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True stories (Children's / Teenage)

See below for a selection of the latest books from True stories (Children's / Teenage) category. Presented with a red border are the True stories (Children's / Teenage) books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great True stories (Children's / Teenage) books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Doggy Defenders: Cadi the Farm Dog

Doggy Defenders: Cadi the Farm Dog

Author: National Geographic Kids Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Calling Paw Patrol fans and all dog lovers! Follow the real-life adventures of dogs with jobs as they help their communities and save the day. In this endearing read-aloud picture book, readers meet farm dog Cadi and follow her as she spends an exciting day at work. Gorgeous photography brings to life the true stories of Cadi's role as a hardworking farm dog in Virginia. Simple, lyrical text lets readers journey along as Cadi herds cows, watches over her animal friends, and protects the farm. Young readers will fall for this witty and daring tale of heroism, along with aww-worthy photographs. Good dog, Cadi!

Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell

Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell

Author: Selina Alko Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

Colors burst across each page, with layers of collage-work emphasizing the richness of Mitchell's influences and imagination. Will speak to readers just starting their own exploration of artistic expression. -Booklist (starred review) Celebrate the captivating life of Joni Mitchell, the world-famous songbird who used her music to ignite and inspire an entire generation, in this stunning picture book biography from award-winning author and illustrator Selina Alko. Joni Mitchell painted with words. Sitting at her piano or strumming the guitar, she turned the words into songs. The songs were like brushstrokes on a canvas, saying things that were not only happy or sad but true. But before composing more than two hundred songs, Joni was a young girl from a town on the Canadian prairie, where she learned to love dancing, painting, birdsong, and piano. As she grew up into an artist, Joni took her strong feelings-feelings of love and frustration, and the turbulence that came with being a young woman-and wrote them into vivid songs. Brought to life by Selina Alko's rainbow collages and lyrical language, this heartfelt portrait of a feminist and folk icon is perfect for parents, children, and music lovers everywhere. Back matter includes a letter from the author and Joni's full discography. An inspired and creative ode to the inimitable Joni Mitchell. -Kirkus Layered mixed-media collages featuring cut paper, found images, and colorful smears of paint effectively evoke the richly rendered emotional landscapes of Mitchell's songwriting. -Publishers Weekly

Young, Fearless, Awesome 25 Young People who Changed the World

Young, Fearless, Awesome 25 Young People who Changed the World

Author: Stella Caldwell Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Meet 25 young people who changed, or are changing, the world! Learn about some of the most gifted and brave youngsters on the planet who all made a difference while they were young. From musical geniuses to environmental activists, Young, Fearless, Awesome is packed with inspiring tales of human passion and courage. It features modern-day activists such as Greta Thunberg, Felix Finkbeiner and Emma Gonzalez, plus a selection of inspirational heroes from recent history, such as Anne Frank and Claudette Colvin. These inspirational youths stood up for what they believed in, spoke out against injustice, and overcame huge obstacles to make a change. Each profile concludes with a 'Be Awesome Like...' section in which the profile is linked to everyday scenarios readers might encounter, and suggests ways for them to show bravery or peacefully protest against injustice in their daily lives.

Home Again: Stories About Coming Home From War

Home Again: Stories About Coming Home From War

Author: Tony Bradman, Jim Eldridge, Emily Hibbs, E. L. Norry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

HOME AGAIN tells twelve moving tales of homecoming, centred around VE Day. With a foreword by Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. Produced in partnership with The Royal British Legion for the 75th anniversary of VE Day. A child evacuee, a Bletchley Park codebreaker, a rebel fighter, an Indian Army soldier... Each inspiring and authentic story helps to bring the end of World War Two into focus. Every story is followed by a fact file, packed with detail on different parts of the war. Stories written by Bali Rai, Leila Rasheed, Tony Bradman, Jim Eldridge, E.L. Norry and Emily Hibbs. The Royal British Legion will receive a 50p donation for every copy sold.

