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  • Return to the City of Ghosts

    By Julian Sedgwick
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    Julian Sedgwick
    'The thing about ghosts is sometimes we create our own. And sometimes they find us, no matter what we do.' The thrilling conclusion to the Ghosts of Shanghai by the award-winning author of the Mysterium trilogy, for fans of Philip Pullman, Susan Hill and Robin Stevens.Ruby is on a mission to rescue the boy she loves: Charlie has been swept away in the powerful waters of the River Yangtze. But the world she loves is now broken by danger and fear, and Ruby is lost and surrounded by ghosts. Can Ruby trust herself, and those around her, to find Charlie and return to Shanghai? Or has she ventured too deep into the realm of spirits?On an amazing journey down the Yangtze, crossing from one world to the other, Ruby must follow the 'red thread of destiny' to find Charlie and home, before she loses herself . . .
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    A Royal Childhood: 200 Years of Royal Babies

    By Liz Gogerly
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    Liz Gogerly
    A Royal Childhood takes a factual but light-hearted look at the lives of selected royal children from the last 200 years, from Queen Victoria to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Compare and contrast how royal children were educated then and now and find out about how the general public felt about them. With lots of opportunities to compare and contrast historical and present-day Britain, A Royal Childhood will be of interest to anyone keen on history or the Royal Family. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Ready Steady Rescue

    By Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Edward Eaves
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    Smriti Prasadam-Halls
    Illustrated by:
    Edward Eaves
    A bouncy rhythmic story, packed with noises to shout out loud - essential for young vehicle-lovers! Ed Eaves is the illustrator of the bestselling How to Grow a Dinosaur and has been nominated for the Red House Children's Book Award.We're at emergency control, to save and rescue is our goal.There are fires to fight, climbers to be rescued, baddies to be caught, broken-down cars...There's no time to waste! NEE-NAW, NEE-NAW off we go!No emergency is too big for these brave rescue vehicles - join in the action as they save the day!
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  • Rainforests

    By Jillian Powell
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    Jillian Powell
    What is a rainforest? Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? Explore the amazing variety of plants and animals that call rainforests around the world home and find out how they are adapted to survive there. From giant trees and carnivorous plants to monkeys, birds, frogs and minibeasts. Discover why we need to protect these rich habitats from deforestation and why they are called the 'lungs of the world'.Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Six books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.
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    Robbers, Cops, Crime

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    At the first sign of danger we call 999, but what did people do before the police force existed? Learn about the evolution of the service that protects us - from keeping invaders in order to the first bobbies on the beat and the latest crime-fighting scientific developments. Wayland have partnered with The National Archives to bring you this incredible photographic record of one of the most revered professions around: policing. Trace policing through history, beginning with the Romans. Then learn about Scotland's first organised police force, smuggling, poaching and street crime, the River police and the Industrial Revolution, the evolution of police vehicles, the world's most famous detective and the introduction of women to the service. Learn about all this and more in Bobbies, Cops and Crime: An Illustrated History of Policing!
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  • Roman Britain

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    What's the first Roman object you can think of? Hadrian's Wall? Did you know that thousands more stone, metal, pottery, and wooden objects have been found from this time in human history? All of these objects can tell us a lot about the Romans. We know about the animals they farmed, the the tools and weapons they used and we know about their everyday life and culture from the remains of the homes they lived in. All over Britain, Roman artefacts have been Found!. Uncover the stories of thirteen incredible finds, what they can tell us about life back then and how they might relate to your life today.Found! is a series of six books that span British archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman Britain, the Viking Age and the Anglo Saxons. Ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
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  • Roman

    By Nancy Dickmann
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    Nancy Dickmann
    This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the the Roman mythological stories. From daring heroes to scheming gods and goddesses and terrible monsters, there are exciting adventures, betrayals and incredible stories to read. The book is structured as a 'Who's Who' of the culture's myths and legends and has a gossipy, informal tone, allowing the characters' personalities to come through.The chapters begin with a spread featuring factfiles of two characters. Each of these has an "In His Own Words" section, where the character himself (or herself) gives fast facts such as parents, powers, crowning achievements, and "Not to be confused with...". This is followed by a myth re-relling, presented in a magazine-style, featuring the two characters. In total there are six spreads of fact files (12 characters total) and six different re-tellings.
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  • Rescue Vehicles

    By David West
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    David West
    Mechanic Mike knows loads about all sorts of rescue vehicles. From police cars and ambulances to lifeboats and rescue helicopters, and everything in between. Find out how much these specialist machines weigh, the type of engines they have and lots of other amazing bite-sized facts.Part of the series Mechanic Mike's Machines. Introductory books for young readers aged 5+ in the high-interest area of all things mechanical. Bright and colourful computer generated imagery for children who love cartoons and animation and Mike's chibi character is a familiar icon style for many children. These books are designed to be particularly friendly to children.
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  • Roman Britain

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Read all about Early Britons with the Fact Cat! The Romans came to Britain in AD 43 and with legions of professional soldiers conquered the south of England making it part of the vast Roman Empire. At the time, Britain was occupied by the Celts, so how did these warrior tribes react to the Roman invasion? Follow the Fact Cat on a journey through Roman Britain; find out where and how they lived, what they built, and why they left. Learn how we know about life in Roman Britain 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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  • Royals, Rebels and Horrible Headchoppers

