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The Swordhand Omnibus (2-in-1)

By Marcus Sedgwick
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Marcus Sedgwick
The prize-winning vampire novel MY SWORDHAND IS SINGING and its companion THE KISS OF DEATH in an omnibus edition.In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter, Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in the inhospitable village of Chust and settle there as woodcutters. When a band of gypsies comes to the village, Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia. And, intoxicated by their love of life, he is drawn into their deadly quest. For these travellers are Vampire Slayers and Chust is a community to which the dead return to wreak revenge on the living.Years on, and Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets. The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation. Hers is the kiss of death.
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  • Swim for your Life

    By Shoo Rayner
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    Shoo Rayner
    Olly is excited about watching the Great Swimming Race in the river Alpheios. But legend says that the water holds many dangers - including a terrible monster! Can Olly escape?
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    Survivors of the Holocaust

    By Kath Shackleton
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    Kath Shackleton
    Based on a series of a BAFTA-nominated animated documentaries, the artwork in Survivors of the Holocaust has been reinvented to bring together six different real-life survivors' account of the Holocaust. Every word rings with truth, whether it describes the bleak fear of arriving at Auschwitz or the sheer terror of Kristallnacht, and is complemented by dazzling, clever artwork. This unique children's graphic novel aims to bring the survivors' stories to a new audience. It is an important, timely reminder of the horrors that can be inflicted on innocent people and a reflection of the Holocaust's legacy today. It has been longlisted for the prestigous School and Library Association Information Books Awards, 2017. The Holocaust is an important part of the history curriculum at Key Stage 3 and this book is pitched perfectly for 9-12 year olds.
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  • Sumer and Ancient Mesopotamia

    By Charlie Samuels
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    Charlie Samuels
    From building techniques and making textiles to creating accurate calendars and understanding the human body. Six books that show how each civilisation gradually developed their knowledge and applied it, making advances that would dramatically and permanently change how people lived.
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  • Sugar

    By Alex Woolf
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    Alex Woolf
    The little grains you use to sweeten your food every day have an amazing story to tell. Like many other foods, sugar has a fascinating history, spanning centuries, continents and cultures. Wars have been fought over this food, empires conquered and black markets have flourished. This book describes the journey sugar has taken, from the use of sugarcane in ancient India to the staple sweetener in our cupboards today.Other topics covered are health aspects of sugar, how it is produced, its chemical properties and how it is traded around the world.With bright illustrations and amazing photographs, this is an ideal leisure read, but also perfect for coursework and presentations for key stage 2 readers.
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    Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

    By Sarah Ridley
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    Sarah Ridley
    This book tells the story of the campaign to get women the vote in Britain. Beginning by looking at the role of women in the 19th Century and ending with the continuing struggle for equal rights for women in all parts of society, this is an essential read for young people aged 10 plus to understand the history of the women's movement on suffrage. It includes the suffragists' campaign. The book includes photos of key people in the campaign such as Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison and ephemera such as force-feeding equipment, banners and medallions.The book was long-listed for the 2017 SLA information book award. It is published ahead of 2018 - a landmark year that marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. This finally gave the vote to some women for the first time (women over 30, who owned property) and also gave the vote to all men (up until then, only about two-thirds of men had the vote). The Houses of Parliament are celebrating this centenary with their 'Vote 100' project. 2018 will also be the 90th anniversary of women gaining full voting equality with men in 1928.
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  • Sudan and Peoples in Conflict

    By Philip Steele
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    Philip Steele
    The background, history and key events of conflicts are presented. Different opinions, including views found in the media, are explored alongside factual accounts of events. Readers are encouraged to think about their own views and discuss controversial topics.
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  • Submarines

    By Tim Cooke
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    Tim Cooke
    Submarines lurk unseen beneath the waves. They circle the globe, even sailing beneath the North Pole. This silent patrol can be deadly. Modern submarines are launch platforms for long-range missiles that can be armed with nuclear warheads. But sailing under the water places unique demands on vessels and their crews. Find out about leading submarines from around the world - including their technical specifications. Learn about the history of submarines - from their first use - through incredible developments, right up to the latest, cleverest machines around today. Ultimate Military Machines delves into the incredible world of fighting machines and takes an upclose look at the latest technology used by the army, navy and air forces today. Each title takes an indepth look at one type of military vehicle - from its first use in warfare up to recent conflicts.
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    Story Singer

    By Sheila Rance
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    Sheila Rance
    The land of Khandar needs silk. The moths must dance in the palace garden and Tareth must weave once again. As Maia races across the Vast with the last of the cocoons, she knows the future of the Sun City lies in her hands. But her sister, Elin, will stop at nothing to steal back what was hers and see Caspia crowned as Sun Catcher and Queen. The silk sighs its secrets and Maia realises that now, more than ever, she must find a Story Singer to sing by her side.Film rights to the trilogy have now been optioned.
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    The Story of Britain

