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  • In the Age of Industry

    By Richard Platt, David Lawrence
    Authors:
    Richard Platt
    Illustrated by:
    David Lawrence
    Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Age of Industry examines aspects of technology in Victorian times, including ship-building, weapons, motion pictures, photography, railways and telegraphy.Suitable for Key Stages 2-3, How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries of technology.
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  • In the Air

    By John C. Miles
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    John C. Miles
    How did the forces that fought in the air affect the outcome of the Second World War? This book explores the units who battled it out to win supremacy in the skies during the Second World War, from the Luftwaffe and RAF, to the Japanese Kamikaze squadrons. Along the way, readers will discover the key battles, tactics and weapons that helped the Allies to victory. The Fighting Forces of the Second World War is a must-read for all young military buffs, who enjoy poring over the tactics, uniforms, weapons, special equipment and much more of the heroic fighting forces who waged the Second World War. Key battles and notable events, told chronologically, provide a useful solid historical structure and offer key learning, while the single-topic approach allows easy comparison between the different sides. A great series for readers aged 11 and up.
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  • The Indus Valley

    By Claudia Martin
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    Claudia Martin
    Around 4,000 years ago, the Indus Valley was home to a great civilisation. Find out about the mysterious rulers of the Indus Valley, their splendid cities and their flushing toilets.How were the cities of the Indus Valley built? What were homes like? What food did people eat? What gods were worshipped? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in their local library where they can find out more about the Indus Valley. 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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  • Iron Age

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    Uncover the fascinating stories of thirteen Iron Age finds.What's the first Iron Age object you can think of? Did you know that thousands of 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 Celts and the Iron Age. 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 they left behind. All over Britain, Iron 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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  • Iron Age

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    Discover the Iron Age and write about it!Find out about the Iron Age in Britain, from Celtic life and culture, to typical jobs and roundhouse settlements. Read about Boudica's battles with the Romans and discover ancient festivals and stories.Ideal for readers aged 9+, the Writing History series combines written evidence from the past with engaging writing activities to explore the fascinating worlds of ancient civilisations. Children can learn exciting facts and be inspired to write their own historical documents including diary entries, recipes, letters, speeches and much more!
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  • Iron Age

    By Moira Butterfield
    Authors:
    Moira Butterfield
    Iron Age offers a look at life in Britain in the centuries before the Romans arrived including Celtic society and customs, allowing young readers to imagine themselves taking part in Iron Age life.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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  • Ideas That Changed The World

    By Cath Senker
    Authors:
    Cath Senker
    For thousands of years, humans and their innovations have shaped our history. But some inventions and discoveries are so profound, they not only change the course of history, they also manage to leave a legacy so powerful, it can be called world-changing. This book looks at 10 of these ideas - from the invention of the wheel which brought about a radical change in travel, craftsmanship and manufacture, to anaesthetics, which ushered in a new era of medical care.Each of the 10 world-changing ideas is examined in detail - what were the circumstances; who was involved and why; what kind of a legacy has it left; and how is it still relevant to us today? The ideas range from inventions such as the printing press and the personal computer, to scientific breakthroughs such as anaesthetics and engineering feats including the steam engine.Spanning a significant portion of human history, the ancient civilisations in 3500 BCE, to 15th-century Europe, the Industrial Revolution and the digital era, this book not only examines the ideas themselves, but also places them in the context of other historical events and developments. Perfect for course work and cross-curricular activities spanning history, politics and science; the book includes 10 further momentous ideas, as well as a timeline that places them in the context of world history.
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  • Ivar the Boneless and the Vikings

    By David Gill
    Authors:
    David Gill
    The curiously-named Ivar the Boneless was one of the fiercest Viking leaders who ever lived. Despite failing in his quest to settle Britain, he was at the head of the biggest Viking invasion ever staged, and, it is said, never lost a battle. 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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  • The Indian Empire

    By Ellis Roxburgh
    Authors:
    Ellis Roxburgh
    India has been home to many great empires, but one of the greatest was one of the first. The Mauryans ruled India more than 2,000 years ago. They left few physical traces, however, and their remarkable achievements were largely forgotten. One name survived: Emperor Ashoka was celebrated for spreading the Buddhist faith in South Asia. This book reveals the full story of Ashoka, and the dynasty who ruled India for barely 130 years yet had an enduring influence on its history.A part of the Great Empires series which covers a particular empire or regional series of empires. Each title charts its history from its rise to its eventual fall. Concise text and supporting boxes explore the reasons for the empire's success-and its failure-and explain the mechanics of governing the empire and the experience of living under it.
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    The Indus Valley

    By Claudia Martin
    Authors:
    Claudia Martin
    How were the cities of the Indus Valley built? What were homes like? What food did people eat? What gods were worshipped? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Indus Valley. The detective shows readers how to create your own project about daily life in Mohenjo-Daro, make Indus Valley-style figurine and interview the rulers of the Indus Valley. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates 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 for 2014.
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    I Am Malala

