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  • Visitors from Space

    By Katie Dicker
    Authors:
    Katie Dicker
    Have people really been abducted by aliens and have there been any real sightings of flying saucers? Delve into the world of the unexplained and the real (or not so real) claims of alien encounters.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages form beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
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  • Victoria

    By Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Illustrated by:
    Rupert Van Wyk
    Queen Victoria was the longest ever reigning British monarch and saw extraordinary developments during her reign, from the development of the railways to the discoveries of Charles Darwin.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.
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  • Vipero the Snake Man

    By Adam Blade
    Authors:
    Adam Blade
    The evil wizard Malvel has stolen the golden armour and a fearsome new Beast guards each piece of it. To defeat Malvel and save the kingdom, Tom needs to collect all the pieces. Join Tom as he journeys into the deadly heat of the desert, where he must do battle with Vipero the Snake Man...Don't miss: ZEPHA THE MONSTER SQUID, CLAW THE GIANT MONKEY, SOLTRA THE STONE CHARMER, ARACHNID THE KING OF SPIDERS, TRILLION THE THREE-HEADED LION
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  • The Vikings

    By Clare Hibbert
    Authors:
    Clare Hibbert
    Who were the Vikings? Why did the Vikings travel so much? What were Viking towns like? What did the Vikings do for fun? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Vikings. The detective shows readers how to write their name using Viking runes, draw family trees for famous Viking kings and find places in Britain that have Viking names. 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 Victorians

    By Jane Goodwin
    Authors:
    Jane Goodwin
    This title looks at all the significant individulas and events of the Victorian era: Shaftesbury, Owen, Fry; Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Great Exhibition; Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and the Crimean War; Stephenson, Brunel; Livingstone, Kingsley and world exploration; Bell and the telephone. It also looks at the changes to work and transport: the factory system and working life for men, women and children; the growth of industrial towns, ships and seafaring, rail travel, seaside holidays and entertainment; the impact of railways and the building of factories on the local area.
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  • Vikings

    By Liza Phipps, Avril Thompson
    Authors:
    Liza Phipps, Avril Thompson
    History Showtime brings a fresh new approach to history, combining essential learning with the fun of drama and music.History Showtime: Vikings looks at the history of these famous invaders and describes their everyday life, such as what they ate, what they wore and their beliefs. Alongside this key information are four songs, unique to this series, which bring the facts to life. At the end of the book is a simple playscript for children to act out, which enacts a dramatic Viking sea journey to a new life in Britain.
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  • The Valley of Adventure

    By Enid Blyton
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery.Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are going for a night flight on Bill's plane and soon find themselves flying into a truly amazing adventure. What has happened to Bill? Who are the two strange pilots, and what is the secret treasure hidden somewhere in the lonely valley the children have landed in?First published in 1947, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.
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  • Victorians

    By Jane Bingham
    Authors:
    Jane Bingham
    Explore the Victorians who lived in a time of great progress and change. Find out how factories and towns grew incredibly fast, and the British Empire reached its largest size. Discover the advances in transport, industry and architecture, and learn about the lives of both rich and poor.Read about Queen Victoria's long life and reign, the great Victorian buildings, ideas and inventions. Discover the working conditions in the mines and factories and a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild. The Explore! series delves into the most fascinating topics around for children at Key Stage 2, looking at the topic through a variety of subjects including design and technology, geography, art, literacy and numeracy.
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  • Venor the Sea Scorpion

    By Adam Blade
    Authors:
    Adam Blade
    Max and Lia's battle to defeat the wicked pirate, Red Eye, continues. Deep beneath the waves, Red Eye's crew of robotic monsters is joined by a new threat - a giant sea scorpion! Our heroes face a deadly battle...The third thrilling adventure in Sea Quest Series 5: The Chaos Quadrant. Look out for Sythid the Spider Crab, Brux the Tusked Terror and Monoth the Spiked Destroyer!
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  • Victorian Times

    By Jillian Powell
    Authors:
    Jillian Powell
    Each book in this delightful, child-friendly series focuses on a different period in history, from Ancient Egypt right up to World War 2. Children will love learning about each era, and then following the simple instructions to make useful or interesting objects from that time. Age-appropriate and accessible, the books are jam-packed with great ideas and perfect for use at home or in the classroom. In Craft Box: Victorian Times, you can learn how to make a Penny Black stamp, a barrel organ, a silhouette portrait, a bellows camera, a spinning top, a Victorian police helmet, a Jubilee souvenir, a model of the Crystal Palace, a Victorian calling card, a terrarium, a candlestick telephone and a cornucopia!Fun facts on every spread give background information about the Victorian era and its people, from the engineers, explorers and inventors who are still famous today, to Queen Victoria herself.A Further Information spread suggests age-appropriate websites and books, so children can go away and learn more about the Victorians.A glossary explains any tricky words, and will help to further increase children's knowledge and understanding of the era.
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  • Volcanoes

