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  • The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

    By Geoffrey Barker
    Authors:
    Geoffrey Barker
    History Detective Investigates: The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China is a hands-on, investigative approach to history. Learn all about Ancient China, its people and the story of Ancient China that goes back over 3,000 years. The Shang Dynasty was the second dynasty of the three dynasty periods. It followed on from the Xia Dynasty. It was the first dynasty to provide written records of the life in China and it is renowned for making great contributions to Chinese civilisation. Founded sometime around 1600BCE The Shang Dynasty was governed by a series of about 29 kings over a 600 year period. They were situated along the Yellow River Valley and historians know a lot about their lives from the discovery of the oracle bones, ancient tombs and cities and other artefacts. The Shang Dynasty is known for the invention of early writing, the development of a government, their skill with bronze and their use of the chariot and bronze weapons in warfare. Contains maps, paintings, artefacts and photographs to show what life was like under the Shang Dynasty. 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 Shang Dynasty of Ancient China then take a look at Stone Age to Iron Age, The Mayan Civilization, Early Islamic Civilization and The Indus Valley.
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  • Social Networking: Big Business on Your Computer

    By Nick Hunter
    Authors:
    Nick Hunter
    Social Networking follows the newest multi-billion industry on the planet. The book explores how the social networking industry began and how tiny seedlings of companies grew into multinational giants that today make billions. Discover how social networking businesses are making money from your friendships and what the future potential of this baby of the business world could really be.Discover the world's biggest money-making industries and the secrets of their success in Big-time Business. From the pharmaceutical industry and entertainment world through to the business of beauty, banking, social networking and energy, find out why these enterprising worlds have a grip on the global economy and are considered the biggest money-generators on the planet. A high-interest exploration of the business world for 9+ readers.
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  • Skin Deep: The Business of Beauty

    By Angela Royston
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    Angela Royston
    Skin Deep digs beneath the beauty industry's glamorous surface to find out how it makes its billions. The book looks at the history of the beauty industry, from ancient cosmetics through to poisonous products, and the extraordinary lengths people have gone to in order to look good. The book examines how the beauty industry today is worth billions, exploring its latest technological developments and just how much people will pay to be beautiful.Discover the world's biggest money-making industries and the secrets of their success in Big-time Business. From the pharmaceutical industry and entertainment world through to the business of beauty, banking, social networking and energy, find out why these enterprising worlds have a grip on the global economy and are considered the biggest money-generators on the planet. A high-interest exploration of the business world for 9+ readers.
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  • Skateboarding Champion

    By James Nixon
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    James Nixon
    This series is all about the exhilarating world of extreme sports and what it takes to become a top professional. Each title lists the essential equipment you need and examines the basic skills, before going on to look at the more demanding tricks and stunts. There are also profiles of some of the greatest names in the sport, the biggest competitions in the world and the most fearsome locations that these daring competitors come up against.Skateboarding Champion opens up the exciting world of skateboarding for young readers. Techniques, moves, facts, stats and pro profiles grab young readers' attention and ensure a thrilling read from cover to cover.
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  • Skiing

    By Clive Gifford
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    Clive Gifford
    Packed with information for children aged 9-11 on different ski disciplines, indoor and outdoor ski resorts, plus the equipment they will need to stay safe and comfortable. Filled with plenty of action-packed photographs, it will guide them through their first skills and techniques on the piste and shows how to progress to the next level.
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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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    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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  • Showtime!: The Entertainment Industry

    By Franklin Watts
    Authors:
    Franklin Watts
    Showtime! goes backstage to uncover how the giants of mass-media make millions by entertaining the public. From music and gaming through to television and movies, find out how this billion-dollar industry is cashing in on your fun.Discover the world's biggest money-making industries and the secrets of their success in Big-time Business. From the pharmaceutical industry and entertainment world through to the business of beauty, banking, social networking and energy, find out why these enterprising worlds have a grip on the global economy and are considered the biggest money-generators on the planet. A high-interest exploration of the business world for 9+ readers.
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  • Space Pioneers

    By Steve Parker
    Authors:
    Steve Parker
    From the first rockets to leave Earth's atmosphere and the animals that made brave journeys into space, such as Laika the Soviet stray dog, to the first spacewalks and the tragedies of the loss of all crew members of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles, this book looks at the people, who's part in various space programmes around the world, have helped to push the boundaries of space travel for future generations.Six books that reveal the thrilling journeys, triumphs and disasters that men and women have experienced in the exploration of our universe. These books examine the mind-blowing technologies involved in space endeavours and tells the all too human stories of some of the key figures.
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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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    Stonebird

    By Mike Revell, Mike Revell, Joe Jameson
    Authors:
    Mike Revell, Mike Revell
    Read by:
    Joe Jameson
    When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he's thrown into an unfamiliar place with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn't remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can't. Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam's stories. And stories can be dangerous things... Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again. But his grandma's illness is getting worse, his mum isn't coping, and his sister is skipping school... What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam's family?(P)2015 WF Howes Ltd
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  • The Ship of Adventure

    By Enid Blyton
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    Enid Blyton
    Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery. All aboard for a quiet cruise among the Greek Islands! But when Philip's pet monkey breaks a birthday present, Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are plunged into an exciting quest to find the lost treasure of the Andra - with some ruthless villains hot on their trail.First published in 1950, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.
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  • The Sea of Adventure

