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EDGE: Sporting Heroes: Adam Peaty

EDGE: Sporting Heroes: Adam Peaty

Author: Roy Apps Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2017

This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the swimming story of Adam Peaty and his incredible rise to become a Commonwealth gold medalist and world-record holder for 100 metre breaststroke. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

Robbers, Cops, Crime

Robbers, Cops, Crime

Author: Roy Apps Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/04/2017

At the first sign of danger we call 999, but what did people do before the police force existed? Learn about the evolution of the service that protects us - from keeping invaders in order to the first bobbies on the beat and the latest crime-fighting scientific developments. Wayland have partnered with The National Archives to bring you this incredible photographic record of one of the most revered professions around: policing. Trace policing through history, beginning with the Romans. Then learn about Scotland's first organised police force, smuggling, poaching and street crime, the River police and the Industrial Revolution, the evolution of police vehicles, the world's most famous detective and the introduction of women to the service. Learn about all this and more in Bobbies, Cops and Crime: An Illustrated History of Policing!

EDGE: Sporting Heroes: Jamie Vardy

EDGE: Sporting Heroes: Jamie Vardy

Author: Roy Apps Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2017

This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the dream-come-true story of Jamie Vardy and his amazing rise to become a star striker in Leicester City's Premier League-winning side and top England goalscorer. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking

The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking

Author: Roy Apps Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2016

Explore the history of codes from The Haircut Code, used by the Persians to convey messages in war, to Ancient Hebrew ciphers, pictorial codes of the Egyptians Mayans to letter codes in ancient Rome and substitution ciphers used in Tudor England when the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots was being planned. Find out about modern-day codes, such as tennis players Laura Robson and Heather Watson's 'back slang' when playing doubles and computer codes in the 21st century including the safety of passwords. The title will feature strange-but-true facts that are real-life extraordinary stories of codes and their code breakers and 'Code Cracker' practical activities show how you can build or solve your own codes!

EDGE: Dream to Win: Leo Messi

EDGE: Dream to Win: Leo Messi

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2015

We've all got a dream, right? Growing up in Rosario, Argentina was tough for a kid - especially a little one like Lionel Messi. But Lionel didn't want to be little - he wanted to be a LEGEND! This is the story of Lionel's discovery, his first football matches for Newell's Old Boys and then the huge decision that would change his life FOREVER... It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Each is written by expert author Roy Apps for kids with a reading age of 7 (but could also be enjoyed by pre-teens) and illustrated with black-and-white artwork. The stories focus on top athletes and sport personalities, with each dramatic story bringing to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

EDGE: Dream to Win: Nicola Adams

EDGE: Dream to Win: Nicola Adams

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2015

Nicola appeared in a BBC list of 100 top inspirational women, and reading her story you can see why. After joining an all-boys boxing club in Leeds, it soon became clear she was a natural. But then her mum became ill, and she had family responsibilities to take on, and her trainer couldn't get her a proper fight. How could Nicola continue to pursue her dream now? This is the story of how - with the spirit and determination of a champion - Nicola fought her way to the top of her sport. Dream to Win: Nicola Adams is written by expert author Roy Apps for kids with a reading age of 7 (but could also be enjoyed by pre-teens) and illustrated with black-and-white artwork. The stories focus on top athletes and sport personalities, with each dramatic story bringing to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

EDGE: Dream to Win: Louis Smith

EDGE: Dream to Win: Louis Smith

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2015

When Louis Smith was seven he was faced with a choice that would change the course of his whole life. He chose the path of an athlete, but he lacked concentration and was easily distracted. As a punishment his coach made him perform circles on the pommel horse... Dream to Win: Louis Smith is written by expert author Roy Apps for kids with a reading age of 7 (but could also be enjoyed by pre-teens) and illustrated with black-and-white artwork. The stories focus on top athletes and sport personalities, with each dramatic story bringing to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

EDGE: How to Handle Your Mum

EDGE: How to Handle Your Mum

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

This super silly book is here to 'help' children with all mum-related problems (so add it to the basket quick, before your mum spots it in her order, erhem!) Inside you'll find highly expert* advice, from identifying mum 'types' to solving mum problems, how to identify super-mum powers and, of course, how to defend yourself against them. This hilarious handbook helps you to train your mum - frankly, before it's too late - and has some cool quizzes to test your mum-handling skills. WARNING: contains daft material that kids might actually enjoy reading. Perfect for readers aged 7+. *Written by a BAFTA award winning author, Roy Apps, and illustrated by Nick Sharratt - winner of the Nestle Book Award.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 16: Charlie - Prince of Wheels

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 16: Charlie - Prince of Wheels

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Charlie Prince of Wheels, Charlie and his mechanic, M, are the best well, second best detective agency in town. Join them as they crack cases involving a talent contest, stolen toys and missing chocolate cheesecakes. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Bug Club Independent Non Fiction Blue B My Life in the Blitz

Bug Club Independent Non Fiction Blue B My Life in the Blitz

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

This book describes daily life in the Blitz during World War Two including fictional diary extracts from the perspective of a 10-year-old girl. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 9-10 (Year 5) Book band: Blue B Phonics phase: N/A

EDGE: Dream to Win: Tom Daley

EDGE: Dream to Win: Tom Daley

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2013

From the time that Tom, aged 8, drew a picture of his ambition to dive at the Olympic Games, he has gone on to become Britain's leading diver, capturing the attention of the world's media along the way. In this easily accessible text read Tom's emotional story, from his childhood years right up to when he took Olympic bronze at London 2012. It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Focusing on top athletes and sport personalities, each dramatic story brings to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

EDGE: Dream to Win: Jessica Ennis-Hill

EDGE: Dream to Win: Jessica Ennis-Hill

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

After injury prevented her from competing in the 2008 Olympic Games, Jessica Ennis fought back to become the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner in the heptathlon. Read her story from her childhood years right up to when she crossed the finish line in her final event in London, 2012. It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Focusing on top athletes and sport personalities, each dramatic story brings to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. We believe this title will be of interest to readers aged 7+ and to older readers who struggle with reading. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

EDGE: Dream to Win: Bradley Wiggins

EDGE: Dream to Win: Bradley Wiggins

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Bradley Wiggins is a national hero - the first British person to win the Tour de France - EVER. Read his story from his childhood years right up to when he crossed the finish line at the London 2012 Olympics. It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Focusing on top athletes and sport personalities, each dramatic story brings to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

EDGE: Dream to Win: Wayne Rooney

EDGE: Dream to Win: Wayne Rooney

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2010

Ever had a dream -- a dream to win? Wayne had a dream -- to be a world-class football player. This is the story of Wayne's early years and his break through into the England football team.

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2009

Ever had a dream -- a dream to win? Chris had a dream -- to be a world-class cyclist. This is the story of Chris's early years and his break through into the British Olympic track cycling team.

EDGE: Dream to Win: Lewis Hamilton

EDGE: Dream to Win: Lewis Hamilton

Author: Roy Apps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2008

Ever had a dream -- a dream to win? Lewis had a dream -- to be a Formula 1 racing driver. This is the story of Lewis's early years and his break through into top-level motorsports.