The Lost Magician
By Piers Torday
'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children's only hope is to find their creator - a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever ...An ode to the world of Narnia, The Lost Magician is a classic in the making from one of the UK's most talented children's authors. Praise for Piers Torday:'the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure' - The Times
The Legend of Tutankhamun
By Sally Jane Morgan, James Weston Lewis
A young king... a lost tomb... and a treasure trove of unimaginable splendour... The Legend of Tutankhamun is a sumptuous visual retelling of the story of one of the most well-known Egyptian pharaohs. More than 3,000 years ago, a young boy became King in ancient Egypt and his life, death and final resting place is something that has fascinated people ever since. Readers are taken on a dramatic journey, from the deserts of ancient Egypt to the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb and the artefacts on show today. As the pages turn, you can witness the passing of a great King, his tomb being lost to the sand dunes, and its thrilling rediscovery. Powerful and vivid illustrations by James Weston Lewis bring the history, discovery and treasures of this young boy and his reign to life.
London on Fire: A Great City at the time of the Great Fire
By John C. Miles
Welcome to London in the late 17th century. After years of Civil War and repressive Puritan rule, King Charles II is back in town and his restoration has brought new life to this great city. The theatres are open again, markets and shops are thriving and the streets are crowded. People are talking about new ideas in science and architecture and experimenting with new fashions. This book takes you on a journey across London at this time, telling you about its 'five-star' sights and their history. It also explains the key events of the time: the reasons for the Restoration, the arrival of the Plague and, of course, the Great Fire of 1666 and the new London that arose out of its ashes. Published to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire, this book gives older children a much broader context for this famous event. With a mixture of maps, archive images and present day photography, it acts as a wonderful guide both to London in the 1660s and how its legacy can still be found in the capital today. London on Fire is an ideal resource for readers aged 10+ and supports the history curriculum at Key Stage 3.
By Claudia Martin
Explore the rich history of London! Find out about when the Romans settled Londinium in AD48, Saxon Lundenwic, William Conqueror and the Tower of London, medieval trade and the Black Death, Tudor Londoners and how they found entertainment from festivals and alehouses to theatres and football, how the Great Fire changed London, the Bow Street Runners and Henry Fielding, Robert Peel and the police force, Joseph Bazalgette and the sewers of London after the Great Stink; how the opening of the Tube expanded London; the Blitz and the rebuilding; the arrival of the Windrush from Jamaica making London even more multicultural and how London is still changing today with everyone wanting to see London's famous landmarks from St Paul's to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Read about the people who have influenced London such as Boudicca, Edward the Confessor,Aethelred the Unready, Bede, William the Conqueror, William of Poitiers, Dick Whittington, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.Follow the dog, Sherlock Bones, as he guides you around London and encourages you to find out more. Learn how you can make your own project about London.Ideally suited for readers age 8+ or teachers who are looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014. If you enjoy reading about the History Detective, then take a look at other titles in this series, such as the Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Greece, Ancient Sumer, The Mayan Civilization, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Early Islamic Civilizations.
By Alison Cooper
Discover the answers to fascinating questions in these new titles from the History Detective Investigates series. Follow Sherlock Bones on the detective trail and find out more about the past and start a history project of your own.
Loos, Poos and Number Twos
By Peter Hepplewhite, Tom Morgan-Jones
Welcome reader! This is the history book you've been waiting for! Peer down the pan of the past with us to discover all there is to know about Tudor toilets, medieval manure, dinosaur dung and Ancient Chinese chutes. Poo chutes, that is.Find out about the earliest WCs, what loos were like in the pyramids, how the Romans gossiped in public loos and what castle moats were really used for. Discover how Henry VIII cleansed the Royal Bum, what part 'gongfermors' played in medieval times and who invented loo paper!When did we finally upgrade to flushable facilities and sanitary sewers? And why were early Victorian streets piled high with poo? Dip into these chronicles of the cloakroom to find the answers to all these historical hygiene questions and many more...
The Land of Far Beyond
By Enid Blyton, Sam Loman
A beautiful cloth-bound gift edition of Enid Blyton's The Land of Far Beyond - a retelling of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.A classic adventure of good versus evil, this book will never be forgotten by the children who read it.Peter, Anna and Patience live in the City of Turmoil, a noisy, dirty place where children can do whatever they like. It's all fun and games until they discover the heavy burdens they carry in their hearts from behaving so badly. The only way they can get rid of their burdens is by travelling to the Land of Far Beyond, a distant land that is found by taking a long, difficult path full of people who tempt them to lose their way.This beautiful cloth-bound hardback contains the original text first published in 1942.
By Damian Harvey, Yuliya Somina
Follow the life of LS Lowry from his childhood industrial roots to becoming a modern day celebrity artist.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.
Lots of Things You Want to Know About Astronauts
By David West
Introducing astronauts! How much do you think you know about astronauts? You may know that astronauts have landed on the moon, but do you know why you can jump higher on the moon than you can on Earth? What is a russian astronaut called? How does a space suit keep astronauts safe? Well this book will tell you! A perfect introduction for kids who want to know what being an astronaut is all about. Bit-sized facts mean you can dip into this book at random, or read it cover to cover. Part of the series Lots of Things You Want to Know About, four books that take a look at some of the most dangerous jobs...ever! Aimed at children aged 7+ these books combine large full colour illustrations and simple paragraphs of text to encourage children to read around these high-interest topics.
London: A Time Traveller's Guide
By Moira Butterfield
London is thousands of years old. Ancient treasures, long-forgotten buildings and even skeletons of long-gone Londoners lie hidden beneath the bustling crowds and the brand-new skyscrapers of today. Imagine if you could step into a time machine and travel through the centuries to discover some of those hidden secrets for yourself!Written by award-winning children's author Moira Butterfield, London: A Time Traveller's Guide is packed with amazing facts, history, maps, personalities and trivia from London's incredible past to help make a trip to the capital really memorable for readers aged 9 and up. Features include how to behave and what to wear in each historical era, as well as all kinds of places to visit today.
Life Under Occupation
By Charlie Samuels
World War II is explored through first hand-evidence including posters, newspapers, diaries, letters, speeches, poems and songs.
Leapfrog Learners: Knights
By Annabelle Lynch
Find out all about the bravest knights, from what they wore to how they fought - in this new series of non-fiction readers.Leapfrog Learners offer fun facts in accessible text, perfect for building reading confidence.
The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini Mysteries
By Caroline Lawrence
Mystery and adventure in Ancient Roman times for Flavia Gemina and her friends . . . Sacred chickens, a jellyfish and a Roman mystery set in Britannia - this collection of mini-mysteries is the perfect recipe for a gripping read!Includes an exclusive interview with Caroline Lawrence on the secrets of writing mystery stories!
The Life Of Florence Nightingale
By Liz Gogerly
This book explains who Florence Nightingale was, and the work she did. Her role in the hospitals at Scutari during the Crimean War is looked at, together with the campaigning she did in Britain for better health care.Complete with photos, paintings, glossary and index.
By T Potter
By Bernard Ashley
When Kaninda survives a brutal attack on his village in East Africa he joins the rebel army, where he's trained to carry weapons, and use them.But aid workers take him to London, to a new family and a comprehensive school. Clan and tribal conflicts are everywhere, and on the streets it's estate versus estate, urban tribe against urban tribe.All Kaninda wants it to get back to his own war and take revenge on his enemies. But together with Laura Rose, the daughter of his new family, he is drawn into a dangerous local conflict that is spiraling out of control.