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  • Sophie Shyosaurus

    By Brian Moses, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Brian Moses
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    Sophie Shyosaurus was a very shy dinosaur. She got embarrassed at parties, when she met someone new, or if she had to stand up and talk in school. Will she ever be able to stop being shy? Written by Brian Moses, this humorous picture book explores different things that might make children feel shy, for example being asked to speak in class, going to a party or doing something new. Different ways of dealing with shyness are then set out with mum and dad dinosaur explaining how they sometimes are shy too and giving examples of how they try to overcome these feelings. The clever and funny illustrations, by internationally renowned illustrator, Mike Gordon, bring a light-touch to these stories, helping children to learn about their feelings in a fun and light-hearted way. Excellent notes for parents and teachers at the back of this book show how to approach these issues with children. Other books by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon: I Feel Frightened; I Feel Angry; I Feel Jealous; I Feel Sad; It's Not Fair; I Feel Bullied; William Worrydactyl; Gracie Grumposaurus; Jamal Jealousaurus; Anna Angrysaurus; Samuel Scaredosaurus.
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    Storm Chaser

    By Sheila Rance
    Authors:
    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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  • Spying and Security

    By Charlie Samuels
    Authors:
    Charlie Samuels
    World War II is explored through first hand-evidence including posters, newspapers, diaries, letters, speeches, poems and songs. This title looks at spying and security in the Second World War, from code breaking and spying to national security and civil defence. It looks at the hidden world of secrets and deception in World War Two.
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  • Soldiers

    By Charlie Samuels
    Authors:
    Charlie Samuels
    The lives of soldiers in World War II is explored through first hand-evidence including posters, newspapers, diaries, letters, speeches, poems and songs. This title looks at recruitment and training of soldiers, how morale was kept up with entertainment, the medical care that soldiers received, and demobilisation.
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  • The Second World War 1939-45

    By Pam Robson
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    Pam Robson
    This book is ideal for school project work or for those who want an 'at-a-glance' overview of the Second World War. Complete with descriptions of the key events of the war, it tracks the progress of the battles and investigates how peace was finally achieved.The timeline, glossary and clearly-headed spreads make it easy to refer to essential dates, facts and personalities. Maps, contemporary photography, paintings, posters and pictures of artefacts all help bring the topic to life.
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  • Start-Up History: Toys

    By Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
    Authors:
    Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
    This book is an engaging exploration of the history toys from the wooden and metal toys of the 19th century, through the emergence of plastic toys to the development of electronic toys today. It considers toys as varied as Noah's ark and dolls and encourages children to use their knowledge of materials and technology to date the toys they are considering.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 building skills and historical vocabulary. Perfect introductory history texts for 5-7 KS1 readers.
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  • Spending My Money

    By Claire Llewellyn, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Claire Llewellyn
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    How can you pay for the things that you want? How does spending your money in different ways make you feel?Spending My Money answers these questions and more as it introduces you to the idea of spending your money. Notes for parents and teachers, as well as suggestions for learning activities reinforce the information in the book.
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  • Sport and Pastimes

    By Nicola Barber
    Authors:
    Nicola Barber
    Roman Life is a series that will explore the establishment of the Roman Empire and the notable people of the age, such as Augustus, Virgil and Homer. The text will chronicle the features and characteristics of the Roman age and explore the lives of the different social classes, as well as men, women and children. Readers will learn what it was like to live as a Roman, be able to compare how their present lives have been influenced by the past and learn how much has changed since Roman times.This title examines how the Romans spent their spare time, from hosting dinner parties to listening to music and going to the theatre. It also looks at sports the Romans enjoyed, such as gladiator fights, athletics, chariot racing, ball games and wild animal shows.
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  • Seaside Holidays

    By Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
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    Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
    Explore the history of Seaside Holidays from the emergence of British seaside resorts in the 19th century to the modern beach holidays of today, where people fly all around the globe. It considers why people went on holiday, how they got there and all the fun things they did there - from fairground rides to Punch and Judy. The simple text encourages children to think historically and compared holidays in the past with their experiences today.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 building skills and historical vocabulary. Perfect introductory history texts for 5-7 KS1 readers.
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    Sketches from a Nameless Land

    By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan
    Authors:
    Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan
    The Arrival has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. How did it come to be created, and what inspired its unique and captivating story?In Sketches from a Nameless Land, author Shaun Tan explains the origins of his ideas, using examples from early research and concept sketches through to finished artwork. In tracing this evolution, he sheds light on the silent language of images, the spirit of the migrant experience and the artist's creative journey.The Arrival was sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. "An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one." - The Times"It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike." - The ObserverRead more about The Arrival at www.thearrival.com.auFind out more about Shaun Tan at http://www.shauntan.net
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  • Safety: I Can Be Safe

    By Pat Thomas
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    Pat Thomas
    This book explores the issue of safety for young children. It explains the importance of understanding the difference between what is safe and what is not, and goes on to look at how children can feel safe at home, at school, in the playground, in the street, and elsewhere. Information on natural 'instinct' is given and advice for children on what to do if they feel scared at any time. The book concludes by explaining that learning to look after themselves is a big part of growing up for everybody.With beautiful artwork by Lesley Harker.
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  • Shipwreck Disasters

