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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup books, which she also illustrates, are now published in over 30 countries around the world and the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon, has been made into an animated movie by DreamWorks; Cressida also writes and illustrates picture books. The eleventh title in the Hiccup Saga, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, is published in September, and here she talks to Graham Marks about pretty much everything to do with writing a hit series…

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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
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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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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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Sedimentary Rocks

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

This book takes a journey inside the layers of sedimentary rock to find out more about the rocks that have covered our planet for millions of years. Read about how these rocks form through compaction and lithification, and how weathering and erosion destroy them. The text supports the KS2 and KS3 science curriculum, covering topics such as the many kinds of sedimentary rock, rock identification, and fossils. The text also explores how people use sedimentary rocks, and where on Earth the most beautiful examples are found. Stunning photographs, sidebars, and fact boxes further enhance the learning experience.

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Igneous Rocks

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

This photographic book looks at igneous rock, one of the three main rock types. It explores how it is formed through the cooling and solidification of fiery orange magma or lava that explodes from volcanoes. This book covers important Earth science concepts and the different kinds of igneous rocks, how identify them by their physical properties, and what clues they offer about our planet's past. The text also clues readers in on the ways we can use this tough rock as a resource, and how people living near volcanoes can benefit from living in a volcanic environment. Sidebars, fact boxes, and interesting photos supplement the texts information-rich content.

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Minerals

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury
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How to Survive in the Ocean

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise 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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Crystals

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

The rocks that cover Earths surface wouldn't exist without crystals. Written to support the science national curriculum, this text encourages readers to get up close and personal with the crystals contained in rocks. Along the way, they'll learn important Earth science skills, such as how crystals form, how to identify crystals based on their physical properties, and where in the world they're found. The text also teaches readers how we use crystals in everyday life, and what kinds of hobbies and careers involve working with crystals. This information-rich text features engaging images, fact boxes, and sidebars, which offer opportunities for additional learning.

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Extreme Life Cycles

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury
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Firefighter

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury

Discover the heroic work of firefighting crews in this book. It explores how brave men and women begin a career in firefighting, the skills they need to carry out their job, the equipment they use to fight fires and save lives and the risks and rewards of their life-saving work. The book includes advice for children who wish to be a firefighter, and explores whether they are likely to be suited to the job.What are the careers that make a difference to other people and improve or save their lives? Careers That Save Lives explores the world of jobs that save or change lives, offering readers an in-depth look at these worthwhile and fulfilling roles. The series invites children to consider why each job is so important and what characteristics people might need to carry it out. An interesting and reflective career series for children aged 9+.

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Police Officer

Louise Spilsbury
Authors:
Louise Spilsbury
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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
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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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Languages What Job Can I Get?

Richard Spilsbury
Authors:
Richard Spilsbury

The different careers that lead on from an interest or aptitude in languages are explored. Many occupations are examined, including working as a translator, interpreter, flight attendant, aid worker or foreign correspondent, among others. It provides an inside glimpse into what the job involves and the special skills that are needed.

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

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