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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is, in her own words, ‘a writer, teacher and a recovering character actress’ who lives in upstate New York with her husband ‘and two surprisingly well-mannered children’. Here she talks to Graham Marks, on Skype, about how she became a writer, the highs and lows of starting out on a writing career, and her novel, Monument 14.

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Metamorphic Rocks

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury
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Vote for Me!

Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
Contributors:
Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon

From ancient Greek philosophy to modern governments, find out how different systems and beliefs have developed across the globe.Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.For children aged 9+ and a useful resource for children studying PSHE and Citizenship.

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What is Feminism? Why do we need It? And Other Big Questions

Bea Appleby, Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Bea Appleby, Louise Spilsbury

A fantastic book for children aged 9+ that explains why we should all be feminists. Divided into sections such as Work and Money, Politics and Power, Media, Education, Family and Bodies, the book looks at the how feminism and the feminist movement, have affected each area in turn throughout history, and at the issues they are working to combat today. It also presents key figures in the fight for equal rights, from the Pankhursts to Germaine Greer and Malala Yousafzai, and looks at modern initiatives such as Emma Watson's He for She campaign.People in the public eye put their opinions across, from Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney and Chief Executive of Girlguiding UK Julie Bentley, to rapper, comedian, actor and screenwriter Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown. A brilliant introduction for children to the movement, looking at the history of feminism, what it is today and its enormous relevance to young people and a vital tool for children in the process of figuring out the world and how it works. Part of the groundbreaking and important 'And Other Questions' series, which offers balanced and considered views on the big issues we face in the world we live in today. Other titles in the series include:What is Humanism? How do you live without a god?Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes?What is Consent? Why is it important? What is Gender? How does it define us?

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How Electric and Hybrid Cars Work

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury
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Marine

Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury

Supporting the geography curriculum for KS2, this beautiful book gives readers core information about marine biomes - where they are found and what their geography is like, the special adaptations of the vegetation and animals, how people live in these regions and how human influences on the environment have ramifications for the future.

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Tundra

Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury

Supporting the geography curriculum for KS2, this beautiful book gives readers core information about tundra biomes - where they are found and what their geography is like, the special adaptations of the vegetation and animals, how people live in these regions and how human influences on the environment have ramifications for the future.

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Soil

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

This book goes on a journey underground to examine the many kinds of soil, microorganisms and inorganic matter that make it, and the critical role it plays in ecosystems around the world. Most people don't think about the soil under their feet, but basic dirt can reveal a lot about Earth's past. Soil is formed from tiny grains of rock that existed many years ago. It can also form in the wake of landslides, volcanoes, and everyday weathering. Helpful diagrams, fact boxes, and sidebars support the information-rich text, which supports KS2 and KS3 science curriculum, and colourful images will keep readers engaged from start to finish.

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Tips for Better Public Speaking

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

Tips for Public Speaking teaches readers essential skills to help them achieve their academic goals. It also gives advice on using these skills in everyday life to help readers gain valuable life skills and build confidence in extra-curricular activities. Public speaking might involve talking to a group of people that you know or a crowd of strangers. Though many find it daunting at first, this book gives you tips and advice for gaining confidence in this area. If you speak well in public, people will listen to what you have to say. From the initial stages of planning your talk and thinking about your audience, to looking at body language and preparing your voice, this title covers all aspects of public speaking in manageable chapters. The Student's Toolbox equips young people with the tools needed to further their studies and help them develop vital life skills, from planning their timetables through to understanding how to deliver great speeches and presentations. From writing and researching through to planning and speaking, discover how to improve the skills you need to be a grade A student.Other titles in the Student's Toolbox series include: Tips for Better Researching, Tips for Better Writing, Tips for Public Speaking, and Tips for Better Planning.

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Tips for Better Researching

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

Tips for Better Researching teaches readers essential study skills to help them achieve their academic goals. It also gives advice on using these skills in everyday life to help readers gain valuable life skills and gain confidence in extra-curricular activities. Research is an important life skill. Being able to find and use relevant information helps you to make choices, reach conclusions, and communicate well. Tips for Better Researching starts with why we need research both in school work and our everyday lives. It then looks at sources of information, including printed material and the internet, and how to filter and choose appropriate information for your project. The Student's Toolbox equips young people with the tools needed to further their studies and help them develop vital life skills, from planning their timetables through to understanding how to deliver great speeches and presentations. From writing and researching through to planning and speaking, discover how to improve the skills you need to be a grade A student.Other titles in the Student's Toolbox series include: Tips for Better Researching, Tips for Better Writing, Tips for Better Public Speaking, and Tips for Better Planning.

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How Community Gardens Work

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

How Community Gardens Work investigates the fascinating concept of gardens that a whole community enjoys and works together to maintain. It explores what a community garden is and what is grown there, where some of the world's most inventive community gardens are and why community gardens are on the rise in urban places all over the world.Explore the world's most revolutionary and exciting ecological developments in Eco Works. This series for 9+ readers examines how green technology is finding inventive solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing us today. From sourcing sustainable energy and reducing our carbon footprints through to creating recycling processes and community gardens that provide our growing urban populations with green space and food, find out exactly how and why 'eco works'.

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Biomass Power

Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
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Space

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

What makes our solar system special? Do you know why our Sun is so important to life on Earth? Explore the amazing variety of planets and other objects in our solar system, such as the Moon, comets, meteors and our own amazing planet, Earth. Then discover even more about space by making the space-related crafts in this fun and fact-filled book.Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Six books that explore key curriculum topics for children aged 7-9.

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Celebrations

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

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Say No to Bullying

Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
Contributors:
Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon

Bullying today comes in many forms, from being picked on to verbal, physical, emotional, homophobic, racist and cyberbullying. This book examines all the types of bullying, looks at the reasons people bully and the variety of ways that you can combat bullying. With endorsement from Kidscape, the children's charity against abuse and bullying.

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Polar Regions

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury
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I'm Good At Design and Technology, What Job Can I Get?

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury
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I'm Good At Languages, What Job Can I Get?

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

The different careers that lead on from an interest or aptitude in a particular subject are explored. Many occupations are examined looking at what the job involves and the special skills that are needed.

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I'm Good At Music, What Job Can I Get?

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury
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I'm Good At Sport, What Job Can I Get?

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

The different careers that lead on from an interest or aptitude in a particular subject are explored. Many occupations are examined looking at what the job involves and the special skills that are needed.

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Sparks, Shocks and Secrets - Explore electricity and use science to survive

Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury