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  • Triumphs of Technology

    By Rob Colson
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    Rob Colson
    From the power points in our homes to the mobile phones in our pockets, every aspect of our lives involves ingenious inventions of incredible complexity. Learn all about the inventions and advances in technologies that have helped make our lives a lot easier and discover the inventors and great minds who brought us these new machines in STEM-gineers: Triumphs of Technology.STEM-gineers is an exciting 4-book series, which focuses on particular engineering or scientific challenges. You will find out about the great minds behind every featured discovery or structure and learn through hands-on projects how these great minds overcame the scientific or engineering challenges of their time. From simple experiments, to observing and recording various aspects of the world around us, this series is the perfect introduction to the exhilarating world of STEM for readers aged 9 and up.
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    This Drop of Water

    By Anna Claybourne
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    Anna Claybourne
    A beautifully illustrated look at our wonderful watery worldThis Drop of Water begins with a thunderstorm on a hot summer day. Suddenly - splash! A drop of water hits a girl right on the nose. Where did it come from? And where will it go? She wants to know! The book uses this simple premise as a jumping-off point to explore what water is, where it comes from and how essential it is to life here on Earth. It explores topics as important and wide-ranging as how the Earth formed, the water cycle, clouds and the tides. It also highlights just how precious a resource water is. A beautifully illustrated picture book with friendly narrative text by the award-winning author of This Little Pebble, which was shortlisted for prestigious science and art awards, This Drop of Water will make the topic come alive for readers aged 7 and up.List of contents:Thunderstorm!Watery worldIt came from outer spaceFlowing downhillInto the oceansUnderwaterOut of the seaCloudsHere comes the rain!The big freezeWater shapes the worldWater undergroundWater for plantsWater for animalsWater for usTurn on the tap!Down the plugholePrecious waterWeird waterRound and roundWater activitiesGlossary and index
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    Trans Global

    By Honor Head
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    Honor Head
    This book for children aged 12+ supports the study of the fascinating long history of transgender around the world.The whole concept of gender identity is being increasingly challenged and words such as non-binary, pansexual, transgender, cisgender and gender dysphoria are becoming commonplace. This book explores the cultures and people of the past who have embraced, challenged or quietly subverted society's expectations about gender. It features the current stories of openly transgender people around the world in positions of power and authority, who are helping to increase recognition and acceptance of the trans community. And, as trans people often start their journeys in their teens, the book explores the experiences of some young people just at the start of their journeys.The book has a foreword by two patrons of the charity Mermaids. Jake says, 'What is becoming evident is that trans people have been around for centuries, in many guises ... transgender is certainly not the trendy fad that the press would have us believe'.
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    That's Not What Happened

    By Kody Keplinger
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    Kody Keplinger
    Six survived to tell the story, but who knows the truth? The next hotly anticipated YA novel from bestselling US sensation Kody Keplinger, author of THE DUFF and RUNIt's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story - that she died proclaiming her faith. But it's not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did - and didn't - happen that day. Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .
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    A Thousand Perfect Notes

    By C. G. Drews
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    C. G. Drews
    An emotionally charged story about the power of dreams, and how passion can turn to obsession.Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?Thrilling and powerfully written, this is an explosive debut for YA readers which tackles the dark topic of domestic abuse in an ultimately hopeful tale.
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  • Terrorism

    By Claudia Martin
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    Claudia Martin
    What is terrorism? How do terrorists differ from other criminals? What makes some individuals and groups decide to use violence to create terror as a means of achieving their aims? This book looks at the history of terrorism and analyses the motivations for its use. It looks at what is being done to tackle terrorism and asks readers to think about what they can do to help people in countries affected by terrorism, for example by fundraising for organisations supporting victims of terrorist attacks.
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  • The Truth of Different Skies

    By Kate Ling
    Authors:
    Kate Ling
    What makes you abandon your world? How do you say goodbye when it's forever? A heart-breaking story about survival, love and hope. For fans of Meg Rosoff and Beth Revis.'I've always feared this place would keep me rooted forever . . . but now, without gravity, I'm flying, floating, falling' Bea feels trapped. Having never left her small town and with no money or anyone to rely on, she faces the inevitable future of a dead-end job - forced to survive, rather than live. When a message arrives from space, a mission is planned to travel to its source. Bea knows she has to be chosen to go, no matter what it takes, even though it means leaving Earth forever. Her life has to matter. Except she didn't plan on falling in love before she left . . .
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    The Truth About Alice - from the author of MOXIE

    By Jennifer Mathieu
    Authors:
    Jennifer Mathieu
    Fans of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY will love this powerful book about stereotypes, secrets and standing up for gender equality, from the author of Zoella Book Club book MOXIE.There are all sorts of rumours about Alice Franklin. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumours start to spiral out of control blaming Alice for Brandon's death.In this remarkable novel, four Healy High students - the party girl, the car accident survivor, the ex best friend and the boy next door - tell all they know. But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.Zoella on Moxie: 'I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH ... a really empowering book that I wish I had read when I was younger.' 'Should be required reading for anyone in high school' Bustle
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    They Saw Too Much

    By Alan Gibbons
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    Alan Gibbons
    Two teenagers witness a murder - and now they're the next targets. An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat YA thriller from bestselling author, Alan Gibbons. Gripping and gritty, perfect for fans of Kevin Brooks, Patrice Lawrence and Malorie Blackman.Sixteen-year-old John has moved away from the tough inner-city neighbourhood he grew up in and started afresh. Ceri James is the guarded girl from the children's home who has captivated his attention. But when their lives are thrown together, it's not in the way John had hoped. They witness a man die.Not only are they eye-witnesses of the fatal shooting, but John caught the whole thing on camera - and the culprits know it. Now, John and Ceri must run for their lives in a deadly, heart-stopping chase that leads them in dark and ever more dangerous directions.So why does John refuse to call the police? As secrets are revealed and loyalties doubted, John and Ceri's world hinges on one question - when it's a matter of life or death, who can you really trust?
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  • Trains

    By David West
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    David West
    Learn all about trains, from steam trains to metros and monorails.Have you ever wondered where the crew all sit inside a tank, or what a jet engine looks like behind the turbine blades? Well these six books will help you find out just that! Find out something amazing about each vehicle and then turn the page to see it sliced in two where its innermost secrets will be revealed. Simple text and large labels and captions will make the bite-sized pieces of information appeal to a wide range of reading abilities, and the artwork is both friendly and accessible. What's Inside - perfect for inquisitive, machine-mad readers who love the details of how vehicles work. Suitable for readers aged 8+.
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    The Taste of Blue Light

    By Lydia Ruffles
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    Lydia Ruffles
    'If Sylvia Plath wrote a novel for young adults, The Taste of Blue Light would be it' Louise O'Neill, author of Asking For It What happened to me?Why can't I remember?Weeks after blacking out and waking up in hospital, Lux still has no memory of what happened.She doesn't know why her days are consumed by pain and her nights by terrifying dreams; why her parents won't stop shouting and her friends stop talking when she walks into the room. All she knows is that the Lux she once was is gone - and that if she can't uncover the truth, everything she loves will be taken away too. 'Devastating and brilliant' Stylist 'Truly unforgettable' Heat
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  • Tanks

    By David West
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    David West
    Learn all about tanks, from first tanks to armoured fighting vehicles.Have you ever wondered where the crew all sit inside a tank, or what a jet engine looks like behind the turbine blades? Well these six books will help you find out just that! Find out something amazing about each vehicle and then turn the page to see it sliced in two where its innermost secrets will be revealed. Simple text and large labels and captions will make the bite-sized pieces of information appeal to a wide range of reading abilities, and the artwork is both friendly and accessible. What's Inside - perfect for inquisitive, machine-mad readers who love the details of how vehicles work. Suitable for readers aged 8+.
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    Trans Mission

    By Alex Bertie
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    Alex Bertie
    I guess we should start at the beginning. I was born on 2 November 1995. The doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate. 'F' for female, not fail - though that would actually have been kind of appropriate given present circumstances.When I was 15, I realised I was a transgender man. That makes it sound like I suddenly had some kind of lightbulb moment. In reality, coming to grips with my identity has taken a long time. Over the last six years, I've come out to my family and friends, changed my name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest. My quest to a beard is almost complete. This is my story.
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  • Ten Diggers and Digging Machines

    By JP Percy
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    JP Percy
    Find out all about ten amazing digging machines!There are lots of ways machines can be cool. They can be the biggest, the smallest, the tallest, the longest and even the noisiest. Machine mad kids will love pouring over the details of the ten awesome machines in each book. Fantastic Five stat panels give the scoop on what makes these machines tick and key design features are highlighted to help you earn something new about your favourite diggers, tractors, trucks and emergency vehicles.Perfect for readers who can't get enough of books about machines, but who have outgrown the simple picture books aimed at a much younger level. Those who are beginning to read by themselves will find the text fun to read and accessible.For children aged 5+
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  • Tunnels