    By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
    Authors:
    Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
    'Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world.' - J.K. RowlingWritten by Malala in collaboration with critically acclaimed author, Patricia McCormick, this children's edition tells the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world - and did. Her journey will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the determination of one person to inspire change. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on 9 October, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. She was shot point-blank on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now, she is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.Featuring updated material, including an exclusive interview with Malala, this book is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of change.
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    Israel and the Middle East

    By Cath Senker
    Authors:
    Cath Senker
    Fully updated in 2015, this title examines the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the current divisions in Israel and Palestine including unrest over water and oil, the growth of terrorist organisations and Israel's relationships with the West and their Middle Eastern neighbours.Case studies show real-life experiences from a variety of diverse sources. Viewpoint panels present each side of the argument from those involved in the conflict, politicians and the media. The panels look at who is behind each quote and suggest points to consider to guide the debate. Timelines, fact boxes and maps put the events into context.Why do some places experience conflict? What is it like to live in a country torn apart by unrest and violence? Is there a way to resolve the problems? The Our World Divided series explores these questions as it looks at today's most contentious issues affecting areas of conflict around the world.
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    I, Coriander

    By Sally Gardner
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    Sally Gardner
    The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen. This is a book filled with enchantments -- a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world. With its brilliantly realized setting of old London Bridge, and underpinned by the conflict between Royalists and Puritans, it is a terrific page turner, involving kidnapping, murder and romance, and an abundance of vivid characters.
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  • The Industrial Revolution

    By Peter Hepplewhite
    Authors:
    Peter Hepplewhite
    The book offers a chronological political history of the Industrial Revolution, as well as chapters on the major themes. Topics include developments in technology, the factory system and working life for men, women and children, education in factories and schools, the growth of industrial towns, and the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the military, ships and seafaring, rail travel, holidays and on local communities.Easy to navigate, each spread deals with a different topic and consists of maps, diagrams, artwork and photographs. Complete with timeline, glossary and 2-page index.
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    I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Equal Rights

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    I Have A Dream: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Equal Rights tells the remarkable story of Dr King's leadership of non-violent efforts to overcome appalling institutionalised racism and prejudice. Presented in a graphic, magazine-style format, the book follows King's life from his childhood in Atlanta to the March on Washington in 1963 and his assassination in 1968. The book concludes with a look at the legacy of Dr King's leadership.
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  • Inventions

    By James Nixon
    Authors:
    James Nixon
    Impress your friends (and yourself) with just how much you know about Inventions! From the invention of the wheel to cars, phones, computers, plastics and millions of other inventions - these have all helped to shape our world. This book explores some of the key inventions throughout the ages and explains the ideas and technology behind them. Read this book to ensure you really do Know It All!Part of the series Know It All - there are eight books in this series covering everything from Cars and Pirates to Knights and Dangerous Animals.
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  • Indus Valley

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    Each book in Great Civilisations approaches its subject through a scene-setting spread Who/where were the... then introduces the achievements of the chosen civilisation through 12 structures or objects, each of which illustrates a key aspect or theme. Writing, architecture, industry, warfare, transport and learning are all covered in the same simple, colourful and engaging way. Fact boxes and panels present incidental information and point the reader to the importance of parallel developments in other parts of the world.Indus Valley offers a look at one of the most important ancient civilisations. Through structures as complex and magnificent as the Great Bath at Mohenjo Daro or as simple as a steatite seal or a pot, readers gain a picture of who was whom in the ancient Indus Valley and how the civilisation in which they lived really worked.
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  • Into the Arena

    By David Grimstone
    Authors:
    David Grimstone
    Captured and sold into slavery, Decimus Rex is trained to fight as a gladiator in the infamous Arena. Our young hero must take on the might of Rome in order to survive. A Hero's QuestWhen Decimus Rex arrives at Arena Primus, he must endure trials involving burning hot coals, hammers, spikes and combat. The journey to manhood has begun...Escape From EvilIn the dreaded Arena of Doom, Decimus faces a race over burning hot coals and violent hand-to-hand combat with a fellow slave. Surely life can't get any more difficult than this?Stowaway SlavesDecimus Rex has escaped Arena Primus in the company of a fellow slave, Olu Umbika. Together, the pair have managed to do what no one else has ever done - flee the clutches of Slavious Doom. As expected, the overlord is furious and demands their immediate capture.
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  • Invasion and Settlement

    By Nicola Barber
    Authors:
    Nicola Barber
    The Viking Life series explores the everyday lives of people who lived during the Viking era. This title looks at Viking invasion and settlement, describing how far Viking travels extended and how the Vikings attacked, fought against or traded with the people they encountered.
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  • Industrial Revolution

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Covering this major period in world history, The Who's Who of the Industrial Revolution introduces key players who significantly influenced the outcome of this crucial economic development. Included are biographies of such figures as Samuel Slater, the Englishman who introduced the cotton mill to the United States, starting a revolution in the American cotton industry, and Robert Owen, a reformer who helped form the first trade unions in Britain to secure better conditions for workers.
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