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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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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
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How Electric and Hybrid Cars Work

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

Take a look at the world's most inventive hybrid cars in How Electric and Hybrid Cars Work. Discover how a hybrid engine is structured and how its different parts work, the different types of hybrid car available, how hybrid cars provide a green alternative to gas and oil powered cars and the revolutionary new hybrid cars that we could be driving in the future.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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Marine

Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
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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
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Metamorphic Rocks

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

Heat and pressure are constantly at work below the Earth's surface, but sometimes, their amazing effects can be seen above ground. These powerful forces shape metamorphic rocks, one of the three kinds of rock that cover the surface of the Earth.Readers will learn how plate tectonics play a role in rock formation, where these rocks appear, and how to identify them based on their physical properties. This text takes the curriculum topics out of the classroom and into the real world, showing readers how metamorphic rock shapes our lives. The science-rich text is completed with full-colour photographs, fun fact boxes, and informative sidebars.

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Tips for Better Public Speaking

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury
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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
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Biomass Power

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

Fully updated in 2015, this book examines the debates surrounding biomass power, an important renewable energy resource. Find out why like fossil fuel power, using biomass has an impact on global warming and pollution. How do its impacts compare with those of other renewables? Is burning biomass an economic alternative to burning fossil fuels? Find out in Let's Discuss Biomass Power!Let's Discuss Energy is an innovative series of books that examines the issues and changing technologies that surround the use of renewable and non-renewable resources for world power needs. An excellent study tool for children at Key Stage 2.

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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
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Polar Regions

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

Can you imagine living and working at the North or South pole? It's the reality for some scientists, who inhabit laboratories in the frozen wastes of the Arctic or Antarctic. Research on the Edge - Polar Lab is a gripping look at the daily lives of these scientists, and the vital research they carry out in extreme conditions. Discover the difficulties of setting up a polar lab and the challenges of supplying equipment and necessities to the workers. Children can read about the conditions scientists live in, from where they sleep to how they keep warm, and some of the dangers they must avoid. Explore how research conducted under in polar lands can help with conservation, increase our understanding of climate change, and expand our knowledge of polar life, biodiversity and habitats. It can reveal untapped resources, and unknown eco-systems. Learn about the incredible technology that enables the scientists to live and work in dangerous conditions and the transport they use to travel around the poles. See how they attempt to live with as little impact on their environment as possible. Discover how scientists manage their data, and publish it in journals around the world, and see how their findings can affect the way we do things in our everyday lives. Find out about the international science community ­- where and why cutting-edge research is carried out, how it is paid for, and who owns the results. 'Danger' panels highlight some of the perils scientists face, while 'Cutting edge' panels detail the latest technology. Research on the Edge - Polar Lab is ideal for children age 9+, for geography and science projects, or simply as a great leisure read. Polar lands are not the only places where scientists work in extreme conditions. Try reading about the Rainforest Lab, the Space Lab and the Ocean Lab.

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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

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 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

The children are playing at home when suddenly all the light go out. In the dark, they are convinced someone is trying to break in. How can they use their electronic set to save the day?Science has never been more exciting with this attention-grabbing approach which delivers true scietific learning through an action-packed story and spectacular graphic illustrations. The science is the story is backed up through simple experiments that readers can try for themselves.