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  • Julius Caesar and the Romans

    By David Gill
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    David Gill
    Julius Caesar was the most famous of all the great Roman leaders. His military exploits were legendary and he added land, riches and prestige to the vast, powerful Roman empire. However his power came at a terrible cost, as he was brutally murdered at the hands of his most trusted friends and advisors.Suitable for readers aged 8+, each book in History Starting Points explores the life and times of a key historical figure, from Alfred the Great to Hatshepsut. It tells the story of the subject's life, using vital primary source material, such as what contemporary people wrote about the figure. Alongside this, each book builds up a vivid picture of the historical era in which the person lived, from Anglo-Saxon Britain to the civilisations of ancient Greece and Egypt. Included throughout are cross-curricular links to other key subject areas such as literacy, science or geography, and the text is supported by cartoon, myths and legends and fun craft projects to make.
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  • Jamie Vardy

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the dream-come-true story of Jamie Vardy and his amazing rise to become a star striker in Leicester City's Premier League-winning side and top England goalscorer. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
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  • Jinx's fire

    By Sage Blackwood, Sage Blackwood
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    Sage Blackwood, Sage Blackwood
    Jinx has become the leader of the Urwald, and now the magical forest isunder attack. Jinx's people expect him to lead them into battle, but theterrifying Bonemaster is stealing Jinx's magic and has captured his wizard master,Simon Magus.Jinx must make a dangerous journey into the icy depths beneath the Glass Mountains, to rescue Simonand defeat the Bonemaster.Only then will he be able to unite the Urwald and fight off the invaders.He is theforest's only hope.Fire and ice, goodand evil, magic and knowledge: all collide in this action-packed conclusion tothe acclaimed Jinx trilogy.
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  • Journey Through Llandor

    By Louise Lawrence
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    Louise Lawrence
    The first book of Louise Lawrence's gripping Llandor Trilogy.Roderick, Carried and Craig - on their chase through the forest - find themselves crashing into a frighteningly alien world of terrifying monsters and strange beings. Unable to find their way out, they are befriended by Janine, the elf girl, and many others, as they are forced headlong into a flight through Llandor, pursued by the evil presence of the Grimthane.
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  • Jinx's Magic

    By Sage Blackwood, Sage Blackwood
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    Sage Blackwood, Sage Blackwood
    Jinx can do brilliant magic and he is becoming better than his wizard master, Simon. But someone or something is slowly killing the deep forest that Jinx loves, and destroying his people as well. It's up to Jinx to save them, but he is still struggling to understand his gifts, and his powers come from the very forest that is being destroyed. Before long, Jinx realizes that the terrifying Bonemaster, with his equally brilliant magic, is involved. When the Bonemaster captures Simon, Jinx sets off on an adventure through the forest to protect all he holds dear, and to try to hold on to his own precious magic.
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  • Jinx: The Wizard's Apprentice

    By Sage Blackwood, Sage Blackwood
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    Sage Blackwood, Sage Blackwood
    It's not every day that your evil stepdad abandons you in the deep, dark forest of the Urwald. And it's not every day that a wizard rescues you from the clutches of gnarly trolls. But for Jinx, this isn't turning out to be a very normal sort of day... The bubbling cauldrons and coloured potions of the wizard's house are a world away from the life Jinx has left behind. Even the walls are soaked in magic, and it's not long before Jinx begins to unlock his own rare powers. But Simon Magus is no ordinary wizard. He seems to need something from Jinx - something dark. And Jinx begins to wonder: can he trust Simon... at all?
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  • Jump for Glory

    By Shoo Rayner
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    Shoo Rayner
    Olly is desperate to finally beat Spiro in the Boys' Jumping Competition, but he just can't seem to go far enough! To make matters worse, his sister, Chloe, is better than him too! Can Olly use his brains to triumph over Spiro's strength?
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    Jack Draws Anything

