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Famous Firsts: First Man to the South Pole

Famous Firsts: First Man to the South Pole

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2020

A gripping illustrated account of the historic race to reach the South Pole in December 1911. Pacey, accessible text recounts the story of Roald Amundsen's historic journey to reach the South Pole, from its origins in his failure to be the first to reach the North Pole, to planning the journey, early expeditions and setbacks, mounting rivalry with Captain Scott and its tragic conclusion, and the final joy of successfully reaching the South Pole. Fully illustrated throughout, with fresh, modern artwork breathing new life into this famous story. Perfect for readers aged 8 and up.

The Big Countdown: 7.6 Billion People Living in the Countries of the World

The Big Countdown: 7.6 Billion People Living in the Countries of the World

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

Count down the fascinating figures behind the 195 countries in our world - from the teeny tiny to the mindbogglingly massive! Do you know how many football pitches would fit into Europe? Or which country has the most newspaper readers? What is a megacity and which is the biggest one in the world? And how many wildebeest migrate thousands of kilometres every year across African's plains? Discover the answers to all these questions and much, more more in Big Countdown: Countries. Helping readers to visualise and understand numbers, The Big Countdown looks at popular topics and investigates the great many numbers that make them fascinating. From the mind-bogglingly large to the smallest and most precious, this series helps us understand that it's not just our days that are numbered. Ideal reading for number-crunchers aged 9 and up.

The Big Countdown: 1.5 Billion Transport Vehicles on the World's Roads

The Big Countdown: 1.5 Billion Transport Vehicles on the World's Roads

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

Discover the numbers behind cars, planes, trains and rockets - from the teeny tiny to the mindbogglingly massive Do you know how fast a space rocket blasts through the sky? Or how deep under the sea submarines have ventured? How about the number of electric cars on the road? Or the top speed of NASA's crawler transporter (hint - it's not very fast!) Discover the answers to all these questions and much more in The Big Countdown: Transport. Helping readers to visualise and understand numbers, The Big Countdown series looks at popular topics and investigates the great many numbers that make them fascinating. From the mind-bogglingly large to the smallest and most precious, this series helps us understand that it's not just our days that are numbered. Ideal reading for number-crunchers aged 9 and up.

Gladiator Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom

Gladiator Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

When everyone had had plenty to eat and drink they called for the gladiators. The moment anyone's throat was cut, they clapped their hands in pleasure. And it sometimes even turned out that someone had specified in their will that the most beautiful women he had purchased were to fight each other.... - Athenaeus, The Learned Banqueters With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly trained warriors participate in a blood-soaked spectacle that was part sport, part theatre and part cold-blooded murder. Gladiatorial contests were a spectacular dramatisation of the Roman emperor's formidable power. Gladiator looks at life and service in the Roman arenas from the origins of the games in the third century BCE through to the demise of the games in the fifth century CE. It explores the lives of the prisoners of war, criminals, slaves and volunteers who became gladiators, their training, and the more than 20 types of gladiator they could become, fighting with different types of weapons. From Spartacus's slave revolt to the real Emperor Commodus who liked to play at being a gladiator, from female gladiators to the great combats involving hundreds of exotic animals, Gladiator is a colourful, accessible study of the ancient world's famous warrior entertainers.

Eco Stories for those that Dare to Care

Eco Stories for those that Dare to Care

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2020

Celebrate the eco-heroes around the world building a better tomorrow. Eco Stories for those that Dare to Care is the perfect introduction to environmentalism and the world-changing lives that have fought for our planet's future. From Greta Thunberg to David Attenborough, Rachel Carson to Wangari Maathai, activists of all ages, from all corners of the planet, will inspire readers to think and take action on the most important issues of our era. Beautiful and characterful portraits help bring to life these important activists and their contributions to our world. Clear, concise text presents the stand-out biographical information from these inspirational figures, and acts as a perfect primer for conversations about activism and environmentalism. This is the perfect book for eco-warriors aged 9 and up.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Harry Kane rose to stardom as a professional Premier League football player. Read about the teams he has played for and his key role in playing for England in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Influential People Pack A of 2

Influential People Pack A of 2

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

This compelling series brings readers into the lives of actresses, writers, speakers, politicians and movie stars and how they use their fame for the betterment of others.

