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  • Overcoming Fear of Failure

    By Honor Head
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    Honor Head
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  • Our New Baby

    By Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean
    Authors:
    Jane Lacey
    Illustrated by:
    Venitia Dean
    This book helps young children to find out about and understand what happens when a new sibling comes into the family. It features nine case studies from children who have a range of issues from being jealous of a new baby to worrying about a relationship with a step-dad. The end of the book features a short playscript to act out and discuss. The book has engaging illustrations throughout.In this series case studies combine with sensible, practical advice to help children aged 6+ find out what to do in difficult situations.
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  • On Land

    By John C. Miles
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    John C. Miles
    A look at the heroic fighting forces of the Second World WarHow did the forces that fought on land affect the outcome of the Second World War? This book explores the units who slugged it out to gain precious territory in the Second World War, from the French Foreign Legion and British SAS, to the Afrika Korps and Chindits. Along the way, readers will discover the key battles, tactics and weapons that helped the Allies to victory. The Fighting Forces of the Second World War is a must-read for all young military buffs, who enjoy poring over the tactics, uniforms, weapons, special equipment and much more of the heroic fighting forces who waged the Second World War. Key battles and notable events, told chronologically, provide a useful solid historical structure and offer key learning, while the single-topic approach allows easy comparison between the different sides. A great series for readers aged 11 and up.
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  • Oolaf and the Golden Book

    By Andy Elkerton
    Authors:
    Andy Elkerton
    Bold and daring adventures of boy hero Oolaf in the world of Vikings!Viking Adventures are thrilling stories mixing that perfect match of fantasty and history. Oolaf makes an exciting discovery when his dad Forkbeard, returns from another adventure. A very special looking book holds all kinds of secrets...The Viking Adventures series are colour illustrated first chapter books, pitched perfectly for 6-8 years olds or readers in key stage 2. This series is all banded book band Lime 11 and are designed to boost confidence and develop fluent readers, a great way to progress reading skills and read for pleasure. Books also contain facts and a glossary at the back with some key Viking terms, making a great cross curricular link for Viking topic work.
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  • Oolaf the Hero

    By Andy Elkerton
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    Andy Elkerton
    Bold and daring adventures of boy hero Oolaf in the world of Vikings!Viking Adventures are thrilling stories mixing that perfect match of fantasty and history. Join the crazy world of Oolaf and his friends as he stirs up trouble in the Viking village and suddenly a simple joke becomes something far more dangerous...The Viking Adventures series are colour illustrated first chapter books, pitched perfectly for 6-8 years olds or readers in key stage 2. This series is all banded book band Lime 11 and are designed to boost confidence and develop fluent readers, a great way to progress reading skills and read for pleasure.
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    Orchard Stories, Rhymes and Fun for the Very Young

    By Margaret Mayo
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    Margaret Mayo
    Enjoy story time together with this colourful collection of favourite rhymes, lively short stories and original poems.Bursting with rhythm, sound, colour and fun, there's something new to discover on each page, from lively short stories to bouncy rhymes and poems. Created by Margaret Mayo, a much-loved storyteller for the very young, it contains family favourites, such as Five Little Ducks and Speckledy Hen Bakes a Cake; as well as her own fun twists on traditional stories and rhymes, including This Little Piggy and The Enormous Turnip. With bright bold artwork from over twenty leading children's illustrators - including the best-selling Lydia Monks, Lauren Child and Tony Ross - and a foiled hardback cover, this fun-packed nursery collection is a book for every family, to be loved, shared and treasured.
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    The Ones That Disappeared

    By Zana Fraillon
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    Zana Fraillon
    Beautiful, magical and moving, this is a SKELLIG for a new generation, from the author of THE BONE SPARROW, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017 and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016. Some stories need to be told... A moving, beautifully-written and poignant novel about child trafficking and the search for freedom.Kept by a ruthless gang, three children manage to escape from slavery. But freedom isn't just waiting on the outside.Separated, scared and looking after a small child, Esra will do whatever she can to reunite with her friend Miran, who was captured by the police - the police who she mustn't trust.Hiding in the shadows of the forest, Esra is found by a local boy, a boy with his own story. Together they will create a man out of mud. A man who will come to life and lead them through a dark labyrinth of tunnels until they finally have the courage the step above ground. Until they finally have the courage to speak their story. Until they finally have the courage to be free.
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  • Oil

    By Philip Steele
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    Philip Steele
    Petroleum has utterly changed the way we live. But has the cost to the planet been too great? Has oil overheated our climate? Is the Oil Age already being replaced by smarter technologies? Is there enough of the black stuff to go round, and will it keep flowing? This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the use of oil and natural gas.
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  • Old Macdonald had a Farm

    By Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Richard Merritt
    Old Macdonald had a Farm combines lively pictures with a classic rhyme that's easy for parents and carers to recognise and recite. Young children will adore searching the page for flaps to open while singing along. The spotting game at the end is a great incentive to go through the pages once again until each tiny thing is found! Nursery Rhymes are important stepping stones to language development. The rhymes usually tell a story, too, with a beginning, a middle and an end. This teaches children that events happen in sequence, and they begin to follow along. Nursery rhymes are also full of repetition making them easy to remember, and often become some of a child's first sentences. Also available: The Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle
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    Orangeboy

    By Patrice Lawrence
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    Patrice Lawrence
    WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE FOR OLDER READERS, SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD AND THE YA BOOK PRIZE"A truly brilliant book." Malorie Blackman"Incredible book. Thank you Patrice Lawrence for such a fresh and riveting piece of fiction." Ben Bailey Smith (Doc Brown)"What a book! Such a gripping, gritty storyline, with such wonderful, believable characters. Loved it." Tanya Landman, author of Buffalo SoldierNot cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me. I was the kid people looked straight through.NOT ANY MORE. NOT SINCE MR ORANGE.Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?
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  • The O'Sullivan Twins at St Clare's