    By Enid Blyton
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    Enid Blyton
    Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery. A mysterious trip to the desolate northen isles leads to another exciting adventure for Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack. Bill is kidnapped, and the children are marooned far from the mainland. Will they rescue Bill in a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with an unknown enemy?First published in 1948, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.
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  • South Africa

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Unpack the history and culture of South Africa - one of the world's most beautiful and interesting countries - with Unpacked: South Africa. The book takes you on a journey through this incredible country, from its food to wildlife and its art to sport. The bright, fun scrapbook design will engage children's attention and capture their interest, making the book the perfect introduction and travel guide. Explore South Africa's rich history, from its tribal past, through colonization, right up to the present day. Meet the 'big five' safari animals: the lion, the African elephant, the leopard, the rhinoceros and the Cape Buffalo, plus lots more incredible wildlife. Discover the Springbok passion for all things sport, from rugby and cricket to football, swimming and cycling, and find out why their sports teams are among the best in the world. See the sights in South Africa's three capital cities: Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. Explore South Africa's diverse and interesting landscape - from veld to coast, deserts and rivers. Read all about Nelson Mandela, who many consider to be the founder of modern South Africa, and the apartheid era he fought to end. Discover the unusual meats South Africans love to feast on, from ostrich to crocodile and antelope! Find out all about the treasure that exists underground in South Africa, from gold, silver and copper to dazzling diamonds. Uncover the history behind some of South Africa's most exciting festivals and holidays, such as the 'Second New Year' held every January in Cape Town. Unpacked: South Africa is packed full of fun, quirky facts and interesting information, perfect for children aged 9 and above. Whether you're planning a trip, or just interested in the country, this is the guide for you! South Africa is just one of the world's most fascinating countries. Why not unpack Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, India, Portugal or Spain in other titles in the series?
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  • Spain

    By Susie Brooks
    Authors:
    Susie Brooks
    Unpack the history and culture of Spain - one of the world's most beautiful and interesting countries - with Unpacked: Spain. The book takes you on a journey through this incredible country, from its food to fashion and its art to sport. The bright, fun scrapbook design will engage children's attention and capture their interest, making the book the perfect introduction and travel guide. Explore Spain's rich history, from the Moors to the Conquistadors, right up to the present day. Meet some of Spain's most incredible wildlife, wolves and bears to camels and lynx! Discover the Spanish passion for all things sport, find out why their national football team are world champions, and meet Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal. See the sights in Spain's staggering cities, from the incredible Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, to the beautiful Moorish buildings and orange trees of Seville. Explore Spain's diverse and interesting landscape - see beaches, mountains, and islands along the way, and discover why Spain is such a popular tourist destination. Read all about delicious Spanish food, from paellas and olives to tapas and cheese - avoid if you're feeling peckish! Escape to the country to see parts of Spain that are off the beaten track; and encounter vineyards, wild pigs, and houses built into the edge of cliffs! Discover amazing Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró, plus the incredible galleries, such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao, that house their work. Find out all about the Spanish film industry, which has given the world movie stars from Penelope Cruz to Antonio Banderas, and be inspired to watch some classic Spanish films! Uncover the history behind some of Spain's most famous pastimes, from flamenco dancing to bull-fighting, and see the incredible costumes worn by both dancers and matadors. Unpacked: Spain is packed full of fun, quirky facts and interesting information, perfect for children aged 9 and above. Whether you're planning a trip, or just interested in the country, this is the guide for you! Spain is just one of the world's most fascinating countries. Why not unpack Australia, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Portugal or South Africa in other titles in the series?
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  • Swimming

    If you're mad about swimming, this book will help you make the most of your favourite sport. Find out how to perfect your strokes, swim competitively for a club and expand your abilities into water polo, snorkelling and scuba diving.
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  • Space

    By Andrew Langley
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    Andrew Langley
    Impress your friends (and yourself) with just how much you know about Space! Loads of facts and stats will help you discover amazing facts about the Sun, the Moon and other planets stars and galaxies. Read this book to ensure you really do Know It All!Part of the series Know It All - there are eight books in this series covering everything from Cars and Pirates to Inventions and Dangerous Animals.
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  • Sailing

    By Susie Porter
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    Susie Porter
    This book is full of information on how to get into sailing, including finding a sailing school, understanding the wind, the equipment needed and how to stay stafe on the water. Packed with lively, step-by-step photographs, it will guide you through learning first skills and techniques, and show you how to progress to the next level.Although each of these sports require a variety of different skills and techniques, they all have the love of outdoors in common. They are also accessible to all - from young to old and able-bodied to disabled. The series is inspirational for those readers who want to explore the sports and it also offers information on how to get started and how to participate in the sport, including step-by-step instructions for the key techniques.
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  • Seriously Risky Jobs

    By Jim Pipe
    Authors:
    Jim Pipe
    Experience the thrills of fast machines, daring journeys, extreme sports and much more through this series of action packed high-interest reads designed for older children.Seriously Risky Jobs takes a look at the most dangerous and extreme jobs in the world, from deep-sea rescue to smoke jumpers. Packed with facts, stats, true-life stories and amazing photographs this book will appeal to everyone interested in high-octane thrills at work.
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