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  • Volcanoes

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Learn about volcanoes around the world and see how they are created. Discover what happens during a volcanic eruption and the deadly risks of getting too close. Find out about the role of volcanoes in the rock cycle and how they affect tourism, farming and renewable energy.Geographics is an engaging series with colourful infographics and photos used to illustrate universal geography topics such as volcanoes, rivers and earthquakes. It covers the geography curriculum at KS2 and is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
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    Vote for Me!

    By Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Louise Spilsbury
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.
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  • Vehicles

    By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
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    Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
    Take a look at how aeroplanes are designed, how they take off and how engineers make sure they stay up in the sky. Find out about cars, trains, boats and helicopters, explore remarkable vehicles from self-driving cars to maglev trains and space rovers, and admire some of the world's most iconic cars. Test your understanding with fun projects such as making your own mini-maglev from plastic bricks and magnets.Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful new series aims to inspire children with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.
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  • The Victorians

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    Ever wondered what life was really like for the Victorians? Did Queen Victoria really say 'We are not amused'? Well, she may have done if she had read our behind-the-scenes guide to her 19th-century world. Learn about the good (and bad) side of life for the Victorians in this vibrant guide!Part of a series of books that takes children behind the scenes to reveal the fashions, fads and secrets of the past.
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  • Vikings

    By Moira Butterfield
    Authors:
    Moira Butterfield
    What's the first Viking object you can think of? A Viking battle axe or a longship? Did you know that thousands more stone, metal, pottery, bone and wooden objects have been found from this time in human history? All of these objects can tell us a lot about the Vikings. We know about the animals they farmed, the the tools and weapons they used and we know about their everyday life and culture from the remains of the buildings they lived in. All over Britain, Viking artefacts have been Found!. Uncover the stories of thirteen incredible finds, what they can tell us about life back then and how they might relate to your life today.Found! is a series of six books that span British archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman Britain, the Viking Age and the Anglo Saxons. Ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
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  • Viking

    By Nancy Dickmann
    Authors:
    Nancy Dickmann
    This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the Viking (Norse) mythological stories. From wolves and giants to the gods themselves 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.
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  • Volcanic Eruptions

    By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    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 volcanic Eruptions in this book from Vesuvius to Krakatau.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.
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  • Vikings

    By Jane Bingham
    Authors:
    Jane Bingham
    Travel back to the time of the Vikings! Where did they come from and where did they settle? What beliefs and traditions did they bring with them? How do we know about the Vikings? Explore this ancient civilisation to understand how prehistoric people have influenced the way we live today. Discover the artefacts that give evidence of they way of life.
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  • Vikings

    By Jon Richards
    Authors:
    Jon Richards
    History in Infographics helps children to visualise facts and statistics using a clever and appealing mix of graphics and numbers. The colourful, high-impact design will appeal to a wide range of children, from visual learners to struggling readers, capturing and then holding their attention. Infographics are a really exciting, different way to learn about core historical topics, and are ideal for fact-hungry children, revision work, and to improve the quality of presentations. History in Infographics: The Vikings allows children to explore the Viking era like never before, finding out how people lived, what they ate, what they wore, how they were ruled and the gods they worshipped. Children can discover Viking warfare, and how the Vikings traded and raided their way across Europe - travelling thousands of miles from home to found settlements in places as far away as Britain, Iceland and North America. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Vikings have never seemed more exciting!
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  • Vincent van Gogh

    By Iain Zaczek
    Authors:
    Iain Zaczek
    This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh 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 Vincent van Gogh.
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  • Virgin

    By Adam Sutherland
    Authors:
    Adam Sutherland
    From a single record shop to space travel - the Virgin Group has become a vast multinational empire. With more than 400 companies worldwide the Virgin Group has recorded revenues of £15 billion! How did Virgin build such a hugely successful global brand? Discover how Virgin have built up from one magazine to become one of the most diverse companies in the world today. Learn about the brains behind the iconic brand, including the founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, explore key business concepts in a straightforward way and develop a product ideas for your very own Virgin brand.The Big Business series is ideal for young budding entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity! A brilliant read for readers aged 9+ keen to find out how the business behind the brand works.
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  • Volcano Eruption! - Explore materials and use science to survive

