, this book is the perfect place for young people to start. It outlines why people give up meat and how you can change your diet and live healthily. It examines the different terms: vegetarian/pescatarian/vegan etc, has a very practical Q&A section and explains how to read and understand food labels.The book takes you through the costs and benefits of this change in lifestyle. It includes a section on food groups and information about how you can adapt your diet to get all the right nutrients (such as iron). The book goes on to give tasty and easy-to-follow recipes for the whole family, specially created by vegetarian blogger Jacqueline Meldrum of www.tinnedtomatoes.com. The recipes include dairy but not fish or meat.
The Little Broomstick
By Mary Stewart
First published 45 years ago, this is a beautiful new edition of Mary Stewart's beloved magical classic illustrated by Shirley Hughes. Don't miss the beautifully animated film adaptation called Mary and the Witch's Flower (by the producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), in cinemas now. 'The little broomstick gave a leap, a violent twist, a kick like the kick of a pony.'Mary's been exiled to her great-aunt, deep in the English countryside. Miserable and lonely, she befriends strange black cat Tib who leads her deep into the forest to an ordinary looking broomstick. Before Mary can gather her wits, the broomstick jumps into action, whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and to the grounds of Endor College, school of witchcraft.But something is terribly wrong at Endor. Students are taught spells that are petty and ill-wishing, and when Mary discovers evidence of a terrible and cruel experiment in transformation, she decides to leave. But the moment her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib the cat has been captured ...Mary Stewart is the bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers, including the classic novelsThis Rough Magic and The Moon-Spinners, and five historical fantasy novels of Arthurian Britain. The animated film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, will be released in 2018 by Studio Ponoc. The producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura, also produced The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
Lost at Sea
By Jenny Oldfield
A family marooned on an island finds loveable dolphins to help them survive: classic adventure from million-copy-selling Jenny Oldfield. Shipwrecked near a tiny island in a vast ocean, the Fisher family are guided to safety by a small pod of dolphins. Fleur, Alfie, Mia and their parents must learn to build shelter, find fresh water and hunt for food. Each of the children forms a special bond with one of the family of dolphins. Fleur adores the fun-loving, tail-walking Jazz. Mia names her dark-grey dolphin friend Stormy. And Alfie is saved from the shipwreck by Pearl, who always looks out for him. But the children's father is ill! While Fleur and Mia explore the dark forest and search the beaches for precious equipment from the shipwreck, Alfie has his own plans ... and perhaps only Pearl can save him from himself ...Jenny Oldfield strikes gold in this beautifully illustrated, exciting adventure story, the second in the Dolphin Island series.The full series: Shipwreck, Lost at Sea, Survival, Fire!, Missing, Storm Clouds.
Loos Save Lives
By Seren Boyd
By Jon Richards
Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information in a whole new way. Read how living things make more of themselves, explore how animals can live in large groups, and discover how food webs work - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and science geeks of all ages, finding out about living things has never been more exciting!
Light and Sound
By Jon Richards
Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information in a whole new way. Wonder at the speed of light, read about sound waves and how we hear them, and discover how shadows are formed - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and science geeks of all ages, finding out about light and sound has never been more exciting!
By James Nixon
Find out all about the best divisions in world football. Read about the top leagues in Europe, including the Premier League and the Bundesliga. Discover how each league works, the past champions and some of football's greatest stories.The Football World series takes a broad look at football on the world stage, covering players, leagues, competitions and the history of football. Each title includes statistics and fun facts and is perfect for football fans aged 8 and up who want to know it all.