    By Sally Spray
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    Sally Spray
    A guide to landmark achievements in engineeringFollow the developments of tunnels, as they have gone deeper underground, have travelled further and helped us transport people, energy and goods through engineering skill, design and ambition. Get to grips with the mind-boggling advances that have been made in engineering. Find out about awe-inspiring buildings and technology. he books in the Awesome Engineering series are filled with impactful artwork, diagrams and explanations that make the awesome feats of engineering easy to understand.Bright and bold artwork, alongside clear explanations and diagrams, guide you through a chronology of landmark engineering achievements from around the world.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.Contents:Going UndergroundThames TunnelNew York City SubwayHolland TunnelSeikan TunnelChannel TunnelOresund TunnelLaerdal TunnelBoston Big Dig ProjectSmart TunnelHadron Collider TunnelGotthard Base TunnelFascinating FactsFurther InformationGlossaryIndex
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  • Ten Fire Engines and Emergency Vehicles

    By Chris Oxlade
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    Chris Oxlade
    Find out all about ten amazing emergency vehicles!There are lots of ways machines can be cool. They can be the biggest, the smallest, the tallest, the longest and even the noisiest. Machine mad kids will love pouring over the details of the ten awesome machines in each book. Fantastic Five stat panels give the scoop on what makes these machines tick and key design features are highlighted to help you earn something new about your favourite diggers, tractors, trucks ad emergency vehicles.Perfect for readers who can't get enough of books about machines, but who have outgrown the simple picture books aimed at a much younger level. Those who are beginning to read by themselves will find the text fun to read and accessible.For children aged 5+
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    This Book Will (Help You) Change the World

    By Sue Turton, Alice Skinner
    Authors:
    Sue Turton
    Illustrated by:
    Alice Skinner
    Protest injustice. Campaign for change. Stand up for your future.Political turmoil, shocks and upsets have rocked the world in the past few years, and it has never been more important to find your voice and stand up for what you believe in. From award-winning journalist Sue Turton, with hilarious illustrations from activist illustrator Alice Skinner, this is a powerhouse guide to politics and activism for teens everywhere. Featuring contributions from C4 anchor Jon Snow, Avaaz.com founder Jeremy Heimans, leader of Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution Joshua Wong and more, Turton discusses the political system that rules our daily lives and exposes its flaws. She also gives readers all the inspiration and empowerment they need to get out there, challenge the status quo and change the world themselves. Be it disrupting the system from within by joining political parties or inspiring change through protest, Turton shows young activists how their actions and words really can make a difference. With a toolkit demonstrating how to avoid fake news, triumph in debates and grab the spotlight for your campaign, this is the ultimate teen guide to changing the world.
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  • Transport Around the World

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    Take a journey around the world to discover the transport methods used by children just like you!Where in the world do children learn to run their own railway?What is the best way to travel across a sandy desert?What colours are the cable cars of La Paz, in Bolivia?Find out in Transport Around the World!Children will love reading about the transport that their contemporaries in other countries use; from boats paddled between houses and carts pulled across busy cities, to riding reindeer and the fastest trains!Includes Art Station activities where readers are encouraged to use their new knowledge creatively!
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  • Trains, Planes and Ships

    By Sally Spray
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    Sally Spray
    Follow the development of trains, planes and ships, as they have grown more powerful, faster, and more fantastical through engineering skill, design and ambition.Get to grips with the mind-boggling advances that have been made in engineering. Find out about awe-inspiring buildings and technology. he books in the Awesome Engineering series are filled with impactful artwork, diagrams and explanations that make the awesome feats of engineering easy to understand.Bright and bold artwork, alongside clear explanations and diagrams, guide you through a chronology of landmark engineering achievements from around the world.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Things That Go

    By Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Alistar
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    Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty
    Illustrated by:
    Alistar
    This brilliant book is full of exciting scenes and activities. The big ready-cut stickers are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick, putting an end to the frustration of fiddly stickers that are tricky to remove and easy to tear. It's crammed with different scenes to decorate, from the high street to the airport, from the building site to the motorway. There are cars and trains and trucks and planes to find homes for - but there are plenty of places to park! Simple activities like matching and spotting games as well as well as lots of colouring add to the fun.Words and sounds that match the scenes help build vocabulary and a huge fold-out picture to decorate will keep little ones entertained for hours.Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Farm
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