    By Chris Oxlade
    Authors:
    Chris Oxlade
    All around us, our planet is changing. Some changes are sudden and dramatic; others are almost imperceptible and take years. Our Earth in Action looks at these changes - from climate change to erosion and human activity - in detail. Volcanoes examines different types of volcanoes and how they form as well as the impact they have on populations and countries.
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    Very Wonderful, Very Rare - Saving the most endangered wildlife on Earth

    By Marilyn Baillie, Jonathan Baillie, Ellen Butcher
    Authors:
    Marilyn Baillie, Jonathan Baillie, Ellen Butcher
    This spectacular book introduces children to some of the most endangered species on Earth, from the pygymy sloth to Attenborough's pitcher plant. It explores what scientists are doing to save species and what we can do to help, featuring wildlife that is critically endangered alongside species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Large, spectacular photos and engaging text by award winning authors Jonathan and Marilyn Baillie really capture a child's attention and show why our wonderful wildlife is worth saving. Produced in assoication with the IUCN.
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  • Vincent van Gogh

    By Iain Zaczek
    Authors:
    Iain Zaczek
    This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
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  • Vedra & Krimon Twin Beasts of Avantia

    By Adam Blade
    Authors:
    Adam Blade
    New Beasts have been created in Avantia - twin dragons Vedra and Krimon. But the Wizard Malvel plans to capture them, so Tom must take the dragons into hiding. Can Tom save the twin Beasts from the wizard's evil spell?Beast Quest Early Readers are perfect for children learning to read and for families to enjoy together, with text vetted by a literacy expert and bright new colour illustrations.Look out for another Beast Quest Early Reader soon: Kragos and Kildor the Two-headed Demon!
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  • Vikings

    By Philip Steele
    Authors:
    Philip Steele
    Explore the world of some of the toughest, scariest and most fearsome fighters. Facts and stats on training, weapons and fighting styles will tell you everything you want to know about our Greatest Warriors!
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    Voyage to Valhalla

    By Robert Swindells
    Authors:
    Robert Swindells
    When Davy and his friends discover the skull of an ancient Briton buried in the woods, they decide to unearth as much as they can of the skeleton themselves before telling any adults. But by the time they have disinterred the skeletons, Davy has become the subject of hauntings and hallucinations.
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  • Volcano Disasters

    By John Hawkins
    Authors:
    John Hawkins
    Volcano disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people. They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years in aircraft crashes. Volcano Disasters first explores how and why a volcano erupts by explaining how the Earth's tectonic plates and what magma is made of. In our densely populated world volcanoes can be a major threat to human lives. This book explores some famous volcano disasters in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous eruptions occurred. From the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull in Iceland in 2010, whose eruption of hot ash grounded planes around the world, to possibly the most famous eruption of all time - Pompeii and more volcanoes in between - the factors that contributed to each of these disasters are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.
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  • Virgin

    By Adam Sutherland
    Authors:
    Adam Sutherland
    From a single record shop to space travel - the Virgin Group has become a vast multinational empire. With more than 400 companies worldwide the Virgin Group has recorded revenues of £15 billion! How did Virgin build such a hugely successful global brand? Discover how Virgin have built up from one magazine to become one of the most diverse companies in the world today. Learn about the brains behind the iconic brand, including the founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, explore key business concepts in a straightforward way and develop a product ideas for your very own Virgin brand.The Big Business series is ideal for young budding entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity! A brilliant read for readers aged 9+ keen to find out how the business behind the brand works.
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  • Violet the Painting Fairy

    By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
    Authors:
    Daisy Meadows
    Illustrated by:
    Georgie Ripper
    Strange things are happening on Rainspell Island! Kirsty and Rachel must help Violet the Painting Fairy track down her magical paintbrush. But can they find it before Jack Frost and the goblins manage to create more chaos?
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  • Viking Victory

    By Jennifer Gray, Amanda Swift, Amanda Swift, Sarah Horne, Oliver Hembrough
    Authors:
    Jennifer Gray, Amanda Swift, Amanda Swift
    Illustrated by:
    Sarah Horne
    Read by:
    Oliver Hembrough
    A nasty builder with a huge digger is threatening the guinea pigs' woodland! The furry pals must protect it--but how?Terry wants to tell all his friends online. Eduardo thinks a protest song will do the trick. While Coco just wants everyone to get on with it! Then they meet Olaf the Viking guinea pig who claims to be over 1,000 years old. Can they use his ancient tactics to help fight the builder?(P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
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