    By Jack Henderson
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    Jack Henderson
    After a family friend bought one of his drawings for 20p, six-year-old Jack came up with the idea to "draw anything" in return for donations to the hospital that treats his two-year-old brother. His parents set up a website and thought they might make £100. After two weeks, Jack had over 500 picture requests and had raised over £22,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.Parents Ed and Rose with Jack, Toby and Noah appeared on the Fern Britton Show and Jack's project was featured on Russell Howard's Good News four times. Coverage by STV news, BBC news, and CBBC Newsround have all helped spread the word about this creative and generous little boy. Jack is slowly but steadily drawing the requested pictures which range from a "dinosaur diving into a pool of jelly" (#1) to "my (extremely bald) friend Brian dancing like a crazy man" (#80). He doesn't draw every day, only when he wants to, and his parents estimate that he'll finish at the end of August. For the latest drawings, or to make a donation yourself, visit jackdrawsanything.com.
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  • Just So Stories - The Elephant's Child

    By Robert James, Garyfallia Leftheri
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    Robert James
    Illustrated by:
    Garyfallia Leftheri
    In this story, the Elephant's child never, ever stops asking questions. But when he determines to find out what Crocodile eats for his dinner, he's in for a surprise!The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, funillustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.
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  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    By Jules Verne
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    Jules Verne
    Axel Lidenbrock and his uncle, the great explorer Professor Otto Lidenbrock, embark on a historic journey to discover the heart of the Earth. Climbing down the shaft of a volcano, they find a magical world inhabited by prehistoric creatures. But then the volcano starts to rumble...Adapted by Penny Dolan from the original novel by Jules Verne.A series of adaptations of well-known stories, designed to introduce young readers to the classics. Divided into short chapters and illustrated with modern black and white artwork, each title will offer the reader an accessible and exciting read.
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    Just 16

    By Jean Ure
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    Jean Ure
    15 year old Sam is alway being teased for not having gone all the way with a girl. When he meets Priya they form a strong emotional bond, and after a time their relationship becomes physical. Then Priya becomes pregnant.
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    Jacob's Ladder

    By Brian Keaney
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    Brian Keaney
    A boy wakes up in the middle of a field. He cannot remember how he came to be there or even who he truly is. All he knows for certain is his name, Jacob.This is the story of a journey through fear towards hope, a choice between a past you cannot remember and a future you cannot predict.
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  • Jealousy

    By Lili St. Crow
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    Lili St. Crow
    Dru has made it to Schola, the leading school where the vampire-fighting Order is based. There she is up against the capricious Anna, the only other female who shares her powers. Dru must unlock the mystery of who betrayed her mother, battle her intensifying feelings for both Graves and Christophe, and try to stay hidden from Sergej's deadly nosferat - bloodthirsty hunters who'll stop at nothing to destroy her.
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  • July

    By Gabrielle Lord
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    Gabrielle Lord
    On New Year's Eve, Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning:They killed your father.They'll kill you.You must survive the next 365 days.Cal is running out of places to hide. Everywhere he goes, someone seems to be behind him, tracking his every move. They don't care who they hurt to get to him.As his sixteenth birthday approaches, the threat to him and his family increases. Nobody is safe while the secret of the Ormond Singularity remains unsolved. And Cal's enemies will do anything to make sure he doesn't see his sixteenth ...He has 184 days. He can't hide for ever ...
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    Jonas

    By Eden Maguire
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    Eden Maguire
    Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss.Darina, Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head...And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' - a small tattoo of angel's wings. Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth.Darina's mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?
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    Jupiter Amidships

    By S I Martin
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    S I Martin
    Jupiter and his brother Patrick are about to embark on a merchant ship bound for home in Sierra Leone, but are set upon by a vicious Navy pressgang. The brothers are beaten, bound, imprisoned at bayonet point, and finally marched to join a Royal Navy Frigate, the Boneta. In word and deed, they are now prisoners of his Majesty King George. They have no idea where they are, or where they are heading. The Boneta is a ship full of secrets, and it's on a mission. Enemies are swiftly made, and the brothers can trust no one. Amid the mystery and danger, Jupiter will need all his strength and wits to survive - and, most surprising of all, some very strange and new technology. What they discover hidden in the holds of the ship, will propel Jupiter and Patrick into an entirely unforeseen battle for their lives ...
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  • The Jungle Book

    A tiny baby boy is rescued by wolves from the hunting tiger Shere Khan. The wolves name the boy Mowgli and raise him as one of their own cubs in the Indian jungle - with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. But Shere Khan never fogets his loss and mnay years later, Mowgli has to face him again
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