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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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  • Jasper's Story – Living with Cystic Fibrosis

    By Andy Glynne
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    Andy Glynne
    This powerful and eye opening picture book uses the first-person testimony of Jasper, a 10-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis. Jasper explains what his condition is, the treatment he receives and the emotional challenges he faces. Using Jasper's real first-person testimony creates an intimate and direct tone that will help students to empathise with people's differences. Jasper's circumstances are easily relatable to children; he talks about school, his brother, friends, his hobbies and explains the complications that cystic fibrosis brings to these situations.The BAFTA award-winning stories were originally produced as animations for the BBC. Aimed at children aged 9 and up, these powerful and evocative stories have now been captured in book form as rich, visual testimonies of the impact an illness has on a child's daily life and how they cope and are able to enjoy the life that they have.
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  • Jasmine's SO Fussy

    By Judith Heneghan, Jack Hughes
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    Judith Heneghan
    Illustrated by:
    Jack Hughes
    Jasmine is a fussy dragon. She only likes purple, hates dressing up and refuses to eat different foods. The other dragons are getting ready for a party, but Jasmine's fussiness is spoiling the fun. Can her friends persuade her to try something new?Read about good manners and behaviour in these delightful stories.
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  • Juliane's Story - A Journey from Zimbabwe

    By Andy Glynne, Karl Hammond
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    Andy Glynne
    Illustrated by:
    Karl Hammond
    This picture book tells the story of 12-year-old refugee Juliane. At the age of three Juliane was separated from her mother due to the conflicts happening in her home country of Zimbabwe.Told in Juliane's own words, the story tells of her distress and isolation while growing up in an African orphanage, until an incredible chance meeting with her mother reunites the two of them. They apply for political asylum and are finally able to re-establish a life together in their new host country.The BAFTA award-winning Seeking Refuge stories were originally produced as animations for the BBC. These powerful and evocative stories have now been captured in book form as rich, visual testimonies of the torment, hope and resolution of young refugees who are seeking asylum and adjusting to life in new countries all over the world.The series of five books form an excellent cross-curricular resource that looks at asylum, war, separation and integration and what it is to be a refugee today making them ideal for tying into Refugee Week.
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    Joe All Alone

    By Joanna Nadin
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    Joanna Nadin
    Now a major CBBC TV series. Joe All Alone won the Children's BAFTA award for Best Drama. It was also nominated for two other Children's BAFTA awards: Director and Young Performer.Home Alone meets Jacqueline Wilson - a heartwarming, humorous, issue novel for 10+ readers about a young boy left home alone.When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever.Deeply poignant, deceptively simple, this book will cut the reader to the bone almost without their realising it. Imogen Russell-Williams, Teens On Moon Lane
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  • Jamal Jealousaurus

    By Brian Moses, Mike Gordon
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    Brian Moses
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    Gracie Grumposaurus is a very grumpy dinosaur. From first thing in the morning until last thing at night, Gracie is a grump! Her parents try everything to cheer her up, but nothing works. Will anything make her smile?If you've got a child who's feeling sad or struggles with bad moods, this book will surely cheer them up. Written by Brian Moses, this funny picture book explores different things that might make children grumpy and sad, such as getting up early, not getting their favourite food or being bored. Different ways of dealing with these situations are explored, helping children to understand that it's okay to be grumpy, but that they shouldn't take their feelings out on other people - and that there are strategies to help you come out of a 'grump'. The clever and funny illustrations, by internationally renowned illustrator Mike Gordon, bring a light touch to the story, helping children to learn about their feelings in a fun and light-hearted way.Includes excellent notes for parents and teachers on how to share this book to help children learn about their feelings and emotions. Other books by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon: I Feel FrightenedI Feel AngryI Feel JealousI Feel SadIt's Not FairI Feel BulliedWilliam WorrydactylSamuel ScaredosaurusJamal JealousaurusAnna AngrysaurusSophie Shyosaurus
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    Jake and Lily

    By Jerry Spinelli
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    Jerry Spinelli
    For almost as long as they can remember, Jake and Lily have shared a "special sense". But their bond seems to be weakening as, at age 11, Jake starts spending more time with new friends than with Lily; upset and rejected, Lily has no one to confide in except her grandfather. Lily tries to find out who she is without her brother, but it's hard work. Her feeling of abandonment is as sharply felt as Jake's need to test his independence. Spinelli celebrates each child's individualism and growing self-awareness.
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  • Joey The Kangaroo

    By An Vrombaut
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    An Vrombaut
    Perfect for preschool children, 64 Zoo Lane had the highest viewing figures on CBeebies in 2011. With six classic 64 Zoo Lane stories now reissued, Lucy and her animal fans are bound to win yet more young fans.Lucy has some very strange neighbours with horns and humps, tails and trunks - that's because Lucy lives next door to the zoo! Every night, she climbs down the long long neck of Georgina the Giraffe and listens to one of them tell her a story... Tonight it's the story of Joey. Joey is a little kangaroo who lives in Australia. But Joey has problems doing the one thing all kangaroos are famous for - jumping! Will he learn to jump like a proper kangaroo before the Junior Jump Competition?Have fun with 64 Zoo Lane at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/64-zoo-lane/
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  • Jumping Jive

    By Chloe Melody
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    Chloe Melody
    Join the girls at the Strictly Dance Academy and experience all the fun and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing. Meet Bella, Natalie and Sofia - three dedicated pupils who love to dance!When Bella is picked to dance in a movie starring Jet Rogerson, the most famous, most gorgeous young Hollywood star in the world, she is completely star struck! But when word gets out of the secret studio location the set gets mobbed with screaming fangirls who all want a glimpse of Jet. It looks as if they might have to call off the scene and Bella is devastated. Will she get her moment to dance with the super dreamy star? It's lights, camera... jiving!A must-read for anyone who has ever wished they could be a part of the glamorous world of Strictly Come Dancing.Strictly Come Dancing (or Dancing with the Stars as it is known in the US) is a key BBC one show and can be seen in over 75 countries with approximate worldwide viewing figures standing at 250 million. It was the UK's highest rating programme of 2012 excluding The Olympics, Euro 2012 and The Diamond Jubilee Concert."It's amazing and a really exciting book to read!" Grace, 7"The pictures were beautiful and I think all girls of my age will love it!" Aimee, 10"It made me think I was really at Strictly!" Lucy, 7"I loved the Bella adventures. There were wonderful descriptions of the characters." Josie, 7"The book is really, really good. It's almost like I'm there watching." Sigalia, 7"I can't wait to read the next book." Susan, 8"I like the characters very much and am looking forward to the next book." Eden, 8"Once you start it, you can't stop reading it!" Levana, 8"I enjoyed reading this book because I loved the characters." Mira, 8"So much fun - especially the dancing bits!" Janine, 7"ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I'd like to go to the Strictly Academy ... if there was one!" Sterrett, 7"It's really good!" Leora, 6
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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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    Jessie Hearts NYC

    By Keris Stainton
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    Keris Stainton
    Jessie's just arrived in New York, hoping to forget about her awful ex.New Yorker Finn is in love with his best friend's girlfriend.They might be perfect together, but in a city of eight million people, will they find each other?
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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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    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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