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  • The Very Worst Wizard

    By Elizabeth Dale
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    Elizabeth Dale
    Max is learning to be a Wizard at Wizard school, and although he loves helping others, he often forgets to get his own spells right! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.
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  • Volcanoes

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Learn about volcanoes around the world and see how they are created. Discover what happens during a volcanic eruption and the deadly risks of getting too close. Find out about the role of volcanoes in the rock cycle and how they affect tourism, farming and renewable energy.Geographics is an engaging series with colourful infographics and photos used to illustrate universal geography topics such as volcanoes, rivers and earthquakes. It covers the geography curriculum at KS2 and is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
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    Vote for Me!

    By Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Louise Spilsbury
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.
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    The Variety of Life

    By Nicola Davies, Lorna Scobie
    Authors:
    Nicola Davies
    Illustrated by:
    Lorna Scobie
    Our planet is full of life! Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle - but only eight species of bear? This stunning book explores the extraordinary diversity of the natural world and profiles some of its most surprising creatures.A glorious celebration of diversity within the Animal Kingdom by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies, illustrated by rising star Lorna Scobie. There is something to delight on every page with fascinating facts about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. This exquisite book will encourage children to treasure the world's biodiversity and help to stop it slipping away.
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  • Violence Against Women

    By Emma Marriott
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    Emma Marriott
    Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Violence Against Women we ask why so many women across the world are victims of violence, from domestic abuse and rape to forced abortions, female genital mutilation and murder. Why does it happen, who are the perpetrators and what can be done to stop it happening?This book includes quotes from key figures, opinions from all sides of the argument and debate panels that invite readers aged 12+ to discuss the issues that shape our world. Other titles in the Behind the News series: Global Financial Crisis, Hostage Takers, Race and Crime, School Shootings and Uprising in the Middle East
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    The Violin Man

    By Colin Thompson, Colin Thompson
    Authors:
    Colin Thompson
    Illustrated by:
    Colin Thompson
    For as long as anyone can remember, Oscar has played his violin outside the theatre. Every night, as the people queue for their tickets, Oscar fills the air with his music and the echo of his lost dreams. In the old days, his daughter, Marietta, had been there as well, dancing. For just as Oscar dreams of being a famous violinist, it was Marietta's dream to be a famous ballet dancer. But Marietta became ill and now Oscar plays alone. Some nights, though, he catches sight of Marietta's ghost, dancing under the street light.One night, Oscar's dream comes true and he is invited to play in the theatre in front of an audience. They are swept away by his music and his skill. But under the glare of the spotlight, Oscar can't see Marietta dancing. He decides to play only outside on the pavement, where he and Marietta can perform together. 'Don't worry,' he says. 'I won't leave you again.'
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  • Volcanic Eruptions

    By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    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 volcanic Eruptions in this book from Vesuvius to Krakatau.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.
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  • Vikings

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Read all about Early Britons with the Fact Cat! The Viking age began in around 700 CE and during this time, boatloads of raiders and settlers came to Britain to find new lands and steal treasure. At the time, Britain was ruled by the Anglo Saxons. They fought back against the Viking invaders and you can read all about their struggles for power. Follow the Fact Cat on a journey through Viking England; find out where and how they lived, what they ate and what they believed in. Learn how we know about the lives of the Vikings with the evidence of artefacts and ancient sites that have been discovered. Simple quiz questions at the back help readers to remember what they've just read.Perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments!Broad-ranging appeal for nursery age through to Key Stage 2.
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  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes

    By Susie Brooks
    Authors:
    Susie Brooks
    Packed to the gills with far-out facts and fascinating information, the Where on Earth? series makes standard geography topics lively, fun, pacey and interesting. The Where on Earth? Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes answers questions such as why does the earth have plates? How can you measure an earthquake? And what are volcanic hotspots? Along with many others. It looks at plate boundaries, seismic waves, tsunamis, volcanic ash, magma chambers, and much, much more. Crammed full of explosive happenings and, literally, earth-crunching events, geography has never been so exciting! If you've enjoyed learning all about earthquakes and volcanoes, why not try reading up on coastlines, rivers and rainforests, in other books in the series?
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  • Vincent van Gogh

    By Iain Zaczek
    Authors:
    Iain Zaczek
    This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
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  • Virgin

    By Adam Sutherland
    Authors:
    Adam Sutherland
    From a single record shop to space travel - the Virgin Group has become a vast multinational empire. With more than 400 companies worldwide the Virgin Group has recorded revenues of £15 billion! How did Virgin build such a hugely successful global brand? Discover how Virgin have built up from one magazine to become one of the most diverse companies in the world today. Learn about the brains behind the iconic brand, including the founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, explore key business concepts in a straightforward way and develop a product ideas for your very own Virgin brand.The Big Business series is ideal for young budding entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity! A brilliant read for readers aged 9+ keen to find out how the business behind the brand works.
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  • The Very Clever Cat

