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  • The Battle of Hastings

    By Claudia Martin
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    Claudia Martin
    Why Do We Remember?: The Battle of Hastings looks at the gripping events that led up to the famous battle of Hastings in 1066 and the following Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon Britain. 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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  • Benin

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Benin was an important kingdom in West Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Find out about Benin's magnificent capital city, the objects that Benin traded with Europe and their intricate bronze plaques and statues. Read about food and farming, armies and weapons, the life of a craftsman and how to make a leopard statue!Packed with fascinating information, the Explore! series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum.
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  • Boudica and the Celts

    By David Gill
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    David Gill
    Boudica was the famous, fearless warrior queen who fought for the British Celts against Roman invaders in the first century CE. She raised a huge army and waged many successful battles, but in the end was cruelly defeated. She will always be remembered for her brave efforts to free her people from Roman oppression.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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  • Bronze Age

    By Anita Ganeri
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    Anita Ganeri
    Discover the Bronze Age and write about it!Find out about the Bronze Age to discover how the skill of making bronze changed the way people lived, fought and farmed. Read about amazing archaeological discoveries and discover beautiful objects made by Bronze Age craftspeople.Writing History is a series of fantastic guides to history with a difference! Each title explores different types of writing in six key historical periods: the Iron Age, Anglo-Saxons, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The books use a variety of ways of presenting information such as diaries, letters, stories and even poems. Examples of original sources are also given. Children are encouraged to have a go themselves with their own writing projects using the information they have read. The series is ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
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  • Bitra and the Witch

    By Andy Elkerton
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    Andy Elkerton
    Viking Adventures are thrilling stories mixing that perfect match of fantasty and history. Boy hero Oolaf is on another quest for adventure. This time he meets a girl named Bitra, who leads him to a terrible Sea Witch...The Viking Adventures series are vividly colour illustrated first chapter books, pitched perfectly for 6-8 years olds or readers in key stage 2.
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    The Book of Saints

    By Paul Harrison
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    Paul Harrison
    What is a saint and how do you become one?Who are the most well-known saints and why are they important?This fascinating book answers these questions and tells the remarkable life stories of over 25 saints from around the world, including Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Patrick, Saint George, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Christopher and Saint Bernadette. Find out about Saint George, the patron of England who never set foot in Britain; and Saint Joan of Arc, a 15-year-old girl who led the French army to victory. Filled with historical information on the lives of saints, this is a perfect title to support religious education. It includes the most famous Catholic saints as well as more minor saints from around the world, plus details on feast days, patron saints and the process of becoming a saint. An engaging layout and colourful images make The Book of Saints ideal for children aged 9-11 who are learning about religion.
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    Between the Wars: 1918-1939: The Armistice and After

    By John C. Miles
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    John C. Miles
    The First World War ended in November 1918. As nations struggled to recover from the losses of more than four years of total war, the settlements that politicians agreed helped lay the foundations for an even more devastating war only twenty years later.Between the Wars focuses on this critical time in history. It examines the treaties that ended the First World War and looks at the social, political and economic events of the 1920s and 30s. These include the creation of the League of Nations, revolutions in Russia, the splitting up of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of Palestine, the Spanish Civil War, the Great Depression in the USA, fascism in Europe, Stalin's Soviet Union, the militarisation of Japan and the rise of the Nazis in Germany, which ultimately led to the Second World War and the Holocaust.This fascinating book perfectly sets the scene for the study of the Second World War, showing how the twenty years between the wars was a time of huge global political change, propelling us from one war to another.
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  • Bronze Age Adventures: Dug in Danger

    By Shoo Rayner
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    Shoo Rayner
    This brilliant mini series for the independent reader introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated in colour by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. Follow Dug and family as he races against a raging river to save his pet wolf, Woof and his family's tent! You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too!Race Ahead with Reading is a perfect introduction to reading chapters. There is a sense of achievement at completing each chapter and the series encourages children to really take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old fluent, independent readers who want to build confidence and really race ahead with their reading!
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  • Bronze Age Adventures: Midsummer Mayhem

    By Shoo Rayner
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    Shoo Rayner
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  • Burial Places

    By John Malam
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    John Malam
    Get ready for a prehistoric adventure! We discover ghostly Maes Howe, an enormous 5,000-year-old tomb covered in Viking graffiti. Britain is jam-packed with these mystical, silent burial places, and exploring them can tell us about the culture, society and beliefs of our earliest ancestors. It's time to get out your magnifying glass and examine the real artefacts that archaeologists have uncovered, from the giant capstones of megalithic tombs to the treasure of an ancient chieftain!Prehistoric burial places lie silent across the British countryside. Long and round barrows, megalithic tombs and passage graves all provide important evidence of the daily life and burial practices of Stone, Bronze and Iron age communities. It's time to take a closer look at these ancient landmarks to find out why they were built, how they were used and who they were used by. Learn about Maes Howe, West Kennet Long Barrow, Bush Barrow, Pentre Ifan, Lanyon Quoit and many more incredible sites of ancient burials, including the chariot queen, that can be found across Britain and give evidence of the lives of prehistoric people. There are four titles in the Prehistoric Adventures series, looking at stone circles, ancient settlements, burial places and hill forts.
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  • Bronze Age