Reading Planet KS2 - Artificial Intelligence - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Reading Planet KS2 - Artificial Intelligence - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Leap into the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence, in which cars drive themselves, robots become footballing champions, and tiny nanobots track down and kill diseases within the body! Learn what 'artificial intelligence' actually is and how it can be used to help humans now and in the future. Are you ready to find out more about this brave new world? Artificial Intelligence is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 9-10 years

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Gareth Southgate is a successful football manager of the English National Team. But he started as a player for Crystal Palace. Learn about his football history, his wins and his losses.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 6: Zoom Out!

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 6: Zoom Out!

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2020

Zoom Out! starts with an eye. Turn the page to zoom out and see where the eye is. Keep turning the pages to keep zooming out to a fly, an elephant, Kenya, Africa, then Earth! Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Chimpanzees Band 3/Yellow

Chimpanzees Band 3/Yellow

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2020

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Learn all about chimpanzees, from where they live to what they eat, in this photographic non-fiction book. Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language This book focuses on adjacent consonants with short vowel phonemes. Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.

Money Box: Saving Money

Money Box: Saving Money

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2019

A friendly, first look at making money for young readers Marek wants a new kick scooter but his parents say he's going to have to save up for it! Will Marek manage it - or will he be tempted by new clothes, toys and fizzy sweets? An illustrated, child-friendly introduction to money for readers aged 5+, looking at the different forms it takes, how we use it and the importance of looking after it. Each story follows a child who is faced with a dilemma about what to do with some money and explores the many choices available to them in a clear and helpful way.

Money Box: Spending Money

Money Box: Spending Money

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2019

A friendly, first look at making money for young readers Ava's inherited some money and it's burning a hole in her pocket! She wants some sparkly new trainers, but does she really need them? And where is the best place to buy them? Money Box is an illustrated, child-friendly introduction to money for readers aged 5+, looking at the different forms it takes, how we use it and the importance of looking after it. Each story follows a child who is faced with a dilemma about what to do with some money and explores the many choices available to them in a clear and helpful way.

Poison The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners

Poison The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Chronologically recounting the story of history's silent assassin, Poison documents the gripping tales of the users and victims of these mysterious substances, from Cleopatra, the Borgias and Qin Shi Huang to contemporary secret service agents and terrorists. Profiles of the most commonly used toxins of each era reveal how the power-hungry, the dangerous and the desperate have harnessed these natural killers to achieve their ends. Poisoning is a dark art as old as human history itself. The Roman emperors used poison liberally to dispose of rivals, guests at Renaissance dinner parties were quietly assassinated with adulterated wine, and professional poisoners equipped murderous wives with toxic tonics for their husbands. In twentieth-century warfare, poisonous substances were used in new and awful ways to terrorize and obliterate both civilians and enemy forces. Today, in the search for the perfect covert weapon, shadowy figures deploy pernicious poisons which are almost impossible to trace. They are only the latest in a long line of experimenters: for the same poisons used to kill or injure others have been used throughout history as intoxicants, aphrodisiacs and even elixirs of life. As every amateur toxicologist knows, the difference between a poison and medicine is often simply the dose.

The Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans

The Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Throughout our history, different peoples have invaded and settled in Brtain. This book looks at the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Who were they? Why did they invade Britain and why did they decide to settle here? Find out about these peoples, what they brought with them and how their lifestyles and beliefs have influenced our culture today.

Money Box: What Is Money?

Money Box: What Is Money?

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

A friendly, first look at making money for young readers Leo is confused! Money is meant to make the world go round, but he never actually sees it. Then on his birthday, his aunt sends him some money. What will Leo do with it? An illustrated, child-friendly introduction to money, looking at the different forms it takes, how we use it and the importance of looking after it. Each story follows a child who is faced with a dilemma about what to do with some money and explores the many choices available to them in a clear and helpful way.