    By Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
    The volcano is about erupt. But Jess's brother is somewhere on the slopes. Can Jess and her friends find him in time? And can they use their knowledge of materials and other science to bring him back safely off the mountain?Science has never been more exciting with this attention-grabbing approach which delivers true scietific learning through an action-packed story and spectacular graphic illustrations. The science is the story is backed up through simple experiments that readers can try for themselves.
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  • Vincent van Gogh

    By Ruth Thomson
    Authors:
    Ruth Thomson
    Inspiring Artists tells us what it is that makes some famous artists so important and memorable, not only in terms of their artistic legacy, but also as to their impact on the wider world. It explores their life and times through significant pieces of their art, looking at the work in terms of its context, from conflict (Goya), to festivities (Bruegel) to personal struggle (Van Gogh). Each work is also considered in terms of its style, technique and artistic innovation.Derided and overlooked during his brief lifetime, the brilliant but tortured Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is today celebrated as one of the most important figures in modern art. His vibrant, expressive paintings of everyday settings and ordinary people have had a huge impact on artists as varied as Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and Anselm Kiefer.
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  • The Vikings

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    The At Home With... series uses a fascinating magazine-style approach to reveal what fashionable life was like at the time of the Vikings! Find out all about the invasions and raids in their struggle for the Kingdom of England. Each book in the series focuses on a highly popular and widely studied period of history. The subjects include famous individuals and their homes, fashions, pastimes, food and drink, ways of getting around - and the must-have possessions of the day. Life in the past was in many ways very different from life today, but in one way it was very similar. There were always some people who were wealthier, more powerful or more famous than everyone else - and it was those early celebrities who set the fashions of the age and who got tongues wagging with early celebrity gossip. A fun take on a Key Stage 2 National Curriculum topic!
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    A Victorian Mine Disaster: A Young Boy's Story

    By Neil Tonge
    Authors:
    Neil Tonge
    It's the 1840s in a Victorian mining town and disaster is about to strike. For young John Elliot and his family, life in the shadow of the grinding colliery wheel has always been hard, but there is no alternative for them. The risks are huge and the rewards are few. Part of a unique collection of fictional stories about young people caught up in real-life conflicts and disasters. Through their eyes we experience the day-to-day hardships and dangers of living through troubled times from throughout history.
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  • Visitors from Space

    By Katie Dicker
    Authors:
    Katie Dicker
    Have people really been abducted by aliens and have there been any real sightings of flying saucers? Delve into the world of the unexplained and the real (or not so real) claims of alien encounters.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages form 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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  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes

    By Susie Brooks
    Authors:
    Susie Brooks
    Packed to the gills with far-out facts and fascinating information, the Where on Earth? series makes standard geography topics lively, fun, pacey and interesting. The Where on Earth? Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes answers questions such as why does the earth have plates? How can you measure an earthquake? And what are volcanic hotspots? Along with many others. It looks at plate boundaries, seismic waves, tsunamis, volcanic ash, magma chambers, and much, much more. Crammed full of explosive happenings and, literally, earth-crunching events, geography has never been so exciting! If you've enjoyed learning all about earthquakes and volcanoes, why not try reading up on coastlines, rivers and rainforests, in other books in the series?
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  • The Vikings

    By Clare Hibbert
    Authors:
    Clare Hibbert
    Who were the Vikings? Why did the Vikings travel so much? What were Viking towns like? What did the Vikings do for fun? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Vikings. The detective shows readers how to write their name using Viking runes, draw family trees for famous Viking kings and find places in Britain that have Viking names. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014.
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  • The Valley of Adventure

    By Enid Blyton
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    Enid Blyton
    Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery.Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are going for a night flight on Bill's plane and soon find themselves flying into a truly amazing adventure. What has happened to Bill? Who are the two strange pilots, and what is the secret treasure hidden somewhere in the lonely valley the children have landed in?First published in 1947, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.
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  • Victorians

    By Jane Bingham
    Authors:
    Jane Bingham
    Explore the Victorians who lived in a time of great progress and change. Find out how factories and towns grew incredibly fast, and the British Empire reached its largest size. Discover the advances in transport, industry and architecture, and learn about the lives of both rich and poor.Read about Queen Victoria's long life and reign, the great Victorian buildings, ideas and inventions. Discover the working conditions in the mines and factories and a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild. The Explore! series delves into the most fascinating topics around for children at Key Stage 2, looking at the topic through a variety of subjects including design and technology, geography, art, literacy and numeracy.
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