    By Peter Hepplewhite, Tom Morgan-Jones
    Authors:
    Peter Hepplewhite
    Illustrated by:
    Tom Morgan-Jones
    Welcome to the world of the terrible Tudors! Grab a galleon and sail back in time with us to discover everything about the terrifying Tudors: from horrible King Henry and the perilous plague to roasting the religious. Why did doctors wear beak masks? Why were cats buried under Tudor homes? What did Tudor tennis involve? Dip into these annals of Tudor times and find out the answers to all these intriguing imponderables and many more...
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  • Record-Breaking Buildings

    By Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
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    Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    From the tallest to the longest and from the busiest to the largest, this book looks at fantastic record-breaking buildings from all over the planet and beyond! It uses stunning icons, graphics and visualisations to show you how these structures have raised the bar in the construction industry.See which buildings have held the record for being the world's tallest over the last 100 years!Find out just how big a space station can be, and what's inside!Discover how fast the world's quickest roller coaster can travel!Learn about the staggering size of the world's biggest palaces!Read how ancient people built some of the greatest monuments on the planet!
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  • Rally Driver - Sébastien Ogier vs Sébastien Loeb

    By Paul Mason
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    Paul Mason
    Using a classic race as the foundation for the individual stories, this high-energy narrative non-fiction series pitches together two hot racing rivals. From shakedown to the starting line, stage victories to the winners' podium, each book features easy access text in short manageable paragraphs for readers who love their motorsport, but who perhaps shy away from reading.This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
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  • Remembrance Day

    By Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
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    Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
    Explaining why we remember the people who fought and died, both in World War One, but also in other armed conflicts in a thoughtful and insightful way. Remembrance Day looks at the background to World War One and also focuses on objects, such as poppies and the Cenotaph that are key to the day itself. Key words at the bottom of each spread help children build their vocabulary around particular topics. The mixture of historical and modern photographs help to make the past more relevant to the children.Start-Up History is a series of 6 titles looking at everyday objects and events from their historical perspective and encourages readers to ask questions about what they can see on the page and how that might relate to their own experiences. Perfect introductory history texts for 5-7 KS1 readers.
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  • Remembrance Day

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Why Do We Remember?: Remembrance Day explores how and why on this day we commemorate those who died in wars, from the First World War right up to modern day conflicts. Poppies, memorials and Remembrance Day parades are all also looked at.This simple, friendly children's first history series, aimed at readers aged 5 and up, takes a close look at some key events and personalities through history and reveals how and why they are still important to us today. A perfect support to learning about history at Key Stage 1, each book uses a rich variety of historical sources, from diaries to paintings, to bring events to life, while simple historical vocabulary is introduced and explained. Each book also features a simple timeline and explores how we find about the past. All text has been carefully checked by a historian.
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  • Rockets

    By Louise Derrington
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    Louise Derrington
    So you want to build your own rocket models? Real ones that you can power and launch?Well now you can, with How to Build. Inside you'll find simple instructions, equipment lists and templates to help you make working models, including a straw rocket, fizzy rocket, balloon rocket, water rocket, matchstick rocket and tube rocket.This series is aimed at budding inventors and engineers of the future, and contains builds which require adult supervision. It supports design and technology skills and learning, and is ideal for use at home, school and at STEM clubs.
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  • Robots

    By Louise Derrington
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    Louise Derrington
    So you want to build your own robot models? Real ones that you can power and move?Well now you can, with How to Build. Inside you'll find simple instructions, equipment lists and templates to help you make working models, including a robotic hand, bristle-bot, drawing robot, scrub-bot, solar fan robot and "Robbo the Robot".This series is aimed at budding inventors and engineers of the future, and contains builds which require adult supervision. It supports design and technology skills and learning, and is ideal for use at home, school and at STEM clubs.
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  • Rockets and Space Travel

    By Jon Richards
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    Jon Richards
    Have you ever wondered what made human beings think they could go to the Moon? The idea of exploring space started with fiction and science-fiction written by authors like Jules Verne and H G Wells. Little did they know that space travel would become a reality! It'll Never Work: Rockets and Space Travel explores the history of space travel and spaceships, the successes and failures that have led to the very recent Pluto flyby by the New Horizons spacecraft.Each title in this exciting, high-interest series looks at a different area of technology and engineering and reveals the pioneering ideas and scientific thinking that enabled its development, as well as exposing those that proved to be a dead end. Each spread examines a particular example in depth, bringing in other similar ideas where relevant, and revealing that experimentation and failure often pave the way to technology success. Beautifully designed and illustrated with infographic-style artwork, this series is an excellent technology resource for readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Racing Cars

    By David West
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    David West
    Learn all about racing cars, from the first racers to the drag racers.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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  • Rosa Parks

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Find out about the exciting life of Rosa Parks. Read about her childhood and discover what life was like during segregation in the USA. Learn about her brave bus protest and see how she inspired the amazing events of the civil rights movement. A simple fun picture quiz helps readers to recall what they have read. A perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments! Broad-ranging appeal for nursery age through to Key Stage 2.
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  • Religion and Saints

    By Moira Butterfield
    Authors:
    Moira Butterfield
    Discover the Anglo-Saxons introduces young readers to key figures, aspects and themes of Anglo-Saxon Britain. The books feature an appealingly graphic, young, colourful approach, with one large image per spread plus fact and feature boxes, timelines, places to visit and further resources.Religion and Saints looks at the importance of religion in Anglo-Saxon culture. Beginning with the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons and the foundation of great monastic centres of Canterbury, Iona and Lindisfarne, the book covers the worship of saints such Cuthbert and Aldhelm, the rise of monasteries and dioceses and the relationship of kings such as Alfred and Athelstan to the Church and its teachings.
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