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    What's the first Bronze Age object you can think of? The Moel Hebog shield or the beautiful gold Mold Cape? Did you know that thousands more bronze, gold, pottery, bone and wooden objects have been found from this prehistoric time in human history? All of these objects can tell us a lot about ancient people. We know about the animals they kept from burials of animal bones. We know about the tools they used from axes, swords and arrowheads that have been found, and we know about their everyday life and culture from the remains of the homes they lived in, objects dug out of graves, the boats they built and the sacred objects they threw into lakes and rivers. All over Britain, Bronze Age 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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  • The Baker's Boy and the Great Fire of London

    By Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman, Andy Catling
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    Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman
    Illustrated by:
    Andy Catling
    This exciting story brings the tale of the great fire of London to life for young readers. When Will Farriner wakes to the sound of crackling flames and the smell of smoke, he knows something is terribly wrong! As his family escape the flames engulfing their bakery, Will realises he must stop the fire from spreading. But what can be done before all of London goes up in smoke?Full of adventure and danger, this short text is suitable for struggling readers but engaging enough to give confident readers a quick, fun read.Suitable for use in schools as guided reading texts or for reading independently.
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    Beth

    By Mark Wilson
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    Mark Wilson
    Beth is a child convict, caught stealing on the streets of London and sent to Australia on the First Fleet. Through Beth's story, we discover the unbearable hardships those first convicts suffered, not only on the long journey to Sydney Cove but also in the two years of near-famine following their arrival. The story also explores the new arrivals' relationship with the Indigenous population, and the devastation that the Europeans brought with them.But through Beth's experiences we also see the sense of hope that many in the new colony held for the future, and how they survived - and in some cases thrived.This moving story, illustrated with Mark Wilson's beautifully crafted and evocative artwork, was inspired by the experiences of Elizabeth Hayward, the youngest female convict with the First Fleet, and the journals of naval officer William Bradley and Arthur Bowes Smyth, the surgeon and artist from the First Fleet vessel 'Lady Penrhyn'.
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  • Black Cats and Butlers

    By Janine Beacham
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    Janine Beacham
    The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton AbbeyWhen Rose Raventhorpe's beloved butler is found (gasp!) murdered in the hallway of her own house, she's determined to uncover the culprit. Especially since he's the third butler to die in a week! Rose's investigation leads her on a journey into a hidden world of grave robbers and duelling butlers, flamboyant magicians and the city's ancient feline guardians. Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know . . .
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    The Book of Flags

    By Rob Colson
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    Rob Colson
    Did you know that the US Star-Spangled Banner was designed by a 17-year-old school boy? Or that the Brazilian flag shows a star constellation of the night sky from 1889? Welcome to the bizarre and fascinating world of flags! From the chequered Formula 1 flag and the rainbow banner to historical standards and country flags, this book is packed with amazing facts, stories and curiosities behind some of the world's most iconic banners. Discover the cultural and political history behind each flag, as well as flag rituals, historical uses of flags and heaps of curiosities and unusual facts.
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  • Bronze Age

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    Bronze Age offers a look at life in Britain in the Bronze Age from around 2500 BCE until 800 BCE, allowing young readers to imagine themselves taking part in life in the Bronze Age.Britain in the Past aims to give younger children an understanding of everyday life in Britain for both rich and poor through fact-filled text, exciting illustrations and photographs of artefacts and re-enactors. Feature boxes, maps and lists complete the picture. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.
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  • Bonkers Boffins, Inventors & other Eccentric Eggheads

    By Paul Mason
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    Paul Mason
    Find out which world-famous inventor's last breath has been captured in a test tube, which boffin loved nothing more than a roasted armadillo for lunch, and which scientist fell in love with a pigeon. The books in the Barmy Biogs series are full of the facts that history books don't mention about some of the most famously crackpot characters in world history! Read them and history will never be the same again...Other titles in the series: Crackpot Kings, Queens & other Daft RoyalsDastardly Dictators, Rulers & other Loony LeadersPotty Painters, Writers & other Barmy Artists
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  • Bronze Age Adventures: Metal Man

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too!In this story, Dug is bored, but then he watches Mini creating rock babies and gets an idea - why not create his very own metal man! The first ingredient is wax from honeycomb - and that means collecting some from a nest of angry bees...!Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.
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  • Bronze Age Adventures: Hounds of Horror

    By Shoo Rayner
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    Shoo Rayner
    What happens when Dug and his sister, Mini have to cross the woods to find Grandma ... at the same time as a pack of hungry wolves are out? This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too!Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.
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  • Battles

    By Rob Colson
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    Rob Colson
    Find out about 12 of the biggest and most brutal battles in the history of the world, from Thermopylae in 480 BCE right the way through to Operation Desert Storm in 1991, taking in Cannae, Agincourt, Lepanto, the Siege of Yorktown, Trafalgar, Waterloo, Gettysburg, the Somme, the Battle of Britain and the Siege of Stalingrad. Explore the date and location of each battle, the opposing forces involved and the casualties resulting. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each battle, and what happened when. Additional background information to each conflict is also provided, including the Punic Wars, the Hundred Years' War, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, World War 1, World War 2 and the first Gulf War. Take a look at the technology, tactics and weaponry involved in each battle, from the longbow at Agincourt and the galleasses at Lepanto to the trench warfare of the Somme and the stealth fighter jets of the Gulf War. Infographic elements present information in a simple and highly visual way. The perfect resource for project work on battles, warfare and military history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above. For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Empires and Explorers.
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