Let's Eat Grandma! A Life-Saving Guide to Grammar and Punctuation
By Karina Law, Mike Phillips
This guide to the intricacies of grammar and punctuation provides clear, accessible definitions with comprehensive indexing. It is also a humorous text that entertains as Grandma seeks to lead us all to better grammar and punctuation usage. Fun illustrations provide a visual aid to clarify how incorrect use can be misleading (and often very amusing!).In addition to the main text (defining terminology and demonstrating correct usage), the book includes tips, mnemonics and jokes. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
By Anna Claybourne
Life Cycles are brilliant things to study scientifically. Plants, humans and other animals reproduce in all sorts of ways but all with the purpose of continuing their species. In Life Cycles you'll delve into the science behind these marvels of the natural world by conducting ten investigations or experiments using the ATOM method - Ask, Test, Observe and Measure - to ensure you're working just like a professional scientist. Find out about seeds and the crafty ways they move around to reproduce and about the life cycles of bacteria. Discover why some animals lay eggs and try out some maths to understand all about generations and how animals use them to avoid competition for food! 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 Claudia Martin
Explore the rich history of London! Find out about when the Romans settled Londinium in AD48, Saxon Lundenwic, William Conqueror and the Tower of London, medieval trade and the Black Death, Tudor Londoners and how they found entertainment from festivals and alehouses to theatres and football, how the Great Fire changed London, the Bow Street Runners and Henry Fielding, Robert Peel and the police force, Joseph Bazalgette and the sewers of London after the Great Stink; how the opening of the Tube expanded London; the Blitz and the rebuilding; the arrival of the Windrush from Jamaica making London even more multicultural and how London is still changing today with everyone wanting to see London's famous landmarks from St Paul's to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Read about the people who have influenced London such as Boudicca, Edward the Confessor,Aethelred the Unready, Bede, William the Conqueror, William of Poitiers, Dick Whittington, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.Follow the dog, Sherlock Bones, as he guides you around London and encourages you to find out more. Learn how you can make your own project about London.Ideally suited for readers age 8+ or teachers who are looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014. If you enjoy reading about the History Detective, then take a look at other titles in this series, such as the Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Greece, Ancient Sumer, The Mayan Civilization, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Early Islamic Civilizations.
By Rob Colson
Find out what lizards are like as pets and what care they will need. Information is provided on housing, feeding and grooming and other essential elements of pet care. Learn all about lizards with advice from how to choose the right breed and find the right cage, to keeping your lizard happy and healthy. Also included are amazing fact files about specific species. Fantastic photographs bring the animals to life!
By Alison Cooper
Discover the answers to fascinating questions in these new titles from the History Detective Investigates series. Follow Sherlock Bones on the detective trail and find out more about the past and start a history project of your own.
Leonardo da Vinci
By Iain Zaczek
This title looks at the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, including an examination of paintings such as The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, The Annunciation, Lady with an Ermine, Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci, The Virgin and Child with St Anne and The Virgin of the Rocks. It looks at the techniques and colour palette da Vinci 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 Leonardo da Vinci.
Loos, Poos and Number Twos
By Peter Hepplewhite, Tom Morgan-Jones
Welcome reader! This is the history book you've been waiting for! Peer down the pan of the past with us to discover all there is to know about Tudor toilets, medieval manure, dinosaur dung and Ancient Chinese chutes. Poo chutes, that is.Find out about the earliest WCs, what loos were like in the pyramids, how the Romans gossiped in public loos and what castle moats were really used for. Discover how Henry VIII cleansed the Royal Bum, what part 'gongfermors' played in medieval times and who invented loo paper!When did we finally upgrade to flushable facilities and sanitary sewers? And why were early Victorian streets piled high with poo? Dip into these chronicles of the cloakroom to find the answers to all these historical hygiene questions and many more...
The Land of Far Beyond
By Enid Blyton, Sam Loman
A beautiful cloth-bound gift edition of Enid Blyton's The Land of Far Beyond - a retelling of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.A classic adventure of good versus evil, this book will never be forgotten by the children who read it.Peter, Anna and Patience live in the City of Turmoil, a noisy, dirty place where children can do whatever they like. It's all fun and games until they discover the heavy burdens they carry in their hearts from behaving so badly. The only way they can get rid of their burdens is by travelling to the Land of Far Beyond, a distant land that is found by taking a long, difficult path full of people who tempt them to lose their way.This beautiful cloth-bound hardback contains the original text first published in 1942.
By Simon Holland
London is a modern, stylish and ever-changing city and this pocket-sized book takes you on a tour with a vibrant, bold and new approach to information that matches the capital perfectly. Using infographics to bring nuggets of information to life through images and graphics, readers can enjoy hundreds of fascinating facts in a beautiful book that's easy to read and ideal for children. Whether you're visiting, curious from afar or live in London, you can tour its boroughs, ride the transport, look back at London's disease-ridden history, meet the famous residents - past and present - and much more. Find out which tuve station has the most escalators, where has a Roman bikini on display and how many executions happened at the Tower of London, all within this one packed book. This is non-fiction for the modern generation. With a map of the city and pages filled with vivid colours, graphic visuals and bold designs, this guide brings London's facts, history and events to life like never before.
Lupo and the Lost Pirate of Kensington Palace
By Aby King
The fourth book in Aby King's exciting series about the animals of the royal palaces is set at the royal residences of Balmoral and Hampton Court. Lupo and his friends untangle a Tudor riddle of the lost Golden Hind. A legendary monster of the deep will help lead the way to a lost palace and treasure galore. Lupo will have to hurry though or else he may miss the Coronation! A treasure trove of a story with excitement, danger and heroics.