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Paul Dowswell has worked in publishing for over twenty years. He went freelance
in 1999 after eight years with Usborne, where he was a senior editor.
Before that he worked for Time-Life, BBC Books, the Science Museum and
the National Sound Archive.
History is his specialist subject but he also enjoys writing about natural history, science, geography, in fact almost anything, apart from golf and mechanical engineering. He has a shamefully encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music, and have recently begun presenting occasional music programmes on local radio station WCR 101.8 FM.
He has written over 60 books for UK publishers. Most of them have been published in the United States, Commonwealth countries, Europe and elsewhere.
A powerful combination of historic detail, timeless narrative and action-packed plot. The author places three teenagers, one American, one British and the other German, at the centre of the story in the lead up to the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am. But can each of them find the strength, bravery and understanding within themselves in order to get back safely to their homelands? If you're on the look out for a nail-biting, page-turning thriller - a junior le Carre - then this is for you.
There’s genuine terror at the heart of this gripping political thriller. Life in East Berlin is fraught with tension: the Stasi are everywhere and you have to watch you words to stay safe. Teenager Alex knows all of that and he tries to behave as a perfect East German boy. But, Alex has a secret and he only has to make one small slip up and everything he cares about will collapse around him. From the author of Auslander.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr’s parents are killed he is taking to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Piotr is a ‘volksdeutscher’ – of German blood with the result that he is adopted by a German family and taken to live at the heart of the Nazi power, in Berlin. How Piotr becomes Peter and adapts to the new life and particularly how he discovers that behind the apparent adulation of Hitler there are many dissenters taking great risks is a thrilling story which also offers fascinating insight into the lives of young Germans during the Second World War. Titles on this year’s Teenage Book of the Year Award shortlist include: Auslander by Paul Dowswell The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
A gripping collection of stories of courage and heroism. From a brave housewife's brave defiance of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany, to a doctor's risking her life to treat patients in a battle zone, this book contains inspiring tales of extraordinary courage from everyday people.
Is there really such a thing as a true ghost story? The strange tales in this book are all based on actual reports by people who believed they had been haunted by ghosts and poltergeists. You can make up your own mind after reading their stories... Part of the Usborne Young Reading series, ideal for newly independent readers.
Guarded by frozen seas and vast fields of snow and ice, the North and South Poles are no place for humans, as the explorers who set out to unearth their secrets found out... Part of the Usborne Young Reading series, this book is ideal for newly independent readers who prefer fact to fiction. Includes links to websites to find out more.
As the world's tallest mountain, Everest has held a special fascination for climbers. This collection of real life stories tells of the lengths to which people have gone to get to its summit, and the dangers they've experienced, in some cases ending in tragedy.
High walls, barbed wire, savage dogs and guards who shoot to kill are just some of the obstacles faced by escaping prisoners. This book tells the extraordinary tales of men who risked their lives to regain their freedom. Part of the Usborne Young Reading series, this thrilling book is ideal for newly independent readers who prefer fact to fiction.
Discover amazing true survival stories of people stranded alone in the wildest places on Earth, and learn simple and useful survival techniques in this fascinating information book. With dramatic photographs, detailed diagrams and cartoon-strip stories, plus links to exciting websites with video clips and more information.
It is July 1945, Hitler's Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang of kids have banded together in the desperate, bombed-out city. The war may be over, but danger lurks in the shadows of the wreckage as Otto and his friends find themselves caught between invading armies, ruthless rival gangs and a strange Nazi war criminal who stalks them ... A climactic story of truth, friendship and survival against the odds, Wolf Children will thrill readers of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne.
Why DID the Egyptians build the pyramids? What do those squiggly hieroglyphics really mean? Find out in the Egyptian Echo, a fresh and lively look at Ancient Egyptian history told by way of screaming headlines and hot-under-the-collar tabloid journalism. Covering 3,000 years in 32 pages, bursting with facts and humour. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Read all about The Stone Age in this accessible and amusing history book, cunningly disguised as a tabloid newspaper. Covering a mere four million years, it's packed full of facts about what Stone Age people ate, did, wore and where they lived.
The Vikings: axe-wielding brutes or clean-living explorers and traders? Read this issue of the Viking Invader and find out, a fresh and lively look at history written in the style of a tabloid newspaper. There's a lot more to the Vikings than you think. Discover the people behind the headlines in The Viking Invader - coming to a village near you, SOON.
Soak up the shocks, horrors and sensations of the greatest empire of the Ancient World. It's all in The Roman Record - a fresh and lively look at history, written and designed to look like a tabloid newspaper. 1200 years of history are covered, from Romulus and Remus to the fall of Rome.
An alternative way to learn the history of the Middle Ages, this amusing book which is cunningly disguised as a tabloid newspaper. Including stories about The Black Death, The Crusades, and features such as 'What's new at the Spanish Inquisition?', 'What's on the monastery menu?' and 'How to support your favourite knight at a jousting tournament.'
Sort the facts from the fairy tales and trace the evolution of wizardry - from Stone Age rituals with gruesome horned gods, through to the modern day, where magicians fair and foul dominate the big screen. Learn about the barbaric witch-hunts that swept across Europe and America, when ordinary people were put to death just because they looked different or behaved oddly. Find out about the arts of the witch, from secret potion recipes to mystic animal companions, and the real-life quest for the Philosopher's Stone!
A fresh and lively look at Ancient Greek history written in the style of a tabloid newspaper. Learn about famous Greeks - including philosophers, inventors, politicians and astronomers - their achievements and influence on future civilisations.