    By Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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    Mick Manning, Brita Granström
    This sumptious book is a wonderful first-introduction to British history. Masters of illustrated non-fiction, Mick Manning and Brita Granström tell the story of Britain from the Stone Age up to the present in a truly integrated narrative of text and illustration. It moves throughs the Iron Age, Stonehenge, the Celts, the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, then on to the marvels of the Medieval era, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Industrial Revolution, the Victorians and the 20th century right up to the modern day. The exciting story is supplemented by many amazing facts and introduces key figures from kings, queens and military leaders to scientists, artists and writers. History doesn't have to be horrible - here it is gripping, fascinating and fun!
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    The Story of Ireland

    By Stewart Ross, Richard Brassey
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    Stewart Ross
    Illustrated by:
    Richard Brassey
    Comic, colourful and succinct, with short text, lots of pictures and jokey captions, this is a brilliant introduction to the story of Ireland. From its pictorial endpaper maps to the panels of 'Irish Icons' ranging from Brian Boru to the Abbey Theatre, it is packed with useful and fascinating information. A story that is often complicated and turbulent is told with sensitivity and clarity, from the first legends right up to the present day. The Story of Ireland is the follow-up to Richard Brassey and Stewart Ross's The Story of Scotland, which won the Saltire Society/TES Award for Educational Publications and the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award.
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    The Story of World War One

    By Richard Brassey
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    Richard Brassey
    It began 100 years ago. They said it would be over by Christmas. They were wrong! Read about the tanks and trenches, bombs and battlefields that make up the chilling story of World War One. Did you know that German Zeppelins were made from cow intestines, the same material as sausage skins, so sausages were banned in Germany? Or that the fighting was stopped on Christmas Day 1914, so that German and British soldiers could play football in no man's land? Discover these facts, and so much more, in this fascinating book.Richard Brassey, author of the successful THE STORY OF THE OLYMPICS, brings World War One to life in this unique take on the history and events of one of the 20th century's most important episodes. Full of wonderful, full-colour illustrations and interesting stories, this is a timely addition to existing books on the subject that will interest even the most reluctant readers.
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    The Story Of Scotland

    By Richard Brassey
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    Richard Brassey
    The story of Scotland from the Ice Age to the Vikings, the Picts and the Romans, to Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Flora Macdonald, Sir Walter Scott, Logie Baird, Keir Hardie and many more famous Scots up to the present day. Each page is packed with colourful pictures and witty captions and speech bubbles, and a pithy text gives the facts and tells the story.This is a fun book, but it covers the material in a way that will make it attractive both to schools and to tourists. With NESSIE, THE LOCH NESS MONSTER a continuing bestseller in Scotland, Richard Brassey is the perfect author/illustrator for a book that should have a long life ahead. His co-author, Stewart Ross, is an ex-teacher with a special interest in Scottish history.
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    The Story of England

    By Richard Brassey
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    Richard Brassey
    This is the history of England, told with Richard Brassey's typical humour and verve, and illustrated in full colour on every page. From the first settlements to the present day, through civil wars, great fires and mighty kings and queens, Richard explores the rich and exciting history of England with fun and fascinating facts and stories!
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    Storm Chaser

    By Sheila Rance
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    Sheila Rance
    Silk whispers. Clouds gather. A storm is coming. Many years ago, a storm brought Maia to the cliffs. Now she is Sun Catcher in the land of Khandar, but when her father, Tareth, needs silk, Maia must go back to the clifftops she once fled. Danger awaits her every step of the way: assassins, thought-stealers, the Marsh Lord - all greedy for her power. And Razek, who deserted his people to follow her, must pay a high price as he tries to bend wind and rain to his will - and chase away the storms.Film rights to the trilogy have now been optioned.
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  • Stories About Surviving Drug Addiction

    By Paul Mason
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    Paul Mason
    Told by fourteen individuals, this book relates stories of determination, discipline and courage in the face of addiction.
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    Stories of World War One

    By Tony Bradman
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    Tony Bradman
    Tales to remember yesterday's fallen - from today's bestselling authors.Compiled by Tony Bradman, this collection of short stories chronicles the events of World War One - imagining the conflicts and emotions of those people caught up in the war and its aftermath. With stories from Malorie Blackman, Geraldine McCaughrean and Oisin McGann, among others, this anthology will be treasured for generations.
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  • Stories About Surviving HIV/AIDS

    By Theresa Saliba
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    Theresa Saliba
    Told by eleven individuals around the world, this book relates stories of courage and heroism in the face of disease.
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  • Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages

    By Sonya Newland
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    Sonya Newland
    Travel back to the time of the stone, bronze and iron ages! What was Britain like over 6000 years ago? Who lived on the island and what was it like? Explore these ancient civilisations to understand how prehistoric people have influenced the way we live today. Discover the artefacts that give evidence of their way of life.The Explore! series takes an all-round, hands-on approach to history, making the subject relevant to all area of curriculum learning - geography, art, literacy and numeracy. Each book features a diary entry, a fun craft-based activity, and a quiz.
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  • The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Which genius ideas and inventions began in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages? This period, stretching from the first ancestors of modern humans to the start of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, was a time of amazing developments. Find out how the discovery of how to make fire and tools, farm the land and form symbols to communicate in writing transformed society and had a lasting impact on the way we live today.
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