We Should Hang Out Sometime Embarrassingly, a true story

We Should Hang Out Sometime Embarrassingly, a true story

Author: Josh Sundquist Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2020

Josh Sundquist had only ever had one girlfriend. For 23 hours. In eighth grade. Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? We Should Hang Out Sometime is the the result of Josh's semi-scientific, wholly hilarious investigation. From a disastrous putt-putt date involving a backwards prosthetic foot to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing) to a misguided grand gesture at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love-or at least a girlfriend-in all the wrong places. We Should Hang Out Sometime is for every person who has ever wondered, is there something wrong with me? (the answer, by the way, is no ). By revisiting middle school, high school, and college experiences, inspirational speaker Josh Sundquist shares what it was like to grow up as the guy with one leg. Interspersed with the author's black-and-white line art, this real life story will appeal to fans of The Fault In Our Stars and Ned Vizzini's Teen Angst.

Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama Become a leader like

Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama Become a leader like

Author: Caroline Moss Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

In this imaginatively illustrated book from the Work It, Girl series, discover how Michelle became an inspirational leader, FLOTUS, lawyer, author and role model in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. Michelle Obama grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a little bungalow with a close-knit family. She loved going to school, and she knew that, one day, she would use her voice to empower other young girls, just like her. Young Michelle was a brilliant student and wonderful daughter. With hard work and talent, she propelled herself into the universities of Princeton and Harvard. She qualified as a lawyer and life was going smoothly... Then she met a guy named Barack. Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists. Each of these vibrantly illustrated books tells the story of a remarkable woman in 10 chapters that highlight transformative moments in her life, following the ups and downs that she faced on her road to success. At the end, 10 key lessons show what you can learn from these moments, and self-reflection questions help you apply these lessons to your own life. Brightly coloured photo illustrations of 3D cut paper artwork featuring inspiring quotes from these amazing women bring their stories to vivid life. Learn how to work it as you lay the foundations for your own successful career.

Work It, Girl: Mae Jemison Blast off into space like

Work It, Girl: Mae Jemison Blast off into space like

Author: Caroline Moss Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

In this imaginatively illustrated book from the Work It, Girl series, discover how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she loved science, dancing and dinosaurs. She watched the Apollo moon landings and wondered why none of the astronauts were women - and she just didn't buy the answers she was given... Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists. Each of these vibrantly illustrated books tells the story of a remarkable woman in 10 chapters that highlight transformative moments in her life, following the ups and downs that she faced on her road to success. At the end, 10 key lessons show what you can learn from these moments, and self-reflection questions help you apply these lessons to your own life. Brightly coloured photo illustrations of 3D cut paper artwork featuring inspiring quotes from these amazing women bring their stories to vivid life. Learn how to work it as you lay the foundations for your own successful career.

Terrifyingly Talented Artistes, Fartistes and Funambulists

Terrifyingly Talented Artistes, Fartistes and Funambulists

Author: Andy Winters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains

Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains

Author: Montse Rebel Girls Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes the historical novel based on the life of Junko Tabei, the first female climber to summit Mount Everest. Junko is bad at athletics. Really bad. She struggles in gym class and on short hikes. Other students laugh because they think she is small and weak. In fourth grade, her teacher Watanabe-Sensei takes her class on a trip to a mountain. It's bigger than any Junko's ever seen, and she's determined to make it to the top. After the trip, Junko becomes a mountaineer in body and spirit. She climbs snowy mountains, rocky mountains, and even faraway mountains outside of her home country of Japan. She joins climbing clubs and befriends fellow climbers as passionate as she is. Then, Junko meets her biggest challenge yet: the tallest mountain in the world.

Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest

Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest

Author: Eugenia Rebel Girls Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes a historical novel based on the life of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and environmentalist from Kenya. Wangari lives in a magical place in rural Kenya where the soil is rich for planting, the trees abundant, and the nearby pond full of mysterious creatures. She drinks from cool, clean streams and plays beneath her favorite fig tree under her mother's watchful gaze. Then Wangari grows up and goes away to school, and things start changing at home. Farmers chop down the trees. Landslides bury the stream. The pond dries up. The soil becomes overworked, dry, and unusable for planting. And people go hungry. Dr. Wangari Maathai has a simple solution to all of these problems: plant trees.

Amelia Earhart Adventurer and Aviator

Amelia Earhart Adventurer and Aviator

Author: Ann Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

Author: Lauren Tarshis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Experience the Titanic in full colour! An exciting graphic novel adventure, combining historical fact with high-action storytelling. Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck - he and hislittle sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly,water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever... Lauren Tarshis's New York Times-bestselling ISurvived series takes on vivid new life in full-colour graphic novel editions.