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Charlie Fletcher talks to Graham Marks (again!)

Author Spotlight

Charlie Fletcher is the bestselling author of the Stoneheart series and the classic adventure tale Far Rockaway; he has recently had his first adult novel published and here he talks to Graham Marks about his latest project, Dragon Shield.

Franklin Watts

The Somme

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

For many people the word 'Somme' sums up the carnage and futility of the First World War. The failure of Allied forces to achieve their objectives at such a huge cost in human lives has resonated in military circles for the past 100 years. This book tells the story of the battle and its wider repercussions, and analyses its importance to the overall outcome of the First World War. The Somme investigates the build-up to the battle, why leaders thought the action was necessary and what they thought it would achieve. It looks at the forces involved, including the 'Pals' battalions - patriotic friends who fought, and more often than not died, together. Although not a straightforward timeline, the book outlines the actual course of the battle beginning on 1 July 1916 and the impact of the continuing slaughter on both sides. Quotes from those who took part offer a glimpse of what it must have been like to be there, and maps show how little was actually achieved in terms of a breakthrough. Poetry, art and music inspired by the Somme campaign bring the soldiers' harrowing experiences to life. Suitable for readers aged 11 and up.

Wayland

Amphibians Live on Land and in Water

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

This book explores what makes an animal an amphibian - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of amphibian in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple.This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' which explore the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians live on land and water; Birds have feathers; Fish live in water; Reptiles have scaly skin; Invertebrates have no backbone; Mammals drink milk.

Wayland

Fish Live in Water

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Franklin Watts

Water

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Wayland

Reptiles Have Scaly Skin

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Wayland

Invertebrates Have No Backbone

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Wayland

Mammals Have Hair

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

This book explores what makes an animal a mammal - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of mammals in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at band 8: Purple.This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' which explore the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians live on land and water; Birds have feathers; Fish live in water; Reptiles have scaly skin; Invertebrates have no backbone; Mammals drink milk.

Wayland

Birds Have Feathers

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Wayland

Beans to Chocolate

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

Everyone loves chocolate, but do you know where it come from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of fair trade chocolate from bean to bar, through the farming process to manufacturing. The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple.Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of farmers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Wayland

Seeds to Bread

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Wayland

Bee to Honey

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

Honey is a tasty food, but do you know where it comes from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of honey from the worker bees visiting flowers, through what happens in the hive and the collection process to a jar in your cupboard! The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs.Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of bee keepers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Wayland

Blossom to Apple

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Franklin Watts

Isaac Newton

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

Isaac Newton tells the life story of this key scientific figure - covering his origins as the son of a farmer through to his work in mechanics, optics and mathematics, his famous gravitational studies, and his enduring legacy today.Super Scientists is a series of first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, retelling their life story and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book. Breakthrough panels highlight key discoveries or invite children to try out simple related experiments. Perfect for readers aged 5 and up.

Franklin Watts

David Attenborough

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

David Attenborough tells the story of this colourful scientific figure - covering his origins as the son of a Cambridge don through his work in natural history and broadcasting, his famous educational documentaries and his enduring scientific and popular legacy today.Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was vital. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book.

Franklin Watts

Charles Darwin

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

Charles Darwin tells the story of this key scientific figure, covering his origins as the son of a wealthy doctor, to his famous voyage on HMS Beagle, the development of his evolutionary theories and the publication of On the Origin of Species to his death and burial in Westminster Abbey.Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book.

Franklin Watts

Remembering the Fallen of the First World War

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

Remembering the Fallen of the First World War takes a fascinating and detailed look at how servicemen killed during the First World War were commemorated. Beginning during the war itself, the book investigates the options available at the time - repatriation and normal burial were intially considered, but the sheer number of the dead precluded this, so cemeteries close the battlefields became the only realistic option. The book chronicles the work of Sir Fabian Ware and the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in setting up permanent and beautifully maintained cemeteries after the war as well as local war memorials, plaques in churches, books of remembrance and so forth. The book also includes poetry written and artwork created to honour the fallen, and offers advice on how young readers can find their ancestors' war graves. A must have book on World War One for ages 11 and up.

Franklin Watts

Nicolaus Copernicus

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley
Franklin Watts

Galileo Galilei

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

Franklin Watts

Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

The moving story of two brothers who fought in the First World War through the real letters, complete with hand-drawn cartoons, they sent to their sisters. Like so many families across the world, the Semple family were split apart by the First World War. While William and Robert were fighting the Germans in France, their younger sisters, Mabel and Jelly (Eileen), had to carry on with school back in England. To keep in touch, they wrote letters. The sisters treasured these letters, which gave snapshots of their brothers' lives as soldiers. Many of the letters included cartoon illustrations to amuse the sisters.The book presents these letters with their illustrations. After each letter the author has written a short commentary, drawing out the facts about the war that can be taken from it. Altogether the book is a powerful and moving record of one family's experience of the First World War and a moving read for readers aged nine and up.A powerful, moving record of one family's first-hand experience of the First World War. - Education Today

Franklin Watts

Brothers at War - A First World War Family History

Sarah Ridley
Authors:
Sarah Ridley

At the turn of the 20th century four brothers were born to the Baker family, Lionel, Arthur, Maurice and Harold. Over a hundred years later Eliza, one of Arthur Baker's great-grandchildren, and her mother, Sarah, decided to find out about these ancestors. They delved into the past to uncover for themselves the story of Lionel, Arthur and Maurice during the First World War.Using letters sent from the Western Front, a diary written in a prisoner of war camp and a wealth of authentic sources, including family photographs, Eliza and Sarah uncover their fascinating family history of the First World War.Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, this is a great resource for readers aged 12 and up.