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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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  • Return to Rome

    By Caroline Lawrence
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    Caroline Lawrence
    The fourth and final book in the new historical adventure series from million copy selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian.AD 96. Bouda, an orphaned British girl with a troubled past, has been helping Juba and his siblings since they first arrived in Britannia. For almost two years they have been in hiding from the Emperor Domitian's agents. But now information has come to light that could bring down the tyrant. When Juba and his sister decide to return to Rome with the man who has this evidence, Bouda goes with them. But is it ever right to kill a tyrant?From the bestselling author of THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, perfect for children studying at Key Stage 2.
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    Rebel Voices

    By Louise Kay Stewart, Eve Lloyd Knight
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    Louise Kay Stewart
    Illustrated by:
    Eve Lloyd Knight
    A beautifully illustrated celebration of the brave campaigners who fought for women's right to vote. Discover that it was never illegal for women to vote in Ecuador, or how 40,000 Russian women marched through St Petersburg demanding their rights. Find out how one Canadian woman changed opinions with a play, and Kuwaiti women protested via text message. And learn that women climbed mountains, walked a lion through the streets of Paris, and starved themselves, all in the name of having a voice. Tracing its history from New Zealand at the end of the 19th century, follow this empowering movement as it spread from Oceania to Europe and the Americas, then Africa and Asia up to the present day. Meet the women who rioted, rallied and refused to give up. Stunningly illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight, this book celebrates the women who refused to behave, rebelling against convention to give women everywhere a voice.If you loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World or Women in Science then you'll love this!
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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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  • Rubies and Runaways

    By Janine Beacham
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    Janine Beacham
    The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton AbbeyIt's a bitterly cold winter in Yorke and Rose Raventhorpe and her butler Heddsworth are stuck with Rose's unpleasant cousin Herbert, and his equally horrible butler, Bixby. When an orphan boy named Orpheus interrupts the Cathedral's Mistletoe Service, saying that his sister has been kidnapped, Rose vows to help. Solving the mystery will be a lot better than accompanying ghastly Herbert! But the investigation is more complicated than Rose has anticipated and will lead her and her butler friends through fancy tea-rooms, horrible factories, secret underground passages and more... Fireplace pokers are much more dangerous than you might imagine . . .
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    Ryan Higa’s How to Write Good

    By Ryan Higa
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    Ryan Higa
    An unconventional, irreverent, yet heartfelt memoir by Ryan Higa, one of the top creators on YouTube. With pictures! And illustrations! And, y'know, words. Now a New York Times bestseller!I know you're used to seeing me on the Internet, but here I am, coming at you in book form. You might be asking yourself, A book? You? Why? Listen, I'm as surprised about it as you are. But I have a story to tell that I believe will help inspire people who are going through tough times. And I couldn't be the only YouTuber without a book, could I?This is the story of how I went from being a relatively happy kids to being depressed and angry and filled with dark thoughts. This is also the story of how I found my way to a happier life. But wait, there's more! You're not only getting my story but you'll also learn to write well, from a college dropout who struggled in basic-level English classes and still became a legit, Best Sailing Author. (That wasn't a typo. I plan to buy a boat one day...but probably not anytime soon. This book might not cell good.)
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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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  • The Romans

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    Romans offers a look at life in Roman Britain from 43 to 430 CE, allowing young readers to imagine themselves taking part in Roman 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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  • 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
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    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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    Razia's Ray of Hope

    By Elizabeth Suneby, Suana Verelst
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    Elizabeth Suneby
    Illustrated by:
    Suana Verelst
    Razia's Ray of Hope is the story of one girl's dream of getting an education and attending a new school in her village in Afghanistan. But her father and brother are against the idea. Can she persuade them that it is a good idea?Razia falls asleep every night dreaming of going to school like her brothers Jamil and Karim. So when she learns that a girls' school is being built just down the road from her home, she is filled with hope...This is a compelling story of one girl's aspirations to go to school in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime. It is a moving account of how she finally persuades her father and older brother to let her go. Razia Jan, who appears in the story, founded the Kabuli Education Centre in Afghanistan to offer local girls an education in a story reminiscent of Malala Yousafzai's campaign for female education in Pakistan.
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  • Refugees and Migrants

    By Ceri Roberts, Hanane Kai
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    Ceri Roberts
    Illustrated by:
    Hanane Kai
    The Children in Our World picture book series helps children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate the news in a sensitive and appropriate manner. With relatable comparisons, carefully researched text and striking illustrations, children can begin to understand who refugees and migrants are, why they've left their homes, where they live and what readers can do to help those in need. Where issues aren't appropriate to describe in words, Hanane Kai's striking and sensitive illustrations help children visualise who refugees and migrants are, in images that are suited to their age and disposition. The series forms an excellent cross-curricular resource that looks at refugees, war, poverty and racism making them ideal for tying into Refugee Week and discussions on current affairs.
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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
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    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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  • 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
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    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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    Remembering the Fallen of the First World War

    By Sarah Ridley
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    Sarah Ridley
    Remembering the Fallen of the First World War takes a fascinating and detailed look at how servicemen killed during the First World War were commemorated. Beginning during the war itself, the book investigates the options available at the time - repatriation and normal burial were intially considered, but the sheer number of the dead precluded this, so cemeteries close the battlefields became the only realistic option. The book chronicles the work of Sir Fabian Ware and the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in setting up permanent and beautifully maintained cemeteries after the war as well as local war memorials, plaques in churches, books of remembrance and so forth. The book also includes poetry written and artwork created to honour the fallen, and offers advice on how young readers can find their ancestors' war graves. A must have book on World War One for ages 11 and up.
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  • Rationing in World War II

    By Martin Parsons
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    Martin Parsons
    Why was there a shortage of familiar foods like bacon, butter and bananas? How did people make their rations go further? What did it mean to 'Dig for Victory'? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions by exploring real-life accounts, looking on the Internet and finding clues about what life was like when food and other supplies were rationed. The detective shows readers how to create their own project about rationing, discover what it meant to 'Dig for Victory' and find out how ration books worked. 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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  • The Rise of Humans

    By David West
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    David West
    In twelve beautifully crafted scenes, discover a world where a new kind of mammal has appeared from the disappearing forests and has begun to walk on two legs. From simple tool-making to mastering a control over fire, witness the evolution of our ancestors as they leave Africa and spread - taking over the world.The two titles in this series, Prehistoric! are a wonderful exploration of an amazing period in pre-history. Plenty has been written about the dinosaurs but these books offer readers aged 7-9 the chance to develop wider historical interests.
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