    By Enid Blyton
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    Enid Blyton
    Schooldays at St Clare's are never dull for twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan in Enid Blyton's much-loved boarding school series.In book two, it's the start of the Easter Term and the twins are looking forward to meeting all their friends at St Clare's once more. They are determined to be obedient and studious, but the new girls prove to be so much fun. Poor Mam'zelle had better watch out.Expect mischief at St Clare's!Between 1941 and 1946, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at St Clare's. This edition features the original text and is unillustrated.
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    Our World Divided: Israel and the Middle East

    By Cath Senker
    Authors:
    Cath Senker
    Fully updated in 2015, this title examines the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the current divisions in Israel and Palestine including unrest over water and oil, the growth of terrorist organisations and Israel's relationships with the West and their Middle Eastern neighbours.Case studies show real-life experiences from a variety of diverse sources. Viewpoint panels present each side of the argument from those involved in the conflict, politicians and the media. The panels look at who is behind each quote and suggest points to consider to guide the debate. Timelines, fact boxes and maps put the events into context.Why do some places experience conflict? What is it like to live in a country torn apart by unrest and violence? Is there a way to resolve the problems? The Our World Divided series explores these questions as it looks at today's most contentious issues affecting areas of conflict around the world.
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  • Overcoming Shyness: Leave Me Alone!

    By Pat Thomas, Claire Keay
    Authors:
    Pat Thomas
    Illustrated by:
    Claire Keay
    This wonderful picture book helps children who become worried in social situations to overcome their fear of new places and people. It encourages confidence whilst also reassuring introverted children that it is fine to spend time alone too. It explores ways your child can practice social interactions to help build confidence and explains to more confident children the importance of being kind and patient to their more introverted peers.Part of a superb series of information books that give advice and promote interaction between children, parents, and teachers on a wide variety of personal, social and emotional issues. They make excellent tools for classroom discussions or parent and child discussion at home.
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  • Our New Baby

    By Jillian Powell
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    Jillian Powell
    Welcoming a new baby into the family is an exciting time for an older sibling. Using specially commissioned photography, Our New Baby helps children to prepare for the arrival of a new baby and shows what they can expect when you bring the new baby home. From the perspective of another child, it shows a positive experience of being an older sibling and explores the feelings that may arise. Advice on helping children cope with jealousy is also given.
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  • Occupation and Resistance

    By Simon Adams
    Authors:
    Simon Adams
    World War Two is a series of fact-packed books on key aspects of the Second World War. Each title offers an appealing, magazine-style design and contains readable narrative text plus panels focusing on personalities, events, weapons, documents and other background information. Also included are mini timelines that highlight the dates of important events to keep a clear chronological picture in readers' minds.Under Occupation looks at what life was like in the countries occupied by Axis forces during the war, covering topics such as resistance, partisans, forced labour and prisoners of war.
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  • On the Street

    By Honor Head
    Authors:
    Honor Head
    Most kids have pretty good instincts and stay safe on the streets. But even the most street-smart kid could benefit from reading this book. There may be dangers out there that you may not even have thought of! From cycling and skateboarding safely, to awareness around, dogs, strangers, building sites and public transport, these are just some of the things you should be aware of when you are out and about but the book covers a lot more besides. This book will help you stay safe because it is full of advice on what to do if you think you are in danger, and also how to avoid or minimise danger in the first place. An essential guide for any child. Full of sensible and relevant information for modern kids.Keeping Safe is a series of four books aimed at children aged 9+, dealing with the hot topics on staying safe in the modern world.
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  • Obesity: Don't Call Me Fat

    By Pat Thomas, Claire Keay
    Authors:
    Pat Thomas
    Illustrated by:
    Claire Keay
    This reassuring picture book explores the issue of obesity in simple terms. It looks at reasons why children and adults might be overweight, gives advice on health, fitness and diet, and discusses how some people are bullied because of their weight. It gives advice and suggestions for how to live a healthier life with the support of family and friends.This book is written largely from the child's perspective. It's meant to be read with your child, or with a group of children, in a way that allows the child to open up about what he or she thinks and feels. Questions in a "What about you?" sections provide useful prompts for discussion.
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    The Orchard Book of Classic Shakespeare Verse

    By Gina Pollinger, Emma Chichester Clark
    Authors:
    Gina Pollinger
    Illustrated by:
    Emma Chichester Clark
    This selection of verse and poetry from William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright the World has ever known, is filled with wit and wisdom, tenderness and magic, mischief and merriment.An exquisite collection of Shakespeare's writing featuring favourite passages of verse, familiar to many, along with lesser-known pieces, all of which sparkle in the mind and fire the imagination.The poems and verse have been carefully selected to ensure that even younger readers develop a lifelong love of the Bard and his timeless legacy. Includes a foreword by Gina Pollinger, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the delight of Shakespeare's writing. The richness of the words is matched by Emma Chichester Clark's gem-like illustrations, capturing all the life of these enduring poems.
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  • Out and About

    By Honor Head
    Authors:
    Honor Head
    'Out and About' has a lively design, engaging text and features a 'What's Safe and What's Not?' activity at the end of the book. The title has been written in conjunction with a literacy consultant to ensure the text is completely appropriate for the age-range.
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  • Occupation and Resistance

    By Simon Adams
    Authors:
    Simon Adams
    Each book focuses on an aspect of World War II through exploration of a wealth of primary source material. A factual presentation of each topic is given alongside personal accounts and case-studies giving the reader an insight into the period. Evidence is explored and assessed throughout each book, which encourages children to debate and evaluate different sources.
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