    By John Hawkins
    Authors:
    John Hawkins
    Shipwreck 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 at sea.Shipwreck Disasters first explores why ships can become a danger to life, whether that is because of poor design, freak weather or simple human error. Some famous shipwreck disasters are then explored in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous sinkings occurred. Such as the infamous sinking of the Mary Rose at the hands of the French fleet in 1545, through to the fate of the RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg on a crossing of the Atlantic, right up to the 2008 disaster in the Philippines. 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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  • Solving The Mysteries of The Pyramids

    By Fiona Macdonald
    Authors:
    Fiona Macdonald
    The Ancient Egyptian pyramids along the river Nile are one of the wonders of the world. These world famous sites are places where ancient history can still be explored today. These monuments have puzzled and fascinated archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years. Solving the Mysteries of the Pyramids explores these amazing ruins and looks in detail at other famous sites, such as the Great Sphinx and at the culture of mummifying the dead; burying them with food, animals, gold, weapons and other offerings for the gods. The book fills in the details of how we think the people who lived there at the time built and used these amazing tombs. It also explains how some of the archaeological discoveries were uncovered, which have helped to piece together our understanding of this fascinating time.
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  • Solving The Mysteries of Pompeii

    By Charlie Samuel
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    Charlie Samuel
    Pompeii is one of the world's most famous sites where ancient history can still be explored today. The devastation of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, when mount Vesuvius erupted, has puzzled and fascinated archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years. The way the city was preserved, buried deep under the volcanic ash has revealed amazing clues about what life was like in a city during the period of the Roman Empire. Solving the Mysteries of Pompeii explores these amazing ruins and looks in detail at the artefacts, architecture and remains of people and animals who lived there. It also explains how some of the archaeological discoveries were uncovered, which have helped to piece together our understanding of this fascinating place.
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  • Shadow and Bone

    By Leigh Bardugo
    Authors:
    Leigh Bardugo
    Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the number one New York Times-bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Sarah J. Maas. Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold-a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country's magical military elite - and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.Praise for the Grishaverse:"Utterly, extremely bewitching." The Guardian"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." Vanity Fair"Unlike anything I've ever read." Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." RT Book ReviewsRead all the books in the Grishaverse!The Shadow and Bone Trilogy (previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)Shadow and BoneSiege and StormRuin and RisingThe Six of Crows DuologySix of CrowsCrooked KingdomThe Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
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  • Solving The Mysteries of Stonehenge

    By Leon Gray
    Authors:
    Leon Gray
    Stonehenge is one of the world's most famous sites where ancient history can still be explored today. This ancient monument has puzzled and fascinated archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years because no one knows for sure what it was actually built for! Stone Age Britain was a place where many different tribes of people lived and many theories suggest that Stonehenge was a place used for ceremonies and rituals.Solving the Mysteries of Stonehenge explores this amazing ruin and looks in detail at other famous henges such as one of the largest ones in Europe at Avebury and the stone circles at Carnac in France. With Stonehenge as a background, the book fills in the details of how we think the people who lived there at the time built and used this amazing stone circle. It also explains how some of the archaeological discoveries were uncovered, which have helped to piece together our understanding of this fascinating place.This series investigates some of the most well-known sites of past civilisations. Shows archaeologists as detectives of the past and how they work to solve mysteries of ancient cultures and civilisations by literally 'Digging Into History'. A brilliant series for young history buffs and any child interested in archaeology.
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  • Solving The Mysteries of Ancient Rome

    By Trudy Hanbury-Murphy
    Authors:
    Trudy Hanbury-Murphy
    Rome is one of the world's most famous sites where ancient history can still be explored today. Rome was the seat of power of the Roman Empire and was ruled by many famous characters such as the military leader, Julius Caesar. The Roman army was hugely powerful and successful, but the Romans also loved culture, entertainment and art and were expert craftsmen. Solving the Mysteries of Ancient Rome explores this amazing city and looks in detail at famous sites such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon as well as other Roman technologies such as hypocausts, aqueducts and Roman roads. With Rome as a background the book fills in the details of what life would have been like for all kinds of different people who lived there at the time. It also explains how some of the archaeological discoveries were uncovered, which have helped to piece together our understanding of this fascinating place.This series investigates some of the most well-known sites of past civilisations. Shows archaeologists as detectives of the past and how they work to solve mysteries of ancient cultures and civilisations by literally 'Digging Into History'. A brilliant series for young history buffs and any child interested in archaeology.
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  • Siege and Storm

    By Leigh Bardugo
    Authors:
    Leigh Bardugo
    Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the number one New York Times-bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Sarah J. Maas. Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov's power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner - hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can't outrun their enemies for long.The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina's magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.But as the truth of Alina's destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling's deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice - and only she can face the oncoming storm.Praise for the Grishaverse:"Utterly, extremely bewitching." The Guardian"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." Vanity Fair"Unlike anything I've ever read." Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." RT Book ReviewsRead all the books in the Grishaverse!The Shadow and Bone Trilogy (previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)Shadow and BoneSiege and StormRuin and RisingThe Six of Crows DuologySix of CrowsCrooked KingdomThe Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
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    Shadow of the Zeppelin

    By Bernard Ashley
    Authors:
    Bernard Ashley
    Across Europe, the horror of war is destroying lives and separating families.Yield or fight?When tragedy strikes Freddie's family, he and his soldier brother must go on the run, battling for their survival.Jump or burn?Without a parachute, that's the choice Ernst knows he will face if his Zeppelin is shot down.Bravery takes different forms. How far would you go to stand up for what's right?
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    Stories of World War One

    By Tony Bradman
    Authors:
    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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