Triumphs of Technology
By 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.
This Drop of Water
By 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
By 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'.
Turtle Comes Out of Her Shell - A book about feeling shy
By Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton
This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to being brave when they feel shy and help them find ways to feel more confident. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children fully understand how their behaviour can impact on others.Turtle has a beautiful singing voice, but she feels far to shy to enter the talent show at school. By talking to her friends about it, she develops a way to overcome her shyness in a way that works for her.The Behaviour Matters series of picture books provide a gentle means of discussing emotions, boosting self-esteem and reinforcing good behaviour. Supports the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Area of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and is also suitable for use with children in KS1 and can be used to discuss values. Suitable for children under 5.
By 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+.
By 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+.
By 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.
There May Be a Castle
By Piers Torday
A remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from an award-winning, celebrated writer for children.On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.They never arrive.As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.And they tell him: this is your story now.So begins Mouse's extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make ...This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
By 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
Ten Diggers and Digging Machines
By 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+
Ten Fire Engines and Emergency Vehicles
By 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+
Transport Around the World
By 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!
Trains, Planes and Ships
By 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.
Things That Go
By Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, 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
Tiger Has a Tantrum - A book about feeling angry
By Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton
The True Colour of Forever
By Carrie Firestone
An unlikely clique of teens embark on a summer of twitter fame, rebellious good deeds and desperate love in this thought-provoking second novel by the author of The Loose Ends List.After high school senior Sadie helps a baby in distress, she becomes an internet sensation and is introduced to other 'hometown heroes'. Despite all their differences, the five teens hatch passionate plans to secretly right local wrongs. But when they breach the boundaries of their world, they discover that there might be truth in the saying 'no good deed goes unpunished'. For fans of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boy Most Likely, this novel combines humour, romance and wisdom while taking on timely issues including teen drug abuse, bullying, ethnic discrimination, and the importance of being kind and doing good.Praise for The Loose Ends List:'A poignant and important story about compassion, love, and the decision to live life on your own terms - right up to the very last minute: all aboard' - Kirkus Reviews'Fans of Jenny Downham's Before I Die or Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You will enjoy this unique story about dying on one's own terms. Mentions of drinking, drugs, and sex make this title appropriate for older readers (...) With its fresh, original plot and thought-provoking themes, this title will have a high teen appeal.' - School Library Journal
By Sean Connolly
Different countries are governed in different ways. Theocracy is a way of governing a country and it's people using religion as the basis of it's laws. This book offers a detailed and non-judgemental look at specific countries that are governed in this way. It explores how this system becomes established and what it means to be governed in this way in the past, present and into the future.Part of the Systems of Government series, this balanced book places Theocracy within a wider world context and looks at the effect this type of government has on its citizens, wealth and industry. Perfect for readers aged 12 and up.
By Cat Clarke
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson.They didn't mean to kill her...now the guilt will tear them apartAlice King isn't expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can't escape.Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their lives for ever...
By 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 tsunamis in this book from the Tokaido tsunami in Japan in 1923 to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.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.
Tom the Outback Mailman
By Kristin Weidenbach
Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He delivered the mail to outback stations and towns all along the Birdsville Track. It was a tough job, but Tom was even tougher, making sure that the mail got through no matter what.Based on her bestselling book, MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK, Kristin Weidenbach has written a lively, engaging version for younger readers, capturing the humour, excitement and ingenuity of a classic slice of Australia's fast-vanishing history. Timothy Ide is a South Australian illustrator with a genuine feel for the beauty and hardship of life in the Australian outback. The Winner of the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Category, TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.