    By Vivian French, Abeer Al-Taher
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    Vivian French, Abeer Al-Taher
    A charming new full colour Early Reader story about friendship and a long journey home, from bestselling author, Vivian French.Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Friendship can be found in the most unlikely places. A heartwarming story about a very clever cat who always finds its way home.
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  • A Village

    By Jen Green
    Authors:
    Jen Green
    Full of hands-on activities to help you learn all about map skills whilst also learning about the features of a village. This book will show you what a bird's eye map is by looking at aerial photos of villages; how village landmarks, such as churches and village greens can be shown as symbols; how to measure scale and distance on a walk around a village; what map plans are using a village shop and a farmers' market, as examples; how compass points show you how to find directions around a stable yard; how to follow pathways, roads and bridleways on a country walk; how to use grid references by looking at a village green; what contour lines are by looking at a country valley; looking at landuse by showing farming land; and looking at transport maps showing routes between different villages.Illustrations by Sarah Horne in an amusing and lively style are combined with photographs to really capture a child's attention helping them to learn these important map skills.
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  • Vet

    By James Nixon
    Authors:
    James Nixon
    What's it like to be a vet? Perhaps one day you might like to become a vet too? In this book you will meet our vet, Nafisa - and some of her colleagues - and see what she does at work every day. Find out about the types of animals she looks after - from cats to cows! - the equipment she uses to do her job and what it is like to work with animals.Brilliant introductory books for very young readers that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job.
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  • A Very Bothersome Bear

    By Vivian French, David Melling
    Authors:
    Vivian French
    Illustrated by:
    David Melling
    A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and cousin Prune while his parents are away. But Sam's discovered a magical scroll listing the six quests to be completed to become a knight, and with his True Companion Prune's help, he's already managed two! Now Sam must find a goodly sword, but he keeps getting distracted by noble deeds that need doing. Helping a grumpy dwarf, a dunderheaded bear and an island of tiny elves might mean he'll never find his sword, but isn't that what a Very Noble Knight would do ...?
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  • Volcanoes

    By Annabelle Lynch
    Authors:
    Annabelle Lynch
    Volcanic eruptions are one of Earth's amazing sights. Find out how and why these mountains explode!Froglets Learners offer fun facts in accessible text, perfect for building reading confidence.
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  • Visitors from Space

    By Katie Dicker
    Authors:
    Katie Dicker
    Have people really been abducted by aliens and have there been any real sightings of flying saucers? Delve into the world of the unexplained and the real (or not so real) claims of alien encounters.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages form beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
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  • Victoria

    By Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Illustrated by:
    Rupert Van Wyk
    Queen Victoria was the longest ever reigning British monarch and saw extraordinary developments during her reign, from the development of the railways to the discoveries of Charles Darwin.Discover the stories of people who have helped to shape history, ranging from early explorers such as Christopher Columbus to more modern figures like Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.These chapter books combine historical fact with engaging narrative and humourous illustration, perfect for the newly independent reader.
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  • Victorian Times

    By Jillian Powell
    Authors:
    Jillian Powell
    Each book in this delightful, child-friendly series focuses on a different period in history, from Ancient Egypt right up to World War 2. Children will love learning about each era, and then following the simple instructions to make useful or interesting objects from that time. Age-appropriate and accessible, the books are jam-packed with great ideas and perfect for use at home or in the classroom. In Craft Box: Victorian Times, you can learn how to make a Penny Black stamp, a barrel organ, a silhouette portrait, a bellows camera, a spinning top, a Victorian police helmet, a Jubilee souvenir, a model of the Crystal Palace, a Victorian calling card, a terrarium, a candlestick telephone and a cornucopia!Fun facts on every spread give background information about the Victorian era and its people, from the engineers, explorers and inventors who are still famous today, to Queen Victoria herself.A Further Information spread suggests age-appropriate websites and books, so children can go away and learn more about the Victorians.A glossary explains any tricky words, and will help to further increase children's knowledge and understanding of the era.
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  • Volcanoes

    By Chris Oxlade
    Authors:
    Chris Oxlade
    All around us, our planet is changing. Some changes are sudden and dramatic; others are almost imperceptible and take years. Our Earth in Action looks at these changes - from climate change to erosion and human activity - in detail. Volcanoes examines different types of volcanoes and how they form as well as the impact they have on populations and countries.
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